How to Create a Space Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

A few weeks ago, a company announced that it would be offering couples an unforgettable way to say I do — getting hitched in space. Guests will be able to delight in the “quintessential astronaut experience” with two hours to look down on Earth’s curve, total blackness and atmosphere, according to the website. The waitlist for the trip of a lifetime is already light-years long.

If a one-of-a-kind space isn’t in your budget, you can still create an out-of-this-world wedding without breaking the bank. The key is determining what’s most important to you and your partner. Whether it’s stunning photos or treating your guests to an amazing sit-down dinner, make sure those priorities align with the venue you’ve selected.

For example, a couple with 200 guests might fall in love with the exposed brick and industrial nature of a repurposed warehouse. However, the space could feel too large for their 50-person wedding if they don’t pare down their vision to match the venue’s capacity.

Luckily, there are lots of ways to make even the biggest space feel cozy and intimate. Chancey Charm Charleston wedding planner Samantha Wiley says draping the ceiling is an easy way to transform any space into something more intimate. “By moving the line of sight down, it makes a big difference,” she explains.

Other ideas for small touches to make a big impact include using rugs (like the ones spotted here from Volare Planning & Design and Rustic Romance Rentals) or creating cozy seating areas with pillows and throw blankets. And don’t forget to add a splash of color. For instance, skip the standard white tablecloths and dress up your tables with runners and napkins that tie in your wedding vibe.