Those who read this column regularly know I try to emphasis the big stuff. The deeper meaning of a wedding, especially the ceremony (my particular area of expertise). But from time to time ‘girls just wanna have fun.’ So here are a few ideas to add some of that fun to your wedding.
Photos are important and a popular idea I enjoy seeing is having lots of family photos on display. It gives a sense of continuity and helps guests learn about one another’s family and friends. Hanging photos from a clothes line, or creating displays in other unusual ways, adds flare, and is easy and inexpensive. If you are on a budget that’s a great way to save money, but don’t skimp on having a photographer document your big day! Someone took the time to take the photos you are now displaying, remember that your wedding photos will be on display someday.
For a casual outdoor wedding consider setting up various seating arrangements and let people pick their own seats. A mish-mosh of picnic tables, blankets, small tables and chairs all together creates a festive but relaxed environment. It can look tacky and disheveled or it can look good – you have to bring it all together with flowers, matching tablecloths, or other details, so it looks intentional. Conversely if you’re renting tables that are all the same, mix up the tablecloths and flowers!
Lights lights lights. It’s not done until its overdone. Whether using a professional DJ, lighting company or doing-it-yourself you can’t have too many cool lights for the party. I love strings of lights, you know, they kind you buy in the home and garden section at Target! Mix them all up and string them across the room. String lights can also be used to create an interesting effect for your ceremony site, but remember lights, like candles, don’t have the most effect in daylight. If you have a lighting person – go for the gusto and color your world.
Karaoke for your reception! Enough said!
Build a bouquet! Have your guests seated on the aisle hand flowers to the bride as she processes… she gathers them together in a bouquet – then places them in a vase at the front. They can be moved to the reception afterwards. This is especially good for a very small wedding when you can have every single guest involved.
Or do the reverse of building the bouquet – have a bouquet that you can easily take apart and hand out all the flowers in that bouquet to the special women in your life after the ceremony. You don’t really do much with it anyway once the ceremony is finished.
I’m a big fan of theme weddings, and they don’t have to add to the cost either. You can have a black and white wedding – just let everyone know. Looks very cool. Really, any specific color theme can work, especially if it holds a special meaning or connection – just ask your guests with a simple: please wear something pink in honor of the bride’s mother.
The little meaningful touches add fun and style and don’t have to break the bank. Just let your imagination take you where it wants to go.
Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the gorgeous photos!