If you’re the type that likes to break the mold and go against the grain in every other aspect of your life, you shouldn’t have to stick to tradition for your wedding if you don’t want to. Here are a few unique wedding ideas you can use to make your wedding as creative as you.
A wedding is more than just a special event or a fancy party – it’s a big day to celebrate the love between you and your partner and get ready for your future together as a married couple. However, when the average number of wedding guests is 136 people, it can be easy to focus on pleasing everyone attending the reception.
At the end of the day, your wedding is for you and your partner, and you should feel comfortable celebrating that however is most fitting for the two of you. If you’re the type that likes to break the mold and go against the grain in every other aspect of your life, you shouldn’t have to stick to tradition for your wedding if you don’t want to. Here are a few unique wedding ideas you can use to make your wedding as creative as you.
Location, Location, Location
While many traditional weddings take place in a place of worship or a ballroom, there’s no requirement saying you have to get married in one of these locations. When looking for a venue for both your ceremony and reception, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Look for local landmarks and public parks as a starting point; you might be surprised what you might find.
Cumberland Caverns is the second-longest cave in Tennessee, for example; how neat would it be to get married in a cave? Plenty of unusual venues will have more affordable prices as well since they generally aren’t rented for weddings.
Something Borrowed, Something… Green?
For the environmentalist spouse-to-be, wedding planning might seem a bit wasteful. Often, if you follow many traditional wedding standards, you’ll be surprised at just how much trash and waste you create. Consider invitations, for example. According to StopWaste.org, 17% of everything printed is considered waste. Eventually, all those invitations will have to go somewhere, and not everyone you send them to is guaranteed to recycle them.
For another unique wedding idea, try printing any materials that you need physical copies of on seed paper, which can be planted later on and contains seeds that will sprout. Alternatively, try to email documents instead; a digital copy will arrive faster, eliminate mailing and materials costs, and doesn’t create waste.
Marvelous Menu Mayhem
When it comes to catering, many people worry about having all the right food options to satisfy everyone at the reception. The stress can add up fairly quickly, especially when it comes to handling dietary restrictions. For a low-stress option that’s sure to please everyone, look for more casual catering solutions like food trucks, potlucks, and other options that aren’t your standard fancy dinner.
Don’t forget about dessert, too – there’s no need to spend money on a fancy wedding cake if you don’t like cake. Everything from donuts to pies to candy can be turned into a fun wedding dessert. A whopping 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate is consumed in America each year, which is over 11 pounds per person, so any candy bar or dessert option containing chocolate is sure to be a people pleaser, even without cake involved.
For many people, the pressure of a wedding comes from a large number of people who will be in attendance that need to be satisfied and impressed. If this sounds like you, remember that there isn’t technically any need to have a large number of people at your wedding. Small weddings or even eloping can be a great option for an intimate, personal occasion without the stress of having to entertain dozens and dozens of guests. This way, you can be sure your big day is strictly about you and your partner.
Weddings often carry a lot of social pressure, but doing things a bit differently from tradition can make your wedding feel truly special. When silver and gold are the two metals most used in jewelry, why not go for a more unique wedding band material? How do you plan to break from tradition for your wedding, or how did you go against the grain when you got married previously?