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Casual but Elegant Wedding

©Patricia McKenzie; all rights reserved

The casual wedding offers unlimited possibilities for the couple who wants something uniquely their own. But what if your heart also longs for enchanted, and regal? Can the casual wedding turn the bride into a princess-for-a-day? Can you still have the glitz and the glamour? Here's how to break from tradition and still achieve a fairytale wedding.

When freed from the heavy, poufy gown, the structured church to reception hall setting, the tux and cotton-candy bridesmaid dresses, and the huge, burdensome bouquet, the wedding gets to fly on light-weight wings.

The Beach Wedding. A beach wedding need not be about bikinis and flip-flops. Elegance can take center stage in any setting. Imagine long, flowing, gauzy dresses, hair in updos, rimmed with flowers and crystals, billowy white canopies that catch the sun. Think wind and easy movement; the flow of tides; the drama of crashing waves. Think whites and soft pastels or radiant splashes of tropical color.

Catch the sunlight with the use of glass and beads, then drift into sunset with low, romantic lighting. It’s all about comfort, fun and steamy romance.

A Garden Will Do Just Fine. The garden wedding shouts Victorian lace; flowers in shades of pink, lavender, soft blues or muted yellows and orange. Think dresses that move elegantly in the breeze; white jackets; comfortable shoes. Bring out grannies china and cover the tables with linen. Go for gourmet finger sandwiches; lush deserts; the gentle movement of a garden fountain.

The garden can be your own back yard with a little attention to detail. Flowers can be purchased fresh or custom-order silk arrangements. The canopies, tables, chairs, linens and even the fountain can be rented.

A Picnic In The Park. Park venues are there for the booking and can be turned into the equivalent of a day in the country. Why not sundresses, parasols, gingham, open spaces. How about a sprawling buffet, and pretty girls in ponytails.

The elegance comes into play when the entire look is pulled together. Remember the old movies of the 30's and 40's? No matter if the setting were a horse farm, a ski resort, or a cruise ship, the clothes, hair and the accompaniments were in perfect sync with the surroundingsgiving it all that "rich girl" feel.

The Casual Winter Wedding. Why not blend in with the weather instead of fighting it? Who says you have to wear a strapless formal gown, in Vermont in February. Who says that indoors must be all indoors or in a huge ballroom? Fun-filled ski lodges; quaint bed and breakfast inns or novelty dude ranches all make for an exciting celebration. Churches with simple reception rooms are another nice alternative to the stuffy ballroom, especially if they include a nice garden or courtyard for quests to stroll.

The glitter and glitz can be added with velvets, satins and heavy lace. Fireplaces, hot toddies, thick puddings and brilliant color against a snowy background all bring a memorable elegance to any winter setting.

With a little imagination and planning, a casual wedding can be elegant, charming and fun for the couple and their guests.

Article contributed by Patricia McKenzie of The Bouquet Boutique which offers unique custom-order bridal bouquets and wedding flowers in silk. For the bride who wants something different. One-of-a-kind designs in bouquets; church and reception arrangements; indoor or outdoor venues. Excellent customer service working within the customer's budget. Online shop; newsletter featuring discounts and contests; forum. Free Quote.

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