Couple’s cocktails have long been placing a personalised stamp on weddings, but how about customising your canapés? Just as you choose your two favourite tipples for your guests to enjoy during the drinks reception, why not include your best-loved dishes in miniature for your canapés? They can be savoury or sweet, from finger-sized sliders to tiny cream teas.
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Pick and mix traditions
With laid-back big days more popular than ever, it’s time for couples to throw out the rulebook and focus on what feels right for them. One way to do this is by dipping into wedding traditions. Include traditions that feel relevant and add your own twist. You could give a bride’s speech or, if you don't love the limelight, you could ditch the first dance.
Borrowing from the traditions of other cultures can also offer unique wedding ideas. Did you know that in Italy, the groom walks down the aisle first with his mother, followed by the bride and her father?
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Introduce an element of surprise and you’re bound to include some unusual wedding ideas. You could hire singing waiters to break into a ballad while the wedding breakfast is served, or plan a choreographed first dance, perhaps even with a second dress to reveal.
Don’t just stop at surprising your guests though, because you can also surprise your spouse. Why not work with your bridesmaids to plan a flash mob during the speeches? You could also book entertainment that relates to them personally and only reveal it on the big day - think tribute acts, comedians or even a vintage Prosecco van.
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Look beyond the band or DJ to really jazz your wedding party up. Firework displays coordinated to your colour scheme, a caricaturist instead of a photo booth or a magician to amaze guests all fit the bill for unique wedding ideas. Throw in an energetic Scottish ceilidh to get everyone on the dance floor and you’ve got a reception to remember!
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You can do more than simply exchange vows within your wedding ceremony if you plan ahead. Add sentimental readings to reflect your personalities – ‘How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog’, ‘A Word To Husbands’ and ‘He Never Leaves The Seat Up’ will all make you smile and are definitely worth a Google. You could also introduce a custom like the blended sand ceremony, which reflects two families becoming one, for more unusual wedding ideas.
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Blow the budget...
But only once! Whether it’s a flower wall, dessert table or dress that you’ve got big dreams for, choose one element of your wedding to max out on. This way you’re sure to make an impact. Smaller spending across the board, on the other hand, might not always result in the most exciting outcomes. Add one memorable element to give your unique wedding ideas the wow-factor.
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Theme it up
Are you a couple with a serious obsession with sports? Or are you globe-trotting gurus, who can’t wait to hit the road travelling? Perhaps you love adventure and the great outdoors? Whatever your passions, reflect them in your reception theme. You can do so from your table names to centrepieces and everything in between. These unique wedding ideas will have you at their heart.
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