1. “Crazy fabulous.” Scores of mini chandeliers over food stations, giant flocked branches in the corners of the tent, and disco balls over a plexiglass-covered pool created a glitzy, romantic mood. Smaller details also set the tone, such as icicles, decorative snowflakes, flocked greenery on the chandeliers, and strings of white lights on birch trees; blue uplighting gave the scene a “really magical, frozen feel,” Majcher says. And for added drama, the LED lights changed color when the clock struck midnight.
2. Use glass and candles to mimic the look for less, Majcher notes. “It can be relatively inexpensive to use tons and tons of votives and all kinds of sizes of candles to create a magical look,” she says. For added bang-for-buck, Majcher also recommends nixing the white carpet and going for simpler blue uplighting. On top of that, cylindrical vases filled with battery-operated white lights, as well as clear, frosted and silver ornaments, can create an icy look without burning through the bucks.
3. With the traditional white weddings seeming, well, traditional and white, many celebrities have been adding pops of personality to the staid scene. De Rossi and Hurley donned pink wedding gowns, while Stefani dyed a portion of her gown pink. In a nod to this trend, Verge says, the bride “walked down the aisle in a pair of hot pink polka-dotted peep-toe pumps.”Not that the pink stopped there. The Pink lotion line from Victoria’s Secret served as take-aways and powder room supplies. Other theme-appropriate items included pink linen, pink cupcakes, and an extensive candy buffet with pink-and-white swirl pops, watermelon Gummi bears, and gumball machines with pink gumballs.
4. Sticking to a central color scheme costs less, Verge notes, by eliminating the likes of pricey overlays in complementary colors. Another way to save money with a one-hued wonder is to extend the color theme to specialty cocktails and nix the full bar.
5. Capture the essence of Hollywood in film. A pre-wedding teaser video played on a projection screen, channeling Hollywood glamour with clips from famous films with wedding scenes. Next up was a ukulele player strumming “Over the Rainbow” from the classic “The Wizard of Oz.” The Hollywood theme continued into the reception with tables named after such movies as “Father of the Bride” and “Bride of Frankenstein” in lieu of numbered tables.
6. Affordable aspects. The signage showcasing the dinner tables’ movie-inspired names consisted of simple DVD cover art from wedding movie classics such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” The video composite of great wedding scenes wasn’t a pricey endeavor either — a good video is less a financial commitment than a time commitment, Weiss notes.