Couples opt for casual weddings for many reasons. Some people prefer an intimate gathering with fewer guests, while others don’t like to be the center of attention. If you decide to plan a casual wedding, it can still be a celebration to remember! Consider the following casual wedding ideas for a low-key, laid back and relaxed wedding.
Casual wedding themes include:
Beach: Plan an intimate ceremony followed by a casual wedding reception on the beach. Dress the wedding party in dresses and suits made of linen. Choose a color scheme such as khaki, white and light blue. Rent chairs and line them up on the beach for the ceremony. Lay a white aisle runner down the aisle. Stand in front of the water during the ceremony to create a romantic backdrop. Set up tables and chairs on the beach for the reception. Hire a caterer to serve food to the guests. Don’t forget to look into permits and consider a backup plan if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Backyard Wedding: A casual wedding in the backyard of your childhood home is a lovely way to say “I do.” Casual wedding reception ideas for a backyard wedding are numerous. You could rent a white tent, string lights from the trees, put tiki torches around the perimeter of the lawn, and set up a bar in the yard. Hire a caterer and waitstaff to serve your guests at a long table.
Restaurant: Organize a casual wedding at a restaurant. Say your vows on the deck of the restaurant with a small group of guests. Invite the guests to a casual reception dinner inside the restaurant after the ceremony.
Destination Wedding: Plan a casual destination wedding for immediate family members, close friends and the wedding party. Stay at an all-inclusive resort and hold the ceremony for the destination wedding on the beach, on a mountain, etc. Throw the reception at a restaurant on the hotel property so it’s easy for you and your guests.
There are no rules when it comes to planning a casual wedding. Get creative and be sure the details don’t seem too “planned.” Remember to relax, have fun and enjoy this memorable occasion.