“That was a fabulous wedding — it was so you!” read the thank-you note from a guest. This newly wed couple enjoyed adding personal touches to their celebration while maintaining traditions important to them. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your creative journey.
Brides, your dress needn’t be all white or ivory, but if it is, pop it up with a splash of color like a pink sash, colorful shoes, or sparkly necklace.
If you are wearing a veil, have a small monogram of your first initial or new initials embroidered on the side. If you decide to forgo a veil, think about a crown of flowers or chic headband.
Some brides choose to wear a traditional floor-length dress for the ceremony and change into something short and flirty for the reception.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your mother’s wedding dress, but it isn’t in wearable condition, snip a piece of trim or lace from it to wrap around the stem of your bouquet. You might pin something sentimental inside the bouquet, such as a small piece of jewelry.
Spare your friends the stress and expense of being a bridesmaid or groomsman and join the new trend of having a “partyless” wedding. Special guests can be asked to usher or do a reading instead. If you are having a wedding party, change things up by asking the bride and groom’s grandparents to be the flower “girls,” or having little boys be the flower boys and little girls the ring bearers. Feel free to have a brides-man instead of a bridesmaid or a best-woman in place of a best man.
Bridesmaids dresses don’t have to be identical, although it’s more pleasing to the eye if they’re a similar shade, fabric, and length.
If your ceremony isn’t in a church with stationary pews, arrange the seating in a semi-circle so that everyone can see.
Many brides decide to walk down the aisle to Wagner’s traditional bridal chorus; others embrace their heritage with reggae, Scottish bagpipes or their favorite song. Anything goes, from the Beatles to Taylor Swift.
Make your wedding program into a mock newspaper with blatant headlines announcing your wedding. The inside pages can introduce the bridal party, the band, the venue, and driving directions, and the letter to the editor will thank people for coming. Save the back cover for “Happily Ever After Starts Here,” and post your new address.
Mix up the music at the cocktail hour—how about a mariachi band, bluegrass group, or barbershop quartet?
Surprise your guests with your first dance. One couple chose a polka, another opted for a sexy tango, and a still another selected a dance routine that included the wedding party and bride and groom’s parents.
On your wedding day ask someone to take a photo of both of your wedding rings placed on the front page of that day’s paper.
Along with small cameras on each table, put a few fancy pens and small notebooks titled, “What should we do on date nights?”
Commission an artist to set up an easel to paint the ceremony as it’s happening.
A memorable favor is a CD with the songs played at your reception.
Remember, people love surprises!