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    4 Wedding
Guide • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A wedding to
Brides and grooms are choosing to personalize their weddings — from venues to wardrobe — to fit their personalities and budgets.
Casual, intimate
weddings see
legant, lavish weddings
provide moments couples
will remember for years to
come. But while such sto-
rybook ceremonies and receptions
remain popular, casual affairs are
gaining popularity.
According to the bridal resource
The Knot, more and more couples
are opting for less pageantry and
more laid back panache when plan-
ning their weddings. For those who
prefer something more intimate and
more personalized, casual weddings
may be right on target.
There are many advantages to hav-
ing a “luxe with less” wedding,
including the ability to break molds allowing for an exciting and enjoy-
and impart more of the couple’s per- able event.
sonality into the event.
To put casual plans into motion,
Another advantage is the price tag. consider these ideas to help the wed-
The average U.S. wedding, accord- ding vision come to fruition.
ing to The Knot 2014 Real Weddings
Study, costs $31,213. In some urban
Catering halls and other reception
areas, particularly New York City, sites do a wonderful job of meeting
average costs are three times that the needs of their clientele. However,
amount. Golden Girl Finance, a food and beverage costs are often the
leader in financial digital media, has most expensive wedding expense.
To reduce the
Canadian weddings “If music be the food of love, per-guest cost and
average $31,000 play on.”
with honeymoon
“TWELFTH NIGHT” their wedding days,
couples can consid-
Although wed-
ding costs have gone up, the average er a venue change. Look for public
number of wedding guests has gone locations that allow couples to hire
down. As such, certain couples might their own caterer, which may be a
look to rein in other aspects of their favorite restaurant or specialty food
wedding. Transforming the festivi- shop. The cost per person may
ties into a casual affair can help keep decrease dramatically from the
the overall budget low while still venue costs.
Changing the venue also enables
couples to pick unique spots that
may hold special meaning to them.
For example, couples can choose the
site of their first date or the location
where their proposal took place.
Enjoy a casual, free-spirited wed-
ding that incorporates some aspects
of formality in an off-beat way.
Think about serving fast food, such
as fried chicken or pizza, on fine
china. Those wearing tuxedos and
gowns can opt for casual footwear,
such as athletic shoes. Place wild-
flowers in crystal vases. These are
just some methods to give a rich feel
without removing the fun element.
Menus or wedding programs print-
ed at home in a fun font can set the
casual tone couples are looking for.