The word “budget” in regards to wedding planning can make some couples nervous that they’re going to be asked to make sacrifices on what they want for their big day. However, with an intimate garden wedding, that doesn’t have to be the case! You can plan a small, gorgeous wedding that your friends and family will remember for the rest of their lives. The best part? It’s totally affordable and doesn’t involve a single sacrifice. In fact, you’ll probably be able to make your budget go much farther than you think.

The Intimate Garden Wedding of Your Dreams

It might seem obvious, but the most important consideration when it comes to planning a garden wedding is the garden itself. The location you choose is going to set the tone; not only is it going to be the setting for the ceremony and the reception, it’s going to be the backdrop for your photos, and there’s no better theme than the natural colors of a garden. However, there are a few other things you’ll want to consider when planning your intimate garden wedding:

What’s Included in the Wedding Package?

Almost every venue offers some kind of package (or multiple package options) to make it easier on couples. For instance, even our smallest wedding package includes with a photographer, officiant, flowers, and music! When you choose a venue that offers these extra details, it not only saves you money, it eases your stress and allows you to focus on what matters most.

Narrow Your Guest List

For some couples, the hardest part of planning a smaller wedding is choosing who to include in their special day. Start by looking at your holiday card list. This is a good way to quickly see who you’ve made an extra effort to keep in contact with. You might also want to consider limiting “plus ones” and children. It will be a personal choice, but know that you may need to set clear boundaries and stand your ground.

Feeding a Crowd

Aside from the venue itself (and maybe the dress), the meal will probably be the most expensive part of your wedding day. Some couples choose to do hors d’oeuvres instead of a full, plated meal. Having a lunch instead of a dinner is also a great way to cut costs while still providing your guests with a nice meal. If it fits your personality, you might want to consider a more casual dinner option like a pig roast or even takeout!

Embracing DIY Decor

Intimate garden weddings are a perfect match for DIY decor. The bohemian and shabby chic looks are so popular for events right now, so you may already have your eye on this style and a few DIY projects pinned for inspiration! You can make cost-effective, but beautiful centerpieces using old bottles and wildflowers, small terracotta pots with small succulents or cacti, or repurpose old picture frames and put your favorite quotes or photos inside. Your wedding will look like it came right out of the latest bridal magazine and no one will know how inexpensively you pulled it all off.

A Dress for the Occasion

There are no rules when it comes to wedding attire. You can have an intimate garden wedding that’s formal, or you can have one that’s very casual. However, if you are on a budget, you can definitely find some affordable (but stunning) wedding dresses that are perfect for the occasion on websites like Modcloth or BHLDN. For men, a casual suit (without the jacket) or nice pants and a dress shirt are great choices. Want to add a little personality? Accessories like suspenders, a bowtie, or a hat (for the reception) can add a lot to his look!

Strategic Splurging

Even if you’re watching your budget, you’re likely going to have a little extra to play around with. Think about how you can splurge strategically rather than stretching yourself too thin across the board. For example, maybe you want to rent a classic car for the day, or you want to toast with a really nice bottle of champagne. Your wedding day is all about you, so if you have your heart set on a specific luxury, see if you can find a way to make it happen. It’s these little details that you and your guests will remember. Not everyone wants a big wedding, surrounded by their entire address book of friends and family. An intimate garden wedding isn’t a sacrifice, and you definitely won’t regret the beautiful memories you’ll create for yourself and your guests as you begin the next chapter of your life. Remember, a lasting marriage takes place in the heart, not in the banquet room. Want to take a tour of our intimate garden venue? Contact us today and see the beauty of Burruss Mill Falls for yourself!