The wedding day is a very special day for every girl, something she’s been dreaming about for ages. It comes as no surprise that each bride wants to make this event as unique as possible. There are hundreds of boards on Pinterest, dedicated to wedding trends. And each year brings more and more ideas – creative, innovative, eye-catching. It might be something to make everyone gape in awe and set the right mood for the whole wedding. Although, it might be a tiny detail that brings a special charm and style to the whole ceremony.
Details are important, but of course, first of all, there are some major things to consider. (By the way, this is where our complete wedding checklist will be rather helpful!) But in the end, it is the details that matter. If you find yourself spending a lot of time browsing for the best wedding ideas, this article is for you!
Things To Consider Before You Get Started
You have set the date, the venue, received a license (see how to get a marriage license) and are all set to get creative? Think which ideas would represent you as a couple and entertain the guests. Plus, choosing ideas for weddings includes creating the feeling of participation among guests. Your wedding is not only your union – this is the first time two families and two worlds come together. So, think about things that unite your party. Group projects, games, music background, wedding dress colors and elements of dress, flower bracelets and button-hole flowers… Everything is to make together very different people during this big day. Your inspiration should help you create the atmosphere you want. No matter it is a chilled backyard wedding or a luxury destination one. Don’t be too serious though – the event itself is quite a ‘grown-up’ step in your destiny.
Try to ease the formality of the moment with a bit of fun. Keep in mind that your wedding is a mirror of your attitude to life and relationships. For example, you might ask your friends and family to throw rose petals or to light sparklers as you enter the wedding reception or leave the church. If you belong to some ethnical group, you could consider some of the ethnical traditions to liven up your party. Ask your elders about their wedding ceremony and try to carry on a family tradition (or start your own!) to make your wedding more original.
Design Ideas To Style Up Your Wedding
Each year brings new trends and design ideas never seen before. It might be non-standard bouquets, creative lighting, escort cards, guest books for wishes, signs etc. The styles and design change, accordingly with trendy styles, themes, and colors. For example, this year barnyard weddings are definitely on the rise – which influences everything. Old leather boots as vases for flowers, flower crowns for bridesmaids, mossy and brownish tones of decorations, etc. Simplicity is very much the thing this year – with its plain ivy branches bouquets and hand-crafted guest books.
By the way, don’t forget that naming is extremely important. There are lots of situations where you have to keep it in mind. Heading of the guest book, carved wood decorations and a photo frame for guests… Would you call yourselves Mr&Mrs or Mr&Ms? This small detail is something you want to consider before you place the order. (By the way, you may want to look up the difference between mrs and ms here). The way you call yourselves will tell your nearest and dearest a lot about you as a couple. Print your names on champagne bottles to give as a wedding favor, or write your initials on napkins. Mare the birth of a new family by carved wooden letters. As a part of the celebration, you might want to give a name to a distant star and keep the certificate as the reminder of this wonderful day.
Source: Floressence Flowers via instagram, Adeline & Grace Photography, Nancy Liu Chin
Music To Get Into The Mood
Include the option when a groom sings a song for his bride at the ceremony or vice versa.The music is a perfect tool to create the right mood, but different people have different music tastes. It is also a source of inspiration for some creative wedding ideas.
For example, why don’t you ask each guest to share their favorite song title when replying to the invitation. It will make your wedding soundtrack more diverse, and add a feeling of common cause. It would also help to keep each guest satisfied with your music choice. You could also consider some wedding games with the songs: for example, guests might guess who ‘ordered’ which song.
Music is important on wedding timeline day of your party. If you can play music, you might want to include the option when the newlyweds sing for each other. You would make a most lovely duo! Can’t sing? Well, try dancing instead! Bridesmaids or groomsmen could help with that! You might even have a battle of sexes – either in singing or in dancing. Or both – in a classical Bollywood movie style!
Home Celebration Ideas
Probably, you have already chosen the venue If you carefully follow our wedding checklist by months. It is possible that you want to celebrate your wedding quietly at home. Well, don’t worry – there are lots of home wedding ideas. If you have decided to invite only your closest friends and relatives, holding a wedding at home is a great option. It is much cheaper, and makes the ceremony cozier. The money you save on a venue means you will have more to spend on other things, like decor, catering, and honeymoon.
And! As a bonus, you will have your own little place to celebrate your anniversaries – right in your backyard! Isn’t it a great idea to do it exactly where you tied the knot? You could give a try to a ring warming ceremony when guests pass around wedding bands to share their wishes and love. Another example of small wedding ceremonies ideas is hand-made favors. It can be home-made jams, or a farm stand of fresh fruit and baskets to take them on the way our etc. Or you could print funny facts about you and your loved one on cocktail napkins – that would be fun!
The Tasty Part
Probably the best wedding ideas concern the food. For example, for a relaxed atmosphere, you could rent an ice cream stand, or a cotton candy/popcorn machine. Or you could attach a recipe for any dish if it is a small family-type meal. Why don’t you choose some traditional dishes from local vendors, or include some traditional ethnical cuisine? Little cookies with your initials on the icing would add some romance to the atmosphere.
Non-Traditional Outfit Wedding Ideas
To make your wedding less standard, you could use a range of non-traditional wedding ideas. For example, your flower girl could wear a blue dress as ‘something blue’ – or you might ask your grannies to be your flower girls.
Bridesmaids dresses might be of a different color but the same style, or vice versa – same color but different style. You could also change the suits and dresses in the mid of event to symbolize changing name after marriage. Another wedding ceremony idea would be to wear converse or leather boots instead of classic shoes etc. Literally, anything can be your source of wedding inspiration
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Entertainment For Partygoers
As soon as you have said the words it’s time to relax a bit. This is your party, but it is also important to entertain your guests. (Speaking of guests, you might want to take a look at our wedding registry ideas list). You will definitely need some great wedding ideas to catch their attention. You can make them truly enjoy the event by making a trivia quiz about your couple. It would be great to see how well your friends and family know both of you. You could divide your guests into ‘team bride’ and ‘team groom’ and ask them to guess the answers.
Some more intimate wedding ideas include writing a letter to each other to read before the ceremony. You might also make a charity donation for every guest as a wedding favor. Why don’t you set up a photo booth for guests? Let them seize the moment in front of the camera! Or hire a photographer and send their photos with the thank-you cards. You could play some guessing games like trying to find whose childhood picture is where. It would be fun to set up stations for different lawn games. It is wonderful to give your guests some entertainment apart from mingling, especially if they don’t know each other well. All in all, remember that this is a party for your nearest and dearest. Nobody should feel lonely or forgotten at the wedding.