Giving your day an intimate feel at a luxury Cheshire wedding venue.

Creating a warm celebratory atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Having decided to push the boat out when it comes to the size of your wedding, you may still want it to have an intimate feel.

Big weddings can be great fun but keeping the atmosphere warm and where everyone feels included can be trickier to achieve. Trickier, but not impossible. Below are some ideas you can use to make your really big wedding feel like an intimate and cosy one.

Create your desired ambience with décor and lighting.

Soft lighting can work wonders with creating an intimate ambience. Ask your venue if they have lights that can be dimmed or if you can decorate the reception space with candles or lanterns that give a warm glow.

Also, consider decorating the space with personalised touches. These can include cards, gifts or old photos of you, your intended and the guests that point to the relationship you have with them, where you met and how long you’ve known each other. You could also include photos of other weddings there have been in your families, such as your parents or grandparents, or ask your guests to bring photos of their family weddings. Leave prompts on the tables as conversation starters and ask your guests to share wedding disaster stories or funny with each other.

Work with your venue and spend time creating a seating plan and assigning tables.

Leaving the seating ‘open’ can be confusing for your guests and lead to many of them feeling left out and unattended. You want to opposite to happen so paying attention to how your guests will be seated is going to play an important role in creating the atmosphere you want. Talk with your partner and respective families to gather as much information about your guests as possible to seat like-minded people together. If the venue allows for it, seat your guests at round tables no bigger than 8 – 10 people. This allows for the conversation to flow without having to shout to be heard.

If your venue has space that is adaptable, think about creating a smaller relaxed and quieter area with bean bags, comfy chairs and sofas. This allows your guests to take a break, circulate and relax away from the larger celebration.

Consider ‘home cooking’ as a theme for your wedding breakfast.

The food you choose for your guests can be just as important in creating a homely atmosphere as the lighting, décor and seating. The food can be reminiscent of school, childhood holidays or special meals shared with family and friends on particular days. This can be a roast, a pie or a BBQ, for example, and is generally more rustic in style than nouveau cuisine. Retro puddings like lemon meringue pie or trifle can be like mum or dad ‘used to make’, helping to bring back fond memories and make people feel at home.

Give everyone a personalised ‘Thank You’ note.

This attention to detail is vital in helping everyone feel acknowledged, even if you haven’t had much time to spend with each one on the day. Writing an individual thank you note to your guests will take time and effort. However, this small detail works a treat for making everyone feel included as well as creating a sense of bonhomie.

Choosing Dunham Forest Golf & CC for your ‘intimate’ big wedding.

As one of Cheshire’s top wedding venues, we’re used to hosting ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. Our space can be utilised in different ways as well as lit, styled and decorated to create the look and feel you’ve dreamed of. Our kitchen can provide exceptional food with a home-cooked or rustic edge to add to the sense of cosy intimacy you want to create.

If you have a specific idea for your big wedding, we’d be happy to talk to you about how it can be achieved. We’re here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or to arrange an appointment to visit us and discuss your requirement more fully.

Email laura@dunhamforest.com or mike@dunhamforest.com or call us on 0161 928 2605.