Unusual wedding ideas used to be something I rarely came across. These days with the many fantastic sites and blogs dedicated to unique wedding ideas, they are a lot less... well, unusual.
Anyway, if you want to do something memorable and creative for your wedding, it's a lot easier to find inspiration than it used to be. It's also much easier to find vendors, both large and small, that can help you out with your day.
Nobody wants to have a cookie cutter wedding. Well, some people do, but they're probably not here reading this article.
The best way to make your wedding memorable is by filling it with creative ideas.
There are so many ways that you can do this. Whether it's a theme you saw once and loved, basing your dress on something you saw in a Jane Austen film adaptation, or incorporating lines from your favourite movie into your vows, you really both just need to find the things that make you who you both are, as well as the things that make you smile.
One of the best ways to make your wedding stand out is with an unusual theme. Your theme might be an era you like, could be inspired by a movie, or even in a special location.
Recently I saw some photos of a wedding which took place in Morocco. As if the destination wasn't exotic enough, the ceremony included many local wedding customs, and even involved a couple of camels. The bride wore an alluring green cocktail dress, and the groom a crisp linen suit. A couple of excellent variations on this idea could be a Greek themed wedding complete with columns, grapes, and smashing plates, or an Arabian nights theme.
If you think you've seen all of the unusual wedding ideas under the sun, think again. A vintage western wedding was something I discovered in my Google reader recently. The bridal party were all dressed in authentic costumes, which were very well done. Soft pastel colours were found throughout the ceremony and reception, the effect was less cowboy and more 'Gone With the Wind'. It was very lovely and sweet.
If, like me, you grew up on BBC costume drama, then the idea of a 'Pride and Prejudice' themed wedding might spark your interest. Tie the knot with your very own Elizabeth or Darcy in full costume. You could ask a friend to read out an exceprt from the book at the ceremony. Don't forget to invite the Mrs Bennett or Mr Collins of your family, everyone has one! If only you got to go home to Pemberley...
Of course, you can use this same idea for any period drama that takes your fancy, or any historical era of interest. If life in pre-revolutionary France amongst the gardens of Versailles is up your alley, then you could go all out in a Marie-Antoinette style affair. This means big hair for the girls and purple velvet suits for the boys. Remember to serve up oranges after dinner, just like the Sun King himself would. At the end of the night, you can let them eat (wedding) cake.
Unusual wedding ideas don't have to be spectacular to stand out. Just as special could be a simple Pagan ritual, like a handfasting, in the company of a small group of family and friends. If you prefer country life, then getting married on a farm in wellies could be what's special for you both.
Sure, DIY may be all the rage right now, but I also know how to ask for help when I need it. Just choosing a few unusual wedding ideas and planting them in your wedding can make it look more like a circus act than a marriage. If you're unsure about making your day happen the right way, enlist the help of a professional.
Whether you use a wedding planner, an event manager, or a designer, they can be all the difference in making sure your day goes off without missing a beat. They're also going to be an excellent source for creative and inspirational ideas.
The other benefit is that if you have something really kooky in mind but no idea how to make it work, then these are the people that can make it happen for you.