A Casual Affair
Maybe you’re not very traditional. Perhaps you don’t have a lot of money to contribute to your wedding. Or, maybe you just want a low-key, intimate affair to celebrate your big day. Whatever your reason may be, opting for a less “stuffy” method of celebrating sounds mighty appealing to some.
Make sure to tell your guests that you are opting for a more subdued approach and less “pomp and circumstance.” Surely, you don’t want your guests to overdress or misinterpret your style. Setting the tone is muy importante in regards such as invitations, décor, and even the setting.
The look and language of your invitations is typically the indication of the formality of these events. For example, engraved invitations speak to elegant and traditional-type weddings. While, casual weddings may utilize handmade papers, textured ribbons, snazzy monograms, etc. Less fancy and more unique.
If you want to get married in a forest preserve overlooking a lake, a Vera Wang princess blush ballgown is probably not the best option. If you can imagine bean bag toss, Frisbee tossing, and a general laid-back backyard feel to your day, then you might want to dress accordingly.
Wedding stylists and planners will often suggest their clients close their eyes and tell them exactly how it looks, feels, smells, etc on their big day. If you envision Chinese lanterns swaying in the wind under a starry sky and a buffet of homemade foods and desserts, then this is your best option. If you imagine a country club adorned with ice sculptures, white glove service, and displays of shellfish…this is definitely not your cup of tea.
Setting the table in a communal farm table is a really nice way to get everyone mingling and blissfully enjoy an unstructured reception dinner. Displaying and serving in-season fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and rustic loaves of bread are simple ways to make this a casually-elegant day. Think finger foods and comfort foods. They are big crowd pleasers and are very minimalist in presentation and palette.
Just remember, your wedding is not an all-night event, note that your caterers or band may slap you with some giant fees if you go over on time. This is meant to be an easy-going evening not to be interpreted as a rave or frat party.