By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
At the beginning of your wedding planning journey, or newly engaged? Then I am sure you are here looking for unique and original wedding ideas to start you off and get your creative juices flowing.
That’s where I come in. Having published in excess of 3,500 real weddings and over 200,000 wedding images as a wedding editor. You could say I’ve seen a wedding idea… or two!
Let’s time to look at some of the most ingenious ideas I’ve seen at weddings I’ve published here at WWW. Not all the ideas are tangible or decor based, but some are concepts and unconventional notions to consider.
As you go through these options, take note of the ones that resonate with you, bookmark this page and share the link with your love.
Then I will share:
Did you ever hear of a cuter idea? So many people now have pets and if your guests do they will be delighted to see you’ve given their fur baby a special treat.
Disco balls are a huge interiors trend right now, so bring them along to decorate your day.
Get your local chippie to deliver a fish and chip supper for hungry evening guests. Yum!
This couple created their very own wedding guest guess-who game. Such a great keepsake for post-wedding memories too.
Photo: Livvy Hukins via Travel Theme Wedding
Allow your guests to cover themselves in glitter as the evening party commences. Try to source biodegradable glitter make-up to keep your day as sustainable as possible.
Guess what? You don’t have to match all your decor, these mismatched wedding ceremony chairs demonstrate that perfectly.
Streamers are just about the coolest wedding decoration around right now, they create a lot of impact too.
A simple sprig of greenery will add scent and colour to plain chairs.
Instead of writing names on your table plan, use guest photos for a fun touch.
There are always quiet times during weddings, for example, when you are off having your wedding photos taken. To keep guests entertained put out garden games for a spot of entertainment.
Savoury grazing tables have been huge, but how about a wedding sweet table laden treats for pudding?
Recreate the night sky in your reception room with twinkling lights and beautiful starry shapes.
What’s more romantic than a first dance, beneath an origami-adorned tree come evening? It’s like something out of a rom-com!
For those with a sense of humour, why not create a confetti person wedding role?
Wooden ladders are a great versatile decoration display. They don’t need much floor space and can be reused for years to come.
What’s better than one wedding cake? Two of course! Have one each and choose your favourite flavour, before cutting your own bake later on.
I think this washing line style garland is such a unique idea that’s super easy to recreate. What else could you hang from a line above your table?
A great sustainable wedding idea for you! Wedding stationery that can also be used as a print when reversed, framed and hung in your guests’ homes. Genius!
There are many different, free and eco-friendly vase alternatives for wedding flowers. If you love a tipple, collect colourful gin bottles to use as your centrepieces.
If dancing just isn’t your thing and the thought of a first dance has you sweating. Think about an alternative such as a first bounce like this couple.
You don’t have to have your wedding at a certain time if you don’t want to. If you love brunch, why not have an early wedding and treat guests to a delicious breakfast meal?
Wedding flowers are gorgeous, but they can work out expensive if you are on a budget. This couple made cute personalised wristbands as a bridesmaid gift that looked amazing too.
Is your wedding by the beach, a river or a swimming pool? Don’t be afraid to jump in at the end of the day for an epic memory-making moment like the couple below.
It’s a good idea to think of ideas to keep the children at your wedding entertained and involved. I love how this couple put on a photography workshop, so sweet!
At the wedding below, the couple asked guests to do a song or dance in the evening. Asking guests to get involved brings everyone together and a sense of involvement. I’m sure there were some great laughs as well.
Wedding backdrops don’t have to be expensive. Using fabric or even wallpaper in a gorgeous pattern can be striking.
Remember those school days when you drew a self-portrait and your whole class was turned into a tea towel? It’s a great keepsake to look back on, so how about creating a memory wedding tea towel?
Photo: Livvy Hukins via Travel Theme Wedding
Silent discos are great for a few reasons:
I’ve featured weddings where guests have been asked to sign quilts, benches, surfboards, records and more. It’s so fun to think of an object to sign for your guest book that’s representative of who you are. Plus it will get used after your wedding day too.
It may not be achievable to send out gift boxes to all your guests, but for your close wedding party, it could be fun to send out special treats.
If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off, what better way to celebrate your love of cake than with a bake-off? Here’s how to pull it off:
Festival lover? Recreate the fun, with your very own personalised festival letter decor.
Jars are so easy to collect for free! Why not personalise them and give them to guests to use throughout your wedding day?
If you or your guests are nervous about giving their wedding speech, why not bring them forward? There are no rules as to when you should host speeches, but having them before the meal means everyone can enjoy the feast without any nerves.
Bridal capes are so beautiful and add something extra to a bridal outfit.
Wool pom poms are a great little decor item that can be used in centrepieces, in garlands or even as a chair decoration. They are so easy to make too! I added my own homemade pom pom garland to my bouquet.
Wedding ceremony seating can be more intimate and involved simply by arranging seats in a circle around you.
Any guesses of the couple’s profession from the image below? Think about using your career as a sentimental wedding theme.
Confetti is such a fun part of a wedding, so how about making a pick n’ mix station for guests?
Wedding table names can be fun. You don’t need to have numbers and it’s a great way to nod to a hobby without going all-in.
Photo booths are great fun, so how about making your own props or a cute cutout frame?
How amazing would it be to hire an artist to paint your wedding ceremony as the ultimate artwork for your newlywed home?
Many guests wear heels to weddings. One of the problems though is sore feet by the end of the day. The last thing you want is an empty dance floor. So you could provide flip flops (that guests can keep and reuse) or encourage barefoot dancing if your dancefloor is clear of any drinks.
Bouquets don’t have to be floral, try tambourines, hoops, wrist corsages or pin badges for something really original.
If you have space, think about laying out tables in a unique way such as a long curve.
Sometimes the best wedding ideas are the simplest! Such as with this table plan I featured that went crazy on Pinterest.
The couple bought wire hoops and added greenery, lettering and paper tags for a stylish seating chart.
If your budget doesn’t stretch for flowers for all, then make a DIY flower crown or buttonhole station for guests.
Want to keep drinks cold and looking stylish? Upcycle an old bath, fill it with ice and add your drinks.
Over the years, I’ve seen more and more couples bring along their pet to their wedding. Or have photos with their pet at home before the ceremony. So cute!
For an unexpected and fun wedding meal, hire singing waiters for a good old sing-song.
Bring your wedding flowers to the floor for a magnificent display.
Wooden pallets are a massively versatile item for wedding decor. For a rustic wedding idea though, they make the perfect wedding sign.
Photo: Livvy Hukins Photography via Moors Valley Country Park Wedding
Floating candles are so pretty and atmospheric when lit in the evening.
When it comes to shoes, you don’t have to have to buy a pair of wedding shoes. You can decorate and personalise a favourite pair a la The Father Of The Bride!
Having a wedding post box for cards is a great idea. Not only does it keep cards secure but guests have no doubt about where to put them.
Luggage tags look really cute used as place name cards.
It can be nice to create a peaceful seating area for guests that want to chill rather than get involved in the dance floor shenanigans.
Find an old and tired piece of furniture and give it a new lease of life for your wedding day.
How fun is the idea of having a wedding newspaper? Add your story, fave photos and even quizzes or crosswords.
Not everyone has a sweet tooth. If you aren’t partial to cake, don’t feel like you have to have one. I’ve seen so many couples have a cheese wedding cake or even a pork pie cake.
Adding ribbons to chairs is such a simple yet effective idea to level up your decor.
Why not write a personalised message on the bottom of your shoes to add a little personality?
You can add lego to buttonholes, place settings or even as your wedding cake topper.
Don’t feel like you have to don a dress. Jumpsuits, trouser suits or skirts can be great attire for brides and bridesmaids.
Travel in style from ceremony to reception via boat or train.
Imagine an owl sweeping down the aisle to deliver your rings. So magic!
If you are having a winter wedding, what’s better than a hot chocolate treat?
Don’t be afraid to ditch traditions that don’t work for you. You can:
Weddings don’t have to be expensive to be amazing! I’ve featured real budget weddings from just £1000, which were incredible.
Why not remove patriarchal traditions if they don’t feel right for you? You could change up who walks down the aisle with you, shake up who gives speeches and think about keeping your old surname.
What could be more fun than, well, a fun fair wedding?
You don’t have to wear white! Choose a colourful gown that makes you feel fantastic.
Try the Japanese tradition of crafting 1000 origami cranes to symbolise good luck. They also look stunning!
Animal lover? Why not have a safari park wedding with a tour to entertain everyone?
Want something a little different to a marquee, tipi or wedding tent? Consider a big top circus tent!
Create a self-serve bar with your favourite tipples for guests to enjoy.
If your wedding is local, hop on your bike or skateboard for a spot of fun.
The couple below ditched the traditional wedding cake for a unique idea, pizza cutting!
Choosing your wedding date can be tricky, but what could be more fun than a New Year’s Eve wedding?
Who doesn’t love a good board game? Perfect for entertaining guests of all ages.
I have to say that the best wedding ideas aren’t trend-led, or insta-famous but are ideas that are from the heart.
Yes, that’s right. Couples that stay true to themselves and look within, come up with the most interesting and different ideas for their nuptials.
How do you go about looking within and creating a day that represents you both? Try making a list together using these prompts:
Then take a look at your no-gos so you can rule out what you definitely don’t want in your wedding day style!
Looking for places to find wedding ideas is so much fun! It can be one of the most enjoyable parts of wedding planning. Where to find wedding ideas:
But, trust me when I say to take wedding ideas with a pinch of salt. It can become overwhelming to find so many ideas for weddings. And, bear in mind that some wedding photos you see, maybe from styled wedding editorials, rather than real-life wedding stories.
If you feel like you can’t have it all, you are could be right. It’s tricky to both stay within budget but also to actually plan lots of different wedding elements without a hitch. I would imagine most couples, don’t have it all and actually, there is no need to have all the wedding decorations out there.
Try to remember that your wedding guests will mainly remember the experience over the visuals such as:
And that's a wrap, some of the most original and fun wedding ideas around! Now you've found some inspiration, why not start looking for your wedding supplier dream team?
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