Have you ever noticed how so many people that are in the process of getting married treat their wedding as an opportunity to flex their social muscles? It’s as though the concept of love goes out the window, and it’s more of a contest in order to keep up with their friends and perhaps even outdo them on various metrics such as romance, catering, the breathtaking venue or wedding dress.
It seems, in such a selfie-focused social media world that many people have lost sight of the fact a wedding is more than sending out premium wedding invitations to a fancy event, it’s supposed to be a simple ceremony to recognise and honour the love, bond and commitment between two people that are vowing to spend the rest of their lives together.
The same applies to the engagement process, where there is so much social pressure to procure an expensive engagement ring that the gesture itself seems to pass some people by; the truth is, if you really love someone and care about them, then a Haribo ring will do the job.
The point is, people seem to get a little obsessed about the material aspects of engagements and weddings; indeed, many friends and family members when asking about your engagement will head straight to the ring, followed by the circumstances in which it took place, and then quietly judge your partner based on his offerings.
The sad fact is that the fundamental aspects of your relationship are not even considered – such as your partners kindness, humour and passion toward you. Therefore, when it comes to your wedding, you need to remember you’re not putting on a rock concert – it’s a celebration to recognise the love between the two of you, nothing more and nothing less.
In that vein, here are some alternatives to the traditional big white wedding that can cost an absolute fortune, and perhaps, in some ways, lose the intimacy of a more bespoke set-up.
- RUN AWAY TOGETHER
Now, there’s the cliche of Gretna Green and Las Vegas, where a lot of people get hitched in quite a tacky way. That’s not really what this is suggesting. This is more recommending you go away together, somewhere private, perhaps with a few close family members and friends – rent somewhere beautiful and have your own little ceremony on the beach, in the mountains, or wherever this tranquil spot happens to be.
This way you’re incorporating a holiday with the wedding, meaning, your friends and family will have an extended time to relax and celebrate with you.
- RUSTIC FARM
The rustic themed wedding is now very popular and so prevalent it is almost taking over the traditional church wedding; yet, done in the right way, it’s a perfect option for those looking to keep things down to earth and celebrate amongst those closest to them.
- A CHAPEL WEDDING
If you’re religious and like the idea of getting married in a church, there are several small chapels dotted throughout rural parts of the UK that are much cheaper than some of the religious venues in popular cities, plus you’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, and on a nice day you couldn’t wish for anything more.