Wedding Types: Urban Loft

Today's wedding type is the urban loft. I love that this style of wedding is gaining such popularity because I really believe that it can be one of the most budget-friendly wedding types.

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Consider the following reasons:

1. Location, location, location. Generally, the urban loft/warehouse/rooftop wedding is held in an urban (city) location. Many times, these locations are during the off hours of a regular business and rental fees can be minimal or even free. Plus, like a garden wedding, the ceremony and the reception can be held in the same location (thus keeping rental venue costs and transportation fees to a minimum). Also, if you plan an urban wedding you and your guests will have lots of options for personal lodging (and at many different price points).

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2. Lots of built-in decor. Many urban spaces are designed to reflect the growing appeal of rustic and stainless. Many feature old brick and new metal ductwork, cement floors with glossy finishes, or views of renovated industrial buildings from supersized picture windows. This combination of old meets new is a design delight in itself and can make deocrating the area for your nuptials very simple (or even completely moot). A few well placed toparies or plants and you suddenly have a very cool backdrop for your reception.

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3. Monochromatic scheme = easy on the budget. One of the calling cards of urban design is the use of lots and lots and lots of monochromatic neutrals. Scores of white everywhere and then a pop of color and you're done. This is great for a budget wedding since it's much easier to track down lots of something in a neutral than it is to find lots of something in a specific color. Plus, as a bonus, you if you find something that you love and it's the wrong color – paint it the right one.

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4. Colorful cakes. This is style of wedding made for those awesome and jaw-dropping colored cakes. To conserve money, stick with a simple shape (stacked circles or squares) and ditch the flowers and other froufrou. Just use a great and bright color for the frosting and…bam! Instant visual impact.

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Some Cons of an Urban Loft Wedding:

1. Making it sterile. While planning anf decoring, beware of making things too sterile. Using lots of white can actually backfire on you if you don't use the right shade – too cool and everything looks cold.

2. Open space = confusion. Most urban loft weddings are held in large spaces with few walls. This is a dream when it comes to holding your reception and ceremony in the same place but can be a nightmare if you don't plan accordingly. Make sure that you have set up distinct areas for each part of your wedding. That way, you'll make the space feel more intimate and you're guests won't be wandering around.

3. Lighting. Could be a problem in an urban warehouse. Plan to check out the location both day and night to see if there's anything lacking in the lighting department. Adding a few discreet spotlight or lamps (with warm light bulbs) can go a long way to helping light your area with very little effort.

4. Bathrooms. Always, always, always check the potty situation. The top floor of a warehouse may look gorgeous for your reception but it the bathroom consists of a single urinal in a graffittied stall – MOVE ON! Make sure that your location has at least one men's and one women's bathroom and that they are clean.

Interested in planning an urban loft wedding? Here are some inspirational images to get you started:

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Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

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Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart