This one is for the couple who is looking for something a little different than the average cookie cutter wedding. You might not think it, but planning a non-traditional wedding requires just as much thought and attention to detail as a typical church wedding. If you’re looking for different ways to put a unique twist on your wedding day, keep reading for some ideas and inspiration!
Find a unique venue
A venue defines the tone for your event, so finding a unique location is essential! Think outside the box for this one and really focus on your personalities--if you could hold your wedding anywhere, where would it be? What destination could define your relationship in a unique way? Even if your ideal location is in the middle of nowhere, we’ve got you covered with our rentals. From tables to food stations to lighting, we’ve got everything you need to make a wedding happen even in the most unexpected and remote locations. So whether it’s a ranch, a mountaintop or a greenhouse, finds a location that’s a true reflection of you as a couple and we’ll be there to help with everything else.
Create new traditions
There are a lot of wedding customs that you’ll probably want to skip if you’re planning on hosting a unique wedding. Maybe you want to spend the morning getting ready with your future spouse rather than waiting to see them at the end of the aisle. Or possibly ditching the “bride’s family pays” tradition and splitting costs with your parents and the help of a wedding loan. Traditions aren’t set in stone so feel free to come up with your own new tradition to fit your unique wedding. And don’t feel bad for leaving some common traditions behind. Times have changed and some things are better left in the past!
Ditch the white dress
One of the easiest ways to make a big statement is with an unexpected dress color. You can pick something subtle like a peach or blush colored gown or rock a bold color. Ultimately, you should look and feel your absolute best on your wedding day, so if that means wearing a color other than white, don’t let that stop you. If you’re a groom looking for a nontraditional outfit try mixing jeans, florals or specialty fabrics like velvet in with a classic suit style for a pop of personality!
Switch up the wedding party
There’s no rule that says you have to have a dozen of your friends standing at your side when you say “I do” so why not take this opportunity to switch things up? You might opt out of a bridal party completely, or just have one attendant on each side. Keeping it simple can help cut down on logistical drama during wedding planning. Perhaps you want to switch roles and have your male best friend be your “Man of Honor” or have your dog serve as best man. Go for it! You could even have your grandmothers be your adorable flower girls like this couple. If there are certain people you want to honor on your wedding day, think outside of the traditional wedding party roles and come up with something that is unique to you!
Serve your favorite food
If you’re not a fan of the standard catering options like chicken parm or prime rib, don’t serve it! Think about how special it would be to have your favorite date night restaurant cater your big day. You could have your main meal be tacos or breakfast food--whatever your heart desires. Not only will you have a meal you actually want to eat on your wedding day, but you can visit the restaurant on your anniversary and relive your wedding food. What a delicious memory!
Ignore the naysayers
Planning a nontraditional wedding might confuse some of your more old-fashioned guests, but don’t let anyone else’s opinion take away from your vision. Focus on creating a wedding that truly represents you and your future spouse. Once your guests see the love and thoughtfulness that has been put into planning your unique event, they will understand why you decided to go the nontraditional route. The important thing to remember is that it’s your day and if you love it that’s the only thing that matters!