A Wedding to Remember – Unique They’ll Never Forget

There are very few once in a lifetime events quite like your wedding day. From the flowers and dress to the flavor of the cake, the option to plan and personalize your wedding with your own unique is truly in your court. And we’ve all been to dozens of weddings that follow the standard format – the rehearsal and subsequent dinner, the wedding ceremony where the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and couple walked formally down the aisle, and, finally, the reception, where dancing and dinner is bound to follow.

And yes, points are given to the couples that take the time to personalize their wedding with fun favors, unusual refreshments, decorations, and other unique . But have you ever thought about shaking up your own wedding, perhaps even changing the very structure of it? With a little ingenuity (and planning), you can personalize your wedding in a way that’s fun for everyone!

My Favorite Memorable Ideas for Unique Weddings

Consider the rehearsal dinner. Whereas most couples elect to run through the standard ‘meet and greet,’ practice their walk down the aisle to get rid of those pre-ceremony jitters, and then sit down to a light repast, some brides and grooms choose to infuse this gathering with their very own unique . One example I’ve heard of is eliminating the sit down dinner entirely, which is usually more formal in nature anyway. The brides then invite the rehearsal dinner guests over for a picnic (in warmer months) or a potluck supper (great any time). This option not only takes away a lot of wedding stress, but also encourages the guests to interact more.

The wedding ceremony itself is, of course, meant to be solemn and respectful, but that doesn’t mean before or after the priest or minister marries the couple you can’t infuse the ceremony with your own unique . One of the more unusual examples I’ve heard about is the entire wedding party dancing up and down the aisle to the delight of the guests who get in on the act. Without so much as a hint as to what is going on, an upbeat tempo begins playing and guests start clapping. The bridesmaids and groomsmen get footloose up and down the aisle, making way for the groom’s and bride’s grand entrances. After all, a lively entrance is certainly one way to personalize your wedding and make sure guests never forget your nuptials!

Another way to personalize your wedding is seating guests at round tables at the wedding venue itself (serving as both the ceremony and reception area). Though it appears to be the reception, the guests actually watch as the bride and groom are married while seated at tables, and then after a quick swap out, the area becomes a beautiful reception. The perks? The bride and groom save lots of money because there’s no need to secure two venues, and your guests don’t have to travel.

And, of course, if you choose to have a wedding theme, you can incorporate all sorts of unique . Take the idea of a renaissance-themed wedding. Both the bride and groom, for instance, will be wearing flowing fabrics and unique headpieces, while the entertainment could feasibly be even more entertaining. Couples have hired ‘court jesters,’ ‘jugglers,’ and ‘dancers’ to lighten the mood, carry on the renaissance theme, and personalize their wedding in a unique way. However, whatever your wedding theme may be, just remember to explore all the unique and possibilities available to you. If it’s historical in nature, do your research! If it’s hobby-themed, ask your friends to share their ideas. Not only will collaboration on unique help you to envision a better wedding, you’ll also have the support of your friends.

At your reception, just about anything goes. It’s your day, so plan and personalize your wedding reception how you want. Some brides feel as though they have to please their guests. Bottom line – if you plan and personalize your wedding activities and events, your guests will want to stay all night long. Consider, for example, the buffet or sit down style dinner served at most weddings. A few brides have elected to have wait staff circulate with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages or have had multiple refreshment tables set up around the room. Usually, one of the most popular attractions at these refreshment tables is the giant chocolate fountain, with fruit and pretzels for dipping.

Another one of the more unique I’ve heard about is a groom’s cake made entirely of meat. Ideally, the groom’s cake is meant for him and his right-hand men, so, in many ways, it’s appropriate. And you might just have a lot of extra ‘cake’ left over to enjoy later!

Memories that Last a Lifetime

These examples of unique are just a few of the more memorable highlights I’ve seen at weddings over the years. Regardless of how you choose to personalize your wedding, it will always be a special day – a celebration of love and romance with your closest friends and family members. And if you ultimately decide to play it on the traditional side, don’t worry – you have those beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

Some Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Planner

As a wedding planner, I found out directly myself how stressful planning a wedding can be. When I went to plan my own wedding, I thought it would be no problem but found even though I am in the business there are still some guidelines that need to be followed to create a successful wedding or special event. Thus, what I thought I would do is share some wedding planning tips with you to help relieve some of the party planning strains you may have on your special day. These helpful hints work for either a wedding or any other special event you may host.

Here are the tips you should keep in mind:

1. If you take photos or have a professional photographer, prior to the event, create a shot list of important memories you want from that day. Remember it’s a live event and you only get one take.

2. Create a timeline and be as exact as possible to ensure you have all aspects of your event in place prior to the start time.

3. Confirm your vendors 48 hours in advance. Don’t try and call them that day or the day before when you are still pulling together some last minute details.

4. Don’t be a hero and try and expect to do everything that day. It’s okay to ask your husband to be or a friend to help out if they can.

5. Have a second pair of shows handy near where you are sitting. You will be amazed how your dream wedding shoes can all of a sudden become uncomfortable.

6. If you are wearing your hair up, make sure the hairdo is not too tight or you will have such a headache!

7. EAT! Don’t forget to eat, enjoy your wedding meal especially the cake.

8. Go with the flow, something always seems to happen, just don’t worry and have fun!

9. Be in the moment. Focus on what is going on in the now and don’t worry about the ater or what could have been.

Any wedding planner will tell you that it is very important to enjoy the day since it only comes once (hopefully!). Also, remember to breath and drink plenty of water. On your day, it is important that you think about yourself and not worry about your guests! Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Backyard to Take Your Wedding To the Next Level

There is little as intimate as a garden wedding. The good news is that with the right backyard you can transform your garden into a wedding paradise. And this is true regardless of whether you are marrying in the gardens of a local mansion, in your own backyard wedding ceremony, or are having a beachfront wedding. With the right backyard you can create that perfect wedding memory that will last you for years to come.

Start With a Wedding Tent

Regardless of where you live, the weather is just too unpredictable to risk not having a tent. Even if you live in Southern California and are getting married in a time when it never rains, you never know when that freak storm’s going to hit. You’d hate to be unprepared if it chooses your wedding day so the first backyard wedding idea is to invest in the purchase or rental of a tent large enough to cover your wedding party in an emergency and to provide shade for your wedding guests.

Put the Wedding Cake Table under the Protection of the Tent on a Sturdy Table

Backyard wedding idea number two is to simply protect your investment in the masterpiece you commissioned that is your wedding cake by putting it inside the tent. Leave a side wall open, if you like so that your cake cutting pictures will have the beauty of the wedding garden in the background, but protect your wedding cake from birds flying overhead and the intensity of the sun.

Likewise, use the folding table for something else. A wedding cake needs a sturdy table that won’t wobble when a guest bumps into it.

Put the Pets Away

For so many reasons, but primarily because of the inherent unpredictability of animals your next backyard wedding idea is to control the movements of your pets. Perhaps this means putting them in a kennel for your wedding day. Maybe it simply means having them on a leash. It’s better than having Fido lovingly push grandma into the middle of the spread your caterers put out for your reception.

Build a Gazebo or a Wedding Arch

This backyard wedding idea will add beauty to your wedding ceremony. A bride and groom framed with their pastor, rabbi, or priest by a tastefully decorated gazebo or wedding arch with manicured foliage in the background is a picture perfect setting.

Accent with Lights

The whole point of your wedding decorations is to create an inviting space that shouts welcome to your guests. So this backyard wedding idea is as follows: Using small lights like rope lights to line arches, windows, and doorways is a backyard wedding idea that achieves just that even if your wedding and reception is in the middle of a sun filled day. Just that extra touch of light has a way of inviting people in.

Theme Your Wedding to Suit Your Tastes

Remember, backyard don’t lock you into a floral themed (or cactus themed) wedding. I heard recently of a couple who found an outdoor location to create a Lord of the Rings themed wedding. That might be a bit much for most of us, but it proves that your options are limited only to your imagination, budget, and nerve. Dream. You’re backyard might create something people will talk about for years.