Inexpensive Wedding Idea: Destination Wedding

Sunset on the beach. The bright lights of hotels and casinos. The warming glow of a fire on a cold snowy night. Just three of the many places couples choose to have their weddings every year. Destination weddings do not have to be an expensive affair as long as you employ a few inexpensive wedding ideas. Let’s discuss a few now in brief.

The first and foremost way to keep costs down would be choosing a destination wedding that is simple, time honored, and convenient. The courthouse! It may be lacking the bells and whistles of a huge to do wedding, but it does work for smaller parties and let’s face it, open up the rest of the budget for the reception, and honeymoon.

If you are the girl that always dreamed of a big wedding there are still ways to utilize inexpensive wedding ideas for your destination wedding. In a word….location, location, location. There are a few ways that this can work for you; the first is in choosing something local. You don’t need to go clear across the country to get married, why not choose a local venue where you and your beloved fell in love. Perhaps the place you went on your first date or a special park you loved to stroll through hand in hand. Not only do they offer beautiful surroundings, but memories that were already made there are deepened.

Not looking to stay in your area? Oh there is a way to use this to your advantage too. Inexpensive wedding ideas for your destination wedding number three…consider a location that will support all your needs. For example, say you were to be married in a tourist destination; bright lights, big city, the works. By flying the wedding party into the location, you incur the cost of airfare, however, the entertainment, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, the reception, even the honeymoon are all taken care of because of the location you chose. You don’t need to come of with entertainment; the city provides that for you with the local attractions. You don’t need a fancy full out reception, the entire city serves as a reception area; you merely need to choose the destination. Even the marriage ceremony itself is generally able to be secured with less planning on your part when a package is opted for from the local hotel or wedding chapel.

Wedding Reception Entertainment

Every bride and groom wants to show their wedding guests a great time at their reception. While music and dancing have always been a part of most weddings, these days couples often want to go the extra mile and give guests that “wow” factor. These are some trends and ideas about wedding reception entertainment.

Music is still the most popular form of entertainment at a wedding reception. The right band or d.j. can really help get a great party going, while choosing the wrong music can result in an empty dance floor and bored guests. A popular trend is to have a late night d.j. spinning the latest hits. The reception might start with a wedding band who can play a wide variety of crowd pleasing songs to appeal to a multi-generational crowd. Then later in the evening, the reception slips into after-party mode. The bride puts on a short beaded dress with her crystal wedding jewelry, the d.j. starts playing, and late night treats like donuts or pizza are served.

Another popular form of wedding reception entertainment is dance instructors. This is a fantastic option for a bride and groom who want to get a lot of people on the dance floor without playing club music. Hire a hot swing band and a pair of instructors to teach everyone all the steps (the fun part is that the older guests may already know the dances). Or you could go for a sultry Latin dance like the tango, which would be a great fit for a hot summer wedding. It would be a fabulous addition to a glamorous wedding where the bride is wearing a slinky sheath gown and crystal wedding jewelry. Your guests will have fun learning a new style of dance, and your reception will definitely be memorable.

Some couples feel that they must provide entertainment beyond dancing for their guests. Performers can be hired to do a short show. This tends to work the best when the show is in keeping with the theme of the wedding. Fire dancers would be fun for a luau reception, a Chinese dragon would be dramatic for an Asian wedding, or Celtic step dancers could do a show at an Irish-American wedding. When hiring special performers, keep in mind that a lot of guests will not enjoy experimental or avant garde artists. Performances should always be G-rated to avoid shocking anyone’s sensibilities.

If you are having an evening wedding, consider going out with a bang. Fireworks have become a popular trend for nighttime celebrations. It can be a marvelous way for the bride and groom to make their grand exit or they can be done earlier during an evening reception to make sure that no one leaves early and misses the fireworks show. Of course fireworks are an expensive addition to a wedding budget, and may not be permissible at all venues, so no couple should feel like they are a must-have entertainment for their reception.

A final tip on wedding reception entertainment: don’t overdo it. Many couples fall into the trap of thinking that more is better, but it is not necessary to plan a spectacle for every moment of the reception. For generations, guests did nothing more than eat, dance, and mingle at wedding receptions, and most of them were perfectly fine with that. Even today, guests can get overloaded with non-stop entertainment and it can grow tiring. Frankly, too much or too lavish entertainment can also look like the bride and groom are trying to show off how much money they spent. Choose one or two special features for your reception, if you like, and then let the rest of the evening unfold naturally. It will be the perfect balance and your guests will have a fantastic time at your wedding.