I have a good friend in a serious relationship and we were talking the other night about the cost of weddings. She is in a situation where she and her significant other will be absorbing the total cost of the wedding themselves. Naturally she was concerned about paying for it all.
My advice was to not break the bank over a big affair unless that is really what she wanted. We have many of brides that put on beautiful, small, affordable weddings.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and I think guests enjoy attending something different than the traditional reception. For instance, we have a bride that just ordered her wedding dress. She is doing the Jenny Yoo Audrey in off-white with beige lace trim and a beige Bianca bolero to give it a vintage vibe. Her reception is taking place in her backyard and I loved the personal approach to the wedding.