Check Out These 25+ Small Wedding Ideas

Check Out These 25+ Small Wedding Ideas

Not everyone wants a big wedding and certainly, not everyone has the financial means for that kind of wedding. As a result, small simple weddings are a go-to. In this article, I will be taking you through how to go about a simple wedding ideas for a small wedding

A small wedding or a micro wedding in all definitions focuses on the guests which are usually 50 or lesser than that. When you go further to 100, that’s a medium wedding, and largely carries more than 100.

Why Small Weddings?

There are plenty of reasons to have a small wedding. Here’s a list for you:

  1. You get to keep the budget on the low and more friendly.
  2. Less budget means more focus on the bigger picture like a wedding dress, cakes, dinner, house, rent, family, kids, etc.
  3. You get to spend more individual time with your friends, family, and loved ones – like one-on-one time, isn’t that amazing?
  4. You create memories individually with them that linger on even after the wedding.
  5. With simple weddings, you end up in a stress-free and relaxed environment. Isn’t that rewarding?

“Less is more” because, with this, you get to socialize and have intimacy with your guests and make memories to always remember. While this already sounds interesting, read on to see more about micro weddings and how to go about them.

Ideas for a Simple Wedding

1. Send Handwritten Invitation Cards

First things first, our guests and invite, right? Since you already have the intention of having a small wedding, instead of printing cards why not write and customize them? It’s much easier, faster, fun, and budget freaking friendly.

Look out for lovely white cards or thick white paper to write your name, spouse’s, the date of the wedding, etc. It can’t be that hard or you can simply place a call to them or send a message about the big day.

2. Limit Who You Invite

Now that you’ve decided on handwritten cards, it’s time to make that list. When it comes to weddings, this is the highlight of it all, well apart from item 7, yeah. They make the event memorable, fun, exciting, and beautiful. But there’s a twist to this,

You don’t have to invite anyone and everyone to your simple wedding.

Yes, it’s a memorable day for you and your spouse. It’s a reason but remember, it’s a small wedding. The lesser they are, the merrier the event and of course, less budget.

3. Be Selective About Friends

“The less the merrier” remember? Be selective and strategize about the friends you want to send invitation cards to. Make sure they are the ones you want there and want to make memories with.

Feeling bad about the friends you left behind? Simple send gifts and souvenirs to them.

With this, you’re being thoughtful and in a way, you’re sending apologies to them. They will definitely understand you, relax.

4. Be Strict About Plus Ones (+1)

You thought I’d skip this one? No, no. Plus Ones are definitely those people that make your wedding congested and food not to go round. To top it all, they weren’t invited and you definitely don’t know them.

Imagine you planned item 7 for 40 people and your guest comes with 20 +1’s, where will you get item 7 to go round your guests and their guests? You’ll have to spend more to satisfy them or order more food to go round and that is not how you planned your budget, is it?

So, before sending out invitations, make sure you know your guests. If they are married, better you believe they will be coming with their spouse so add them to the list. When sending to others, be strict about it and tell your guests to understand and bear with you. Remember to check your parent list too, they will be inviting the whole state to the event. Check-in and check out, okay?

5. Choose the Wedding Venue with a Strict Guest Capacity

A bouncer? Security? Yeah, you get my point. Trust me, people have two coconut heads and even after your strictness on +1, some will still do what they want to. I mean, you can’t beat them, can you?

Pick a venue with strict rules on capacity and also have bouncers and security who check your guest in only after showing a legit invitation to them. As you do this, you take the pressure off yourself. I mean, you don’t have to worry about item 7 not going round. Or somebody you don’t know contesting the whole place. You also have less stress and a more relaxed atmosphere.

6.Opt for a Virtual Ceremony

Another tip that makes the list of simple wedding ideas for a small wedding is by embracing technology. I mean technology makes everything easy nowadays, doesn’t it? This idea here encourages you to have a loved one virtually attend your wedding. There are some guests whose presence means the world to you but due to one or two, will not be able to make it. That’s okay; this is why it’s a good idea to have a video call with them.

Simply encourage them or accept the idea for a Zoom video call. With this, they get to see you exchange vows, dance, merry, cut out the cake, eat, and play games and you get to keep your guest list small. Isn’t that the whole idea, yes?

7. Ditch the Wedding Party

Okay, I had to add this before I proceed to the main event of the day. Have it in mind that if you want this, you have to cut out on other things. Yeah, we all love to party (some of us, I know I do) but if you want a small wedding, you have to say No to this party.

Planning on having an after-party call for extra refreshments and of course, a messy house to clean up once they leave. So instead of this, have a prolonged reception with your guests and enjoy every moment with them.

8. Choose an Indoor Wedding Reception

This idea narrows down to considering using the backyard of your house or family house as the venue for the wedding. With family and friends around, it’d be easier and less budget for you as you get them to help. They could help with decorations and the setting up of the place.

With this, you have more time to talk and bond, also to plan how the event will take place. Another plus is that you have your parents around and this is meaningful in all languages.

9. Choose an Outdoor Venue and Reception

With fewer people on the guest list, you might just be considering a restaurant as the perfect place for the wedding venue. Calm down, don’t have that look or say “How can my wedding reception be at a restaurant?” It’s actually not a bad idea if you refurnish the place with the right linens, fabrics, and decorations.

With a restaurant, the furniture is already in the right place. All you need do is discuss with your spouse the bold colours you’ll want to use and the menu you’ll want to include.

Another option here is a “destination wedding” People tend to do this and it is quite small as only wanted guests will be there. If you’re able to, by all means, then go ahead.

10. Consider a Long Table Set Up

A long reception table is a fun way to have everyone making eye contact, feeling welcomed and included in every conversation. This setup makes even friends feel like family too on this beautiful day of your life.

11. Consider a U-Table Set-Up

A boring long table, am I right? How about a U-table setup? Get innovative and add tables to give you the U shape. This makes it merrier and helps in enhancing conversation amongst guests.

Be sure to decorate the tables, lay fabrics, linens on the table to give it a welcome touch. This makes the guest feel at home and connected too.

12. Get Creative with Decorations and Seating Arrangements

With small simple weddings come innovations and cracking of the head to come up with something elegant and beautiful. Planning a simple wedding involves seating arrangements with eye-catching decorations.

Consider using a large table or U-table like mentioned above. Lay linens, fabrics, or satin on them to give them a unique touch. Proceed to fill the spaces with flowers, glasses, lights, candles in the glasses, plants, cutleries, and napkins.

Use white curtains to give it a touch of warmth, ambience, and comfort. This also serves as a barrier from the sun.

13. Consider Hanging Some Decorations

Go big or go home, huh? You should consider lifting the flowers, flower pot, plants, or lights for added intimacy and ambience. A small wedding gives you ideas and opportunities to go big or go home. Try everything you think you can and be sure to come up with an elegant decoration.

14. Make Provision for Table Reservations

With fewer guests comes comfort, trust me. Place name cards on your guest table for them to recognize their allocated space and make them feel at home. With a few lists, you can make this or simply buy them. I recommend handwriting them the same way we did with the invitation cards.

Get crafty and personalize their names with calligraphy for each card. Make them feel special by adding a heart or even adding their pet name or nickname on the card.

15. Make Sure Cutleries Go Round

With tables come cutleries, don’t forget that. On every table and chair, place a set of cutleries (fork, spoon, and knife) and glassware (wine and water) or simply place table water.

Design each place beautifully and wonderful to honour your guest and give each chair space to enable them to eat comfortably. This also prevents them from hitting their elbows against each other.

16. Create Your Own Menu and Timeline of the Event

Have a structured timeline for your wedding so as not to forget what you really want to do on this auspicious day.

Incorporate tasty dishes into the menu or side dishes for the special guests. A good timeline will keep your guests glued and entertained. Don’t forget to tell them about your love story and of course how you guys met.

This is surely one of the simple wedding ideas for a small wedding worth noting.

17. Create An Ambiance Lounge Area

I mean, you can’t keep your guests sitting face to face with each other all day. How about you create a lounge area for them to relax and rest their backs?

You can create a lounge area with cushions, pillows, and throw pillows (I mean, throw = fun). With this, you give them room to interact more and also to relax. You can make fruit punch, cocktail, or smoothies to serve in wine glasses while the guest catches up and maybe, matchmaking. *wink*

18. Hire a Budget Friendly Entertainment

A good timeline could keep your guests entertained but if you’re able to, consider hiring a live band for extra entertainment. Yeah, we’re on a small wedding if you can’t afford one, let it be.

If you’re able to, hire one that is budget-friendly to you and your spouse. You might even be lucky to get one as a gift from your friends. Or an artiste may come to surprise you because your friend put the word out there about your wedding and how much you admire the said artiste.

19. Have a Friend Help out With the Pictures

I mean, what’s a wedding without pictures? Am I right? You deserve those pictures, okay. They are those memories you look back to and remember how heartfelt it was for you. You might just be lucky to have a friend who is a photographer and wouldn’t mind capturing every moment. If you’re not, invest in one for a couple of hours to capture intimate moments with friends, families, and loved ones.

With fewer guests on your side, you get to create the most intimate atmosphere with them. A photographer or your friend should help to capture the laughter, the joy, the cheers, and dance of course. These are moments to treasure the most of the day and after.

Don’t forget pre-wedding shoots cause I mean, we the guests have to post. Am I right?

20. Find a Friend who Can Take Both Pictures and Videos

One of the simple wedding ideas for a small wedding is considering video coverage. I mean, after photography comes videography at weddings. Have your photographer make a video or videos of your memorable day. If you were lucky to have a friend who helped in photography but can’t do videography, how about sending them out? With this, you’re sticking to a budget and killing two birds with a stone.

Have them make clips of happy moments, dancing moments, eating moments, clinging of glasses, joy, and laughter. Everything!

21. Have a Small Cake

With a simple wedding, you need fewer layers of cake. You are also opportune to add brownies or cookies as dessert for your guests.

All you need do is communicate with your baker about your idea, the number of people you’re inviting and be on a budget with them. Be sure to enjoy this at the lounge area with your friends and family.

22. Your Menu Should be Limited

This is also one of the simple wedding ideas for a small wedding. Instead of paying a caterer, there are two options for you here:

  • Create your own menu
  • Get an online food vendor

Both options will work well. Or simply Call Mama, it’s an emergency. Trust me, in this situation, it’s best to run to them. They will definitely do something as their quota for this auspicious day or Hello Friends!

23. Have Your Bridesmaid and Groomsmen be On Board

I completely forgot this but here you go! Everyone has to be involved, including them. Be open to them about your ideas and also listen to theirs. Do you want a grand entrance, an elegant one or a street one? Do you want blue or red or red and green? Bundle up and bond with them about these issues and plan something simple and classy.

24. Choose Second-Hand Wedding Outfits

Sigh, I didn’t skip this because I swear I almost did. I mean, WHAT, It’s FASHION! This speaks volumes. Well, there are tons of bridal styles online and if you want yours made, be sure to plan this ahead of time, say months. This is to avoid getting disappointed, I mean, some fashion designers do not keep to their words.

But, how about embracing something new? Rent! People rent out bridal dresses, suits, gowns, and ties, I mean everything. They are called “second hand” but they are still of quality, class, and style.

You can choose to rent the gown and suits while you buy other accessories like shoes, jewelry, and bags. With this being done, you’re cutting down on expenses and having that small wedding you want.

25. Go for Cheaper Hair, Nails, and Makeup

Ladies! Ladies! With this, you don’t have to plan much as you can book a makeup artist a day before the wedding. And if you’re lucky, your friend might just be one and make all your dreams looks be a reality. Or your chosen artiste could be running a promo or a discount and you’re it!

Find artistes that match your desired look and the same thing applies to your nails, hair, or matching veil to complete your glamorous look like a bride.

26. Don’t Go Beyond Your Budget

If you’re like me, you must have had a mental picture of all these ideas listed above. If you did that, now is the time to set a budget for all these ideas.

Feel free to discard any you don’t find a need to, I mean it’s your day and everything should go as you want it. Just be sure to work with that budget you fix and don’t go overboard with it. Remember to check out what you feel is not needed or wanted and is not important.

As you have seen, setting a budget is surely one of the simple wedding ideas for a small wedding worth putting into consideration.

27. Whatever Happens, Don’t Change your Wedding Date!

What’s next after that budget? This is next! After planning all you’ll do and not do, now is the time to pick a date. Be sure to pick a date when everything you’ve planned is ready.

Do not rush into it when you’ve not fully planned out everything. You don’t want to ruin this day with last-minute calls for decorations or a photographer. Take your time to check out what is most needed and what isn’t.

28. Choose an Affordable Destination for Honeymoon

I decided to write this as last because it’s not really important if you can’t afford it. But, with simple weddings, you can go all out on your honeymoon. Maybe a destination honeymoon if you’re able to. This gives room for not just body, mind, and soul intimacy but intimacy with the world, people, and nature.

Remember, there is no rush here. You can choose to delay to save some more or simply put the money you have into other things like savings, car, family, rent, etc.


The above-mentioned simple wedding ideas for a small wedding are all important. Simple weddings give room for creativity and togetherness with friends and family. Your wedding is the biggest event you’ll ever put together by yourself. If you’re on a budget and without a wedding planner, there’s a lot you have to do and with that said, I hope I met your every thought and answered your every idea. If I did not, feel free to let us know and drop your suggestions in the comments section.

Thank you.

Aisha Zakari

25 Wedding Souvenirs Your Guests Will Love

25 Wedding Souvenirs Your Guests Will Love

When it comes to weddings, guests look forward to food, dress, venue and of course those wedding souvenirs they’ll be taking home. I know I do. So what are those wedding souvenirs ideas your guests will love in Nigeria? I’ll tell you in a minute. But first…

What is A Souvenir?

A wedding souvenir is an item or a gift that holds sentimental value to remember and eventually by. This act of giving makes your guest feel loved, appreciated and you keep your wedding memory fresh and alive in their homes.

Souvenirs are important, no matter how little when it comes to weddings. The wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria you should give out should be functional, beautiful and unique in their way. You don’t want to give out gifts your guest will leave lying around the house eating up space or even thrown away. Rather, you want them to use what you give, you want to keep your wedding memorable to them.

Do you want to give out a memorable yet functional souvenir to your guests? That’s where I hope this article comes in handy. I’ll be sharing wedding souvenirs ideas in Nigeria I believe to be memorable, practical and functional as well. Remember, wedding souvenirs depends on the couple’s taste, preferences and above all, budgets.

Wedding Souvenirs Ideas in Nigeria

1. Household Items

kitchen utensils
kitchen utensils

If your Mom is into weddings, you’d know this is very important cause never do they go to a wedding without coming back with such items.

And guess what?! There are tons to choose from among household items from the kitchen to bathroom and living room. It could be bathing and cooking bowls, a set of cutleries, a toothbrush holder, a rice strainer, even coloured cups. You won’t have your kids giving you a headache over who took each other’s cup as they will each have to pick their own favourite colours.

These items are indeed used daily in a typical Nigerian household and guests will definitely love and appreciate this. It’s like an old tradition that has stayed the longest among wedding souvenirs ideas in Nigeria. So, yes household items and you can find them on Amazon

2. Wall Clocks

Wall clock
Wall clock

There are adorable wall clocks you can use as souvenirs. Have it personalized with you and your spouse’s name written in it and the day you both got married.

They even make up for great decorations in your guest’s home. Purchase on Amazon at $14.88

3. Jotters/Notepads


Your guests will find this useful as they have to write/jot a few things – it could be a to-do list, daily reminders, quotes of personal reflection and many more.

Be sure to make a beautiful cover of you and your spouse, write vows if you both choose to. Have stickers to secure the front and back pages of the notepad if you can. These wedding souvenir ideas are loved in Nigeria. View on Amazon at $9.99

4. Mini Laundry baskets

Laundry basket
Laundry basket

This is the most thoughtful, functional and memorable gift of all time. I remember attending a wedding with my Mom in Jos 2019 and this was handed out to us. Mom still has 2 of them and one is still serving both me and my sister.

This basket could be used for clothes or even underwear. Guests will appreciate this and you’ll be keeping your wedding memories fresh and alive in their homes. You can buy mini- laundry baskets on amazon at $19.99

5. Mini – Umbrellas


These are small and of course, they come in handy as they are carriable. These are gifts you want to give out as guests will appreciate and find this useful when nature pours or hits. You know, rainfall and the scorching sun. View on Amazon at $9.99

6. Towels


I remember seeing a white towel in my Mom’s wardrobe and I asked where it’s from. She went ahead to tell me about the wedding she attended and that was a souvenir she got from the couple. You see right there, these couples have made their wedding memorable just by that. If you’re wondering about the towel, she didn’t give it to me, she eventually used it herself.

Giving out towels as wedding souvenirs ideas in Nigeria is thoughtful and of course functional – an everyday use.

You can find affordable Towels on amazon at $19.99

7. Scented Candles

Scented Candles
Scented Candles

This is something new and trending. I saw this in an Arewa wedding post. You know how Arewa are when it comes to their scent, incense and how they love to smell nice and have their home smell nice, lovely and welcoming.

These wedding souvenirs ideas in Nigeria will have your guests feeling loved, appreciated and of course, they will have their home smelling just as great as yours.

Another thing is, your guests can also have or create romantic moments anytime, anywhere with these scented candles. And of course, guests will keep the container as a keepsake. View on amazon at $21.99

8. Mugs


This makes a statement in keeping your special day alive.

They are perfect for wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria as they are readily available if you’re not customizing and are always useful.

They could be personalized with you and your spouse’s name and the date you got married. Customized mugs available on Amazon at $19.95

9. Hand Fans

Hand fan
Hand fan

This idea could be taken up a notch, instead of rubber hand fans, why not try those China fans? Cute hand fans are a thing now!

This adds an extra touch to weddings. Have you and your spouse’s name written on it, it keeps the memories alive and longer.

10. Keyholders


This is simple and yet thoughtful. Remember, little things count, they really do.

Engrave you and your spouse’s name on it, the date of the wedding and add pictures if you can, a lovely one. Guests will love this and it will indeed stay with them for a long time. view on Amazon for

11. Mason Jar Treats

Mason Jars
Mason Jars

Focus on extra-sweetness souvenir ideas. This is something new and indeed thoughtful as guests could give this to their kids or indulge themselves in something sweet and savoury.

You can have mini-cookies, fruit jam, chocolates, anything in particular in the mason jar and give them out as souvenirs. Make sure to have a cute package by tying a bow using yarn or jute rope and have a label with you and your spouse’s name.

Guests can reuse these jars to store spices. With $24 You can purchase it on Amazon

12. Bottle Opener/Magnetic Bottle Opener

wine opener
wine opener

This will be useful in any home. Engrave your and your spouse’s name, the date of the wedding and choose colours you both will like.

With a high budget, hit a combo by handing out a magnetic bottle opener. This way, your guests will have decorations on their fridges. Extra thoughtful I tell you!

Buy on Amazon for only $39

13. Carrier Bags

Carrier bag
Carrier bag

Creativity should speak here! Pick colours that match the event, personalize a durable, crafty one and don’t forget to write your and your spouse’s name and of course, the date of the memorable event. You can find affordable carrier bags at Amazon for only

14. Toaster


Where are the bread lovers at? This is a wedding souvenir that will have your guests surprised, loved and appreciated. A toaster makes bread taste way better and there are lots of things your guests could do with a toaster, bread sandwich for an instant.

Have your guests feeling happy and loved as you hand out these to them in a carrier bag. View on Amazon at $29.99

15. Blender


This is another wedding souvenir idea in Nigeria that will leave your guests both shocked and excited. This serves as a dual purpose in the kitchen either in blending tomatoes or blending soup seeds like Egusi, Ogbono etc.

People also use this to blend medicinal herbs for health issues. So, what are you waiting for? Hand these nice and warm gestures to your guests, be sure to personalize them with the date of your special day. view on amazon at $52

16. Fragrance


Be it perfume or an air freshener, hand them out to guests as they will love and appreciate this wedding souvenir idea in Nigeria. They can use it at home, in their cars, toilets and closets, even on the body depends on which you’re handing out. View on Amazon at $11.99

17. Herbal Tea Bags

Herbal Tea bags
Tea Bags

Teabags are believed to help with soothing and give relief. Handing out these to guests is thoughtful. You could try chai tea, chamomile tea, and what you desire is fine as long as it gives relief and calmness to your guests. Buy on Amazon

18. Local Handmade Soap

Handmade Soap
Handmade Soap

Hand these out to guests to show appreciation towards them for honouring your special day. They can use it to simply wash dishes at home and be reminded of you. Keep your day alive and fresh in their hearts and home. View on Amazon

19. Handkerchiefs


These are sentimental keepsakes that guests will appreciate these wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria. Customize it with the date of the wedding and your spouse’s name. View on Amazon at $8-$11

20. Trays


These are sometimes paired with cups, plates, spoons or sometimes on their own. Guest will love and find this very useful in the kitchen and for serving visitors at home.

Personalize this with labels and designs with your spouse’s name and of course the date of the special day. View on Amazon at $24.99

21. Chopping Boards

Chopping board
Chopping board

Another kitchen tool you can never go wrong when it comes to wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria.

This will be mostly used in the home of your guests and you keep your special day alive with them. You can purchase it on Amazon at $16.99

22. Electric Hand Fan

Electric Hand fan
Electric Hand fan

Remember the China hand fan, well this is more advanced, thanks to technology. Your guests can even use this at the wedding cause of how cute and useful they really are.

Give your guests this and have them leaving with smiling faces, don’t forget item 7 too. View on Amazon at $11.98

23. Torch/Flashlight


This is another helpful gadget you can easily handle out to guests as a wedding souvenir idea in Nigeria. This will be helpful to them at home or even used by their kids at home. Purchase on Amazon at $9.99

24. Personalized Wine Bottle/Cups

Wine cups
Wine cups

Cheers to a fun and memorable celebration! There are dinner nights in weddings now and sometimes, couples throw a party. This is where you come in by having personalized cups with you and your spouse’s name on them, of course, remember the date of the wedding. Always!

Enjoy the party as guests will love the gesture. You could give out the cups in a carrier bag to your guests as a keepsake.

To purchase set of wine cups at $28, check here

25. Ankara


Wedding souvenirs ideas in Nigeria should include Ankara if you’re able to. Guests will love and appreciate this as you’re being thoughtful towards their wardrobe. It is a great idea to show them you appreciate the time they took to come through for you. You can buy it on amazon at $15

Giving out unique souvenirs as I’ve listed will show appreciation towards them and remind them of your special day – keep it alive and fresh in the little way you can.


Remember, when you give out souvenirs, you’re saying “Thank you” to your guests in your own unique way and wedding souvenirs all depends on the couple’s taste, preferences and budgets.

My most preferred wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria will be the laundry basket, towel, fragrance (I mean, we all have to smile, don’t cha?), mugs, blender and jar treats. I mean those are treats, I love anything sweet. The reason why I chose these out of the 25 weddings souvenir ideas is that they are versatile, durable and above all, it serves purposes at home and that’s what all guest look forward to – gifts that will be used and not tossed in the store or even thrown away.

Now, see from list items 1 and 25, they are different. Lemme explain list item 25 are for couples with financial capacity while list item 1 is for couples with financial strength. See the difference? Take, for instance, the wedding of Yusuf Buhari where the souvenirs handed out to guests comprised of iphone12 and iPads

Now that’s what we call “financial capacity” while giving out other items that are affordable and not extremely extravagant and freaking expensive to your guests tells you to have the strength to appreciate them but not the capacity.

Both gifts are thoughtful and guests will be gratified but go out gifts you can afford and stay out of debt. There are a lot of wedding souvenir ideas in Nigeria, comment below if you think I missed any. Thank you!