Not Your Average Wedding Frills
Every betrothed couple wants a wedding that guests will remember. But you don't have to say your vows in an Italian vineyard to make your wedding memorable. With a little imagination, even common wedding must-haves -- food, flowers and music -- can be special. These ideas for unusual wedding must-haves can transform your nuptials from ordinary...to extraordinary.
Choose an Unusual Venue
Instead of a hotel ballroom or banquet hall, consider holding your wedding or reception in a spot that has special meaning for you. That could be a theme park, museum, zoo, historical location -- or even an art gallery. Unusual venues often cost less to rent than more traditional ones, so if a place looks interesting to you, ask. You may be surprised how easy it is to secure a truly memorable location.
Bridal White…or a Bold Color?
Generations of brides have chosen traditional white or ivory gowns, and they are beautiful. But if color better suits your style, look for a dress in your favorite bold hue and have your attendants wear a paler version, or black. If you fall in love with a traditional white gown, make it unique by adding a sash in your favorite bright color.
Make Your Bridal Party a Real Party
Who says the bride's attendants have to be all female (or all-male for the groom)? Choose the people who mean the most to you. That could be other family members, friends of all ages, neighbors, or mentors. If you like the look of a wedding party in matching outfits, choose what your attendants will wear, just as you would in a traditional wedding.
Get Creative with Flowers
If you have a favorite flower, ask your florist to feature it in the wedding and the reception by designing arrangements that feature your special bloom in one color or a multitude of colors. Instead of carrying a pale bouquet down the aisle, have your attendants carry pale nosegays while you carry a bold and colorful arrangement. For the reception, consider different arrangements of the same flowers, or mix a variety of flowers and use vases in varying sizes.
Serve Sweet Bites
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, serve individual wedding cupcakes, or have a dessert buffet and let guests sample a little bit of everything. This idea may save some money, because the labor involved in traditional wedding cakes can make them more expensive than other desserts. And this way, you can buy from your favorite bakery, even if they don't do wedding cakes.
Let Your Guests Have Their Say
It's your special day, but you can help your guests feel like they are creating a bit of history by sharing their loving thoughts and wishes for the happy couple. Hire a videographer and set up the camera in an out-of-the-way place at the reception. Encourage guests to record their good wishes as a keepsake for the couple.
A Reception to Remember
Instead of traditional dining and dancing after the ceremony, consider hosting a cookout on the beach, treating everyone to miniature golf, or taking your guests to an amusement park to ride on a rollercoaster. A wedding reception is all about having a good time and celebrating the new couple -- so anything goes as long as it's fun.
Plan Around a Color Theme
Add drama to your wedding by choosing a color theme. This can range from variations on white (which can be very elegant) to pale pastels, colors from nature, or bold red, purple, pink or blue. Use this theme throughout your wedding--décor, flowers, tablecloths, and so on--for a lovely and memorable event.