Is it just me, or have weddings become just a little bit tacky in recent years? Couples are splashing more and more cash on designing a day to remember, and in the process, there’s a tendency to go completely overboard. It’s a trend that’s putting pressure on brides and grooms to add more ‘stuff’ that simply isn’t necessary, and it’s one that too often results in an occasion that’s more about being flashy rather than celebrating your love.
Each to their own, of course. But it’s very possible to free yourself from the shackles of expectation, and plan a low-key, stylish event that you’ll remember for all the right reasons. Here are the secrets of a sophisticated wedding…
Ditch the faceless hotels in favour of a family-run business
When you’ve been in one chain hotel, you’ve been in them all. Same decor, same food, same service, same vibe. That might be all well and good if you’re looking for a last-minute weekend getaway, but if you’re reading this, then it’s almost definitely not want you want out of your big day.
I love supporting small businesses, and there are some truly brilliant ones out there who provide a much more tailored and exclusive package. A great example here is Bijou Venues. They own six beautiful country house properties that aren’t just breathtaking to look at, but offer an exceptional experience that’ll wow your guests.
Go for quality instead of quantity
Sometimes less can be more, and this applies to almost every aspect of your wedding. It’s unlikely that you really need a juggler, a photo booth, outdoor lawn games, a box full of fancy dress, and a team of thirty entertainers to keep your guests entertained. It may be the case that your money is better spent on a classy live band that’ll play your favourite songs well into the evening.
When you’re attending wedding fairs, you’ll come across all kinds of weird and wonderful businesses who are trying to sell you their wares. Before you rush into any decisions, take a step back and some time to think. Is it really going to add an extra element to your day, or is it just a gimmick that you can live without?
Choose a naked wedding cake
You know how every now and again, a trend comes along that you just become completely obsessed with? This is what happened to me when I first discovered naked wedding cakes. You could argue that I’m a little bit biased, but I believe that they’re the epitome of style and class, and there’s no other design that I’d even consider.
Forget thick chunks of dry icing that no one wants to eat anyway, and choose to decorate with beautiful flowers or fresh fruit. Having tasted a few, I can also confirm that they’re absolutely delicious.
At the end of the day, your wedding should be individual to you, and you’re in the driving seat when it comes to making the big decision. Putting your own spin on these tips though will make sure that you end up creating a special event that’s remembered for all the right reasons.