You don’t have to have the biggest budget in the world to throw a classy and elegant wedding. And if you’re smart about it, a few luxury touches here and there can transform an affordable wedding into one that looks very high end! Here are just a few of the ways you can go about it.
Wedding flowers can be extremely expensive- particularly if you’re using something unusual, out of season or want a lot of flowers. However, there are ways you can get a luxury finish while cutting costs. Roses, lilies and other flowers that come with a high-end price tag in florists are actually very easy to grow. If you manage to produce some of your own blooms, you’ll certainly slash the cost. Another way is to blend expensive along with less expensive flowers in your bouquets. ‘Filler’ flowers such as Gypsophila, daisy spray, and carnations can all look pretty along with your chosen blooms but help to keep costs down.
One thing you shouldn’t overlook when planning your big day is your wedding transport! This is how you will get to the ceremony in the morning, and also to the reception afterwards if it’s being held elsewhere. Luxury vintage cars, smart chauffeur driven cars, limos and horse and carriages can all bring a really high end feel to the day. Your wedding is potentially the biggest day of your life, so why not arrive in style?!
Fireworks are a great way to entertain your guests in the evening, and are also a magical way to celebrate your new marriage! Find out if your venue allows firework displays, if they do it’s worth budgeting for. There are lots of companies around who offer professional displays for weddings so do some research and work out what would be best for you. You could even put out baskets of blankets for your guests to cozy up with as they watch.
A lot of the time at your wedding reception, guests will be spending at their table. So making the tables look incredible is a good option! Standard linens and napkins will generally be provided with the venue, but consider upgrading these. Your venue may have upgrades available, but if not there are some things you can do yourself. For example, adding a lace or gauze overlay to tablecloths can look luxurious and romantic. You could hire napkins in your wedding colours to add some colour and personality to the tables. If you don’t have a huge budget for flowers, you could add some helium balloon displays to each table to dress it up further.
Favours are a nice way of thanking your guests for attending your big day and can show you thought about them. The average wedding guest spends a considerable amount of time, money and effort attending a wedding. While your loved ones will, of course, be happy to do this for you, it’s still a thoughtful touch. It could be anything from French macarons to mini bottles of champagne! Again lots of companies offer wedding favours so browse some different options and work out what kind of thing would suit your budget.