When it comes to weddings, we have a short list of must haves for our big day. These are, plainly speaking, based on centuries of tradition. Namely, I’m referring chiefly to the white, veiled bridal gown, the black tuxedo of the groom, a diamond ring for the bride, etc. However, more and more people these days want to forego tradition, and the costs associated with it, in order to forge their own marital path. And, more power to them, I say. The wedding industry has become bloated with arbitrarily high costs in the name of ransoming sentimentality, and that means that, in a sense, it’s our duty to find a way to make weddings affordable again. That, and a breath of fresh air never hurt anybody. If you’d like a more unique, and more affordable, wedding, here are a few suggestions.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the dress code. Weddings have long been white tie affairs. Not literally, mind you, as grooms tend to wear black ties. I’m referring more to the fact that the traditional bridal gown is a formal, white, lacy number, and the groom wears a tuxedo. This is fine, of course, but there are alternatives. For example, you could eschew a dress code altogether, if you liked, and let everyone where whatever they wanted. You could just wear whatever Torrid outfit you like best and let the rest of the wedding party do the same. You could also try a themed wedding with a similarly themed dress code. For example, you could do a fairy tale wedding, with the bride in a princess like outfit, and the groom could be a prince. As for the rest of the wedding party, the sky’s the limit, honestly. You could have a veritable buffet of fairy tale archetypes such as wizards, knights, etc.
Another way to buck tradition, and save money in the process, is to abandon the pricey gemstones in your wedding rings. The price of diamond rings have skyrocketed, and this is despite the fact that we can literally make synthetic diamonds that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Therefore, you could do a number of things to both save some money and stand out from the crowd. One fine example of how to accomplish this is to make your own rings, and they don’t even have to be made of metal. Wooden rings, for example, that would be incredibly cheap to produce and, to beat all, a fairly unique example of the wedding ring. Metalwork is still on the table, however, and even some gemstones remain fairly affordable. The most important thing is that you and your partner agree on these choices and that you both think highly of them.