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So many moons ago I came across this wedding shot by the ever-fabulous Jessica Claire, and I couldn’t help but love the concept. They used some kind of blanket to make palettes on the ground on which the guests could sit, instead of renting an ungodly number of chairs. Let’s be honest, it can get expensive to rent chairs, especially if you have to get a set for the ceremony AND reception. So this would be a great cost-saving option- a picnic style wedding ceremony. The photogs would probably have easier access to all those jaw-dropping shots if everyone’s heads weren’t in the way- I’d say all around this idea is a plus! :) Casual, simple- of course for a larger wedding it might not work out so well, but in this case I think it’s fabulous!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. I think it looks great in the pictures but what if the ground is wet? Or it’s kind of like sitting in the front row at the movies where you have to crank your neck up to get eye-level. If you do use it I would offer chairs for the older guests. We found a rental comp that charged $1.25 per chair. However, we only needed 58 so it wasn’t too expensive. Rather than BYOB have a Bring Your Own Chair. LOL

  2. Have you seen the Elysium Productions video of this wedding? “Gary Fong and Missy in British Colombia”…look for it bc it’s an amazing wedding. The ceremony was very unique. They had chairs for those who needed them and the rest were kicked back on the blankets. even the bride and groom sat during the ceremony while people spoke, making it seem more casual, but more heartfelt at the same time. The property is to die for. I highly reccommend the video-it makes me cry everytime!

  3. Doing this would have been my dream but I’ve ended up letting go of it, because unless you’re in California, I think it’s too much of a gamble weather-wise. This wedding looks absolutely gorgeous, but can you imagine how hard it would be to scramble for a last-minute Plan B if it rains, it has just rained, it turns out to be really cold and windy, etc…?

  4. What a great idea for a casual wedding! If you’re going for a more formal feel, try renting padded benches instead of chairs. They can definitely be less expensive and bring a very unique feel to your ceremony!

  5. I love this idea! ALthough, yes, California may be one of the only places where you can confidently get away with it :) A friend of mine had hers down on a cliff near the beach in November, and told everyone to bring a blanket, where flat shoes and a jacket! It was so relaxed and fun, and everyone did as they were told and therefore stayed warm :)

  6. I love it. It seemed to suit the wedding too as it was such a weekend event that everyone gathered together for.

    Plus the view is to die for!

    • kay*
    • September 5th, 2008

    LOVE this. another pic going into my inspiration file – thanks Jessica! lol. but seriously, i think it’s gorgeous. but that doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant – it totally is. and the brides’ dress is gorgeous. the rose petals…love it all.

  7. Jessica Claire is an AMAZING photographer!! Great shots!!

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