There are so many resources available to us for wedding planning: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, magazines, podcasts… the list goes on. Everyone wants to share their wedding with the world, but sometimes, getting inspired by someone else’s big day can lead to a case of the wedding clones. A wedding should be just as unique as the relationship between the bride and groom. Today, we have seven tips for planning a ceremony and reception that won’t give your guests déjà vu.
Get creative with music.
1. Professional disc jockeys do a lot of weddings, so they most likely have a couple of set playlists that they like to use. Give your guests the option to pick their favorite songs on the RSVP cards and you can bet they will all be on the dance floor when they hear their song come on.
Add your own flair to wedding traditions.
2. If it’s important to you to have a guestbook, go above and beyond signatures in a book. Have guests sign their names on photo booth Polaroids to put in a photo album. Make sure you have plenty of original props that keep with the theme of the wedding, or that have a special meaning or funny story to the friends and family of the bride and groom.
3. Don’t want to put single ladies on the spot? It’s okay to say no to the bouquet toss. If you’re looking to start a new tradition that’s just as special, give the bouquet to the couple at your wedding that has been married the longest. It’ll bring good luck for a long marriage to your newlywed life!
Keep everything personal.
4. Every love story is different. Use yours to add personal touches to every detail of your wedding. Rather than using table numbers for reception seating, name each table after a special place you’ve been together, like the street address of your first apartment, the dorm you lived in when you met in college, or the hotel where you stayed for your first couple’s vacation. On the back of the table cards, include the meaning or backstory to share with your guests.
Shake up the seating arrangement.
5. If you’d rather not have assigned seating at all, you’re not the only one. One wedding trend that is starting to catch on is one long table wrapping around the reception space rather than individual circles. We’ve seen many weddings that take a brave plunge and let guests pick their own seats. It forces sides of the family and old friends to mingle and sit with a stranger. Just remember to reserve a section of the table for the bridal party.
Let your bridal party bring something new to the table.
6. We love the trend of having different-but-matching bridesmaids dresses to let the bridal party show some personality. Why can’t the same apply to their bouquets? Work with your florist to let your bridesmaids each pick a flower, green, or color that compliments the wedding style while also encouraging individuality.
Create a meal that’s out of the box.
7. Chicken, Steak, or Vegetarian? Must all wedding menus look the same? Work with your caterer to create a meal that guests will remember, and that let them have it their way. What about a waffle bar, or a cupcake bar for kids to decorate their dessert while the grown-ups feast on wedding cake? Playing with your food is underrated. Give your guests a chance to make something delicious and unique.
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