This year has changed how we have to do a lot of things. One of those things has unfortunately been how we have been able to celebrate weddings. Instead of having large gatherings of 200+ guests, couples have had to adjust and pare down their guest lists to only very close friends and family. If you are planning a wedding and have to make adjustments to your list, don’t despair! You can still make the most of your best day ever for an event you’ll remember forever. Keep reading to learn more about how to plan a great wedding, and how Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri can help!

Make a Small Wedding Meaningful

You may not be able to have everyone present in-person at your wedding, but that doesn’t mean your big day can’t still be full of love and meaning. Technology has come a long way, and there are several options that will allow others to witness your nuptials. Set up a Zoom link for all your would-be guests to tune into the ceremony. Instead of foregoing invitations, send cards with some of your engagement photos, the live streaming link for the wedding, and a card that guests can send back with their well wishes for your big day.

With a smaller guest list, you can also spend more time and money on the things that are really important to you. Buy your dream dress, hire a high-end photographer to capture every beautiful moment, get the exotic flowers you never imagined you’d be able to use. With less people to feed, you can host an intimate, high-end family dinner for the reception.

Wedding Planning Tips Everyone Needs

Budget on Priorities

It’s important to set a wedding budget at the beginning of your planning process. This will help you stay on track and eliminate stress that could come later from being over-budget. Going into debt for your wedding isn’t the most relaxing way to start your new chapter with your spouse.

As you create your budget, think about what is most important to you. Have you always wanted gorgeous, full flower arrangements throughout the venue? Is fine dining important to you? Can you not imagine your wedding without a live cellist playing as you walk down the aisle? Think about what part of the day you will enjoy and remember the most, and make that priority number one in the budget.

Choose Your Venue & Date

The first step to planning your wedding should be choosing a date and a venue. These two elements will often go hand-in-hand. If you start locking in other vendors too soon, you could get stuck. The venue can also tend to be one of the more expensive vendors, so it’s important to be able to plan around that expense. Once you know where you want to have your wedding, you’ll be able to choose the best date that works for you when the venue is still available.

Fill in the Details

Once you have your budget prioritized and your venue and date selected, you’re ready to move on to the fun stuff! Shop for your dress, suit, flowers, decorations, save-the-dates / invitations, menu, and anything else you’d love to have on your best day ever.

(Photo: Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa)

Where to Stay

Hotels may not be the best place to host your wedding party right now. With a lot of traffic in and out, it can be hard for hotel staff to keep everything sanitized. Staying with a highly-rated bed and breakfast could be the perfect solution. Bed and breakfasts provide the perfect serene escape with a high-end feel that cookie-cutter hotels can’t give you. For example, Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri requires all of our members to submit to professional inspections to ensure they not only meet, but also exceed your expectations of cleanliness, accreditation, amenity offerings, and more. Inns are also a great place to spend your honeymoon when you take advantage of available romance packages and the cozy atmosphere a B&B provides. Check out our website to learn more about our incredible locations!


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