Are you the one who is looking for new different things that you could try for your big day? You need to avoid cliché wedding ideas that might be boring especially for the guests. We all know that a wedding is a day to remember that needs to be memorable and full of pleasure. Let’s take the rules aside and do what you want. You could try something else instead of following the tradition that you don’t value. Think of non-traditional wedding ideas where you can express your freedom.
Start with an unexpected alternative wedding venue that will simply steal guests ‘attention. Replace the hall with preserve forest, gallery camp, and more. Find the best view that fits your personality and theme. The most important part when you want to plan a non-traditional wedding is the activities and timeline. Don’t be too strict. Feel free to shake up the timeline to suit your own preferences. For example, you can host a brunch or afternoon drink party instead of dinner, hire comedians to entertain the guests, choosing unique decor props and simple (but chic) attire. If you find it difficult to plan the wedding (read here: how to plan fun wedding reception), here the latest and complete guide to make your non-traditional wedding stand out:
Unconventional Wedding Decoration Ideas
Designing a wedding with a creative wedding theme is the best way to set your wedding apart. Let’s forget about the round table and floral centerpieces. Get out of the box by styling the wedding with quirky yet stylish props:
1. Stone Guest Book
If we generally use paper as a unique guest book where guests write their messages and wishes, try using a stone that is much more eco-friendly. Choose porcelain colored stones that can create a sense of boho. This wishing stone will be aesthetically pleasing than an old traditional guest book.
2. Metal Centerpiece
Designing your reception table is need to be pleasing to amaze and comfort the guests. Instead of using flower arrangements, get a metal geometric centerpiece with candle accent. Add a little foliage to make it lively.
3. Take a Shot Escort Card
Say no to old same boring escort card. It’s time to create an interactive seating chart where the guest can have some fun while looking for their seat. Serve cocktail/signature drink as seating chart. Design a simple card and stick it to the fruit garnishes of the cocktail with toothpick.
4. Camper Van Photo Booth
Everyone loves taking pictures when attending a wedding. It is really important to create a space for the needs of a photo booth where the guest can freely express themselves. You can use a camper van that already decorated with a boho accent, flower arrangements, and vintage props.
5. Vintage Bulb
When it comes to weddings, people tend to use fairy lights and chandeliers to decorate their venues. Since we are having a non-traditional wedding, choose unique lighting that can create a unique (but romantic) décor. The bulb with vintage metal stands is your perfect choice. You can use it as centerpieces or simply hang them on the ceiling.
6. Silver Fork Table Number
You might be surprised with these quirky non-alternative wedding decorations. Have you ever imagined using cutlery as décor? This simple but chic table number with a silver fork is worth trying.
7. Modern Tulle Tablescape
There is a classic simplicity to use greenery for your tablescape design, candle accent, and vase. Rather than using a white cloth, choose a colorful tulle skirt to cover the table. Also, you can design a laser cut name based on the guests’ seat.
8. Cheesecloth Backdrop
If you want to make your venue stands out, get a pretty and unique backdrop to fill the space that matches your theme. Try to be creative with colorful cheesecloth. First, you can style the fabric with the draping technique. For quirky and cute accents, just simply hang the fabric on the ceiling and tied the bottom part to different heights.
9. Picnic Wedding Seating
Forget about a round and square table for a while. Get intimate wedding seating by arranging picnic set up. You only need to prepare a mat, blanket, pillow, and basket filled with food and drink for the guests. This setting is perfect for you who choose the outdoor venue.
Non Traditional Wedding Reception Activities
Since there are so many wedding trends that develop throughout our lifetime, the non-traditional wedding ideas celebration is something different that will be more appreciated. Here some fun wedding timeline that you need to know:
1. Jamming Session
While everyone enjoying their food, why don’t you play your favorite songs to embrace the romantic moment? Have a vinyl box where the DJ can play the requested song by the guests.
Who doesn’t love games? If you want to have a fun wedding reception, get this chance to mingle and socialize with your friends and family by playing some games. It can be simple games like playing Jenga, mini-golf, board games, and more. Plus, these fun games will entertain your guests and avoid boredom.
3. Free Style Dance
At a wedding reception, the first dance is a must to celebrate your union. But have you considered the dance style that you want to perform? Some might choose slow dance to create a romantic atmosphere. However, you can take aside the traditional dance with freestyle. Choose your favorite dance and pair them with the music. No need to practice, just let your body moving.
4. Food Bar
It’s no doubt that the best thing while attending a wedding is to taste the food. If people used to hire catering, now you can try to stand the food bar. It is a new trend that is customizable. You can serve dessert, snack, or even nostalgic treats where the guests can serve themselves. Tip: ask catering staff to monitor the bar because some guests might need help.
5. Open Bar
Let your guests mix their own drinks. All you need to do is load the bar with both alcohol and non-alcoholic ones. Even, you can serve juice if you want to. This way, the guests can enjoy their drink with a taste that is based on their preference.
6. Open Mic / Karaoke
When most couples hiring a DJ to entertain the guest, you can hire a comedian as non traditional wedding ideas. It will be a night that full of laugh and happiness. Later, you can have a karaoke night with the guest by singing nostalgic songs.