Well, the big day is approaching and there is so much to do. Even with the idea of small wedding it's turning to such a big ordeal! Set the date, reserve the church, hire a band, get a dress, find a caterer, a photographer, a florist…the list goes on and on. Even if you're planning a small wedding, for many new brides planning a wedding can seem like an overwhelming task.

Planning a wedding doesn't have to be overwhelming, especially if you are planning a small wedding. Follow my simple tips and you will be on your way to planning a perfect, personal, and meaningful wedding.

First off, think about your location. When you are having a small wedding, a traditional church and banquet hall may be too large for your wedding party. Such a large building would seem overwhelming for a small group and potentially make your wedding seem empty. Instead, think outside of the box. You could host your wedding at your favorite restaurant, a garden, bed & breakfast, historic inn, wedding or meditation chapel, a museum, historic house, or even on a train or boat.

Just because a place doesn't advertise weddings does not mean that it is not a possibility. They just may not have the space for a large wedding. Don't be afraid to ask, you may find a surprising, unique venue that will make your day very memorable.

You might even consider having your wedding at your, or a loved ones home. This can be a very meaningful location, just be careful because often times this can end up being expensive. A private home may not have everything that you need and you could end up spending a lot renting tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, and other items.

Another option, if your wedding is small enough, is a destination wedding. Many beautiful resorts and spas will offer wedding packages. This way you get your wedding and your honeymoon in one location, and your guests get a little mini vacation.

There are also a lot of neat things you can do with your ceremony. Instead of a processional, allow guests to mix and mingle before the service over wine and cheese. Give a toast to start the event, and then have everyone proceed to their places.

You could also give each member of your families a flower, and have them line the aisle. As the bride proceeds towards the altar, she takes each one and assembles her bouquet as she goes, symbolizing the contributions the family makes to this union.

If you have a very small guest list you can ask each of the guests to say a few words about the couple, or ask them to write a few things down ahead of time, and assemble them into a document for one person to read aloud.

When you have a small wedding, you can also do some very unique things with the reception. Instead of having a typical reception, you can have a "wedding supper" at a restaurant--as simple or as lavish as you prefer. Some restaurants will even print a special menu just for your event. You could also have a bar-b-que, or cookout where everyone can relax and visit.

If the reception is in a historic home or museum, have a tour guide there to show guests the facility. Also, instead of a band or D.J., hire a string quartet, a harpist, or other unique musical performer.

For a lot of couples, they don't get to spend enough time with their guests on their wedding day. Many times you will have a lot of people that are very important to you and some may have traveled a long way to see you. With a small wedding and reception, you won't have this problem.