Choosing Your Wedding Location: Dimly Lit & Sophisticated

If a picnic is too casual for you and you’ve always dreamt of something more elegant, then throw a semi-formal cocktail party. Just champagne, cocktails and dessert won’t put you too deeply in debt. Don’t stretch yourself to throw a sit-down dinner if you really can’t afford it. Chances are that you’ll have to cut corners and the event will end up being much less classy that you had intended.

Brainstorm:

  • Host a cocktail party at your favorite bar the night before and get hitched the next morning during a 50’s style Sunday brunch complete with crepes, pastries, and mimosas.
  • Rent your favorite coffee shop on a Saturday night and order a buffet spread from Eric’s Restaurant in Noe Valley (p. X). Toss in some red carnation bouquets, Chinese lanterns and swags of red fabric and you have elegance at a great price.

The upside of the dimly lit and sophisticated location:

  • Who doesn’t love feeling sexy and glamorous?
  • Dim lights help hide flaws if your favorite speakeasy is a little rough around the edges.
  • An elegant event is just as appropriate during the daylight hours as the night, and are usually much more affordable.

Things to consider:

  • Evening events tend to cost more from location fees, to catering and drinks.
  • If you’re hosting an evening event you are more obligated to serve a full meal. Who hasn’t suffered from the after shock of several strong cocktails and a handful of passed hors d’oeuvres?
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