If you’re recently engaged, you’ve probably already spent hours researching everything about weddings from catering ideas to different kinds of flowers that you had never even known existed. Planning your wedding is one of the most important times of your life. While it’s great to look up different vendors and deejays, it’s also a good time to think about some unique ways to show your guests your unique and funky personality.
Once upon a time, weddings followed very basic standards. Every wedding caterer served the same dry chicken dinner and every floral bouquet looked exactly alike. However, all that has changed.
Thanks to inspiration boards on Pinterest and custom-made one-of-a-kind products on Etsy, the cookie cutter wedding is finally out. If you’re planning a wedding, now is a great time to show off your creative chops and incorporate clever and super personal elements into your special day.
We have compiled a list of 8 unique items that you can incorporate into your wedding day.
1. The Pre-Ceremony Cocktail
Who says that guests have to wait until cocktail hour to enjoy a refreshing beverage? More and more couples are providing guests with a single light cocktail before the ceremony. Think of it as the classiest form of pre-gaming.
If this idea appeals to you, there are some things that must be taken into consideration. Most importantly, it’s wise to choose a drink that doesn’t go overboard with the booze. After all, you want guests to be able to remember your ceremony. Also, consider offering a nonalcoholic version to non-drinkers.
2. A Confessional Booth
2016 was the year of the photo booth. This fun and unique idea offered guests something to do if they weren’t the dance floor type. However, the idea is beginning to get a bit played out.
That’s why the video confessional booth is a great way to entertain guests in a totally innovative way. It’s just like setting up a photo booth except that you will be replacing the camera with a video camera. Imagine how special (and hilarious) it will be to watch the entire video on your first anniversary as a couple.
3. The Cheese Cake
Maybe a sponge cake loaded with frosting isn’t really your thing. That’s okay, but you still have to have a ceremonious cake-cutting after dinner, right?
That’s why the cheese cake is a great idea. And by cheese cake, we don’t mean cheesecake. We are talking about stacks of cheese wheels full of your favorite imported cheeses!
4. Sendoff Sparklers
Traditionally, guests throw rice at the couple on their way out of the ceremony. While the sentiment is sweet, the rice can be a pain to clean up and is also harmful to birds.
Instead, why don’t you provide guests with sparklers? Sparklers require minimal cleanup and are a much more festive way to wish the couple well.
5. A Bouquet Designed After Your Mother’s
If you’re the sentimental type, you probably want to find a way to honor your family on your special day. One great way to do this is to ask your florist to make you a bridal bouquet that is identical to your mother’s (or even your grandmother’s). Imagine the emotional impact of walking down the aisle while paying homage to the most influential woman in your life.
6. A Second Dress
Wedding Prep Gals said, “Nothing is more fabulous than a mid-reception costume change.” It’s a practical idea as well since your wedding dress is prone to tearing while you cut it up on the dance floor.
Find a less expensive white dress that is much more practical for dancing and partying. It will stun your guests and keep your very expensive wedding dress safe from harm.
7. A Casual Midnight Snack
After hours of dancing and drinking, chances are that your guests are going to be hungry again. This is especially true if you are having a dinner reception that runs into the early hours of the morning.
However, you can find an inexpensive way to feed the guests who are still at the party. After all, who doesn’t love pizza or burgers? You can even hire a food truck to show up a few hours after dinner for guests who are feeling hungry again.
8. Yard Games
Your guests who are a bit more introverted might not feel so comfortable getting on the dance floor. For daytime weddings, it’s a great idea to incorporate yard games into your wedding for these shy friends and family. Games like horseshoe, badminton and beanbag toss will keep guests of all ages entertained for hours.
The average wedding costs an amazing $28,500 and every dollar that you spend should go to something that shows off your fabulous personality. These 8 unique ideas will surely bring lots of fun to your big day.