Weddings: is there anything more traditional? It is tradition to marry the person you love; it is tradition to walk down the aisle in a long, white dress; it is tradition to celebrate the ‘formal’ beginning of a new family with friends and relatives. However, it is important to recognise that weddings should reflect your style, your story, and your sentiments. After all, it is you and your partner’s big day!
History books can be amended and habitual rules can be broken. While you may want to keep some of the classic rituals, you should not be afraid to give the ceremony your own spin. Once you have booked the location for the event, whether it’s a splendid Cardiff wedding venue or a dreamy, countryside villa, take time to think of different ways in which you can put a truly unique twist on your special day.
Here, we explore some quirky and innovative ideas that will allow you to personalise your wedding and make it a celebration to remember.
Modernise the wedding march
As mentioned, walking down the aisle is one of the most pivotal and emblematic moments of a wedding. The bride walks towards the altar and their groom as guests watch in awe and dab a few tears. Whether through a church organ or a string quartet by the sea, it is likely that Wagner or Mendelssohn’s renowned wedding marches will accompany the emotional entrance.
If you feel that the German composers’ music does not represent your personality, don’t be shy to pick a different tune. From another piece of classical music to a pop or rock song, you can choose an ‘entrance theme’ to give the ceremony the vibe and atmosphere you are really after.
Reinvent the exit
If you are changing venue after the ceremony, you will have to find a way to make your way to your reception. Rather than sticking to the nearest taxi service, why not find an alternative means of transport to reach your destination? Depending on how far the place is, you can select the perfect solution out of a variety of options.
Is the reception venue not too far? Would you like to have a giggle and make your attendees smile too? Hop on a tandem bike with your spouse and get pedalling towards your new location. Or would you rather have a classy ride to the banquet and wedding cake? Jump in a fancy, vintage car and temporarily wave off your guests in style.
No phones allowed
Another way to personalise your wedding day is to ‘ban’ phones. It is easy for guests to get distracted by their devices and fiddle on them all afternoon, rather than leave them in their pockets and properly enjoy the big day.
You may want to put up a sign in the entranceway that encourages attendees to go unplugged – especially during the ceremony. With no trilling phones around, you will be able to create a more intimate atmosphere. What is more, they will not be in the way to ruin your photographer’s professional pictures.
Personalised card boxes
A creative, innovative touch you can add to your wedding is to put a personalised card box on the gift table. Friends and family will have plenty of lovely things to tell you and your partner. They may love your outfits or they may just want to wish you both a lot of happiness together.
Make sure you keep empty cards and envelopes next to the box and leave guests to write their own unique messages to the newlywed couple!
Do you and your spouse like to sip cocktails from time to time? Do you enjoy experimenting with drinks and flavours? You may want to consider treating your guests with some of your signature beverages, whether on arrival at the reception venue or at the end of the meal.
To spice things up and leave an additional mark on each drink, you could give each cocktail a different name. Did you taste a specific one when touring the Greek islands? You may want to serve it and call it ‘Santorini’. Have you created a drink that has become your all-time favourite? Name it after yourself and get toasting with family and friends!
Personalised packs of tissues
There is no denying that weddings can be pretty emotional events. Your parents, your siblings, and even your closest friends may shed a tear or two. A fun but sweet idea could be to hand out personalised packs of tissues for your guests.
When the time comes for the bride and groom to recite their vows, or for attendees to give some heartfelt speeches, the special tissues will definitely come in handy.
Private last dance
Another emblematic ‘wedding moment’ is the happy couple’s first dance. Whatever dance you are planning, whether it is a slow, romantic routine or a passionate tango to impress your guests, it will surely be one of the highlights of the day.
But the truth is that you may not feel comfortable performing an intimate dance with your better half in front of an audience. In that case, why not wait until your attendees have left the venue and enjoy one private waltz with your spouse? Even if you do not mind a room of spectators, one last, private dance to conclude your wedding would add a magical touch to the day. You could also ask the photographer to stay a little longer and catch some truly unforgettable moments!
So, what would your ideal wedding look like? There are many quirky ways in which you can personalise your big day to make it that little extra special. We hope this article will help you come up with some unique ideas to shape your perfect ceremony and to surprise your guests with an innovative celebration.