Planning the Anti Royal Wedding

There’s much ado in the news this week about weddings. This is, of course, due to the royal wedding, err, excuse me, Royal Wedding, taking place in the UK tomorrow. And while surely hundreds of millions will tune in to find out if Kate’s dress is champagne or ivory (or will it be cream?), the fact remains that this wedding is basically the most expensive, impractical example of a wedding one can fathom. While we will all have fun watching the hoopla in the UK, here’s some advice on planning the Anti Royal Wedding to bring us back down to reality. After all, we can’t all have a wedding that costs $32 million!

Keep the Guest List Small

While the Royal Wedding is anticipated to have nearly 2,000 guests, your Anti Royal Wedding can be quite cheap by aiming for something like one one-hundredth that size of a guest list. The more people at your wedding, the more expensive catering, invitations, and decorative arrangements will be. You can save a fabulous amount of money on your wedding by keeping it a small affair with only family and your closest friends. These are, after all, the people you most want to celebrate with anyway, so why spend a ton of money inviting dozens of outliers?

Wear a Family Dress or Rent a Dress

While Kate Middleton’s dress is said to have cost around $50,000, you can again play the “divide by 100″ game when planning your Anti Royal Wedding: show you are a lady of the people by wearing an affordable dress. There are many great wedding dresses available for $500. And guess what? No one is going to be able to tell the difference between that dress and one that costs several thousand! And even if someone does notice: who cares!? It’s your wedding. This is a time of celebration, not of driving one’s self deeply into debt to keep up a false perception of wealth. Have fun and go for a cheap dress or even wear a dress that is already in your family. Look at it this way: the money you can save on the dress you’ll only wear for a few hours will contribute to a few more days on a beach for your honeymoon!

When In Doubt, Remember: It’s All Optional!

Planning a wedding and trying to fit into a certain budget can be very stressful. In these stressful times, it’s important to remember: there are no rules to weddings. Your wedding can literally be you and a handful of your closest friends cooking dinner in your house and exchanging 3 minute vows. Obviously, most couples prefer something a little more traditional, but you get the point! If you want to have a wedding but feel like you don’t have the budget for one, create a wedding that costs what you can afford! Believe it or not, your guests will probably love and be relieved to be at a wedding that doesn’t involve their friends going into debt for one afternoon of fun. Anyone worth their salt will be fully supportive of your Anti Royal Wedding!

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Filed under: Humor,Inexpensive Weddings,Wedding Dresses,Wedding Planning — vicky at 12:36 pm on Thursday, April 28, 2011