Jun 28, 2012|
Take a deep breath. OK, now let go of all preconceived notions you have about weddings, and banish experience and tradition from your thoughts. This is your wedding, and you need to start fresh. Remember, there’re no rules (well, not too many of them anyway). And you can do whatever you darn well feel like. Check out these offbeat ideas for venues, dresses and themes, do some more brainstorming, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams.
A gigantic multi-tiered cake does have its charms, but c’mon, how cute are individually decorated cupcakes that you can delegate out cleanly and without hassle?
Long, flowing trains might work for the likes of Kate Middleton and her royal posse—but what if you wanna get hitched in the middle of a hot, humid and glorious summer, or you just don’t want all the hassle that comes with long, drawn dresses? Why not get a cocktail gown: a short, sassy version of the traditional staple, and one that’s guaranteed to keep the spotlight firmly on you.
No time or energy to follow through with the god-awful liquid diet that’s supposed to bring you down to your pre-uni size right before the wedding? Fret not—just fake it. With a corset (like this one from Sheer), you can hide your more unsightly body parts under a tight and sexy armor, and nobody will know any better!
There’s nothing more stunning than a solid white gown with a dark-colored sash around the waist—or even the other way around. Contrast comes a long way, as long as you don’t overdo it.
Who says wedding gowns have to be white? Wedding gown designers the world over are starting to put colors, and plenty of them, into their creations. Soft pastels and off-whites are becoming more popular, and even bold colors like red and black are making their appearance at bridal shops near you.
Hate the formalities of a dinner wedding, and can’t be bothered by a long lunch? Make it even simpler and quicker: why not have a breakfast wedding instead? You also get the bonus of saving heaps of money serving eggs and toast instead of fancy French or lavish buffet spreads.
Get your guests to write cheques to a charity of your choice instead of wasting money on dumb wedding gifts you’ll never get to use.
Want to hold the wedding of your dreams, but don’t have the finances to make that happen? Simple: get your wedding guests to fund it. Have a casino or carnival-themed wedding where guests have to pay to play different games. Hold a raffle draw, sell drinks at the bar, or even charge an “entry” fee to your banquet. As long as you keep it creative, your friends should be happy to oblige instead of thinking you’re a miserly scrooge who’s out to get their every penny.
Destinations are hot, hot, hot. Tropical beaches and swanky villas are just a small flight away, and if you want, the place can also serve as your honeymoon—making it a super-convenient, cost-saving option.
If you’re in need of bachelor and bachelorette ideas, this movie will give you plenty—and also plenty on what your other half might be doing while you’re not looking. Use it as both a primer and a simulation of worst-case scenarios.
Seriously, the woman doesn’t just do dresses well. Vera’s like the Martha Stewart of weddings, and her app will give you pointers on cakes, help you sort your schedule, organize your guest list, show you her gorgeous gowns...