Want to amaze your guests without breaking the bank? Check out these wow factor wedding ideas that are stunning but cost-effective…
Wear something unexpected
Do you always wear high neck dresses? Is everyone expecting you to wear a princess dress? Don’t limit yourself to trying on styles you think you should wear, think outside the box. You may find something that truly makes you feel incredible that you never expected you’d like, which will also amaze your guests! The bridal fashion world is loving separates and coloured designs at the moment.
Jazz up your tables
Your guests will spend hours at their table during the meal and speeches, so try to make them as interesting as possible. From funky prints on the napkins, to memories of your relationship together, you can give guests something to talk about among themselves while also making the tables look breathtaking.
You can stun your guests with any number of surprises throughout the day. How about secret singers mingled within your guests who suddenly burst into performance? Or during the first dance, you could suddenly have a cloud of confetti fall from the ceiling.
People love pictures!
It’s true what they say… A picture is worth a thousand words. Use photos of you both to tell the story of your big day, and dot them around the venue. You can also use photos of guests to seat them rather than their place name cards. And it’s also a great idea to frame photos of those who couldn’t be with you on the day.
The trend for naked cakes (no icing) has meant that a lot of people have had gorgeous, tasty wedding cakes at a snip of the price! They look particularly beautiful when covered in flowers, berries or seasonal fruits. If you know a cake-baking friend, this might be right up their street!
Flowers add elegance to any occasion, can brighten dull spaces, and they make the room smell incredible, but they can be expensive. However, fear not, as some of the more affordable blooms are fast becoming favourites in the wedding world. Hydrangeas and Gypsophila are so pretty and cost effective, too.
Light up the room
Fairylights will add enchantment to any room, particularly at night. Wrap them around beams, or a more recent trend is to put them in fire-protected tulle drapes on the ceiling. They look amazing and will create a magical feel for your day. Pick up your lights in the January sales post-Christmas to save money.
Get creative with the furniture
There’s no need to hire loads of furniture for your reception if you have some at home you can use. You could use large dressers or shelves to put up photos, the guest book or even a sweetie bar without having to pay for it. This works particularly well for marquee wedding receptions.
Blooming beautiful hair
Flowers are the new tiara – everyone’s doing it! From big, bold flower crowns to dots of Gypsophila pinned in, it’s an effortlessly elegant way to pretty-up your ‘do. One trend we expect to see soon is for single stems in bridal hair, particularly oversized open peonies for spring/summer brides. Natural
Say ‘I do’ in the sun!
Getting married abroad is a really expensive option, right? Wrong! There are so many providers out there now that can put together the most amazing packages in some of the world’s best destinations, pretty much guaranteeing great weather and incredible views. Don’t rule it out, you may be surprised how many people would love a mini break abroad to celebrate with you in the sun.
Going out with a bang is always a way to wow your guests. Firework displays may be expensive, but there are deals to be had, particularly if you can get a deal after Guy Fawkes Night in November. Alternatively you could release light-up up paper lanterns with your guests – just check your venue allows both of these, as some do not permit it.