For the bride who wants something a little out of the
While many brides who eschew tradition tend to go out of
their way to have something different for their nuptials, you actually don’t
have to go bankrupt in order to have the unique wedding of your dreams.
Customising your wedding can be fun and you really don’t
need to spend a lot of money or compete with anyone else for Wedding of the
Here are small, but simple ways you can make your wedding
both unique and memorable.
1. Don’t wear a white
The first and most obvious way to ensure you really stand
out is to opt for a gown that isn’t white.
More and more brides are choosing to move away from the
traditional white dress, and even those who do don white, often go for modern
outfits that are sometimes not even dresses. Experiment with different styles,
colours and materials.
If you can’t settle on a single colour, ombre dresses would
be a good way to go. If you’re feeling really brave, you can even opt to
airbrush your wedding dress
2. Make an entrance that everyone will remember
None of that sedate walking down the aisle business that
other brides do. It’s time for you to switch things up by either doing one of
- Dance your way down the aisle (although this one has
become so common place that there are now literally hordes of youtube videos
featuring bridal parties doing just this). The trick is, of course to make it
your own. Instead of a rehearsed routine, rather be spontaneous and lang-arm
across the aisle with whoever it is you’re walking down the aisle with.
- Choose a song that is anything but the traditional wedding
march. Go for a song that either has special meaning to you both, or is so
outrageous that no one will ever be able to forget it. Just as long as it’s not
AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. Because that would be totally inappropriate. Or not?
You tell me.
- Let your guests form part of your entrance. You can have
them form a long-arm train and walk underneath it or get up and sing while
you’re walking down the aisle.
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3. Do something
different for your ceremony
Tired of traditional wedding vows? Perhaps you’re not
religious and want to simply have a ceremony that captures the essence of your
love for each other? Or maybe you and your partner are from different faiths
and want to find a way to celebrate both faiths without offending anyone?
Not to panic, there’s plenty of ways you can personalise
your ceremony. For example, a hand-fasting ceremony is a good way to go if
you’re not particularly religious.
The tradition of hand-fasting ceremonies date back to
pre-Christianity era and involved the binding of hands with a ribbon or cord to
symbolise the marriage vows. These days Wiccans, Neo-Pagans and non-religious
folk often opt for this instead of the traditionally religious one.
Other great ways of adding a unique element to your wedding
is to write your own wedding vows, use works of literature and do wedding
readings instead (there’s a wealth of information on this and Bustle.com has
compiled one for book lovers and for non-religious couples).
For the religious couples, especially those from different
faiths, blending a combination of both faiths is often a good way to go. For
example, if you’re Jewish and your partner is Hindu, you could have a rabbi and
Hindu priest officiate your wedding and incorporate elements from each faith
that both your families.
4. Have fun with the seating arrangements
Instead of the sedate round table seating you often see in
reception venues, change things up a bit.
Have your reception outside (this is whether dependent of
course), make seats out of bales of hay or customise seats by having printed
photos of each guest on their assigned seats, as this buzzfeed post suggests
5. Games are your friend
When it comes to entertainment, many brides often resort to
using the classic photo booth as a way to keep guests occupied and as a way to
provide them with additional souvenirs from the wedding.
However, there’s so much more you can do. Experthometips.com
suggests upping the ante and making a video booth instead. Let your guests
visit the booth, record hilarious or heart-warming messages for you or even
perform for you.
You can also have games where there are prizes for your
guests to be won. Spin the Wheel, Treasure hunts and Q & A’s for guests are
good ways to make the day fun for your guests and will ensure that your day
will be memorable for both you and your guests.For
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