Once upon a time weddings had rules, they were more traditional and most couples followed the "rule book", now, anything goes! The more out there and Insta worthy the better.
Below we have highlighted YK DAILY'S unique, yet chic, wedding tips.
Personalised Denim Jackets
A fashionable addition for a stylish hen or stag do. Also great and practical for the big day, which can be savoured for a life time. Have it embroidered professionally, or get creative hand painting and decorating for a more personal touch.
Coloured Smoke Sticks
Colourful way to brighten up the day even more, a lovely touch to capture in photography and fun for the kids, young and old.
If you’re into ‘growing your own’ or cooking and want to keep your day as environmentally friendly as possible why not try herbs as an alternative to petals, or a mixture of both.
Hand Picked Dried Cherry Blossom Confetti
Cherry blossom is in full swing during the months of April and May, so on a dog walk or just when passing a beautiful tree, collect the fallen petals from the ground. Once collected dry them out on the same day by leaving in an airing cupboard or putting them in the oven. They keep (once dried) for around 6-12 months, if you store in a dark and dry place. Sprinkle your homemade confetti to create a magical moment on the big day!
Flower Girl/Boy Keepsake
Why not have a message embroidered on a handkerchief or scarf, or give your princesses or princes a cute wand for the day to treasure the memory forever.
Make Your Ring Bearer A Ring Security Guard
The cutest thing ever!
Your Bouquet’s Not Just For Flowers
Pinning something to your flowers can be a lovely way of carrying something sentimental with you – a photograph of a loved one or a piece of jewellery – it can be visible or hidden discreetly in the foliage whatever feels right for you.
On your way up the aisle why not ask the guests at the ends of each row to each hand you a flower and create your bouquet as you go, this works particularly well if the bride is not been given away by anyone.
She’s Getting Married, But Don't Call Her!
No-one wants to have to call the bride on her wedding day so having a list of phone numbers for everyone in the main wedding party should keep any last minute problems at bay so she can concentrate on getting ready.
Get your guests to write you a note for your first anniversary and use these to fill your very own piñata to open a year on from your big day.
Balloon Splash Canvas - Move Over Monet
If your style is original and random this one is for you – fill balloons with paint, attach them to a canvas, give your guests some darts and get them to try and burst the balloons to create a spectacular painting to hang in your home!
Something For The Morning After The Night Before
Send guests home feeling taken care. Create some fun but practical favours to give away to guests as they leave, such as soft eye masks with notes that say "Sleep tight!" or even hangover kits (filled with Aspirin, water and snacks) for guests to grab on their way out of the reception venue. If you’ve arranged bus or shuttle transportation, have a favor waiting on board for guests. They will defiantly thank you in the morning!
Something That Sparkles, Apart From The Ring
Create a great photo opportunity and give everyone a sparkler or Chinese lantern when it gets dark, perfect to keep the kids engaged.
Any One For A Favour?
The more thoughtful or practical your wedding favours are, the more memorable they will be. From mini succulents, to personalised sea shells, bespoke soaps and cozy pashminas for when the weather turns cooler.
Planning on dancing until the next morning? Put out baskets of flip-flops (in your wedding colors, of course) so guests can take their shoes off.
For a summer outdoor ceremony in the afternoon, provide a station with spray-on sunscreen and a stack of inexpensive sunglasses.the list is endless.
Not Just The Garter
If you have lots of kids they won’t be that impressed with tossing the garter! There has to be a decent prize for them – why not toss a cuddly toy or wrapped sweets for them to enjoy at the same time.
Make The Garter Go The Distance
Throwing your garter a distance can be a challenge, try attaching it to a rugby or football for your new husband to throw!
Buttonholes Don’t Need To Make You Sneeze
Not all grooms are keen on flowers but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to have a bit of decoration. Go quirky from decorative feather, ribbon or pocket squares, if you are having a beach or seaside themed wedding you could pin on a starfish or sea shell.
Everyone Always Remembers The Food!
Especially the sweet things! Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night snacks that'll leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, doughnut wall to candy truck, basically yummy food stations to soak up the booze!
Do you believe in the relation of energy through crystals? If so, introduce them into your big day through table setting, which can double up as favours, or even through the cake! There are so many ways you can incorporate good energy through crystals via food or decorations.
Keep Guest On Track
It's always best for guest to know the order of the day, create a cute script with the days events so guest know what fun they are in for!
Follow The Leader
If most of your guests will be walking from the ceremony venue to the reception venue give them each a helium balloon so they can follow each other and then join together for a group balloon release and great photo opportunity.
Not Just A Big Book ….
As an alternative to the classic guestbook why not give your guests something else to write on, maybe corks, a record disk. If you play games try Jenga blocks or a pack of cards or get them to write on the border for a photo frame then print the best group shot you can from the wedding and voila a fantastic record of everyone who came and their messages to you.
From sketches, caricatures, to large scale oil paintings, the sky’s the limit with the kind of work that can be created by artists and craftsmen before, during, or after your wedding.
Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance
Want a packed dance floor? Distribute kazoos or maracas, but maybe not to the kids though, that could potentially get out of hand!
Give each table a song name or lyric. When their song plays, the whole table has to get up and dance. If you are doing a buffet dinner, the song could also be the table's cue to get food.
If you play it right, your ceremony exit will be one of the most heavily photographed moments of your wedding. Have a saxophonist or a string quartet is nice. You'll defiantly blow guests away with a jazz trio or a Spanish guitar player.
To get the party going during the cocktail hour, look into hiring a mariachi or a-cappella band, bluegrass group, or even a barbershop quartet for some seriously memorable melodies.
You can even create a custom life-size frame, snap images with a polaroid camera for a retro look, or adorn a vintage tandem bike with foliage, as photo props for guests.
Save the Planet
If keeping a low environmental footprint is important to you, then make an effort to reduce, recycle, reuse for your ceremony and your reception. You can do that in lots of different ways. For example, skip the fireworks, and purchase carbon offsets for all your guests who traveled to your ceremony. You may also be able to donate your flowers, your extra food or even your wedding dress after your event. Now that’s a wedding idea that will make you feel good.
Decorative Ice Buckets
Go the extra mile and make your welcome drink Insta worthy with decorative ice cubes!
If the space allows, try and request your seating be set up in a circular shape, rather than formatted lines, your guest will have a better view.