So we attended a wedding this weekend that we would classify as a "no frills" wedding. Two college kids just very much in love and ready to get married. They had a very shoestring budget, and you know what? It was just beautiful.
Truly, all you need is just 2 people and that piece of paper and you are married. Cassie and Tracy spent their money wisely and had a lovely wedding. There were some things that they obviously splurged on that were important to them, but cut the non-important things.
At the ceremony, there were no programs, aisle runner, pew bows, flowers, or rice, bubbles, etc. However, they chose to get married in a beautiful old church that had a lovely vaulted wooden ceiling. There were no hired photographers or videographers. But there were 3 family members stationed at specific areas of the church to catch all of the action.
The reception venue that they chose came with tulle and twinkle lights already strung across the high ceiling. The tables also came with white table clothes. So they added table runners and tall vases filled with splitpeas and tall flowers. No favors, no place cards, no menu cards. However, They had some wonderfully delicious food that left us all stuffed. We also enjoyed the open bar as we danced the night away.
So, to sum up, even though I am in the wedding business and this goes against what I do: Make sure you know what is important to you and your guests and put your money there. The rest is just fluff.