A Hodge-Podge of Some Fun, Funky and Fabulous Wedding Ideas

May I be frivolous for one column? I’m told I’m too serious sometimes, so I set out to look for some new wedding ideas. Is it even possible? With so much written about weddings, could I find something I hadn’t seen before? I’m not claiming these are unheard of, or ground breaking… but they do feel fresh, at least to me.

And now, drum roll please, for some ideas I found and some, I admit, I made up myself.

Door prizes instead of favors was something that I’d never heard of before – and initially thought it was very cute. But on second thought, it could result in some guests feeling left out. At a joyous occasion can’t we all be winners? So maybe an Oprah style surprise – ‘you get a car, and you get a car’… or a lottery ticket, or other less costly prize.

Centerpieces to go. Again, not new, but here’s a twist: place a beautiful grouping of candles in candleholders in the center of each table, and then let everyone know to take one home.

Bring the indoors outside using furniture such as tables, bureaus or sofas and chairs.

Not just dancing – but games! In the same way a DJ will sometimes ask who’s been married the longest, or who’s traveled the furthest – you can set up different questions at each table, and then have each table ‘report’ on their findings.

Not just music – but entertainment. How about a circus theme? Hire a magician, stilt walkers, or acrobats and have them weave through the crowd. Hire a fortunate teller (only good fortunes, of course).

Buy or rent a tandem bike (a bicycle built for two) – decorate it – and make your get-away on it after the ceremony or reception.

Rent a bouncy house! Too far?

Theme weddings are always fun. While, not a new idea, they are not done enough! How about cowgirls and cowboys,1920s jazz glamour, or would you like a 60’s style hippie wedding? Try a library theme complete with books and library card invitations for all of you passionate readers out there. Boarding passes, suitcases and tickets for those who love travel. Music lovers – find a way to use old records, sheet music, and song titles. Love board games? Build your theme on one specific game – Monopoly? Life? Are you a foodie? Go with small plates, and set your reception up as a tasting. The same goes for wine and craft beer. And of course, don’t forget nerd-dom – sci-fi and all that does along with it.

Love the ocean and have history with beach vacations? Start collecting shells, pebbles and beach glass now to adore the tables or fill up glass vases.

And then there’s sports – with endless possibilities for teams, memorabilia, and equipment.

Because this is Pocono Wedding Talk, what about a Pocono themed wedding? Use some made-in-the-Poconos products, and add some kitchy Pocono tourist items such as mugs, plates, glasses and other classic souvenirs to create centerpieces and keepsakes. Just add antlers, pinecones and stir.

Remember to incorporate culture if you can. Is there a traditional dance from your family? Be sure to find a way to work that in. From the tarantella to jigs – give the party a distinctive flavor. Or use an Indian print, a clan tartan, or African kente cloth in your décor from a pillow for the ring-bearer, table runners, and even Cummerbunds.

Creativity and inspiration can overcome a lot – changing the mundane to the fabulous, and can also save you money! You certainly don’t have to spend a fortune to have a unique wedding celebration. Sometimes you just wanna have fun. Adding some silly ideas that suit you is always a good idea, especially if it’s just for a photo shoot, or perhaps to add that certain element of surprise to your ‘big day.’


THANK YOU Lisa Rhinehart for all the gorgeous photos. Lisa was chosen as one of the top 50 wedding photographers world-wide.


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