Big or Small—Planning a Wedding is a Full-Time Job
Brides and grooms must trust their instincts as much as they trust their wedding planner on their big day.
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When they were dating, New Yorkers Lauren and Paul Lee were initially drawn to Lewes because they both loved Dogfish Head beer. “Dogfish Head Brewery brought us to the area the first time, but it was the scenery and the good vibes in small-town Lewes that kept bringing us back,” Lauren Lee says.
When they got engaged, they decided to wed in Lewes. “We wanted to share this special place with family and friends,” she says. On Oct. 19, 2013, 42 guests watched the Lees marry at Blockhouse Pond, a public park tucked behind Beebe Medical Center. Afterward, the group gathered in a rented home for an informal reception.
They purposefully kept the event small. “During the ceremony, we wanted to look around and know everyone,” Lee says. “We also wanted to spend quality time with everyone at our reception.”
Kira and Joel Cohen of Wilmington took a different approach. The couple invited 182 guests to their wedding on Aug. 31, 2013, at Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook, Pa. “It seemed as though every time we looked at the list, it was growing,” Kira Cohen says of deciding whom to invite.
There are many reasons to go big or go small, including timing, guest list and the couple’s personal preferences. But no matter the size of the wedding, success is still in the details.
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