Wedding trends change every year, from how to organise your ceremony to unusual wedding reception entertainment.
If you’re keen to do something a bit different, and create something memorable for you and your guests, these 8 unique wedding ideas are a great place to start.
1. Choose favours your guests will remember
The last thing you want to see is tables littered with forgotten or discarded favours. Give your guests something they’ll treasure or genuinely really need. Handmade soaps, something edible, flip-flops for comfort, stationery, lottery tickets, and mints always go down well. You could even help guests with their inevitable hangover and put together a small care package. They’re bound to appreciate it…
2. Jazz up the ‘guest book’
Give your guests something an alternative way to give you their best wishes. You could preserve their memories with a wall of polaroids, give guests the option of donating to a charity, or encourage them to write on something more permanent, like pottery, stone, wood, or a quilt.
3. Send digital invites
Moving away from the traditional paper invite isn’t for everyone, but some couples will love the convenience of an online invite. Direct your guests to a custom website or landing page, where they’ll find all the essential details and can send a simple, one-click RSVP. Website building tools can be cheaper than ordering stacks of paper invites, and come with stylish ready-made design templates you’ll love.
4. Go homemade wherever you can
Homemade takes time, but it’s cheaper and more personal. You could make your own bouquets, chair decorations, table centrepieces, or even your wedding cake decorations. If you’re definitely not the crafty sort, hire your talented friends, or scour Instagram for creative people.
5. Rearrange the seating
A lot of venues have fairly traditional seating arrangements, but they don’t give all your guests the best view. Talk to your venue about alternatives – they might be able to accommodate a circular or oval seating arrangement. It’s a subtle change but makes a big impact during the vows.
6. Tag it on Instagram
Creating a hashtag for your wedding is quite common now, mainly because it’s such a good idea. Encourage people to tag the wedding when they upload their photos to Instagram. You’ll see the day through your guests’ eyes, and be able to keep a digital record of their memories.
7. Keep it sustainable
Weddings can produce a surprising amount of waste. Keep the confetti biodegradable (a requirement for many venues and churches now), ditch the balloons, choose favours and table decorations that are easily recycled, and avoid plastic wherever you can. Your guests will appreciate the thought, and less goes to landfill.
8. Strike up the band for wedding reception entertainment
Wedding music and wedding reception entertainment sets the mood and gets the party started. Silk Street Jazz can play your guests out of the ceremony, into the reception, and onto the dance floor. It’s perfectly quirky wedding reception entertainment!
Silk Street Jazz have performed at weddings and civil ceremonies all over the UK. Get in touch to book!