9 ways to elevate your wedding without breaking the bank

Making your wedding feel elegant doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a few things you can do to make it feel stylish and tasteful without breaking the bank. Here are 9 ways to do just that.

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1. Calligraphy text

Nothing says elegant more than calligraphy. Signs, nametags, and bulletins can all have calligraphy for the font. If your handwriting is neat enough, you can consider doing it. It’s best, however, to hire someone to do it for you. Etsy designers can do custom designs for you for your big day.

2. Local small gifts

Give your guests something personal that speaks to you or the area where the wedding is located. Offer a baked good, local candy, or a personal memento in a welcome gift bag or farewell gift. If you offer a welcome bag, your guests will remember that you took care of their needs when they arrived.

3. Signature cocktail


This one may not be cheap, but guests will definitely remember it. If you have a favorite cocktail (alcoholic or non), consider serving your guests this beverage. Give it a personal name and twist that makes it unique.

4. Hor devours

Offering finger food between the ceremony and reception is a perfect way to elevate elegance. Flatbread with colorful toppings; toast with a creamy spread; or tomato, basil, mozzarella, and a glaze are all options to consider.

5. Floral, fauna, and flowers

Adding floral to the aisle, tables, and other decor is a great way to add elegance. It’s a long-standing tradition to include flowers at a wedding, and for good reason. They add taste to the wedding and elevate the event’s feel.

6. Earth and soft colors

Earth and soft colors make weddings feel inviting and calm. Earth tones such as light greens, light blues, creams, grays, browns, whites, and blacks bring about a calm feeling. Avoid bright colors unless it’s time to dance.

7. Music

Sure, you’ll want to plan to have dance music at the reception, but you’ll also want to have soft relaxing music at the beginning of your reception. This will usher in a gentle feeling and prepare your guests for elegance. Even outdoor weddings can use soft music.

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8. Evening and night time

There’s nothing like a sunset to enhance the elegance (and romance) to your outdoor wedding. Even if you’re inside, sunsets and nighttime allow for a sweet and gentle atmosphere.

9. Soft lighting and candles

Soft lighting and candles are probably the top things that will elevate your wedding. Lighting with a yellow or orange hue calms the nervous system. It also makes the area feel very classy. Consider adding candles to tables and the buffet area. Just makes sure open flames comply with venue regulations.

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