A big white wedding isn’t for everyone. For those who don’t like being the centre of attention, undergoing months of organising and engaging in endless small talk can be overwhelming and stressful, outweighing the joy one should feel on their wedding day.
Eloping is a popular choice when a couple doesn’t want a traditional wedding, but for those who still want their nearest and dearest around to celebrate, there are plenty of ways to make your day special with a small, low-key celebration.
The wedding outfit
Your wedding day doesn’t mean you have to suffer under a giant meringue dress or sweat in a three-piece suit. Wear whatever makes you comfortable, be that a flowy jumpsuit, a long dress or a pair of shorts. Jazz it up with a fancy pair of shoes if you wish or stick to comfort with some flats or even some smart sneakers. Whatever you decide to wear, you can still coordinate with your partner for the ultimate newlywed look.
Hair and beauty
If you’re already fairly low maintenance then you might not grow your nails or go to the salon regularly. But if you did want to make your wedding day extra special with some colourful nails, you can buy an acrylic nail kit and experiment with different patterns, shapes and styles. There’s no need to go to a salon either, so you can design your nails exactly as you want them!
There are also lots of elegant wedding hairstyles that you can easily do yourself or with the help of a friend. Spruce up a classic ponytail with some soft waves and cute hair accessories, try out a crown braid for a more bohemian look or opt for a traditional low bun with just a hair bobble and a few bobby pins.
Food and drink
Who cares if your favourite comfort food isn’t ‘wedding suitable.’ If you’re more of an early bird, why not have a brunch wedding? It’s a trend that’s growing as more and more couples are turning away from formal, sit-down meals. Keep it casual with an Eggs Benedict and some spritely salads. It makes your day relaxed and comfortable, putting you and your guests at ease.
If you’re still opting for an evening do, there’s nothing stopping you from getting some cheesy pizzas or juicy burgers in! Treat your guests to the food that you and your partner love to eat with a takeaway or bring in a food truck for a more playful, informal dining style. It’ll create a more personalised feel that’s perfect for you.
Bring out the games
If you don’t want to pay for a band or a DJ, add some lawn games like croquet, giant jenga or bowling to keep your guests entertained. With these additions, the good times will take care of themselves.
No matter what you choose to do, remember that it is your day so don’t forget to have fun!