Go small or go home. That’s what a new crop of young couples are practicing when it comes to weddings. For them, spending the equivalent of a down payment on a house for one party is just not a priority. On top of that, stressing out over hotel blocks, seating arrangements and passed apps is not everyone’s cup of tea.
But that’s not to say this subset necessarily wants to nix professional photos, a gorgeous bouquet or a gourmet cake to cut. Instead, they want to cherry-pick from the traditional wedding in favor of a more streamlined, budget-friendly version.
That’s exactly what Kaity and Tanner thought when planning their $500 Florida wedding. Kaity told PureWow weddings editor Grace Beuley Hunt, “My advice for anyone planning a non-traditional wedding would be to focus on what will be the most special experience for you and your fiancé, and to not get caught up in the craziness of logistics." With access to an incredible beachfront location, the couple assembled decor from TJ Maxx, brought in the food from Chick fil-A and said sayonara to crazy logistics.
For North Carolina couple Jenny and Rob, it was about avoiding debt. They had seen so many of their friends fall into that trap, and they were dead-set on side-stepping the same fate. So, they opted for a backyard affair that looked like it fell out of a shabby chic Pinterest board. The 22-person dinner was catered by the couple’s favorite Mexican joint at $10 a head. The total? It came out to a workable $2,000. (As opposed to the not-so-digestible $91K wedding.)