There’s a lot to love about the traditional wedding, but let’s face it: they aren’t for everyone. If you want your big day to have a little more personality and go down the non-traditional route, there are a few things you should think about that can help your wedding stand out.
In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at the elements of a traditional wedding that you can change to stamp your personality on the day and create a truly memorable experience for you and your guests. Let’s get started right away!
First of all, the clothes you wear is the centrepiece of any wedding ceremony. But if the classic white or ivory dress isn’t for you, there are plenty of alternative routes to take. Themed wedding dresses, tailored suits, pagan styles, 1920s fashion – there are so many options out there that you can choose that can help you stamp your personality all over the day.
Don’t want to go down the traditional wedding venue such as the church or civic hall? If so, there are plenty of options available to you. You can get married indoors in any location you find, as long as you have a registered official holding the ceremony. You can also have an outdoor ceremony, although you have to bear in mind that the legal aspect of your marriage will have to take place indoors and requires two witnesses.
If you are looking for something a little different to the traditional band, there are many different options for wedding rings. Some people forego the rings entirely and get tattoos instead. Others design their own or choose something that is more reflective of their personalities than the typical wedding band. Ultimately, your wedding is the first day of your new life together, and the rings you choose should be highly personal and meaningful.
Don’t let tradition dictate who speaks at your wedding. You don’t have to have the standard speeches from the father of the bride, the best man, and groom if you don’t want – many brides are making a speech these days. As long as you have all the thanks yous and unique words for particular people covered, it’s up to you who takes to the microphone.
Bored of the same old wedding disco classics? If so, you are in excellent company. If your love of music as a couple goes beyond a need to hear ‘Love is in the Air’ for the millionth time, then think carefully about choosing a better DJ or band. However, don’t go too overboard. While you might be well into thrash metal, your grandma might feel a little differently, and you want people to have as much joy and celebration as possible – which does include the odd wedding song standard.
Finally, whether you have vintage or modern tastes, why not let them inform your choice of vehicle? A motorbike loving couple can ride off into the sunset on a pair of Harley Davidson’s, while country folk could do the same with a horse and cart. A Just Married sign will fit on anything – not just a traditional limo.
Do you have any ideas for non-traditional weddings? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!