Rather than bringing you another installment of wedding trends, I thought I’d share with you a few unique ideas that I have stumbled across in different places. Many weddings are very ‘status quo’, very predictable and void of anything that sets it apart. I don’t like this, because it’s your big day! It should stand apart from other weddings and be memorable for years to come. Plus, it’s always cool to say “no one has ever done this before” or “you just never see that at a wedding”. So, here are a few very simple wedding touches that will hopefully help set your special day apart from the rest.
Silver Tray Engraving as Guest Book
Instead of having your guests sign their name on paper, have them make a lasting impression. Rent or buy anand have your guests leave their messages. It makes for a beautiful decoration in your home. It’s also a great visual reminder of your wedding, rather than a closed book with signatures and messages. You can also use a picture frame instead of a silver tray. It’s also a nice touch to a wedding photo. And lastly, it’s quite uncommon and is elegant, yet casual, which can add some fun to your wedding.
Picture Frame Drink Tray
For more casual and whimsical weddings, this is a great idea. Use an old picture or just picture frame as a drink tray. I personally love the vintage frames and I think it adds a very vintage, stylish and casual feel to the wedding. Best of all, you have so many options of pictures and frames to choose from. If you and your groom have a favorite painting, show if off here. Or, if a work of art inspired your theme, let it show here.
This is especially great for Christmas weddings, but you can use other types of ornaments to make a chandelier throughout the year as well. Just tie ribbon to the ornaments and group them together. The great thing is, you can make this as colorful as you want or you can make it match your wedding theme’s colors. It’s a very sweet and simple touch and is also chic and down to earth. It’s very cool to see something so beautiful and interesting and know that it wasn’t something the bride and groom just ordered, but actually made themselves. This is one item where doing it yourself can really pay off.
Make Centerpieces Usable
This may seem a little odd and very informal, but it is to make the tables more fun for your guests. Just make the centerpieces usable in some way for your guests. This may mean making them edible, so they may pick at it with toothpicks, rather than having to get up for hors d’oeuvres (or in addition to hors d’oeuvres). Or, you could choose your favorite simple games such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit or anything else that doesn’t require too much of involvement or too many pieces. Or, a puzzle for each table could be a fun idea with a very cool reward for the table that finished theirs first. Just make sure it’s relatively simple like 100 pieces or so, because you don’t want this turning into a nerd convention or a church fair. You may also consider making a tree of cameras the centerpiece. It’s always fun to hand out disposable cameras at weddings to see what photos your guests can come up with. Making them the centerpiece will really encourage them from the very beginning of the reception to capture as many moments as possible. These may be informal ideas, but if done well, they can still be very beautiful as well.
Calendar Wrapping Paper
This is bit unorthodox but is a very good idea for a wedding for one reason. You can mark the special day on the calendar for the newlyweds and if they are sentimental at all, they will appreciate it very much and may possibly want to keep it. Calendar days may be plain material to wrap with, but it shows a lot of thought and it will definitely make your gift stand out.
Polaroid Photo Guest Book
This is a neat combination of a cheap photo booth and a guest book. Have someone take a polaroid of each of your guests and in true Polaroid fashion, have a permanent marker available for them to write a message on the bottom white tab of the photo. It is a genuine throwback from the 80’s and early 90’s that will be great fun for everyone. Or, you can also just have them take a photo, then place in a book along with a message, creating a guest-made photo book with their lovely comments. Either way, this idea will go over big with your guests and you will get to laugh at all the different photos.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas or some inspiration. Do you have any unique wedding ideas or tips? Let us know below!