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If you’re a traditional couple and the values of a traditional wedding speak to you, then you should absolutely go for one. But if you’re more offbeat and like to do things a little differently, then there’s nothing to say you can’t rewrite the guidebook! You can even mix in a little of the two – traditions that really resonate with you, alongside un-traditions, like having someone walk you down the aisle, but wearing a tie-dyed outfit!
The important thing is that your wedding day is authentic and tells your unique couple story, so you can look back and remember that you felt like you (albeit a supercharged version)! So, with that in mind, here are some fun ideas for breaking the traditional wedding mould.
If the thought of taking-in everyone’s ideas and input in the run-up to your wedding fills you with discomfort, why not plan it in secret? Invite everyone to your engagement party (or Birthday party or summer barbeque) and then surprise them with a wedding! Obviously, if you have friends and family coming from afar, they might not be tempted to make the journey for a summer party so you’ll need to use some creative licence. Consider sending a more formal, wedding-style invitation and add intriguing details like the dress code or a note to arrive promptly.
You could greet guests at the door in your usual party attire then, once they all have a drink, sneak off to change into your wedding outfits for the big reveal. If you’d still like to have a wedding party, you can give them all a button-hole or bouquet to set them apart from other guests.
If a traditional white gown or tuxedo isn’t very you, then there are lots of wonderful alternatives out there. If you’d like to wear a dress, but want something a bit different, consider patterns, florals or all-out colour. If you want something less ‘weddingy’, then look for an evening gown instead of a wedding dress (especially great for those with smaller budgets and you’re much more likely to have occasion to wear it again)!
If you still want your look to be sharp and tailored, then a white suit or separates will give your look a bit of edge. Or for something more casual, a patterned or coloured suit, no tie and trainers or boots would look effortlessly cool.
Who says the ceremony has to be the first thing you do on your wedding day? If you’ve dreamt of getting married in the glow of the setting sun, or underneath a blanket of starlight, then have your celebratory meal first and hold your ceremony later in the day (celebrant-led ceremonies would be perfect for this)!
Or if you’re more of a lark than a night owl, why not shift your day earlier. You could marry at dawn, have a delicious brunch, some afternoon, festival-style music and dancing, then head off into the twilight.
If there are some traditions you love, you can still give them a personal twist. Not a cake person? Then change this up for doughnuts or a tier of pavlova. Still, having a sit-down meal but want it to feel less formal? Instead of a full seating plan, you could allocate your guests a table and let them sit where they like. Or you could do away with the top table and have rows of long tables and sit amongst your guests, maybe next to someone you haven’t seen for a while!
Whether you’re a traditional couple, feel like going off the beaten track, or mixing-up the two, the important thing is to do what feels right and what will make you feel most comfortable on your wedding day. And don’t forget to have fun with it and get creative too!
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