Some of the best (and most fun!) weddings are the ones that bring a little something extra to the usual, more traditional, parts of the day. So in this episode, we are sharing all kinds of fun wedding ideas that will have your friends and family talking about how awesome your wedding was for years to come.
When we talk about personalizing your wedding we don’t necessarily mean picking dress colors and types of flowers for the bouquet. We mean incorporating some fun things that reflect who you guys are as a couple.
Weddings that are themed with personal touches that are specific to who you are as a couple is a great way to really uplevel the fun factor. Think about what some of your most favorite things are to do as a couple and begin thinking of ways you can incorporate those things into your wedding.
Love Harry Potter or The Avengers? Maybe the groomsmen wear undershirts of their favorite superheroes. Have you traveled a lot as a couple? Maybe use pictures from each destination to label the guest’s tables.
The possibilities are endless!
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This is a great option if you don’t want to have a traditional flower girl and ring bearer. Or if you don’t have any young kids in your family but you have plenty of really close friends that you’d like to include in the wedding.
Pick a couple of your closest friends to dress up in flower suits and toss flowers down the aisle from fanny packs! You could also do this with fake money shooters and “make it rain” on the guests.
So instead of a flower girl you can have a flower grandma dropping petals as they walk down the aisle.
Have the ring bearer walk down the aisle with a cute sign like “they didn’t trust me with the rings” or “here comes the bride” or even something more personalized.
Instead of the flower girl and ring bearer coming down in a wagon, you could have them drive down the aisle in a decorated kid’s electric car.
Have ushers pass out little confetti poppers, streamers, or something of the like that guests can throw up into the air as the wedding party walks back down the aisle.
If you want to write your own vows but want to keep it a little more on the light-hearted side, consider coming up with a fun list of things you can promise to your significant other. Like promising to act interested in a sports or video game or promising to always put the toilet seat down.
It’s super cute and it always gets a good chuckle out of the crowd. And then though it’s a little more lighthearted than the traditional vows, it can still be very heartwarming, sentimental, and personal.
Including a unity ceremony in your wedding is a great way to add a little more substance to the actual ceremony. Something like a sand ceremony, a candle lighting, or a cross ceremony.
Here in Texas, a lot of couples will do a branding ceremony, where they will brand a piece of wood or animal hide with their monogram and then display it in their homes. (It might be a Texas thing but if you’re into it – do it! It’s pretty cool!)
We’ve also seen a couple craft a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as their unity ceremony. They had a very unique script that went along with the making of the peanut butter and jelly. It’s quirky and fun and even if it isn’t peanut butter and jelly, you can get creative on your own personal unity ceremony.
It can be really fun to add a lot of personalization into the officiant’s script. Especially if you have a close friend or family member as the officiant. They can include personal stories of their own or even include stories from the wedding party.
Another idea is having the officiant interact with the guests or the wedding party during the ceremony. Again, this is another party of the wedding where you can get really creative.
Usually the bride, groom, wedding party, and immediate family are taking pictures during cocktail hour. But there’s lots of fun things you can provide during this time to keep your guests entertained.
If you want to incorporate live music at your wedding but not necessarily as entertainment for the reception, have live music for your ceremony and/or reception!
We’ve seen mariachi bands play for cocktail hour and even during the dinner portion of the reception. This may also be a Texas thing but it’s a super fun way to spice things up.
You can also put out yard games like jumbo Jenga, connect four, or corn hole. This is also a great time to open up the photo booth!
There’s a lot of room for some creativity for this part of the wedding but it could also require some additional planning. So if you want the wedding party to enter the reception with style, either plan it in advance. Either at the rehearsal or even a few weeks before, depending on how elaborate you want to get.
It’s different, fun, and a great time-saving hack.
Once we saw the wedding party enter the reception to the Mario Cart theme song. Everyone adorned inflatable characters from the game and “raced” around the room.
Again, the possibilities are endless.
If you want to steer away from just numbering the guest tables, here are some other great things you can do.
Compile all the important dates from your relationship and use those tables to number the table. This could be the day you were born. The date of your first date and the date of your first kiss. The date you got engaged. This likes that.
This is fun especially if you have lots of photos of the two of you from all kinds of different travel destinations. It’s also a great conversation starter!
What’s most fun about something like this is that tables can be released when guests hear a song from the soundtrack of that movie or musical!
We love this game. It’s such a simple game that’s really entertaining for the crowd but also really fun for you as a couple. The bride and groom sit back to back and each one is holding one of their own shoes in one hand and of their significant other’s in the other hand.
Then the DJ will ask a series of “who does this” or “who’s more likely to. . .” questions. And the bride and groom will answer by holding up their own shoe, their significant other’s shoe, or both!
This is a fun one to showcase families that have been married for a long, long time. All the married couples are invited onto the dance floor for a slow song. And then one by one, couples are eliminated by the DJ depending on how long a couple has been married.
If you have a lot of kids at your wedding, do a cotton candy bouquet toss! It’s incredibly adorable, a super sweet moment, and makes for a great picture.
Want to get a bunch of guys excited about catching something? Throw a football! It’s a unique way to put a fun spin on the traditional garter toss. And the guys are usually much more enthusiastic about catching a football with a garter on it, than just the garter itself.
Dancing is fun as it is but when you add props to the mix. . . everybody wants to get in on the fun. LED glow sticks or rings are lots of fun to dance with or even a bunch of balloons! (Whatever idea you have, make sure you check with your wedding venue first!)
Sometimes this can be made into a sort of game where the bride and groom have to make it to all the tables during one song. But if that gives you a little anxiety, it’s still a fun idea to designate a little time to stop at each table for a quick group pic.
We recommend a solo dance to all our couples because it’s that awesome and it’s such a beautiful and sentimental way to end the night with just the two of you. When guests leave the dance floor and start lining for the final send-off, the bride and groom share one final dance together alone on the dance floor. (Awwww!!!)
Sparklers are a popular way to send the newlyweds off to forever but for good reason. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to display a final “Huzzaahhh!!!!” You can also create the same kind of effect with ribbons, streamers, or confetti. Adding a little something extra to the final send-off also makes for some great pictures for the wedding album.
Looking for some more fun wedding ideas? Check out our post: Wedding Day Options: From First Look to Final Send-Off
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