Sometimes, one wedding just blends into the other. It may be harsh to say, but it’s true. When you’re planning your own big day, you might be looking for quirky wedding ideas that’ll make your celebrations special and memorable for all the right reasons.
All out of inspiration? Not sure where to begin? Put on the kettle, and pull up a chair. Check out these quirky wedding ideas that might just be exactly what you’ve been looking for…
1. PROVIDE HANGOVER KITS FOR THE MORNING AFTER
There’s always a few sore heads the next day, so make sure that your guests can wake up with an extra spring in their step by gifting them hangover kits when they leave the venue. You could include a sachet of coffee, a few sweets, or something to relieve a headache. Or if you know that your guests are party animals, maybe even something that could be considered as hair of the dog! Don’t fancy making your own? You can buy ready made bags on Etsy at very affordable prices.
2. GET YOUR PET INVOLVED
If you have a fur baby, then you’re very likely to want them involved in the big day. You’ve got loads of options with this one. Your furry friend could carry the rings down the aisle, or he could have a special mention on your invitations (think ‘my humans are getting married!). And of course, including your pet in your wedding photos is a super cute idea.
3. LET YOUR GUESTS PLAY DJ
When your guests return their RSVP invitations, ask them to write down their favourite song. Compile a list, and hand it over to your DJ for your evening do. This way, everyone gets to feel a little bit special when they hear their tune.
4. CREATE CUSTOM LABELS FOR YOUR WINE AND WATER
Creating your own wine and water labels to place over the originals brings more of your personality to the table settings. The added bonus here is that no one will ever know if you decided to go for that cheap supermarket wine that you secretly love.
5. SERVE FAMILY FAVOURITES AT YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION
Most families have those recipes that mean a lot to them. Why not ask your caterers to remake certain dishes as part of the meal? Let your guests know about the backstory by adding quick snippets to the menu… Think ‘Grandma Sharon’s Apple Pie’, or ‘Auntie Rose’s Roast Potatoes’.
6. PLACE DISPOSABLE CAMERAS ON THE TABLES
Everyone loves seeing the professional photos, but they sometimes miss out on the whole party. Let your guests take their own photos with disposable cameras, and have them developed afterwards. In the days of camera phones, it’s a special little novelty. And of course, no bad photos can be deleted!
7. CREATE BOXES FOR GUESTS TO TAKE A PIECE OF CAKE AWAY
Not everyone will fancy tucking into their cake after a big meal, so give them the option to take it home and enjoy the next day. It’ll cut down on waste, and make sure that no one misses out.
8. PROVIDE FLIP FLOPS IN THE LADIES’ LOOS FOR SORE FEET
Dancing in heels can be tough. Pick up flip flops from a bargain store such as Primark, and make them available for your guests once they’ve given up on their shoes. They’ll definitely thank you for it!
9. GO FOR A BUFFET STYLE AFFAIR AT EACH TABLE
Instead of having meals served individually, serve a buffet style many at each table. You could give one guest responsibility for carving the meat, making it seem like a much more communal affair. The added benefit here is that people can pick and choose whatever they fancy, so there’s less to worry about when it comes to pleasing everyone’s tastebuds.
10. HONOUR THE MATCHMAKER WITH A TOAST
Did you meet through a mutual friend? If they’ll be at the wedding, be sure to give them a little nod of recognition during the speeches. After all, the day wouldn’t be happening at all if it weren’t for them!
11. CREATE A WEDDING DAY PROGRAMME
It can sometimes feel like there’s an awful lot of hanging about at weddings. You’re not too sure whether you’ve got time to pop to the loo before the speeches get started, and you’ve got no idea when you can expect there to be a break between the day and evening celebrations. Keep your guests informed by creating a programme. You could make it yourself out of an old pallet or vintage sign, and it doesn’t have to cost you much at all.
12. DESIGNATE A HASHTAG FOR SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING
Your guests will no doubt take to Instagram and Facebook to share their photographs and memories, so make it easy for all your guests to see others’ posts by setting up a specific hashtag. It doesn’t have to be anything too creative… A simple #LauraAndCraigGetMarried will no doubt do the trick! Of course, it makes sense to check in advance to see if any other couples have already used yours.
13. INSTEAD OF FAVOURS, MAKE A DONATION TO CHARITY
The days of sugared almonds are well and truly over. If you’re struggling for ideas for a meaningful favour to give your guests, consider making a donation to charity on their behalf. It’s better than something that will be shoved into a drawer and never see the light of day again, and choosing a charity that’s close to your heart could be an extra special touch.
14. LET YOUR GUESTS MAKE THEIR OWN CORSAGES
Traditionally corsages are only for those playing an active role in the ceremony, but that’s exactly why it feels so lovely when you let your guests make their own. You could have a table adorned with fresh flowers, ribbons, pins, and some simple instructions for them to follow.
15. MAKE YOUR BIG EXIT ONE TO REMEMBER
Sometimes, weddings just fizzle out towards the end. A few dedicated party goers are left propping up the bar, and the bride and groom slip off unnoticed. A great option here is to ensure that you go out with a bit of a bang. You could hand out party poppers to your guests, or even have a band playing your favourite party song. After all, the celebrations aren’t really over just yet. You’ve still got your honeymoon to look forward to! And if you still need a little inspiration in that department, check out our thrifty tips for planning a honeymoon on a budget.
Your wedding should be unique and personal to you and your hubby-to-be, so don’t be scared to break tradition and do your own thing. What’s your favourite out of these quirky wedding ideas?