Weddings are easily one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. Watching two people exchange wedding rings and make their vows is a magical moment, but one that hasn’t changed too much over the years.
To change up your wedding and bring in some new ideas, try these four creative takes on old traditions!
Instead of flowers…
A bride will traditionally carry a bouquet of fresh flowers down the aisle, a tradition that stems from old times when florals were a necessary addition to hide any smells that came from the bride’s inability to bathe more than once per year. Fortunately, flowers these days are simply a beautiful addition to a wedding – but if they’re not for you, what are your options?
Some brides have taken to carrying a GoPro down the aisle in order to film their big day from their own perspective (of course, you may wish to dress it up or even hide it within a bunch of flowers). Others are using alternative, long-lasting materials for their bouquet, such as paper, material or felt blooms.
Instead of a bouquet toss…
Speaking of bouquets, this is one tradition that many brides are opting out of. The idea of ‘who will get married next?’ can leave some unattached friends feeling less than enthusiastic about the experience, so you may consider an alternative instead.
For example, gift the bouquet to a special guest with a thank you note about what they mean to you and why you chose them. It could be someone who was especially helpful in the big day, or the mother-of-the-groom as thanks for raising an incredible son.
Instead of a wedding cake…
Wedding cakes, served after the ‘breakfast’, are a time-honoured tradition at weddings. That said, these days there is a vast array of new options for a treat at the end of the night.
Wedding cupcakes are a great option, as they’re easy to share around and don’t require cutting. How about a large cheese round and platter? It looks a bit like a cake but is a delicious savoury treat instead of sweet. Other couples are trying candy buffets, where you create your own dessert from a table of delicious supplies. You could even have an ice cream truck visit your reception!
Instead of a guestbook…
A guestbook has been the usual way of attaining each guest’s signature on your wedding day.
Keep in mind that a ‘book’ isn’t the only option to create a memory of those in attendance. For example, you could set up a photo booth with a chalkboard and ask each guest (or couple/family) to write their names on the board and sit for a photo. That way, you don’t just have a name, but a photograph of them on the night. For a really fun idea, buy a Jenga set and ask each guest to sign their name on a block so you can remember your big day on countless games nights to come.