One of the most satisfying days of your life could be your wedding.
Joy, beauty, celebration, and ritual, can all be part of the event. Do you need to go into debt to pull off a gorgeous, memorable wedding? Absolutely not. You create a wonderful event that doesn’t leave you flat broke or in debt by using artful ideas.
First and foremost, location location location. If you are fortunate enough to have a free or nearly-free venue, that saves a bundle of cash. Think about friends, family, or even co-workers who might have access to spaces such as clubhouses, conference rooms, or open space. If you can be satisfied with a smaller wedding, say 50 guests or less, you will have many more options available.
Once you find a location and set the date, the fun part begins. Themed weddings might suit your fancy, or perhaps just a color scheme is more your taste. I love indoor/outdoor themes. Perhaps you have a place with indoor facilities with lots of windows or spectacular natural surroundings. Pay attention to weather and have a game plan for rain in case you plan an outdoor venue.
Beach weddings can be challenging (be prepared to deal with sun, wind, rain, blowing sand, soft footing, and uneven chairs), but they are generally beautiful and peaceful. Permits are usually required unless you have your event on private property, so think carefully when selecting an outdoor space.
Frame your event location using ribbons, flower arrangements, or perhaps a gazebo. White lights can be spectacular and romantic.
Be an artist and make use of color as a theme, with soft and classy over bold and loud. For daytime weddings, gray and pastels work beautifully for suits, tuxedoes, flowers, and dresses. At night, a little more drama works well, so perhaps black and one bolder color such as rose, magenta, royal blue, greens, etc.
Use colors that work with your environment rather than against it. If you have a tropical event, turquoise and ocean blues work well.
Repetition creates harmony and unity. Party planners know to repeat shapes, colors, or textures throughout an event.