Your Guide to a Practical Wedding

Jan 31 2019

Your Guide to a Practical Wedding

Photo Credit: Sean Cook Weddings

 

 

Okay, let’s see…I need a dress, alright. Decor? Yeah, I’ll need that. I also gotta figure out his suit, my mother’s dress, oh! Who’s my maid-of-honor again? Have I asked anyone yet? I’ll need to pick a cake, and food, and flowers! Okay, okay, okay, I’ll just go to Pinterest and make a list…wait, where do I start. I’ll type in “weddings,” I guess. Um. Okay. That’s a lot. Two dresses? Do I need two? How did they afford that many cars? She paid for all of those menu options?! I’m crying.

 

Yeah, we get it. Planning a wedding is challenging, and while some enjoy the challenge, others just want a practical wedding—something that’s affordable, looks nice, and feels great. If a bunch of wedding details and decisions are weighing on your mind, take a deep breath, and read through our short guide for a practical wedding.

 

Photo: Kortney Boyett Photography

 

 

First thing’s first, decide what kind of wedding you’d like to have.

 

 

You have to decide what kind of wedding you’d like before you can do anything else. This doesn’t mean to nail down a theme, or color palette (though that helps), it just means you need to know what is important to you on your wedding day. Would you like a ton of people there? Amazing food? Intimate ceremony? Big party? If a small wedding with just your closest family and friends feels right, then great! If you are dying to have a fast food restaurant cater your big day, that’s also great! What do you absolutely need to feel happy on your big day? In other words, decide what your wedding priorities are. This is the time to contemplate what wedding traditions and trends actually matter to you, and forget about the ones that don’t.

 

Pro Tip: Marking low-priority items will be beneficial when crafting your overall budget, so be honest with yourself when deciding what wedding details you are less concerned about.

 

Photo: Kortney Boyett Photography

 

 

You know your priorities, now set a budget.

 

 

Setting a budget is something people get pretty anxious about—especially if they’re thinking of asking family members for help. Relax! You only have to set the budget once. You know your must-haves, so keep those in mind while you figure out the numbers. A bigger guest list may mean a bigger budget, but if high-end food wasn’t on your priority list, you could lessen that part of the budget. Pinterest would have you believe that every wedding needs an extensive menu, personal “thank you” gifts, and extravagant decorations, but that just isn’t true. Set a budget that is reasonable for your income, savings, and help.

 

Pro Tip: If it’s easier and more practical to ask family members to contribute to a low-priority item, then go for it. For my wedding, my mother couldn’t afford to give us a large sum of cash; instead, she asked to be in charge of the cake (a low-priority item for me). She hand-painted a cake-topper that matched our vintage carnival theme and had a friend airbrush a charming little cake from the grocery store. It was beautiful, and the topper is still displayed in my home years later!

 

Photo Credit: Sean Cook Weddings

 

 

It’s time for our biggest practical wedding secret: select the perfect venue!

 

 

If you want a practical wedding, the venue plays an integral role. It’s tempting to find a banquet hall or wedding center that takes care of food and music, but bells and whistles quickly add up, and you can easily provide your own music and food that will better match your tastes and budget. The key to a practical wedding is finding a venue with an open-vendor policy. Don’t be tricked into paying high prices for low-quality meals or decor; an open-vendor policy allows you to bring in a caterer, DJ, or other vendor that you’ll love at a price you can afford. You don’t need to get bogged down by decisions, either, just ask the venue for recommendations on vendors, and choose the one you like within your price range.

 

Pro Tip: While an open-vendor policy is a must for a practical wedding, it’s also important to find a venue that is already beautiful without the addition of time-consuming and intricate decor. An event venue like NOAH’S is already elegantly designed, so no additional decor is needed—though NOAH’S can provide accent lighting and backdrops if desired, and you can always bring in your own decor to add a little something extra.

 

Photo Credit: Sean Cook Weddings

 

 

Some people spend years dreaming of their wedding day, planning every detail down to the embellished champagne glasses. But some of us desire something more practical; we want a wedding that’s fun, looks nice, and leaves a lasting warm impression without the massive bill. No one says you have to display a more-than-you-could-ever-actually-eat cake or purchase matching bridesmaid dresses for a dozen of your “closest” friends. With a beautifully designed venue, a list of priorities, and an easy-going attitude, a practical wedding is entirely within reach.

 

If you want a grand and detailed affair, practical celebration, or anything in between, NOAH’S Event Venue has the staff, event packages, and know-how to help you craft your dream wedding day. Schedule a tour today!

 

 

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