Make your wedding a memorable occasion by thinking outside the box – and with these inspirational quirky details, the world is truly your oyster!
If your venue doesn’t allow confetti or you’re just not a fan of the traditional confetti shot, don’t worry! There are plenty of fun alternatives to consider. Have your guests blow bubbles or wave ribbon wands instead (the latter are super-easy to make yourself, plus you can match them with your colour scheme). For an autumn wedding, your guests could throw colourful leaves, or fake snow for a winter celebration.
Video guest book
Instead of asking your guests to write in a guest book, have them leave you video messages! Some wedding photographers or videographers will offer this as an extra to their package, or you can DIY it by setting up a booth with an iPad on a tripod.
For a fun take on a guest book, have your guests put their messages into a wedding piñata. Then, on your first wedding anniversary, you and your husband can break it open and read all the messages!
What’s the only thing better than lots of little paper flowers? Why, one giant paper flower, of course! Whether you make them yourself or buy them online, giant flowers are a brilliant way to add a quirky touch to your décor and they can also save you money on your day, since it doesn’t take many to make a real statement. Use them as your bridesmaid bouquets, centrepieces or photo booth backdrops.
Create a personalised wedding newspaper for an entertaining new twist on invitations, the order of service or favours. Include photos of the two of you, the story of how you met, and fun games like spot the difference and crosswords.
Give your catering a fun, festival feel with food trucks! These days you can get every food and drink imaginable served from a food truck, from coffee and cake to pie and mash. Try delicious comfort food like mac and cheese, Mexican burritos or gourmet hot dogs. Alternatively, if you’re hankering after desserts, take the sweet route with waffles, ice cream or crepes.
If you’re a girl who lives in her trainers, embrace it on your wedding day! Have cute personalised tennis shoes or Converse made up with your married name or wedding date on, and wear them down the aisle or change into them for the reception. Your bridesmaids could even join you and wear trainers, too!
Break the ice and get your guests talking with board game centrepieces. This is a fab way to create fun table settings on a budget, and is bound to result in some great photos. If you’re worried about keeping them on the tables, why not make a board game corner for your reception instead?
Forget Canon in D – why not walk down the aisle to some music from your favourite film, TV show or video game? It’s a great way to inject your personality into the ceremony music, and you can always hire a band to perform classical covers of your favourite pop culture songs.
Fun table names
We’ve all seen the traditional table numbers and names, so choose something a bit more unusual to spark conversation among your guests. The sky’s the limit here – restaurants you and your fiancé love, silly nicknames you’ve given each other, or how about your favourite lines from movies?
Give your guests the chance to make their own confetti mix! Simply buy several bags of different coloured petals, paper shapes or glitter, and display them in large mason jars or buckets with scoops. Set out some confetti bags or cones nearby, and your guests can pick and mix as they please.
An unusual band
If classic bands aren’t your style, embrace a more unique form of entertainment. We’re thinking mariachi bands, some funky steel drummers or even Elvis impersonators. You could hire a country band and hold a barn dance, or pick a vintage 1920s band that gets all your guests doing the Charleston!
If you and your partner share a love of a certain type of drink (such as gin, tequila or whisky) then why not set up a tasting bar for your grown-up guests? Buy a variety of bottles of your favourite spirit (it doesn’t have to break the bank – five or six types is fine!), and set them up on a beautifully-decorated table with small glasses and tasting notes on each.
Add a little ink to your wedding guests’ looks with a temporary tattoo station! You can buy wedding tattoos to match your theme, a mix of classic tattoo designs, or have them personalised with your wedding dates. Simply leave in a bowl, provide instructions and some damp sponges, and you’re good to go!
Instead of flower bouquets, ask your bridesmaids to walk down the aisle carrying balloons. It’s a cute and quirky alternative for those on a budget or those who suffer from allergies. Plus if you’re having an outdoor ceremony, you can pair it with a balloon release on the first kiss!
Comic book flowers
If you or your fiancé are big fans of comic books or superheroes, then why not integrate them into your décor? Make paper flowers out of your favourite comic strips and use them in your bouquet, as cake decorations or as buttonholes. They’re fun, colourful, and won’t wilt!
Brownie wedding cake
Not a fan of traditional wedding cake? Instead of a fruitcake or sponge, why not serve your guests brownies? They come in tons of delicious flavours (we’re thinking peanut butter, Baileys and salted caramel), they’re easy to stack into towers, and can be served with ice cream as dessert.
For brides with a little extra budget, there’s no wedding entertainment more fun than a fairground ride! You can hire large rides like helter skelters, dodgems and ferris wheels for weddings, which are guaranteed to keep guests of all ages entertained.
Brides often gift bridesmaids their jewellery to wear on the day, but if you want to give your girls something you know they’ll love, why not give them personalised name necklaces? You could consider having them made in a specific colour to match your own scheme. Everyone will know who they are on the big day, and they’ll get plenty of use out of them afterwards, too.
Photo booth props are great fun for photographs. But forget the standard props that come with most packages – provide your own personalised props, instead! You could get cardboard or balloon letters in your initials, props from your favourite TV show or movie (lightsabers or Mickey Mouse ears), or your wedding hashtag.
Can’t imagine the day without your canine companion? Then why not make your dog part of the wedding party? Well-trained dogs can make great ring-bearers, and you’re guaranteed some pretty cute photos of your pooch coming down the aisle – especially if they don’t mind wearing a bow-tie or floral collar.
This is the ideal favour for music-loving couples. No doubt you’ve had a blast putting together your wedding day playlist, so it’s only right to share it with your guests! Burn your favourite wedding songs onto CDs and then print a custom sleeve with your names and playlist on to give away as favours on the big day. That way your guests will have excellent memories of your wedding whenever they hear those songs!