In these times of crisis, many couples cannot afford a huge and expensive wedding reception. If you are in the same situation – you want to get married but you have only a tight budget – we can assure you that great and unforgettable weddings don’t have to be expensive.
Amazing weddings can be affordable; you just have to know what to do. It is not necessary to book an expensive location, to buy the most expensive decorations and to hire a wedding planner. If you have a “do – it – yourself” wedding you can save money.
If you want to have an outdoor summer wedding, but you do not want to spend lots of money on a location, we recommend you to organize a backyard wedding reception. With the right ideas for decorations, a backyard wedding reception can be an unforgettable and elegant event.
Backyard wedding reception ideas are many and diverse. Even if you are planning a backyard wedding you can still have your dream wedding. First of all it is important to make sure that you have enough space to say “I do”. If you only have a small backyard in which do not fit 200 guests and 20 tables, you should start thinking which persons are really important to you, the rest should be cut off.
A backyard wedding is usually more informal, but informal doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant. When it comes to decoration it’s always a good idea to keep it simple. Decorating your backyard with beautiful flowers, candles and lights, white bows and other pieces could create a beautiful and elegant atmosphere that will make you forget that it’s just your backyard. It’s not necessary to have a five course menu; a buffet will do just fine. It’s only important for the food that is being served to be delicious.
Backyard wedding reception can be very elegant, but what if you want to have a very casual, fun and memorable event? In this case it’s a cool idea if your backyard wedding reception would be a backyard wedding barbecue. If you are an unconventional couple that doesn’t need a formal, black – tie wedding, but just wants to have fun when celebrating the love for one another or if you believe that wedding is just an unnecessary formality, a backyard barbecue party is a great, amazing and unique idea.
Ask your friends to wear casual clothes (T – shirts, short pants, cute casual dresses), decorate your backyard with nice lanterns, candles, balloons and other pieces of decoration, prepare the barbecue and start a great party with good music, excellent food, an exuberant atmosphere and guests that feel relaxed and enjoy themselves. As it is your wedding day and you do not want to smell like food you should ask your parents or a good friend to prepare the food.
No matter how you want to organize it (if you want a fancy elegant wedding or a more casual one), backyard wedding receptions are a great money saving alternative to weddings at the restaurant or at another venue.11
The dream wedding is the ideal embodiment of every couple’s hopes and dreams. Planning your wedding in the snow and diamond dressed trees season is not as different as planning your wedding in any other season. The same choices, the same questions, the same problems: the location, the wedding dress, the tux, the menu, the cake and of course the flowers.
Picking the winter wonderland flowers for the bridal bouquet, for the godmother and the bridesmaids, but also for the other wedding floral arrangements is not easy. If your dream wedding will be in the middle of the winter, you will have the feeling that the bouquets and the arrangements need to be necessarily special and especially in tone with your favorite season.
Winter is a pretentious time of the year and the flowers don’t cop very well with the cold and breezy days. But, you mustn’t give up your preferences for factors like the flowers availability, their price and their resistance to cold. A special winter flower is the “Magnolia”. Her name comes from the French botanist Pierre Magnol and she is considered a noble, unique wonder of nature. Of a delicate, spectacular beauty, the magnolia is not often found in wedding bouquets, so will surely be pretty unique from this point of view.
For the godmother and bridesmaids bouquets the “Christmas Star” flower is recommended. This way you will bring back the Christmas magic feeling. Another suggestion would be to add to the setting some “Japanese Roses”. They will increase the greatness of the décor and can be found in a variety of colors. Another special choice for the bouquets is the “Cymbidium Orchid”, a particular orchid species, which blooms in the winter and has a large range of colors, from white to yellow, pink and green.
But, if simplicity is the starting point of your wedding theme, and you are a romantic bride, choose a snowdrops flower bouquet or white lily flowers enriched with small springs of myrtle. Even if for the winter weddings most of the flowers you know or like are hard to find, you can ameliorate the impact that a wedding with no flowers could have on you and start looking early for florists and favorite flowers.
To save some money and not to get cot with dull wedding arrangements, use your imaginative skills and take advantage of nature’s wonders. Choose snowflakes and pine cones like ornaments. You can make it yourself or you can ask your florist to add them to the wedding bouquets.
Although, in generally the suggested flowers are not so well known and used for wedding arrangements, this winter wonderland beauties, the “Christmas Star”, the “Winter Lily”, the “Japanese Rose” and the “Magnolia” are spectacular and give a touch of elegance to any event or flower arrangement.11
The wedding day is an important day especially for the bride and groom, but for some guests of the wedding it might be a boring day. Not everybody likes weddings. If you want to impress those people too and to make your wedding an unforgettable and amazing event, you must do something out of the ordinary.
If you are an unconventional bride and do not insist to have a traditional wedding and you are ready to do something unusual, then we might have the perfect solution for you. Why not having a Halloween wedding? Be a Halloween bride and amaze everybody.
To celebrate a real Halloween wedding, the reception room must be decorated accordingly. Use skeletons, witches, spider nets and all types of monsters to decorate the room. Do not forget the jack – o lanterns. The tables should also be decorated with Halloween items. Ask your guests to come disguised or to wear masks. The bride and the groom are the most important persons at the wedding. They can choose whatever they want to wear.
If you think that a Halloween party is great, but you do not want to wear a costume, it’s fine. You are the bride, it is your special day and you should wear whatever you like. Chose the gown you consider to be your dream dress. Maybe it would be a good idea to choose a red dress instead of a white one or use a black belt. But if you want to be a real Halloween bride, you must wear a costume.
The best Halloween bride costume is the bride of Frankenstein. It’s a classic. It scary and it’s sexy. The groom can dress up as Frankenstein’s monster. With these outfits you are sure to be the optical high – light of your wedding. Another Halloween bride costume is the bride of Chucky. If you like leather this must be your pick. If you like black and want a more romantic and classic Halloween costume, then choose to dress up as Morticia and Gomez Adams. Morticia and Gomez Adams is a lovable and cute couple, so it would be a great choice for your wedding.
Corps bride would be yet another great pick for a Halloween wedding. Her style is sexy and modern and at the same time a little bit creepy. You could also dress as a zombie bride or as a vampire, a Gothic bride or a witch. It is not necessary for you to choose a scary costume. You mustn’t be a scary Halloween bride.
If you do not like scary costumes then just dress up as something else. If you have always wanted to be a princess, now it’s your chance. You could also wear a cat costume or you could be a fairy. Maybe you and your partner could dress up like a famous love couple (like Romeo and Juliette, Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Napoleon and Josephine etc.). There are no limits and no rules. Let your imagination run free.11