Everyone wants their wedding to be special, but thinking of a way to stand out from the crowd can be a nightmare. Having a unique wedding doesn’t mean that everything has to be out there or non-traditional though; a few small tweaks can transform a typical wedding into an experience you and your guests won’t ever forget.
Have food you like
Instead of the traditional choice of chicken or beef, have a menu made up of dishes the two of you particularly enjoy. It doesn’t always have to be fancy cuisine. Had nachos on your first date? Use them as starters. Always make pasta together? Have it as an option for a main. Have a penchant for sushi? Use it as an entrée. Having a varied menu with a few unusual additions will make for a memorable experience for the guests, and can be a lot of fun.
Equally, you don’t have to stick to the tried-and-tested wedding champagne. For a more unorthodox touch, try beer instead. You can even make a theme of it; send out bottles with the details of the wedding on the label, with the invitations rolled into scrolls inside.
It’s the 21st century
You don’t have to have a guestbook. For a quirky touch, have your guests write on something else. If you have a theme, find something to match it. Here’s where you can really think outside the box. Playing cards, postcards, photo frames – if you can write on it, you can use it. Have a photobooth for guests to take pictures in, then get them to sign them and pin them on a board. You’ll end up with an instant collage of everyone who attended.
If you wanted to get a little bit more technology oriented, you can set up screens which display a live twitter feed, then have your guests use a hashtag you set up. You’ll be able to create a way for your guests to interact with you, and even those who couldn’t physically attend can still join in. Then after the big day is over, you’ll have an easilly accessible record of everything. You can do the same thing with instagram, and be able to see all kinds of photos of the event that you might have otherwise missed.
Not a morning person?
You don’t have to get married on a Saturday morning. A good alternative is to have your ceremony late in the afternoon on a Friday. Then, you can follow it with dinner and a party. This even lets you continue the festivities on into the following day if you like, so you can create a multi-day wedding extravaganza.
If you’re planning to jet off on your honeymoon straight after, this gives you chance to prepare, and then have the holiday align exactly with the start of the week.
If you’re looking for an alternative lapel to flowers, you have a world of options. You can use a pin instead, and these can be shaped in pretty much whatever style you like. A mini guitar, for those with a musical flair, for example. If you have a theme, you can use this as a way to explore it. Getting married by the sea? Use a seashell.
A lot of emphasis is always put on the cake, and everyone wants to have a special design. Don’t feel like you need to have an extravagant display of baking ability though in order for a cake to be a success. If you want to make sure there’s something for everyone, try several different flavours to see what you enjoy (you never know, maybe you’ll enjoy the pistachio over the chocolate after all) and then have each successive layer be made of a different flavour of cake. This works exceptionally well if you enjoy every flavour – then you’ll not be disappointed if you don’t end up getting as much of your own wedding cake as you might expect.
The right music
Music is one of the most important parts of creating the atmosphere for your wedding. You can tailor different pieces of music to different parts of your day. It certainly doesn’t all have to be party music at the reception either; you can have soft instrumental music playing throughout. Soundtracks work well for this, but don’t be afraid to have original music play at your wedding. You’ll create new memories and associations with the music, and by the end of the day you can have an entire soundtrack where each song meant something different to you at that point.
Make it about you
The best tip we can give you is to tailor the wedding around the two of you as a couple. Don’t try and plan for what your guests would want, but rather let them enjoy whatever you’ve created for the two of you. Whenever you make a decision, think ‘what’s the ‘us’ way of doing this?’. You’ll quickly end up with a unique wedding that everyone will remember, and that you will be proud of. Being able to express your relationship throughout the day with choices only you would have made will make everything that touch more special.