Not everyone dreams of a big white wedding with all the trimmings; if you’re hoping for more of an intimate event, there all sorts of ways you can ensure your wedding is as sweet and as simple as you hope it will be. Read on for some top tips.
Choose a low-key venue
There’s no need to have your wedding in a castle if all you really want is something small and modest – a country manor house or even a converted barn can be ideal as an intimate wedding venue. What might matter more is the setting itself – perhaps you’re hoping for some lovely natural scenery, in which case, you might decide to hold your wedding ceremony in the grounds of a stately home in the countryside.
Hand-make what you can
If you’d rather forgo the glitz and glamour associated with many modern weddings and opt for something more personal, why not get crafty and make things like place cards, invitations and wedding favours?
Consider making your own jam and reusing old jars finished with some gingham fabric and a bow to give out as wedding favours, and you can make your own wedding invitations with some bits and bobs like card, ribbon and beads from craft shops.
Trim the guest list
For a simple wedding, keep guest numbers to a minimum – this will help create a less formal ambience for your big day. Your closest friends and family members are probably the only people you really want to share your wedding with, and lower numbers will mean less work too. Inviting fewer guests might also leave more of the wedding budget for you to spend ensuring your day is truly memorable, allowing you to splash out that little bit more on your dress or entertainment, for example.
Ask for help
Instead of trying to juggle all the wedding preparations yourself, ask friends and family members to pitch in. The saying goes: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and it’s worth asking around to see if friends and relatives have useful contacts, such as a photographer pal, a good baker or a classic car owner who would be happy for you to use one of their vintage models for the day.
This is a great way of both ensuring you have the simple wedding you dream of while also potentially keeping your costs down.
Don’t overlook second-hand
If you’re looking for unique centrepieces for your tables, or want to find a vintage wedding dress that won’t break the bank, it’s worth poking around charity shops, dress agencies and auction websites.
You can pick up all sorts of things from thrift shops, but it’s a good idea to have a running theme. Old porcelain cups look pretty with flower posies or tea lights inside, while you might be able to pick up some vintage bird cages that will provide real focal points as table centrepieces.
With regards to your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses, instead of spending thousands of pounds, you could get all the dresses you need for a lot less if you’re willing to wear something second-hand. Most of the time each garment has only been worn once and has a vastly reduced price compared to a brand new dress. You could also customise the dresses yourself for a more personal touch, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be ruining something that cost a fortune.