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Small Weddings Hot Trend in Tough Economy


What’s the hottest trend in weddings this year? Small guest lists.

“Small weddings have really caught on, especially in these tough economic times. Couples want gorgeous nuptials held in unique wedding venues - without the $30,000 price tag,” says Christina Friedrichsen author of Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style and owner of, a new site that helps brides plan small weddings.

At, couples can find unique wedding venues available only to those with smaller guest lists. Quaint bed and breakfasts and inns, cozy restaurants and galleries and many other unique locations throughout North America can be found on the site. is also the perfect place to find a destination wedding venue. According to Friedrichsen, destination weddings continue to be huge and not-so-far destinations are really catching on.

“Charming locales within the U.S. and Canada are becoming more popular,” she says.

Aside from a wedding venue finder which lists more than 1,300 wedding venues, the site also offers help with everything from creating a meaningful intimate ceremony, to how to tell guests they are not invited. It also offers moral support.

“Having an intimate wedding isn’t always an easy decision. Friends and family might oppose, and that can create added stress,” says Friedrichsen. “I want couples to have a place to go where they can feel confident in their decision to have a small wedding. I want couples to feel a sense of validation, and, of course, I hope they will see all the wonderful things a small wedding can offer them.”

With the current recession, she adds that it’s important for couples to realize that they can still have the ‘wow’ factor, without blowing their budget.

“When you’ve got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you. For some that might be an amazing dinner, for others it might be a five-piece jazz band or a designer gown,” she says.

Friedrichsen, who had a small wedding herself, points out that she’s not a wedding planner.

“I’m a writer. I don’t feel like I am part of the wedding industry. I am a former bride who wants to use my skill as a writer and researcher to spread the gospel of small weddings. In my eyes, there’s no better way to say “I do” than by surrounding yourself with the people who really matter to you,” she says.

Christina Friedrichsen is the author of Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style and owner of, a website dedicated to small weddings. The site also has a wedding venue finder that lists more than 1,300 small wedding venues throughout North America as well as articles about planning a small wedding.


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