For some, the traditional wedding just doesn’t cut it and they want something that is completely unique, totally ‘out there’ and extremely personal. From the wedding venue to the food you choose, your wedding should be planned to the finest detail and organisation is particularly important. Both the bride and groom should be involved in the process, meeting the desires of both and reaching compromises. Going against the grain is sure to make your wedding stand out from the rest and there are some great ways you can make yours different.
At most weddings there is an overriding theme. While this is usually a colour scheme that is kept to, matching everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers, this could be taken further and the theme could be a mutual interest or a country that the bride and groom have visited together. This is both romantic and very personal.
The extent of the theme can range from the mode of transportation to the table arrangements or invitations you send. Everyone needs save the date cards and it could be a good idea to give your guests a glimpse of what they are to expect. Having a theme does involve a lot of planning, in order to make sure everything is perfect, down to the finest detail. However, it is worth it if you want a personal wedding that everyone will associate with you and your partner.
While the traditional venue for a wedding is the church or courtroom, this may not be adhered to and another popular option is a hotel, which caters for weddings. It is important that you decide whether you would like to walk down an aisle and what music you would like to have played. Decide whether you want confetti and if you do, you could place some on every chair for your guests to throw at the end of the ceremony.
When choosing your wedding breakfast and the evening reception, there are some unconventional ideas that will be memorable and don’t have to be expensive. You could choose to have the food from your favourite country and this would work well if it followed the theme you chose. For example, if you had an Indian themed wedding, you could have Indian cuisine to complement this. Decide when you would like to have your speeches, before or after the meal, so everything is properly organised.
For the evening reception, you may choose to have something lighter as everyone will be busy dancing and having fun. A chip van is a popular option and is a fun way to get everybody up. Having a chip van doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have greasy chips and there are converted vans that cater for all sorts of different food. On the other hand, you could have bite size portions of different foods handed out as canapés, as this causes little mess and is a unique alternative to the simple buffet cart.
Weddings are often a family affair and if young children are going to be there it could be a good idea to provide some entertainment. Consider having a children’s table and hiring a magician or buy small, entertaining toys, which will provide some fun during the wedding breakfast. While most people have a DJ and a dance floor you could be slightly different and hire a karaoke set. These are a lot of fun and offer laughs for the whole night. Most bride and grooms have a first dance and if this is the case you will want to choose the song in advance and may even wish to practice.
When it comes to the cake, some aren’t fans of the traditional fruitcake, making it unappealing. You could substitute this for a victoria sponge or simple chocolate cake, however there are some interesting designs available for different wedding cakes. Macaroon pyramids offer an unconventional, fun and colourful addition to any table, while cupcakes are an inexpensive and much loved alternative. However, you have to keep in mind the traditional cutting of the wedding cake and if you want to do this, you must have a cake that is easy to cut.
Remember, with the correct planning and organisation your wedding will be both perfect and memorable. Look online and in wedding magazines for ideas on important aspects such as wedding invitations and of course, the dress.