Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

Unconventional things I did that made my wedding a lot less stressful, more fun, and way more memorable.


Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

7. Have an afternoon wedding. 

This saves a lot of planning, expense and time. Having an afternoon wedding not only lends itself to better photos (no blurry, flash or underexposed night shots!), but gets rid of lighting costs and dramatically decreases the number of waiters needed. It further saves cost by limiting the amount of wasted food (if you go buffet-style), the type of food (nobody expects filet mignon at lunch) and booze (alcohol is super pricey) consumed.

Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier

The setting for my wedding brunch, after the ceremony

Hilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding EasierWe had unassigned seating, a buffet-style brunch with a live band, and hors d’oeuvres passed around. Nobody got drunk and people loved that they could sit anywhere – or not sit at all. The best part? Because people didn’t drink much, we had enough champagne and wine left over to last for years!

8. Get a ring with lots of sparkle.

My engagement ringHilary’s Tips: 10 Ways I Made My Wedding Easier has more sparkle than any solitaire, and is more unique, but cost a fraction of the price. Lots of smaller diamonds = more sparkle for less $$. Or better yet, buck tradition completely and opt for another type of stone.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 29 Comments

  1. Avatar of Mary Garcia

    Mary Garcia

    #6 sounds really fun including the bloopers, but most of my friends hate being flashed on the screen with their awkward speech and all. They would probably ditch my wedding if they knew there would be an interview (Nah, just kidding they love me too much to do that that.) But yeah. I’d love the bloopers instead. My friends are very wacky and fun so they would enjoy something like that rather than an interview. Thank you for these unconventional ideas! ❤️

  2. Avatar of Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    I’m single so I have no idea about weddings and how hard it is to prepare them, but I’m definitely considering all of this.

  3. Avatar of Eleanor Bartal

    I’m not religious either so I really did ask to skip those parts. I’m glad the pastor didn’t complain.

  4. Avatar of Kayla Carlson

    I wish I’ve seen this before our wedding. It was so stressful I nearly backed out.

  5. Avatar of Lucia Pombo

    It’s crazy that some weddings hold their receptions far from the church wedding. Seriously? Book somewhere close. Not everyone has a car.

  6. Avatar of Bernice Perry

    Bernice Perry

    I don’t mind using silk flowers instead of the usual bouquet. To be honest, that’s least of my concern as long as I have a decent looking bouquet that doesn’t look like it’s for a funeral. Thanks for this advice. It’s even better that I could keep my wedding bouquet and treasure it for the years to come rather than take photos with it then throw it away afterward. We all know how expensive these wedding bouquets are… It can be insane. I’d go for the silk.?

  7. Avatar of Sheri Lawrence

    Sheri Lawrence

    Wow, doing all of this in my wedding for sure. I want my wedding to be like a breeze and less stressful.

  8. Avatar of Linda Dent

    Linda Dent

    I really like the idea of fake flowers instead of real ones. I also think that for decorations for the aisle, fake flowers would be better.

  9. Avatar of Felicia Sanders

    I would still prefer the traditional wedding. I want that day to be special.

  10. Avatar of Felicia Castro

    Weddings usually take about 3-4 hours depending on the program after the ceremony. If there’s anything that you need to shorten, it’s that reception after. Get rid of the usual bouquet throwing and all that stuff. Have a fun program that’s fun for all and less time consuming.

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