Couples are opting for less traditional decisions on their wedding day, especially in the wake of intimate weddings/elopements becoming the norm. If you don’t want to go all out and reject everything traditional, why not select one area to be more creative and have some fun? Check out our list below of 10 places YOU could choose an alternative.
Informal Food Options
If your venue allows it, bypass a sit-down meal and opt for something less formal. A street food truck brings a fun vibe to your wedding day, and you can still offer a range of dietary requirements, such as the range provided by PNJ Dough. If you have your mind set on a formal meal, perhaps you could consider a truck for desserts, nothing will put a smile on every guest’s face like an ice cream van!
Are you looking for a more eco-friendly alternative to the standard confetti? Some venues such as South Farm will provide dried flower petals for you to use, whilst others may not have a preference for what you use. Ribbon wands, sparklers, and bubbles are becoming more popular as a confetti alternative.
Photo Backdrop Alternatives
Photo booths have long been a popular option for your wedding day, especially those that allow guests to take home a strip for their own memories. However, why not look into an Instagram-friendly option too? There are many that won’t break the bank, and you can have them set up for the entire day through to the evening. From a flower wall, to photo frame backdrops, there is an option to suit your venue and wedding theme. Visit Pinterest for some Instagram-worthy ideas!
Whether you are having a smaller wedding, or want a less formal option, long family-style tables can be a godsend for your wedding day. Even if you still plan on having a seating chart, longer tables will allow your guests to mingle more, as well as give you more of an option to see all your guests.
A Reception Outfit
It may not be a new idea, but it is still uncommon to change outfits for your wedding reception. If you have opted for a more traditional wedding gown for your ceremony, and wedding reception, you may find that it isn’t suitable for your evening reception. Changing your shoes, or gown/outfit into something that allows you to cut some shapes on the dancefloor can be an easy but fun thing to do – especially if your wedding party changes too!
Private Last Dance
A private last dance is another option that is becoming more and more popular, allowing the happy couple to have a moment alone at the end of a long busy day. Asking everyone to leave whilst you carry out the last dance will give you time to decompress, and just enjoy each other’s company. If you wish to have pictures of this dance, you will need to ensure you speak to your photographer in advance, as most photographers do not stay until the very end of the night. Alternatively, you can have a private first dance, before inviting your guests in!
A DJ or wedding band are the norm at an evening reception, but a fun option that will get all your guests involved is a Karaoke room or session during the reception! Give your guests an option to let loose, and belt out their favourite songs, Karaoke will give you wonderful memories with your friends, and some fantastic photos.
If the weather allows it, offering garden games during any downtime on your wedding day will entertain your guests, while giving you time to get photos taken/have some alone time as newlyweds. From fantastic options such as giant Jenga, boules, and hook a duck, like those provided by Fete Stall, to mini crazy golf like that offered by Crazy Golf Fun, there is something for every guest.
There are so many options out there for guestbooks that you can easily find the perfect one to match your venue or theme, or just one that matches your personality. Stag Design offer a fabulous range from jigsaws to beyond.
More and more couples are choosing to have a first look moment before the wedding ceremony – perfect for exchanging private vows or gifts. If the first look with your spouse isn’t something you feel comfortable with, you could always opt for the first look with your mum, or wedding party.