Las Vegas is known as a place that couples can run to when they want to have a romantic ceremony that includes just the two of them. It’s also a popular location where many brides and grooms plan a small Las Vegas wedding with an intimate group of friends and family, creating an unforgettable day with the people they are closest to. With that in mind, if you have decided to keep your wedding list anywhere from 0-30 guests, then you have come to the right place.
Always & Forever Weddings and Receptions has years of experience hosting small-scale ceremonies and wedding receptions, and can therefore provide you with essential tips on planning your special day. We know you’re eager to get started, so let’s dive in and figure out how to plan a wedding that includes just the bride and groom, or the happy couple and a close circle of friends and family.
Find a Las Vegas Wedding Venue that Hosts Both Large and Small Weddings
The first step in planning a small Las Vegas wedding is to find your dream location, a wedding venue that hosts small ceremonies, as well as large. You may be wondering why we are recommending finding a venue that also allows for large weddings when you’re planning a small intimate one. Well, we have heard stories of couples booking a venue that only provides small ceremony spaces, only to realize later they need to expand their guest list, and they end up desperately searching for another venue, and lose their deposit in the process.
Knowing this, you can imagine that it would be much easier to get situated with a wedding venue that can handle a wide variety of guest counts. In doing so, you won’t lose your deposit, and will most likely just need to pay a per-person fee for each additional guest, or simply upgrade your package to a larger tier, if needed. Always & Forever provides packages and ceremony spaces for 0 to 100 guests, so we are well equipped to meet your guest list needs.
Choose an Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony Space That’s Perfect for Micro Wedding
Once you have located the ideal Las Vegas wedding venue that can meet your guest count preferences, it’s time to decide if you would like to have an indoor or outdoor weddings. When it comes to having a small wedding, even a wedding for two, there is really no difference in an outdoor or indoor ceremony space when you have selected a professional venue that can adjust to your wedding party size.
If you’re not positive which type of venue would be best – indoor or outdoor, then take a moment to read about Always & Forever’s ceremony venues to see if one stands out as fitting your needs better:
1. Outdoor Ceremony Spaces for Intimate Gatherings
If you have a small outdoor Las Vegas wedding in mind, then you will want to research ceremony sites that are not only perfect for 0 to 30 guests, but also spaces that offer beautiful scenery. There are many wedding venues in the Las Vegas area that meet these requirements, and Always & Forever is where they are located. Our wedding venue boasts ceremony spaces that rest on the edge of a sparkling blue lake, which makes our venue one of the most sought-after places to get married in Las Vegas.
Let’s take a look at each wedding venue on our lakefront property that was perfectly designed for large, medium, and small weddings.
Swan Garden – A Romantic Space for Small Wedding Parties
Those who are looking for a romantic ceremony space that can perfectly fit your wedding guest count of 0-30 people, will want to consider Swan Garden. This wedding venue showcases a romantic ceremony gazebo that sits at the edge of a beautiful lake with a picture-perfect bridge over the water. The gazebo can be decorated with your wedding flowers of choice for a special touch. In addition to this, the gazebo is situated within a lovely garden that’s filled with greenery and swaying willow trees. This, along with the peaceful lake breezes, creates a wonderful atmosphere for your special day. Also, you will find that Swan Garden has everything needed to provide you with an outstanding wedding photography opportunity. You can view this wedding venue by heading over to our Swan Garden Image Gallery. We also recommend taking a look at our Swan Garden all inclusive packages page.
Grand Garden – A Beautiful Courtyard to Say Your Vows In
Whether it’s a wedding just for two or a small Las Vegas wedding where you invite only your closest friends and family, our Grand Garden ceremony location will provide you with fabulous memories that will last a lifetime. As the name suggests, the ceremony space sits within a garden that’s filled with beautiful greenery, magnificent stone statues, and peaceful swaying willow trees. Grand Garden also boasts an impressive walkway that’s meant for the bride to make her grand entrance, and this pathway leads to a lakefront ceremony gazebo. All these exceptional elements are perfectly situated within a lovely courtyard. Take a look at how stunning this wedding venue is by visiting our Grand Garden Image Gallery. For those who are interested in booking this ceremony space, be sure to visit our Grand Garden Packages page.
Heritage Garden – Ideal for Small Intimate Ceremonies
Getting married within Heritage Garden is ideal if you’re planning an intimate Las Vegas wedding, as it provides space for a small wedding party, and has room to grow if your list gets longer. This popular wedding venue is unique in that it boasts ivy-covered cascading arches that form a walkway to the altar. In addition to this, at the end of the pathway sits a wedding gazebo that adds a touch of romance. Imagine standing under a lovely ceremony gazebo with a sparkling lake as your backdrop, and a charming bridge over the water in the distance – it all makes for a fairy tale wedding day. If this sounds like a must-have ceremony location, then visit our Heritage Garden Image Galley to see more of this popular site. You can also check out our Heritage Garden Packages page for more details on what we offer.
Waterfall Garden – Features a Cascading Water Feature
Our Waterfall Garden ceremony space offers all inclusive packages and is for those who would like to have a medium to small size wedding in Las Vegas. The ceremony location itself is exquisite and comes complete with a 6-foot cascading waterfall that sits next to the ceremony altar – this certainly makes for incredible wedding photography and beautiful memories. Waterfall Garden also includes an exceptional gazebo, lush greenery and swaying willow trees, as well as a pathway that can be adorned with flower petals for the grand entrance. When you marry within this ceremony space, your wedding celebration to follow will be held within our elegant Waterfall Garden Royal Banquet Room. Please take a moment to view the Waterfall Garden Image Gallery, and also visit our Waterfall Garden Packages page for more information.
2. Indoor Ceremony Space for Large, Medium, & Small Weddings
Brides and grooms who are looking for a wedding chapel in Las Vegas that can host a small ceremony will be happy to know that we have a modern and romantic chapel that you and your close friends and family will fall in love with. It can be reserved for just the bride and groom, a small wedding party of up to 30 guests, a medium size ceremony of up to 50 guests, as well as large weddings, in case your guest list grows.
This traditional Las Vegas wedding chapel boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase breathtaking lake and garden views. It also features elegant chandelier lighting, impressive flooring, and large doors at the front of the chapel that open up to lake views and provides tranquil lake breezes.
This ceremony chapel is special and unique in that it was designed to allow the bride and groom to say their “I DOs” indoors, or just outside the chapel, a few steps away at the edge of the lake. Either option provides lovely views, especially at when you’re having a sunset wedding. Dive into our Lakeview Chapel Image Gallery for a sneak peek of this incredible wedding space, and also head over to our Lakeview Chapel Packages page for all the details you would need to determine if this is the wedding venue for you. We have also created a Wedding Chapel page that includes all the essential details in one convenient place.
Select a Wedding Package That’s Designed for Smaller Guest Counts
When you’re working with the right wedding venue, you will find that there are many exceptional packages to choose from that cater to small Las Vegas weddings. To determine which package is right for your particular needs, you should consider the guest count, the location, and if you would like to plan a ceremony only event or an all inclusive affair.
Ceremony Only Packages
Many happy couples who would like to plan a smaller wedding decide to book a ceremony only package because depending on how many people will be attending, they may feel hosting a reception for only a few people may not make sense. Some will hold a wedding reception only event at their home, or simply go out to a restaurant to celebrate their marriage. If you are one of these couples, then dive into our wedding packages for smaller ceremonies to see which one is right for you and your wedding day goals.
Up to 10 Guests:
- Heritage Marina Ceremony Only Package – Up to 10 Guests
- Lakeview Chapel Hope Ceremony Only Package – Up to 10 Guests
Up to 30 Guests:
- Heritage Garden Laguna Ceremony Only Package – Up to 30 Guests
- Lakeview Chapel Wish Ceremony Only Package – Up to 30 Guests
If you would like to see all the inclusions that a ceremony only package provides, then be sure to visit our Ceremony Only Packages page.
All Inclusive Packages
When planning a Las Vegas wedding ceremony for 20 to 30 guests, choosing an all inclusive package is a wise idea. Why is this the case? Because a package such as this will allow you to have the ceremony and reception at the same location, and every detail will be taken care of for you. Always & Forever Weddings and Receptions has some fantastic all inclusive ceremony and reception packages that can provide you with a wedding you will never forget. Take a look at the following packages to get an idea of what’s offered for this size wedding party:
Up to 20 Guests:
Up to 30 Guests
- Swan Garden Bronze All Inclusive Package – Up to 30 Guests
- Grand Garden Bronze All Inclusive Package – Up to 30 Guests
- Heritage Garden Bronze All Inclusive Package – Up to 30 Guests
- Lakeview Chapel Bronze All Inclusive Package – Up to 30 Guests
See our All Inclusive Packages page for more details on ceremony and reception packages offered at our full-service wedding venue.
Always & Forever Commonly Asked Questions
If you’re planning a small wedding, or perhaps a large one, we are here to answer all your questions. In addition to this, we know you may have a few inquiries regarding planning a small wedding in Las Vegas, so we are providing two common questions that may be useful to you.
I’d like to keep the wedding guest list small; how many people should I invite, and how do I decide who will attend?
Many brides and grooms can find it difficult to decide who to invite when shooting for a micro wedding. For example, you may have a coworker that you’re close to and would really like to invite, but then feel that other coworkers would feel left out if not invited also. This is just one small example of the difficulties in the filtering process. So, as you can see, it may take some thoughtful decision-making when coming up with your final list.
We suggest making three lists; one that includes all the must-haves such as immediate family like your parents and siblings, as well as your best friends, and the like. The second list should be all the guests that you would like to include if there is room, and place them in order of importance. The third list would include those who you would invite if this was a large wedding, but you would be ok if they did not attend. This might include coworkers you’re not that close to, other friends that you have known a long time but are not in touch with regularly, and extended relatives that you are also not in touch with often.
Once the three lists are completed, if you view them side by side, it’s easier to cross off individuals from the third list when you are also seeing all the must-attends and the people from the 2nd list that you really would like to come – it can put things in perspective as to your guest list count and who will fit into the available slots. Also, if anyone drops off your list because they are unable to attend, you have the next pending person listed, so you won’t have to think about it too much.
There really is no set number as far as how many wedding guests you should invite if you want to keep it small. To some people, small can be 50 people, but to most, it’s 0-30 guests.
What are the advantages of not planning a big wedding?
Large weddings are a must for those who have a big family, a very large group of friends, and many coworkers that will be offended if not invited. However, the guest list is not the only factor when it comes to deciding between a small and large wedding. With that in mind, if you’re on the fence as to whether or not to have a small wedding, it helps to look at all the advantages of not planning a big wedding.
- When you plan a larger wedding ceremony and reception of 50 guests or more, it’s typically a more elegant affair. So, if you would like to have a more casual wedding, you may want to avoid inviting too many guests.
- Small Las Vegas weddings can provide the opportunity to mingle with all your guests. In contrast, when having a large wedding, you may not have the time to speak with 75 to 100 people – one-on-one time can create special memories for you and your guests.
- One of the most notable advantages of a micro wedding is the cost. As you can imagine, a smaller wedding can be more cost-effective than having a big wedding.
- When you don’t have a big wedding, you can put the money that you save towards other things like your honeymoon.
Resources for Planning a Small Wedding Near the Vegas Strip
Because we are a full-service wedding venue located in the wedding capital of the world, we have plenty of resources for those planning to tie the knot in Las Vegas – from information on evening ceremonies to marriage licenses, as well as wedding day transportation and open bars, we can help you get informed on the essentials. Below, you will find a few of our popular resource pages that can help you along in the planning process:
- You can have an exceptional lake wedding at Always & Forever – find out more.
- Be sure to check out out this post on bridal updo hair ideas for your wedding day.
- If you’re on a budget, then you will want to see our Wedding Specials page.
- Can’t decide if you should have a DJ or live music at your reception? This post can help you decide!
- Find out how to have a romantic gazebo ceremony near the Vegas Strip.
- Learn how choosing your bridesmaids can be simplified by checking out this post on the topic.
- If you haven’t applied for your Las Vegas marriage license, you will want to dive into this helpful page on the topic.
- See our main Las Vegas Wedding Venues Packages page for some inspiration!
- Dive into this post that details how to write the perfect maid of honor speech.
- Not sure who should pay for what when planning your wedding day? Take a look at this article for the answers.
- Check out our bridal hair and makeup page for some important information.
- Learn about the reception halls at our full-service wedding venue.
- We have fabulous wedding packages for your big day – learn more.
- If you would like to learn all about wedding traditions then this article is for you!
We Specialize in Small Micro Ceremonies and Can Make Your Wedding Dreams Come True!
As you can see, Always & Forever Wedding and Receptions can host an exceptional small Las Vegas wedding for you and those closest to you. We can create a memorable wedding day for you if you invite 5 guests, 30, or even 0. Give us a call at (702) 318-5683 to speak to one of our helpful wedding consultants so you can start planning your dream come true wedding. We are here to make it happen for you, no matter what size wedding you have in mind.