Get the limo if you want to and include whatever you want. An intimate wedding just has fewer people.
We're having 30 people (if FH doesn't add anyone else to the guest list). We've kept in most things but reduced the time allocated to them or the number of options available. We have the bar (we bought the alcohol), the toasts/speeches, but opted for a cocktail reception instead of a sit-down dinner.
We had a small intimate wedding of 72 guest count. The venue was our one source for the wedding and reception as well as activities to keep families busy within themselves. It was great as the night of the Welcome Dinner, also done as a rehearsal dinner differently; followed by a campfire with the family on the beach.
We opted out for a limo or anything of transportation since we were all together in a remote place.
We are doing a party of 25 and essentially only having dinner and dance. We have rented a large condo party room at a fancy condo downtown Toronto so space is large but intimate as well. Still doing, make up, hair, dress, caterer, having a singer and guitar player for band (appropriate for smaller party) and we also hired a magician to do strolling magic during cocktail hour before dinner!
I would still have hair, makeup, photography, still dress like a wedding, food and alcohol 😆 plus I'd still have the string quartet. We didn't do a limo at all but if that's the splurge you want 100% do it.