To plan a small wedding, first establish the budget. Then, plan the important elements of the wedding, such as location, guest list and catering to fit within that budget. For an intimate wedding, keep the guest list small and select a location with limited seating.
The key to managing wedding stress and making sure the important elements of the wedding are covered is to establish a budget before planning begins. Budget first for the most important elements of the wedding, making sure there is enough to cover your dream location, food and drinks for all guests and professional photography.
Whether you desire a small wedding because the budget is small or because you desire a more intimate event, focus on keeping the guest list small. Have wedding showers ahead of time or after the wedding to include friends and extended family in the marriage celebration, but for a small wedding limit the guest list to your closest family and friends only. A simple wedding reception with light hors d'oeuvres is a good option for a small budget, while a full catered meal for a small guest list is an elegant way to treat your guests when budget is not an issue.