We all want our wedding day to be one to remember. Of course, marrying the love of your life will make the event one in a million for you and your family, but if you want to impress your guests and give them something to smile about for years to come, consider these tips and tricks for creating a wedding day that’s a little bit different from the rest…
Tear up the rulebook
Forget everything you know about wedding traditions. Rather than trying to follow a wedding planning book or asking family and friends for advice, host an anti-wedding and do things the way you want to. Whether that’s hosting everything in one room, only inviting guests for the evening celebrations or even getting married in advance and hosting a “wedding” to bring everyone together and celebrate, forget about the rules. Do things exactly how you want to.
Buy unique wedding rings
Another way to stand out from the crowd is to pick unusual or traditional wedding rings. If you have some Irish blood in you, then why not consider Claddagh rings? The design of these stunning rings dates back more than 300 years and incorporates the symbols of love, friendship, and loyalty, represented by the iconic heart, hands, and crown. It’s truly romantic!
Name your reception tables
Another way to inject some sparkle into your wedding day is to name your reception tables in ways that relate to your courtship. If you met in a burger joint in New York City, for instance, you could call one of your tables Flatiron Hall and decorate it with burgers and Diet Coke cans. Sure, some of your less acquainted guests will find it a little strange, but it adds that extra touch and allows you to create a “museum” of your relationship and its unique history.
Give everyone a handwritten note
In today’s technology-obsessed times where some couples are streaming their weddings online for the world to see, going back to basics is a great way to add a special touch to your day. Consider writing your most important guests a handwritten note to thank them for their time, love, patience, and commitment, whether that’s “Mom, thanks so much for everything you have done for me,” or “Aunt, I wish you could be here with us today. We all miss you.”
Start a family band
Okay, this one is a little fun and it certainly won’t be for every couple! If there’s a talented singer or two your family (or, indeed, a not-so-talented singer or musician!), consider getting them together in the weeks leading up to your wedding to start a family band. Think Mamma Mia at their wedding reception! Not only is it a great way to bring everyone together, but it’s so much fun and allows you to put on a concert to say thank you to everyone in attendance.
There you have it – a few ideas to consider for your wedding day. If you only take away one piece of advice from this article, let it be this: as a bride or groom, you are the most important person on the day. Forget everyone else, their hangups, ideas, and preconceptions – do things your way, and you’ll be able to treasure it for the rest of your life. Best of luck!