1. When it Comes to Food, Fresh is Best
Having a summer wedding might allow for some wiggle room in the menu. On a hot summer’s day, your guests will be parched and wanting something refreshing. Take this into account when planning out the food and drink for your reception. Opt for fresh fruits, salads, and light drinks when planning your menu rather than finding the fanciest meal plan available. Not only will this save you money, but it will also be more satisfying for your guests. Check out some ideas from this wedding!
2. Get Crafty with your Bridesmaids
Whether you are a creative mastermind or not, getting crafty for your wedding does not have to be a chore. My own personal rule is “the cleaner the better.” So instead of dropping a few hundred dollars on overpriced flowers and professionally made centerpieces, think about hopping on sites like Pintrest and finding cute centerpieces and decorations that you can make yourself.
One of my personal favorites is this “All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar” from TipHero. All this jar takes is some lemon, lime, lemon eucalyptus oil and rosemary. Add a floating candle and you’re good to go! Not only does this make a cute centerpiece, but it keeps your guests from being swarmed by insects!
I suggest buying enough supplies to make one or two sample pieces first, that way you can decide what centerpiece is your favorite (plus you can rule out any that are too labor intensive). Next, call your bridesmaids and get to work! You can also invite your mom and future mother-in-law. Having a craft night is a fun bonding activity for you and your girls, and you will definitely appreciate the help!
3. Explore a New Location
You may have dreamed of a Hawaiian wedding when you were a little girl. But, you don’t have to go to another state in order to have a stunning location. Believe it or not, destination weddings can be just as much, if not more than a traditional wedding and reception. Choosing a closer location might allow you the wiggle room to spend more in other areas that are important to you—like honeymooning in the real Hawaii.
Find a location that is naturally appealing. You can still have that beach front wedding, if you find beautiful lakeside venue. Alternative wedding locations are huge this year, and I doubt the trend will go away any time soon. If you’ve got a rustic theme going, you might want to consider having your wedding at a barn, like this one at The Mohicans (there is also a small pond on the property)! Or, if the earthy/natural look is more your style, consider a ceremony in the woods surrounded by all the beautiful greenery.