Weddings are expensive.
But tradition and etiquette are shifting when it comes to weddings and a new trend of "crowdfunding" your wedding has started to pick up some momentum among many modern couples. Crowdfunding has traditionally been known in the sense of business or startups and is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.
It's no surprise to us that the generation that thrives on collaborative creation, embraces technology and invented social media is starting to look for creative and personal ways to celebrate their weddings.
So what does crowd funding look like for a wedding and how do you keep that from sounding too tacky? What if instead of springing for an elaborate four tier wedding cake, your aunts and cousins pitched in to make a dessert bar featuring some of your favorite family recipes? Or let's say your neighbor is a master gardener with a rose garden that rivals the gardens at Versailles? Maybe as their wedding gift to you they let your florist harvest from their bushes instead of buying them from the market? Or what if in lieu of gifts, you asked for contributions to your honeymoon or house fund?
There are all sorts of creative ways to use your loved ones talents and generosity to make your wedding incredibly personal, and contrary to what your future MIL might say, it's not tacky or cheap to ask (we promise!).
Check out this video featuring Julie Albaugh from WeddingMarket talking about the increasing popularity of crowdfunding for weddings and honeymoons.
Happy Planning! xx Danielle