CEREMONY & RECEPTION
- Instead of the traditional three-course dinner, have your guests sit down to a family style serving for a more intimate gathering.
- Create one large floral centerpiece out of several mini vases. Invite guests to take one on their way out!
- Set up a mini photo studio at the reception for guests to ham it up in front of the camera. Send their photos with your thank-you cards for a fun surprise.
- Instead of displaying the menu on standard stationary, get creative and have it sprawled across plates or charcuterie boards in elegant calligraphy.
- Is there a charity that’s dear to you? In lieu of favors, make a donation in your guests’ names; leave an explanatory card on each dinner table. (One charity to try: changingthepresent.org).
- Toast the woman who has had the greatest impact on your life, then hand her your bouquet as a tribute.
- Hosting cocktail hour outside? Set up stations of different lawn games around the cocktail and lounge area to give your guests some entertainment besides mingling.
- Have a ring warming ceremony, in which both wedding bands are passed through guests to send their well wishes and love into before they’re placed on each finger.
- Does your groom have a thing for bowties? Create a bow tie bar during cocktail hour where guests can swap their ties for one. This bride’s mom spent months sewing bowties for every male guest at the wedding!
- Including your pet on your wedding day? We can’t think of anything sweeter! Instead of throwing a tie or bow on them, give them their own flower crown to match your décor—florals for the girls and greenery for the boys.
- Hire an artist to live paint your ceremony or reception. They’ll create a work of art out of the happiest day of your life that you can hang on the walls of your future home and treasure for years.
- Get personalized forks or spoons to eat your wedding cake. They’ll also be a sweet reminder when you pull out the cake for your one-year anniversary.
- Customize your toasts by asking your oldest friends (his, too) to say something about each of you.
- Incorporate your birthstone in your décor for a special touch. We’re loving the boho glam of these amethyst napkin rings!
- Give your bridesmaids something a little more untraditional to carry in lieu of bouquets. These greenery wreaths with statement flowers are absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. We’re also into balloons and lanterns as bouquet alternatives.
- Another guest-book idea: leave a glass bowl with cards (or postcards, if you’re a wanderlusting couple!) and pens beside it, with a note asking guests to contribute a favorite memory of you or your partner, a bucket list idea, or a piece of advice for
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