If the mere thought of planning your dream wedding is giving you nightmares, fret not! You can kiss stress goodbye this wedding season simply by opting for an easy-going celebration with your closest loved ones.
There’s really no need to throw an over-the-top reception if you have no desire to do so. Low-key affairs can be just as beautiful (and not to mention memorable) as extravagant soirees. For those laid-back wifey’s in the making, check out these 12 cool and casual wedding ideas perfect for your big day.
1. Dress The Part
You don’t need all the poof and frills to look absolutely stunning. Staying comfortable in a dress you can freely move in is of utmost importance. So why not try something a little less traditional – like a jumpsuit rather than a gown – for your bridal attire? This bride looks gorgeous in a satin, long-sleeved ensemble.
2. Embrace Your Natural Locks
Look radiant and fresh by sporting your natural hair! Think beach waves or a messy bun. Add some mild sea spray to keep the frizz away, and you’ll be glammed up in minutes for your nuptials.
If you’re more keen on an updo, try any of these 10 braided wedding hairstyles – perfect for your special day!
3. Skip The Bridal Party
More and more brides are steering clear of assigning roles to their guests at the wedding. If you fear that feelings might get hurt, forego the drama that can come along with selecting bridesmaids and groomsmen. All of your closest family and friends will feel equally special to be a part of your big day. If you’re still keen on having a bridal squad, let your right-hand ladies choose their own attire instead of making them wear matching gowns. They will feel more comfortable as they accompany you at the altar.
4. Serve Your Favorite Food
Pizza delivery? Taco food truck? Churro stand? You make the call! Serve dishes that you and your partner love. Choosing a tasty meal that reflects your tastes as a couple is sure to keep your guests happy and satisfied.
Still deciding on your wedding day treats? Try out any of these 15 extraordinary food station ideas to impress your guests!
5. Go for the Green
Deciding on your perfect floral bouquet can be a bit overwhelming. With so many types of flowers out there, it’s easy to feel confused. Keep it super simple by carrying dried leaves like eucalyptus and ferns. Finally, pair it with a few delicate white roses to add a chic final touch to your arrangement.
6. Include Fun Activities
Your friends and family most likely don’t all know each other very well, so you may need to help break the ice between your guests. Include fun activities that allow your loved ones to easily socialize. From puzzles to giant Jenga, or even a classic game of croquet, games are sure to keep guests of all ages entertained.
7. Kick Off Your Heels!
If an entire day in high heels sounds like pure torture, ditch the stilettos and wear a comfy pair of flats – or even sneakers – instead. This way, having sore feet won’t be a concern on your special day. Still not sure what kind of shoes to choose? Check out our article on 10 wedding shoes that will take your breath away.
8. Save Your Guests From Sore Feet!
Make sure the ladies feel equally as comfortable and set up a flip-flop station near the dance floor. This way your guests can enjoy dancing the night away and stay comfy at the same time!
9. Keep It Minimalist
You don’t need a sky-high wedding cake to make an impact. Opt for a single-tier cake with light frosting and decorate the top with fresh fruits, figs, or leaves of your choice.
10. Bottoms up!
There’s no need to serve fancy, overly-sophisticated drinks at your reception. Guests want one thing only – to have fun! To keep the party going all night, serve signature drinks everyone knows and loves, like wine, beer, or champagne. As for your cocktails, go for classic margaritas and mojitos, perfect for a summer soiree. If you’re having your wedding in the winter, serve mulled wine or a cinnamon-spiced eggnog.
11. Ask For a Favor
We’re all for hiring a DJ or a live band, but if you want to make things slightly more easy-going, consider asking a guest to perform. The adorable gesture will be loved by your guests and will give your nuptials a more intimate atmosphere.
12. Ride In Style
Forget the Rolls-Royce or the Bentley, and keep it casual by riding off in your old family car. This way you’ll start new adventures as a couple while reminiscing on the memories of your childhood.
Do you have any other tips that you would like to share with us? Let us know — we would love to hear from you! If you’re still in the process of wedding planning, why not check out our article on 10 Effortless Decor Hacks for a Bride on a Budget?