“I want my wedding to be boring and just like all the rest,” said no bride ever.
It’s so true! All brides want their wedding to be special and unique to them and wants everyone to have a good time and remember it. That’s what everyone else wants as well! Your guests want to be surprised by your wedding music, laugh at the silly photos at your reception, and be emotionally connected throughout the entire day.
I know that sounds like a big challenge, and it is! We are here today to share some of the most memorable and unique wedding ideas we’ve been to as wedding professionals. You’ll be amazed at some of these great ideas.
The Most Memorable and Unique Wedding Ideas
Ah, this one is hard! There are so many great ideas out there, and couples are personalizing their weddings more now than ever before. I had a couple gift each guest with a beautiful hardbound book that they’d selected just for them (and a beautiful bookplate inside commemorating the event) – that was pretty special!
Add a Little Mystery
To this day, our favorite wedding reception was a murder mystery party. The couple planned to have a group of actors show up at the wedding reception and lead all the guests and wedding party in a hysterical themed murder mystery. From the costume props to the elaborate murder scene, the actors played it flawlessly. Over dinner, when it was time to start solving the murder, every wedding guest played a part. The actors distributed clues, assigned parts and made the entire group laugh for hours. The best part was the way it brought both families together. They sparked up conversations that would not have otherwise happened. Thru the murder mystery, the families bonded and new friendships were formed. Once the culprit was apprehended, the dancing began and the cake was cut like any other reception. It was such a creative and fun way to get the evening started on a high note.
Dried Flower Monogram
Anything that’s personal and reflects the bride and groom‘s lives together are always my favorite. Once we had a bride who created a monogram, as a decoration at the wedding, out of all of the dried flowers her fiancé had ever giving her during their time together.
A Different Tradition
I was a wedding planner for 8 years in Los Angeles and have to say that hands down my favorite weddings are Jewish weddings as the traditions are SO beautiful, celebratory, and family oriented. In a Jewish wedding, both the bride and groom are walked down the aisle to the Chuppah (wedding canopy) by BOTH of their parents and many time the guests rowdily cheer as they process in as the uniting of the two families is such a joyous occasion! The parents stand under the Chuppah and place the Tallit (prayer shawl) over their shoulders as they say a series of blessings and prayers. It’s so touching and powerful. Then, during the reception, after the newlyweds are raised up in the chairs during the Hora (the Hava Nagila dance) the parents are raised up and danced around as well. Napkins are waving, guests are circling fast as the music gets faster, people are hollering, and the atmosphere in the room is pure joy! You don’t have to be Jewish to incorporate some of these gorgeous and fun elements into your day! Remember: there are no rules!
co-owner, The Ravington
Share Something Personal With You Guests During Your Wedding
Although the wedding is truly YOUR DREAM DAY, making it a priority to share YOUR unique story and personality with your guests will be THE BEST DECISION you make.
Some of the most memorable include:
-communion or foot washings
-dancing to your “favorite” song after the vows
-bride surprised groom after vows were shared by singing a song about her love for him
-BOTH parents walked the bride down the aisle and prayed a blessing over her new life and committing to love and support the couple always
-A family member gave a toast in a deceased loved ones memory who was very important to the couple
Alternative Flower Girls
We loved it when the grandmothers were the flower girls. It was priceless. Something you don’t see and it made for an amazing start to a ceremony.
****This is such a great idea! What a sweet way to get those grandmothers involved. I’ve also seen an adult flower girl. It was one of their friends, and she was hilarious. She had the personality to make it work. She even blew flowers into my face as she came down.****
Plant a Tree Together
Unity ceremonies (after vows are spoken) allow couples to express their individuality and creativity with purpose and meaning. Recently one couple expressed a unique blending of two lives by honoring their heritage while also expressing great expectation and hope for the future of their new life together-TREE PLANTING.
The potted tree (evergreen or other with tree of meaning to the couple) was placed in an “EST. 2019” container. Both families provided soil from land that had special significance to the bride and groom. During a specific reading/soft background music, the couple added the dirt to the container and watered it in.
Later the couple planted the tree at their home (or other special location) to symbolize the honoring of their roots (past strength) while looking forward to the new life and nurturing that will be required in the days ahead.
Small Paperback Journals
As a sentimental touch and memorable keepsake, one of my couples made small paperback journals and used them as part of the decor (they also doubled as table numbers), where they asked each guest to write a small entry about how he or she knew the couple. It was so sweet! What a great idea for a keepsake too!
Do What You Love!
A few days ago was May 4th. If you aren’t super cool (nerdy), then you might not know that May 4th is like a Star Wars holiday now (May the 4th/force be with you). Some real fans took it to the next level and had a Star Wars wedding. All of the wedding party was in full costume, many that they made themselves. Mind blown!
I know that the majority of the people out there don’t want a Star Wars wedding, but think how special that must be for them? They love Star Wars and their big day will forever show that.
If you really, really love something, I think you should incorporate it into your wedding. That doesn’t mean you have to go nuts, but you could still do it in small ways. I’ve seen grooms wear superhero shirts or special socks or have really awesome cakes. For brides, I’ve had them pick special music like from Beauty and the Beast or even Jurassic Park! The point is that it’s your day and you should do what you want and make it special for you.
Make It Memorable!
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and it really should reflect that. Don’t simply do what everyone else is doing. Find a way to make it fun and memorable and fit your personalities.
I hope all these memorable and unique wedding ideas got you excited and inspired to create something wonderfully unique for yourself. If you still need more ideas, feel free to reach out to any of the vendors listed above, or check out this post I wrote about unique wedding reception ideas. Happy planning!