As with most design projects, staying within a couple's budget can be quite a challenge and yet one of the most important considerations. I have found that often when a wedding budget is on the smaller side a couples tend to gravitate towards venues that seem inexpensive, like a backyard, the beach, or a park setting. But what they don't always understand is that when you have to bring in everything - the tables, the chairs, the china, the flatware, etc., the expenses can add up quickly. So when I am planning a wedding like that I prefer to start with the rental expenses first.
Not only does it give me a starting point in the direction the wedding decor will go, but it also helps set the budget for the less expensive things. Today I met with a lovely couple who had some fun ideas for their outdoor wedding.
Which is just the way I like it!
images from here and here.