4 Tips for Throwing a Laid Back Wedding

With the average cost of a wedding being $28,000 in 2021, saying “I do” can come at considerable expense for both parties. It’s no surprise that many couples are seeking alternative ways to declare their love for one another and celebrate their big day in a cost-effective manner.


The grandeur and ceremony that typically accompanies a wedding is not for everyone, and many couples prefer a less traditional path to matrimony. If a low-key affair is your preference, read on for some helpful tips on throwing a laid-back wedding.

Dress Yourself
Not every bride feels comfortable gliding down the aisle in an elaborate wedding gown. Something simple and chic like a Jovani casual wedding dress can be the perfect answer for a bride looking for an outfit that is elegant and comfortable, yet not overly traditional.
Likewise, the groom may reject the formalness of a three-piece suit or a tuxedo and prefer to wear something more relaxed and representative of his style. No matter what you decide to wear, feel free to embrace and express your individuality and allow your respective personalities to shine through.

Choose a Relaxed Venue
Rather than a stately home, an ornate banqueting hall or a country estate create a more laid-back vibe by hosting your wedding in a rustic venue such as a barn or by putting up a garden marquee. Choosing a setting that suits you and your partner will help you feel more relaxed and at ease on your big day.

Skip the Three Courses
Dining can often be a formal affair during a wedding where guests are waited on whilst being served a three-course meal. Along with the expense of hiring catering and waiting staff, this arrangement can also be restrictive, as it forces guests to be seated at designated tables throughout the evening.

Introduce a more easygoing feel to this part of your wedding by throwing a barbecue or outdoor buffet where guests are free to circulate and mingle with one another. Consider asking them to bring a dish along, or inject some fun into the day by organizing a ‘bake-off’ where your guests are invited to bake a cake and awarded a prize for the favorite. This also means there’s no need to buy a wedding cake, especially for the occasion.

Ditch the Dress Code
Throwing a wedding often requires guests to buy a new outfit or figure out what to wear. This can be both time-consuming and costly. Ditching the dress code and allowing your guests to wear what they want gives them the freedom to choose their own outfit and feel their best on the day. Alternatively, rather than formal wear, you could request your guests to dress to a theme such as vintage, rock n roll or boho.

By following the tips in this article, you are guaranteed to create a wedding day that feels true to you and your partner and one which you will look back on fondly for years to come.

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Stella Cooter

Journalist, traveller and mother, Stella writes about fashion and style, luxury and adventure.

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