ENTERTAINING, PARTY ideas + decor | February 19, 2009

My Praise for an Intimate Wedding

intimate weddings by book author Christina Friedrichsen

My friend Jaime of It’s a Jaime Thing is hosting her first giveaway. She has 4 signed copies of Intimate Weddings by author Christina Friedrichsen to give away.

My wedding was an intimate wedding. We had 70 guests. The main appeal of a small wedding is that you really pass time with all my guests. Everybody wants to speak to you. Plus there are the pictures, the games, the dancing and the eating.

A Glance at My Own Wedding

my wedding pictures

Initially, I set the limit at 40 guests but my husband wants more guests to share our joy. And it was hard selecting the few. We settled for 70 guests.

You have to take tough decisions to stick to a small number of guests. We were lucky to have parents who let us have it our way. We split the guest list half and half between friends and family. It was important to us that our friends be present. The number of close aunts and uncles fit well. We invited the cousins with whom we always played as children.

On the plus side, we indulge in a luxurious venue, a fine cuisine meal and make sure that the celebrations were a lot of fun. Our wedding was extraordinary. I could have asked for more.

With the level of details that today’s brides want, planning a small wedding enables you to have it all. It is not just about money, all the time-consuming handmade projects can be a nightmare to manage with a huge wedding.

Intimate does not means to be crowded in a room. Try to select a venue with a room size slightly bigger than what you need. By spreading the extra space across the room, you can create an even more luxurious feeling.

Update: Christina Friedrichsen runs a Web site full on advices on how to host the perfect intimate weddings. She also has a blog.

It’s for You and Your Husband

Before you decide what kind of weddings you wish for, why not read Intimate Weddings. You have until March 4th, 2009 11:59pm EST to enter the It’s a Jaime Thing giveaway. Whatever you decide, my best advice is that at the end of the day, you and your husband had the wedding celebrations that please both of you. We sure did.

SOURCING:
+ Intimate Weddings by Christina Friedrichsen $10.19 USD
+ Intimate Weddings Web site

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8 Responses to “My Praise for an Intimate Wedding”

  1. Thanks Kim.

    As someone looking to plan an intimate wedding, this book will be essential for me.

    Thanks for sharing your story as well. Such beautiful photos.

  2. Oh look at you two! Just beautiful :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Tanya: you will not regret going for a small wedding.

    Anile: I am glad you like it.

  4. Wow, you look absolutely gorgeous…beautiful pictures, that Church is breathtaking!

    Thanks so much for sharing not only your gorgeous pictures, but also the giveaway…you’re the best! ;)

    ~Jaime

  5. Kim, your wedding pics are fabulous & you & your husband look absolutely amazing! I, too will be planning a wedding soon. I’ve already decided for it to be a small one but with divine food & an unforgettable reception. You have made me more at ease with my decision. Thanks!

  6. Kim, your wedding pics are fabulous & you & your husband look absolutely amazing! I, too will be planning a wedding soon. I’ve already decided for it to be a small one but with divine food & an unforgettable reception.

  7. 7 Nathalie Rivard (@indigonat) said:

    Wow! your wedding picture is gorgeous! You guys look like stars!

  8. 8 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    I am happy that you all enjoyed my wedding pictures.