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Five Affordable Wedding Trends this Summer

 
 
 
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Planning a wedding this year? We take a look at 2018’s latest (and affordable) trends to help you save a penny or two without missing out. Luckily, this year is all about stripping things back to basics.

Foliage

Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year was greenery, and green is expected to be big throughout 2018. Think bouquets and decorations with plenty of beautiful leaves, gorgeous green arches, garlands, and statement hanging features. Good news is that natural greens are often far more cost effective than bright and extravagant flowers.

Tip: If you love ceremony arches and top table garlands but can’t afford both, ask your florist to create one which can then be moved to the top table once the ceremony is over.

Food & Drink

Catering at weddings can cost a fortune, but this trend will not only save you some money but is likely to be popular with your guests too! When it comes to providing food, couples are choosing classic comfort over fancy five-course meals. Thanks to street food vans and alternative catering companies, you can now serve your guests delicious options like mac and cheese and gourmet burgers.

It doesn’t just stop at food; mobile bars are also big for 2018. With the recent popularity of prosecco, craft beers and gin bars, this cheaper alternative will be an unexpected treat for your guests.

 
 
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The Cake

Say goodbye to the big expensive wedding cake! 2018 will see couples offer guests a range of smaller cakes in different flavours for everyone to enjoy. If cakes are not your thing, sweet treats like doughnuts and meringues are also becoming increasingly popular.

Tip: Squeeze your budget even further by inviting guests to bring a cake or sweet treat with them. It’ll give your big day more of a homemade feel, and work perfectly for those with dietary requirements and allergies!

Venue

The latest trend to hit the wedding scene is quirky venues. Think industrial style buildings, loft apartments and studio spaces with exposed bricks and metal frames. These once cold and bare venues are now considered creative and chic allowing you to have the freedom to make your wedding stand out. Simplicity and minimalism is fast becoming a massive trend and is budget friendly too. Head to Pinterest for ideas on lighting with candles, flower walls and special DIY touches which can be a focal point of the wedding.

Entertainment

2018 is very much about creating an incredible experience for guests. Forget the DJ – put together your own playlist and ask guests to submit their favourite tracks on their invites when RSVPing. Capture the day’s memories with everyone through your own photo booth – bring along a few props and encourage everyone to take fun photos and share with your very own #couplehashtag.

Tip: Buy a few polaroid cameras and ask everyone to take fun photos and add them to a photo album with a message – the perfect alternative to a guest book.

 
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