When it comes to planning your dream wedding, it might seem like the final cost is a big point of contention. But, given the flowers and the photographs and finding a location, it can actually be the sheer volume of choice out there that’s really overwhelming. Fortunately, while price may certainly be a factor, there’s no reason you can’t take a little inspiration from your favorite celebrity weddings when planning your own!
Sure, you might not be able to afford an evening affair at The Waldorf Astoria or a group trip to Florence, but there are some touches you can definitely take that will make your wedding more than dreamy. If you’re looking for a few special ideas, look no further!
- Pick the Perfect Theme
It can seem like a big commitment to choose one theme on your wedding, other than getting married, of course, but it can actually be a great way to decide on a lot of the details. For example, if you’re both passionate about 16th Century France or ancient Egyptian culture, you may want to take cues from those particular times and places. While it can require a little more planning, it can be a lot more fun for you both to get involved – and bring your guests along for the ride too!
- Cartoon Caricatures for Invitations
Wedding invites may commonly be the place for pale colors and fancy lettering, but they can also be the perfect moment to set the tone for a fun, inspiring evening. Instead of going with an overly elegant invitation, try having cartoon versions made of you and your significant other on your invites. Not only will this type of invitation be sure to snag your guests curiosity, it can be a pretty fun keepsake for everyone after the event has wrapped up. For extra excitement, you may even want to send along some chocolates!
- Make-Your-Own Marriage Marquee
Few things sum up Hollywood like the flashing lights of the marquee board. But, while many people have dreamed of seeing their name in flashing lights, it’s something you can actually do. If ever there was an important enough day to showcase your name in neon lights, your wedding is it! While you can certainly create this unique wedding look with some DIY- cardboard letters, spray paint and lights, if you’re running low on time you may want to leave it up to the experts.
- Make It a Mansion
Location may be key when it comes to real estate and your wedding day, but it can also be ideal in bringing the sophistication on its own. While places like the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, United States and Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy may be beyond the means of many, there may very well be a picturesque heritage house in your area. And, not only can a fancy house make for a truly memorable wedding, it may be enough setting that you won’t have to spend a lot to embellish it.
- DIY Wedding Wine Favors
Most people have a love for wine, and your wedding guests will likely be no exception. Fortunately, if you happen to be a winemaker, this can be a great opportunity to make wedding favors for all of your wedding guests. If you know of your guests wine likes and dislikes, you may want to tailor a type for your own personal wine recommendations! Not only is this a great way to create a gift that can be economical, it will no doubt impress all the wine lovers at your wedding.
- Coordinate your Clothes
A groom’s suit and the bride’s dress might seem like two items for which there can be no similarity, but there are ways that you can coordinate these clothing items to make for an elegant look that’s sure to impress. Since you’ll want to make sure that you do this type of thing in an understated manner, you’ll want to try a binding element between your outfits. For example, if you’re both going with a similar color, use it as an accent, or, if the bride is going with a hot corset the groom can choose a ribboned vest for effect.
- An “Alice in Wonderland” Garden Party
There are many beautiful locations to have a party, and the gardens of an estate might be an ideal place to have them But, if you’d really like to bring the movies into real life, you may want to consider your own tea party and wedding reception that’s straight out of “Alice in Wonderland.” While you can start with vintage pieces of furniture and a brilliant mix of colors, you can even invite your guests to get in on the action and don their fanciest hats.
- A Sinful Snack Bar
Outside of an open bar, few things are going to be as popular at your wedding reception as the wedding cake. But, not everyone is going to want to wait for the cake cutting. Instead of so much emphasis on one sweet, try catering yourvery own snack bar! Whether you decide to go with candy, popcorn or even chocolate, this can be a great conversation starter among your guests. You may even want to leave out some goodie bags so they can take a little wedding home with them!