Let’s be honest! Not everyone can afford the excessive expectations of a modern wedding. Iridescent flower arcades and sumptuous china look fabulous but are simply not accessible without wasting all the savings or taking a loan.
If this is something you are not fancying, there are ways to plan an intimate wedding which will leave you with great memories and a full wallet.
In a nutshell, you have to cover three basic aspects: food, drinks and atmosphere.
1. Intimate Ceremony
Have your ceremony at the courthouse with a small group of intimate friends and very close relatives. Try to eliminate dead time intervals by scheduling the celebration party immediately after the ceremony.
2. Dazzling Decorations
Don’t break the bank for wedding decorations. Balloons, bunting and tissue paper flowers are fun, affordable and effective. Not to mention that you can reuse them countless times for baby showers or birthday parties.
3. Finger- Licking Food
If you have talented cooks in your family, engage them in preparing the food – nothing fancy, think quality salads, delicious sandwiches, succulent smoked brisket, tasty dips and scrumptious snacks. You don’t need pretentious food. Simple food like cheese and grapes can be mouthwatering and your guests will be grateful for some real food. If cooking scares you, hire a local caterer but keep the same principle.
4. Tantalizing Desert
Lately, there is a trend to have cupcakes instead of cake at the wedding and many couples say it’s less stressful, more affordable and, not surprisingly, more delectable than a wedding cake.
5. Refreshing Drinks
One rule only - buy bulk. Moreover, you can limit the amount of alcohol consumed by providing a wide selection of soft drinks. Don’t forget about water!
6. Engaging Music
A talented DJ can create a vibrant atmosphere keeping your guests on the dance floor the entire afternoon and it costs a fraction the price charged by a band.
7. Memorable Moments
Photography is a tricky subject because it can make or break your memories. If you are lucky enough to have a photographer between your friends, use this advantage; if not, this might be an expense worth taking.
However, you can save a considerate amount if you look for a college student majoring in photography who does weddings on the side to finance his studies.
If your heart’s desire is a huge wedding then, by all means, go for it. Alternatively, you can opt for an inexpensive intimate wedding which feels a lot like a family reunion party. For the right couple, it might be more gratifying than a big, extravagant celebration.
Photography: Courtney Dee
Bridal Shawl: Laremi
Bridal Tiara: HoneyV
Makeup: Rachel Lindsey
Hair : Bridal Hair by Jennie
Dress : Amara Bridal
Model : Mia
Venue : Roslin Beach Hotel
Hair Accessories : Hey Jules!