Serving signature drinks are a budget friendly alternative to full bars that also focuses on the bride and groom. By choosing only 2 of your favorite cocktails you don’t have to deal with the headache of getting all of the other liquors and the mixers that go along with them. You can also supplement the chosen cocktails with beer and wine. Giving the drinks cute names can also be a great conversation starter.
Another trend in the alcohol department are gardens, and there are so many things you can do with them to make them a feature. Offer a selection of craft beers, tequila, champagne, a martini bar with fresh juices, or whatever you and your fiancé “dig” can become a “garden.”
Type of Wedding
Some brides are tossing tradition out the window completely and amping up for an adventure wedding. Weddings are supposed to be a reflection of the couple. Why have a stuffy indoor wedding if you and your fiancé are all about the outdoors? Destination weddings to exotic places are becoming more and more popular. Though, for the budget conscious, some couples are including camping into their big day as a way to save on lodging (plus if you have alcohol you don’t have to worry about your guests getting home safely). Others incorporate a little bit of a hike to the ceremony or reception site. However, if you love adventure, but are not sure if your guest will appreciate trekking through the wilderness, consider having a travel theme.
Another delicious option for the nonconforming bride are Brunch Weddings. They are more affordable, and also provide a uniqueness to your day that your guests are sure to remember. Your wedding can be just as extravagant on a smaller budget. Consider having a waffle or omelet bar with an array of delicious toppings. “Have your ceremony before the sun reaches its peak and then enjoy cocktail hour under the sun or indoors. . . And remember no brunch is complete without mimosas,” says Krystel Tien of Couture Events.
Many Brides are championing quality over quantity—especially if the couple is footing the bill themselves. Plus, who says you need to invite 300 of mom and dad’s closest friends? Inviting those closest to YOU provides a more intimate atmosphere to celebrate your day. Plus, who wants to spend the whole evening going from table to table thanking your guests for coming. You can cut down on the guest list by thinking about who you have actually spent time with in the last year. Having a smaller guest list allows you get more creative too. Consider an interesting venue i.e: small castle, barn, mansion, or even a loft. You can focus on serving amazing food, and even have family style dining. Low centerpieces will make conversation easier, and allows you and your fiancé to see all of your guests.
No More Round Tables
Now technically this isn’t a type of wedding, but I thought it was a trend worth mentioning. Round tables make weddings feel too much like a conference. Incorporating long tables, square tables and even a mix of everything looks amazing— and offers a more intimate vibe. Some creative couples have lined up long tables end to end to make one long table. Another variation I have seen is putting 4 rectangle tables in a “+” shape. These new table arrangements can give even a traditional event a little bit of flair and modernism.