No wonder brides of a pre-digital era were caught in a unappetising cycle of bouffant dresses and buffet dinners.
They didn't have the wonderful world of social media to enthuse and inspire them, quenching their thirst for ideas like a particularly imaginative fairy godmother.
Part of the joy of wedding planning nowadays is the ability to submerse oneself in the visual feast that is Pinterest, Instagram and more. We can save our pennies and instead get crafty by appropriating other peoples' bold and brilliant concepts.
From pop-up bars to homemade pom-poms and creative styling tips, we bring you the very best wedding ideas from social media. Sorting a wedding has never been so easy - or so fun...
Ring o' Roses
Nomadic floral designer Amy Merrick shows how to make the most of homegrown roses, without going overboard.
Combine hue of apricot, pink and cream and scatter across a white linen table with other wild flowers for a dash of summertime nuance.
Boutique stationery designer Urbanic specialises in invites that ooze personality. No standard fancy script here; each layout is lovingly personalised, with a bold simplicity and spectacular attention to detail.
The store is LA-based but does international shipping, and prices are competitive.
Gems and jewels
US-based indie wedding Instagrammer Lovely Bride knows a stylish bride when she sees one (or two, in this case).
The real statement piece for us in this photo is the gorgeous garland head-piece. It's fun and fabulous and really offsets the whole look. Find out how to make your own here.
Nothing says summer wedding quite like a tray of ice lollies - especially when they are beautifully styled, in the vein of this offering from Green Wedding Shoes.
A simple veil can work wonders to elevate your look, bringing an instant frisson of drama and grace.
Once Wed has a lovely, romantic selection to be inspired by - but you don't really need to spend a lot of money of a veil. As long as it's styled well, you can buy one second-hand, or hire it, or borrow off a friend.
Pinterest: Once Wed
Wedding planning company Hey Gorge Events describe this as one of their all-time favourite features and it's not hard to see why.
Whether your reception is in a marquee or a village hall, adorning the ceiling with a clutch of bright paper lanterns is a lovely way of bringing a pop of colour and character to proceedings.
For a unique take on this, try making your own origami paper balls from Cass Art.
Got a mate with a VW camper van? Why not transform it into an impromptu wedding booth, as suggested by the wonderful Chic Vintage Bride.
Pinterest: Chic Vintage Brides
Let's get popping
Favours are easily discarded, but not so if you choose popcorn - folks will be gobbling up the good stuff.
And this tasty and simple DIY caramel popcorn recipe will do the trick for fillers.
Mix it up
We'll skip the desserts and go straight to the fromage.
We love the way these cheeses have been decoratively laid out, amid an offering of strawberries, grapes and biscuits. Of course, the idea from blogger Loverly, would only look nice for two seconds for everyone destroyed it in their rush to chow down cheese - but it's still very pretty.
Buy handmade cheese markers here.
Bring the spirit of summer to your wedding no matter what the weather with a fabulous pop-up lemonade bar, shared by Style Me Pretty.
All in the head