Allison’s organization skills and attention to detail turned out to be the winning combination that propelled her wedding to claim first prize. Take a look at how you can recreate her special day.

Venue
Allison’s wedding proved that any room can be beautiful. She wowed the bride judges with her reception venue’s high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, which helped make her colours pop on her big day! Everywhere you looked, lime green was highlighted against damask, black and bling throughout. The theme of the night: picture perfect.

  • Splurge: Go the extra mile. Splurge for those little details that will make your wedding a night to remember. Consider adding diamond napkin holders or coloured charger plates to match your decor scheme. Alternatively, consider splurging on your centrepiece to make a big statement.  Take a tall, skinny vase and add your colour scheme to the lighting underneath a crystal ball to get a similar look.
  • Steal: Do-it-yourself. Remember, you don’t need to pay a lot of money to achieve the perfect look. Consider making your centrepieces from scratch by checking out a local craft store for those one-of-a-kind items. Ask your friends/family to help — who knows, you might be surprised by all the talented people within reach.

Food
If you want to make sure your wedding has a lasting impression on your guests, consider splurging on food like Allison and her hubby did on their big day. The happy couple started off the night right with an 80-foot antipasto bar, followed by a classy sit-down dinner and late-night poutine station.

  • Splurge: Try thinking outside the box, and offer an array of unique food stations if you aren’t into an antipasto bar. You can also bring in a local food truck that serves up everything from kabobs to quesadillas at the end of the night.  The more variety and food selection you can offer, the more satisfied and amazed your guests will be.
  • Steal: Often, if your venue is catering your classy affair, the price of food can be daunting to a bride and groom. But don’t fret, there are ways to save. Instead of having a Saturday wedding, consider a Friday night or Sunday wedding on a long weekend. If you also have an afternoon soiree, your guests won’t be expecting dinner and you could cut costs by having lots of hors d’oeurves, champagne and maybe a few select food stations instead.

Dress
Allison went for the classic look and it paid off as she walked down the aisle in a white satin, A-line dress with a sweetheart, beaded neckline and pick-up bottom.

  • Splurge: If you want to feel like the princess you are, make sure to get a dress with some bling. Try on all different styles and if the one you love is simply perfect, consider adding a crystal sash to increase the glam factor.
  • Steal: It might be the day of your dreams, but you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the look of your dreams. Consider buying your wedding dress second-hand. They can often be 30-90 per cent off the regular price and you can easily update it with a colourful sash or flashy head piece. A little bling goes a long way.

Overall
For Allison, the love was in the details. From her delectable gelato pops, to her colour-coordinated candy bar,  the judges were blown away by all the little things her wedding had to offer. 

  • Splurge: Think about having a signature drink that means something to you and your fiancé. Maybe it relates to a favourite trip you took together or like Allison, it could be named after your loveable pet. For the candy bar, it will have more of an impact on your guests if you make it relate to your colour scheme and/or theme of your wedding.
  • Steal: Instead of offering an entire candy bar, think about bringing in a popcorn machine for a cute little snack. It’s much cheaper and less time consuming than picking out colour coded candy. When it comes to a special couple’s drink, offer both normal and virgin cocktails between a certain time frame to cut costs.

Written by Four Weddings Canada.