Weddings are very important occasions for both the couple getting married and their loved ones. This is why there is often a lot of pressure to have a big, grand wedding with all of the traditional formalities, but this doesn’t work for every couple. Feeling pushed to have the type of wedding that doesn’t feel right to you or your partner can be stressful and upsetting, which neither of you should have to go through. If you would prefer to have a more relaxed approach to your nuptials, here are some tips to help you achieve that.

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Limit the Guestlist

It can be tough deciding who to invite to your wedding, but if you want it to be a laid-back affair, the smaller the guest list, the better. Don’t worry about inviting work colleagues unless they are also your close friends. If you have a big extended family, but you rarely see or speak to them, leave them off the list as well. It might sound mean leaving people out of your big day, but the more guests you invite, the more expensive the wedding—and the more pressure.

Choose a Relaxed Venue

A lot of wedding venues can be quite grandiose, such as a stately home or upmarket hotel. While these are all excellent choices for a venue, they do fit in with more formal-style weddings than a laid-back celebration. For your down-to-earth vibe, consider finding a venue that can offer a bit more simplicity, or perhaps even inspires a festival-type atmosphere if it’s a converted barn in the countryside? You could even look at wedding bands to hire for a more boho-style wedding, too.

Book a Catering Company

Another point to think about is the type of catering you want on your big day. Your venue might offer packages as part of the deal, but see if you can look at other options, too. While you can still have a sit-down meal at a laid-back wedding, they do tend to be expected at more formal affairs. A buffet spread might better fit in with what you’re trying to achieve, and better-quality food can make it feel a little more special. You could also look at hiring food trucks to serve your guests instead, and this will certainly fit in with a festival atmosphere, as mentioned above.

Use Homemade Decorations

Wedding décor can very quickly become expensive, and a lot of couples forget about this when they are creating their budget. It is always nice to decorate your venue to fit in with the theme of your big day and to brighten up the space, but if you want to take a more relaxed approach to this, why not make some of the decorations yourself? This is perfect for those who love arts and crafts, and you can ask your bridesmaids/groomsmen to help. It will give you more opportunity to have the decorations that you want, but will also be a lovely personal touch for your laid-back wedding.

If you want to move away from the more formal styles of traditional weddings, consider the tips above to help you plan a more laid-back affair for your big day.

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