More ways to mix things up!

Couples today are looking for unique ways to make their wedding celebration special and memorable. There are many ways to do that and I’ve certainly written about it often enough!

In every single little aspect of your wedding you make decision after decision. And the quest for those ‘perfect’ ideas has created countless columns, blogs, Pinterest boards and more, including mine.

So…. I’ve been thinking about some different ways to mix things up.

Here is perhaps an extreme idea: Have your cocktail hour before the ceremony. Think about it! Your guests get to have a little something to drink and nibble, and then attend your ceremony, followed by the reception. This of course, is only possible when the ceremony and reception are in the same location.

Creating a lounge at the reception is a new trend, and very interesting way to change things up. If your reception or even just the cocktail hour is outdoors, bring the indoors outside. Think comfort.

Conversely, if your wedding is indoors, bring the outdoors inside. Trees, plants, branches, bales of hay, anything from nature brought into your ceremony or reception space creates a great vibe.

Create a wedding ritual that involves all of your guests. This can be meaningful and fun. For example – have everyone sign a small stone and place them all, one by one, in a ‘wish’ jar. Or have everyone toss a pebble into the water symbolizing how the ripples that spread out and touch one another is like your connections with one another in life.

Tossing pebbles. (photo: Jane Caruso-Dahms)

Have a ‘healthy’ cocktail bar option. Juice, smoothies, and especially fabulous if you have a juicer or blender on hand.

Have a black & white theme wedding, or ask everyone to dress in  just one or two colors. This really creates quite a strong look for the entire party, adding to the ambiance.  At the other end of the spectrum have a dress down wedding, perhaps a cowboy/cowgirl theme, jeans only.

For those with unlimited budgets – fireworks! Or how about a trampoline? Hmmmm, I’m not sure about that one. Lawn games, croquet or horseshoes.

Let you imagination run wild. You never know when you will become the person who starts the next big trend in weddings.

Fun and games at your wedding (photo: Lisa Rhinehart)

 

Thanks Jane Caruso-Dahms  and Lisa Rhinehart for the photos!

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