On a budget or needing to pair down your guest list due to Covid? Consider hosting a intimate wedding at a small thrift shop or restaurant? Photographer Sarah Kriner pulled off this super sweet elopement inspiration and has some words of advice.
1. Finding a venue: Consider using sites like Peerspace and Airbnb to find smaller venues to host your event. I think this is a great time to re-imagine weddings, and start using some very under-utilized spaces that have character. Support the small spaces who have had a rough few months, and might welcome hosting your small gathering!
2. Be Creative: This doesn’t have to be a time of complete disappointment when you’re cutting back on a large gathering…think of ways to celebrate that your day is now smaller+more intimate.
3. Reuse and Recycle: Going for a vintage+eclectic vibe?
+ Consider thifying
+ Check fabric stores for linens you can use for your wedding day, and then can be turned into something to use in your home
+ Check with your friends and see what they have that can be borrowed or restyled.
4. Dried florals: Use dried florals and mix with real flowers some of the florals are dried and can be saved+used multiple times. It’s easy to be thoughtful about waste (and budget) and take small steps to make change!
5. Borrow a wedding dress: For our shoot, the bride’s dress was borrowed from a friend, the groom’s tie was thrifted. But you can consider using sites like Rent the Runway, Preowned wedding dresses, or Tradesy to shop for pre-owned wedding gowns.
Thanks Sarah for the inspiration and planning tips!
Photographer: Sarah Kriner / Second Photographer: Jess McGhie / Venue: Ally + Sid / Hair & makeup: Stacey Banfield
Florals: The Flower Press / Cake: Jared Porter at Burly Cakes /Stationery: Papier HQ