The most stylish and memorable weddings that I have ever been to were not at the Plaza Hotel adorned with Baccarat crystal wine glasses and Vera Wang… not that I don’t adore France’s finest crystal and Wang’s effortless genius and perfectly crafted gowns. This leaves me compelled to urge modern spouses-to-be to think outside the childhood fantasy (her) and NYT Style Section (also her) and the wishes of the mother (him.) After all, everything at the wedding may be perfect, but a wedding without personality is far from perfect.
A perfect wedding is one where the bride and groom have opted to forgo a planner and surrender to their own unique style and personality. Remember the recent YouTube video of a Minnesota couple and their wedding party performing a quirkily choreographed dance down the aisle? America loved it – and passed it along like a good joke. Gone are the days when you need the wedding planning advice of J Lo to help you survive the daunting stress of organizing your wedding.
Weddings are meant to be fun – a celebration of two people with distinct personalities joining forces to design a life together… a cool life. And a cool life begins with a cool party. If you choose to hire a planner to squash every little detail and take on the stress, more power to you. For the rest of you who choose to develop the blueprint for your wedding party on your own – there are literally a million ways to show off your style and sophisticated taste in chic, cost-effective ways. The key to creating a party that exceeds your wildest wedding dreams is to dig through your resources. On any budget, you can find yourself on one of the happiest days of your life, with a front-row seat to the depths of your own style creativity.
Leave the stress behind, and start clicking through a complete database of every wedding favor and wedding party idea you could ever beg for.