Many women dream of a big Wedding at an elegant venue for hundreds of guests. But some women prefer the idea of a smaller, more intimate wedding. A church wedding may not be practical, affordable or appropriate. A Register Office ceremony could be the ideal alternative. The offices rarely have the space for a large guest list. This means your wedding can be as petite as you like.
Of course, simple weddings can be very appealing when you consider just how much planning goes into a big wedding and reception. It can also free up more cash for the honeymoon or to buy your first home together. There are lots of reasons for wanting a simpler, smaller, and easier wedding. Here are some of the best ways to get exactly what you want:
The dress doesn’t have to be ivory or white. In fact, you can choose any outfit you like. Of course, some register offices will request the participants wear smart dress. You won’t be exempt from a theme wedding if that is your choice. As you will still be required to register your bands, you will have time to make a decision about your outfits.
You can still exchange rings in a Register Office Wedding. Or you may choose not to do so. If you’ve looked at options like Tacori wedding rings, you may be quite keen to include the exchange in your ceremony. You can choose to have someone else hold the rings, or you may choose to place them on the table ready to exchange.
Extended vows aren’t a necessary part of a register office wedding. If you don’t like public speaking, you can choose a reading instead to set the romantic mood. This can be performed by your celebrant. Of course, if you wish to write your own vows this is OK too. You will both need to say ‘I Do’ when asked by the celebrant. This verbal confirmation is required for the legal part of your marriage. You will also both need to sign the register. Two witnesses will be needed to hear your vows and sign the register too.
Of course, it is often the reception that costs the most money in any wedding budget. There is no need for a big party in an expensive venue. A small gathering in your local pub, in your garden, or even at your favourite beauty spot could be preferred. Perhaps you’d prefer nothing at all. It can be as simple as you need it to be. Traditionally, various members of the party will toast the bride and groom. But this isn’t essential if you prefer to go without the fuss. Why not invite people to post to your Facebook page instead?
Simple doesn’t have to mean cheap. You can still enjoy a beautiful ceremony, but keep things more intimate at the reception. Perhaps you’re looking for a more minimalist style that offers simplicity and elegance to your wedding? A simple buffet and a few photos from friends may be enough to mark the occasion. What would your simple wedding look like?
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