A few key concerns come up again and again when I listen to brides… weddings on a budget, pressure to meet friends & family’s expectations, and the challenge of creating a unique and personal wedding.
All of these worries make sense to me, but I really think it’s possible to bypass them all if you can think creatively about your wedding. Creatively enough so that your friends and family have to throw all their preconceptions out of the window: then they can relax and enjoy your wedding.
How to have an alternative, affordable, family-friendly wedding
Make it different, first. Choose an unusual location, outdoor ceremony, colourful (non-wedding) dress, exotic buffet and unexpected timings for your day.
The less familiar the concept of your day, the easier it will be for guests to forget their preconceptions and enjoy your alternative wedding.
Read the articles on the English Wedding blog entitled Get Grounded. It’s all about starting from scratch: you need two people who want to get married, then you can pick and choose whichever other things you’d like to make your wedding day out of.
Thinking about your wedding from the ground up in this way will help you keep your budget way down. Part of having an alternative wedding is skipping the cake, the flowers, the DJ, the sit down meal and speeches. Naturally you’ll save a bit of money!
If you’re having a creative, affordable wedding day I’d love to hear about it! Has your family embraced your alternative wedding? Pop a comment in the box below if you have a minute.