Congratulations on your wedding day! While the average age for British marriages is a little above 30, there’s no occasion more worthy of celebration no matter what your age is. That’s why you need a wedding party to be remembered for the ages!
Getting married and spending your life with someone you love is an exciting prospect, but planning a wedding can be stressful. You want something traditional, but not uptight; you want a unique wedding, but not a chaotic one. A really delicate balance needs to be struck.
Luckily, we’re here to help! Read on for some unique wedding reception ideas that you and your spouse will cherish the memory of forever.
1. Love Your Wedding Party
Before you can begin planning the wedding of your dreams, you need to decide on the people you’re going to keep by your side during this exciting (and stressful) time. This means mulling over the people in your life that you’re closest to and choosing who will be in your wedding party.
You can have as many or as few bridesmaids and groomsmen (or bridesmen and groomsmaids!) as you wish, but keep practical concerns in mind such as how close people will be to you and how big your budget is. Pick a couple of your best friends and a sibling. These people will be your rocks as you continue to plan.
2. Have an Amazing Cake
Choosing a great cake is essential to every wedding. You need to hire a pastry chef who really knows what they’re doing, so make sure that you look through various databases before coming to a decision. Head out with your fiance and try out cake samples- you won’t regret knowing what you’re getting (or eating a little extra delicious cake.)
If you want to do something unique but less fancy, have someone you love make your wedding cake for you. An aunt who loves to bake, a pastry-savvy best friend, or a young cousin you suspect will one day be on the Great British Bake-Off are great — and inexpensive — options.
3. Pick the Right Caterer
Guests at weddings are hungry and can’t live off cake alone. For that reason, you need a good caterer. This is something that you absolutely can’t DIY — you need professional food services for a lot of reasons including cleanliness, food quality, and overall stress reduction.
Talk to multiple caterers that look like people you’d want to hire. Then ask them questions like whether they’ll work within your budget, how many people they’re willing to cook for, whether they provide tastings, and what dietary restrictions they can work within.
4. Buy Beautiful Bouquets
Now that you’ve gotten the food out of the way, it’s time to consider the aesthetics of walking down the aisle. Grab those closest to you — your wedding party — and head to any appealing florists that you find near you online.
Consider the colours of your wedding and choose a flower that fits into that colour scheme. For example, blue gardenias look amazing when your bridesmaids are in pale blue, and bleeding heart flowers look great with pastel pink backdrop. It’s all about colour palette as well as the styles you like, so do your research!
5. Dress to Impress
Speaking of colour palettes, make sure that your bridesmaids look good in whatever you choose for them. While some people don’t want them looking better than the bride, this is a horrid concept. Why wouldn’t you want everyone looking great in your wedding pictures? You don’t want an eyesore.
Dress your wedding party to impress and dress yourself to impress, too. You can go with a traditional white dress if you want, but for a unique wedding, you may also want to choose another colour you look good in. Golds and pale reds are always lovely and in fashion.
6. Hire a Photo Booth
Once everyone is looking their best, it’s crucial that you document that! Hiring a photo booth for your wedding is easier than ever. You’re of course going to have a professional photographer, too, but a photo booth where guests can choose from silly accessories and make casual funny faces is fun and unique, too.
7. Drink Up
This is pretty self-explanatory — serve alcohol at your wedding. People are going to have a lot more fun once they’ve loosened up after a few cocktails. This paves the way for playing unique games and having a good time during the rest of the reception.
8. Play Some Awesome Games
Fun and unique party games make for great memories at any wedding, and there are so many ideas you can look into.
Giant Jenga is always a fun one. If you’re looking for something even more unique, there are small-scale portable Ferris wheels you can rent for guests to take a spin on. Imagine how romantic it will be for you and your spouse to spin round over the party while wearing your best clothes.
9. Unleash Your Inner Child
Once you have a little alcohol in your system and have played a few unique reception games, it’s time to unleash your inner child a little more. We know this is somewhat strange and unconventional for a wedding, but everyone loves adult-sized moon bounce houses.
Renting one can make memories that you and your spouse will be laughing about for years to come. If you want to make it slightly more intimate, you can send home the rest of the reception and make the bouncy house a fun fixture for no one but yourself, your spouse, and the wedding party you love.
10. Be With the Right Person
Remember that, above all else, a wedding is a party celebrating the life that you’re going to have with the love of your life. As long as you’re with the right person — which you clearly are — everything is going to be perfect.
Plan a Unique Wedding
While planning a wedding is difficult, it’s an incredibly exciting time. Come on- you’re getting married! Life’s great and planning’s fun if you don’t let it all pile up.
Now that you know how to plan and execute a unique wedding to remember for the ages, it’s time to start looking for the people who will help you on your wedding day. Click here to learn how our services work. We’ll help you find a caterer, a florist, and pretty much any other professional you could dream of as you get married.