Did you know that spending too much on your wedding is what newly-weds usually regret the most? And no doubt, after months of spending and stressing about items it is over in a flash, and fussing over napkin color for weeks suddenly seems pretty minor.
Carry on reading to discover that you can leave out more than you think, but still win big on style.
Bold extravaganza and splendor doesn’t mean more impressive or attractive. Nor are you confined to the shabby-chic or hipster look just because you are budget-orientated, neither.
What can be defined elegance is not necessarily the opulent and glitzy trims, but by opting for a well executed and well composed look you will stretch your decor budget a lot further – maybe even leaving spare change for your dream wedding dress or honeymoon.
It is true to say that your wedding will be the most memorable if you don’t try so hard to do what has been done over and over again, but instead aim create your own personal spin on elegance.
Just think about it: the fewer details, less to buy/ make/ store/ transport/ install/ take down/ dispose of = a lot less to worry about!
We encourage you to create a beautiful wedding experience with a balanced level of tasteful details which still brings on a luxurious feel.
This you’ll achieve if you spend your money in the right places – only things that matters to you and your groom – and leave out the excess that wedding traditions or Pinterest might have led us to believe we “need” to have a sufficiently beautiful wedding.
And today we will tell you how!
Below are our tips on how to scale back on the dubious details – that no one actually cares about (and you won’t get time to enjoy) – and amplify the raw beauty of your commitment and love!
Overall Wedding style
- Don’t follow trends but aim to stay timeless. Not only will your wedding photos age better, you will not have to pay a premium for trendy items, whereas classic items (candelabras, white linen, metallic accents) is readily available anywhere at any time of the year, not only for weddings but interior decor in general.
- A black tie dress code and color scheme is a fool proof way of hosting an instantly elegant affair – combine it with a hint of something that you are both into – perhaps incorporating a flavor of Boho, Moody, Industrial, or modern looks for a personalized twist.
- If your wedding style is based on “you” and not the latest craze in the wedding industry, there will be less worry that you will get sick of or embarrassed of your wedding decor in a few years time.
- Ultimately, not implementing a theme will be the least costly, as you don’t have to be concerned with co-ordination. Just call it “Nature-inspired Minimalism” or “Purely Us”.
- Styles that are forgiving on a budget are Minimalist and Rustic, with Vintage also with great potential.
- A laid back Scandinavian inspired decor with candles, glass vases and natural elements will go down really well and be super easy to achieve, and all your guests will love the cozy Hygge atmosphere
- The more paraphernalia you need to make the wedding look like something specific, the most stuff you’ll need to spend money on creating the look.
- An classic/ minimal/ or slightly rustic atmosphere will be the easiest to achieve, generally – and you will definitely be able to have personal style within this.
9. When it comes to your decor, keeping it simple and understated is the ultimate secret for saving money. Finding the right balance can seem tricky, but it is easy if you establish 3 areas that are the most important to you where you focus the decor, and place the high impact items here, and choose low cost items (or none) for the rest.
10. Simple glass holders for candles and minimalist vases are easy to find and can all find a new purpose afterwards, keeping some for your home, or why not selling the rest to a new Bride – or giving back to charity as a conscious move.
11. If your wedding venue is set up well, they will have the basic items that you can use, maybe even free of charge, and all you need to do is to bring your flowers and candles.
12. Instead of thinking Cheap – think Spending Wisely. Avoid cheap impulse buys or anything that you didn’t plan to have in the first place.
Write your wedding shopping list early, and be strict. Walk away from temptation and stick to your concise plan.
13. You won’t have a particularly luxurious look if details such as gold balloons, glitter menus, sequin table runners and plastic orchids were included solely because they were cheap to buy. With too many fancy extras, your wedding might end up tacky, and you would have wasted your money and effort in your quest for style. If your wedding is full of discount buys with no finesse or thought behind it, it will look anything but elegant. Don’t risk it looking like a work Christmas party!
14. Tasteful simplicity strikes as elegance, and it is most likely your creativity with materials and unique arrangements that will make your guests jaws drop – as opposed to your jaws when you see the overdraft on your credit card.
15. Aim for a personal look that can’t be found in commercial outlets, that you have chosen carefully because you genuinely love it.
16. It is a common wedding trap to think that making everything yourself is a budget friendly option, but this is often not the case. If you insist on crafting, choose your projects wisely and limit yourself to 3 projects, and ideally your materials are free, or at least inexpensive.
17. Although DIY decor an be fun and rewarding, it can also end up being costly and time consuming. Sometimes the end result is disappointing if didn’t quite work out as beautiful in that pin you saved.
18. Key words are Easy and Effective: you need to be fairly sure that the outcome will look good before you spend money on materials.
19. Rustic or vintage wedding decor is usually easy to forage or find at low cost. Invest in a few bottles of your metallic color of choice and spray glass bottles, vintage frames, branches and vases. Black or white can also look stunning used on candlesticks and table number displays.
20. In the end of the day, your guests are there to celebrate your marriage, and not to look at your exhibition of craft projects
20. Flowers could be a DIY project if you get a few helping hands the day before, and can store the arrangements in a cool place overnight.
21. A florist will be able to guide you on seasonal and local varieties that will be more readily available and therefore affordable
22. Decorating with single flowers in vases along with sprigs of greenery on the tables is a tasteful effect which is sufficiently elegant.
23. Try to make use of what is seasonally available in your area. Cotton, cherry blossoms, flowers in your Granma’s garden, your own succulent collection, grasses or sunflowers that grow in a field nearby… being thrifty doesn’t mean you’ll have a wedding that looks it!