The elegant casual wedding is a thing of great beauty. No one has spent too much money, everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves, and no one worries if the kids are running around and making noise. When I've attended a casual wedding, it often seems like the lack of pomp and circumstance really lets the love be the star of the day.
ATTIRE: Wear whatever you're comfortable in, including a white dress that’s not meant to be a wedding dress- perhaps a sundress or a dress you have in your closet. You might look at wearing a bridesmaid's dress in white, or go off the beaten track in a pantsuit. Grooms can wear jeans or khakis, a simple sport coat, and a casual shirt. A tie is optional.
SETTING: Your parents’ backyard, a local park or community center. Think about atypical wedding locations such as an art gallery, a rooftop, a barn or other place that speaks to your personalities.
INVITATIONS: Handwrite your own invitations on handmade paper. Write it as if you were writing a note to a friend. Be sure to note casual attire. For example, you might say: "We're gettin' hitched! Come join us, Maggie and John, as we join hands and hearts and celebrate a lifetime of love, friendship and happiness."
FLOWERS: Instead of floral flower arrangements, have pots of simple bulbs such as tulips, or hyacinths. This is a great money saving tip. Another casual wedding centerpiece that I love is a flat container of wheat grass (also called cat grass) with gerber daisies inserted at random intervals.
MENU: Throw a party a few months before the wedding where you ask everyone to bring a recipe as a favor. Practice the recipes, decide on your favorites, and then make them for your wedding food. Place a lovely label in front of each dish to say whose recipe it is. You may also want to have a barbeque or picnic fare.
REGISTRY: Register at inexpensive places such as Target or Sears. Forgo the expensive china and silver (you‘re not that kind of pair anyway) and instead register for things that make you smile.