The Smaller, Cheaper, More Personal Wedding

posted on 28 March 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Services

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Many of you already know that Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan last year. That’s Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame – the guy we can safely assume is wealthy enough to throw as many weddings as he cares to.

But they didn’t. Throw a huge party, that is. They got married in their backyard with fewer than 100 guests. Try doing that if you’re a celeb.

Interestingly, Forbes called this low key style of doing things ‘true to form’. From a man worth at least $14 billion. And whilst Priscilla Chan did wear a $4,700 wedding gown by the incredible designer, Claire Pettibone, it’s the only extravagance in evidence. And when you take a closer look at the gown, well, it’s excusable as far as I’m concerned.

Their wedding was so low key that guests arrived assuming they were attending a party to celebrate Priscilla’s graduation from Harvard. They walked down the aisle attended by their dog, called Beast, and wrote and read their own vows.

The biggest surprise was the food they served their guests – Mexican and Japanese food from their favourite local restaurants. And the Mexican meals were thought to cost no more than $7.50 a head, whilst dessert was mice-shaped chocolates – $3 each (I’m starting to like this couple more as we go along).

Okay, they did have the odd celeb arrive in a huge black limo truck – like Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. But he doubled as the chief entertainment.

Zuckerberg might run a social network, and be intensely private about his life, but we could all take a leaf out of his book and keep our weddings low key and simple too.

Here’s how in 4 easy steps:

  • Really limit the guest list – your parents, living grandparents, siblings, closest friends
  • Choose a place for your ceremony/reception that isn’t usually used for weddings
  • Get your own caterer – try your favourite local restaurant and see if they’d be prepared to cook for you; something like Middle Eastern food, or Indian food can be reasonable per head and very tasty
  • Supply your own music, or get a friend’s band to use your celebration to debut
  • Brew your own craft beer and serve it by the glass

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