We’ve seen our fair share of weddings over the years. There are plenty of overused trends, classic and traditional trends, and also the popular Pinterest/Instagram trends. (I’m talking about you, donut walls!)
But what really makes a wedding unique and unforgettable?
Keep in mind that you, as a couple, and your guests may have different ideas of what is unique when it comes to the wedding, but it’s important not to lose sight of the vision you have for this big day. You will be surprised at how easy transforming little details will impact the day!
To help keep your wedding planning process as stress-free as possible, we have gathered 10 affordable ways to stay true to your wedding vision and make sure it is unforgettable.
How To Make Your Wedding Unique And Unforgettable
1. Unique Ceremony Seating
Give your guests a WOW factor as soon as they enter the venue. A creative seating pattern is sure to leave a lasting first impression. Traditionally, chairs are set up in rows behind one another. Mix it up and place seats in a half-moon design on both sides of the aisle. This gives guests a better view point than having to peer over the person sitting in front of them. If you choose to have an intimate ceremony, consider seating guests in a circle around the proceedings.
Another unique way to change up the seating for your ceremony is to choose seats other than chairs. Depending on your theme, benches, hay bales, or even picnic blankets would be eccentric.
Accents are fun when picking wedding colours, but what if you took that concept and made the guest seating the accent of the ceremony. Use minimal decor for the arbour and aisle while amplifying the decor of the seating. Choosing extravagant floral pieces to place at the end of rows or wrapping the chairs in colored ribbon to make bows would be appealing to the eye AND unforgettable!
2. A Unique Bridal Entrance
Since you got engaged you’ve dreamt of the moment that your guests see you at the end of the aisle for the first time – their faces in complete awe. Let’s get creative and make sure your entrance is remembered by everyone.
Make your big debut by renting a snazzy ride to drop you off at the end of the aisle!
Alternatively, some couples might enjoy walking in together – or to each have a separate entrance processional.
3. Non-Traditional Processional Music
Everyone love’s Pachelbel’s Canon, but you might like to trade the expected wedding song for a soulful ballad or a song that resonates with you and your partner.
Traditional wedding march songs are beautiful… and classics for a reason, but going with something different and choosing a wedding song that has meaning to the both of you, whether it has words or not, will help your guests feel connected. Heartwarming music helps to set the mood of the ceremony and beyond.
Need help choosing the perfect ceremony song that will touch the crowd? Red Soda Band has experience in helping couples define their wedding music style while taking away the overwhelm. With versatile packages, our team creates music choices that are flowing and meaningful for your big day.
Check out our ceremony showcases.
4. An Enthusiastic Celebrant
What’s better than adding a dose of personality to your ceremony? Hiring an outgoing celebrant will bring your sweet union to life! It’s always refreshing to see a celebrant that isn’t staring at their script the whole ceremony. Not only will this capture the attention of friends and family, but it will also keep them from counting down the minutes until the next event and be fully present in the moment.
When choosing a marriage celebrant, always make sure you’ve read their reviews and spoken to them on the phone first to ensure they understand the vision you have for your ceremony, and that their personality matches the vibe you want to go with.
5. A Unity Ceremony
Another way to make your wedding unique and unforgettable is to incorporate a unity ceremony. A unity ceremony is a symbolic ritual. In place of vows, you and your groom-to-be may choose to light a unity candle. The unity candle will symbolically show the blend of two lives. The celebrant will light two individual taper candles and together the couple will light the unity candle representing their new chapter together.
Include your guests in the union and have a unity bowl ceremony. A unity bowl is where guests fill a bowl with coloured stones during the ceremony. The stones representing different people, qualities and attributes, will be given to the newlyweds after the ceremony to remind them of the tremendous support from family and friends!
6. Guest Transportation
Whether your reception is around the corner from the ceremony venue or down the road, provided transportation is always a plus. The older guests will thank you for offering rides to and from their vehicle and venue locations. This also will avoid you receiving a phone call that a guest is lost trying to find the second venue. Renting golf carts or tour buses is a unique option to make a positive impression on loved ones.
7. Reception Entrance
Instead of trying to time your newlywed entrance just right with the DJ, spark the beginning of the celebration in a fun way! Gather your bridal party and form a parade leading inside the reception with the band following behind you encouraging the party! This will be a great way to take the guests by surprise and get them on their feet.
Another unique reception announcement to heighten the energy is to incorporate The Zaffe, originally a Lebanese wedding tradition. As the newlyweds and their bridal party enter the reception, the dance floor fills with guests and they all dance to kick-off the celebration. If your members are a little more introverted but you are still wanting an entrance that will charm your guests, have the newlyweds introduce each member in a sweet or witty manner!
8. Meal Choices
While the other aspects of the wedding are fun and games, the fact is that your wedding guests like to be fed well, however this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to serve a 5-star meal. Some of our favourite unforgettable wedding meals are served festival style. If you are having an outdoor wedding, catering vans may be a great option to serve up delicious steak sandwiches, falafels or gourmet burgers! Another option would be to serve savoury canapé’s in the middle of guests’ tables for them to self-serve.
Why not ditch the reception dinner altogether? Alternatively invite your guests to brunch after a beautiful morning ceremony. Serve a variety of hot favourites like french toast and croissants as well as fruit and yoghurt!
9. Reception Games
During the party it can be easy to get wrapped up making sure your guests are enjoying the evening, that you as a newlywed couple may not get to fully enjoy the moment. Take time during the reception to stop the festivity and entertain your guests with the reason they are all here- you!
Newlywed games like The Shoe Game will have guests involved and joining in the interaction. Simply sit the bride and groom down in front of the crowd back to back. Each has one of their own shoes and one of their partners. The MC or member of the bridal party will ask questions like:
“Who said I love you first?”
“Who made the first move?”
“Who cooks better?”
The couple will answer the questions by holding up the shoe that corresponds with their answer!
10. Wedding Exit
Don’t let the fun stop after the music ends! Be sure your friends and family leave overjoyed.
Ditch the rice from past tradition, and instead have your bridal party hand out tambourines and other noise makers to send you off. To light up the night, hand out sparklers and form an honour guard of guests while you and your new beau run through the middle. A sparkler send off would make breathtaking photos!
For a sweet and romantic exit, gift your guests with custom wedding bubbles they can use to send their love with you on your new journey as husband and wife!
What better way to show your appreciation to loved ones than to thank them individually. As many of them may have driven hours to be present, a farewell circle let’s them know that this day wouldn’t have been the same without them. Gather guests in a circle and personally thank them for their support.
Contact Red Soda Band For A Unique Music Experience!
If you’re looking for a professional wedding band that clicks with your wedding style and takes it up a notch, Red Soda Band loves to help brides and grooms-to-be celebrate their union with a unique and memorable experience from the moment they book, right through to the last song of the night! Get a FREE quote online today!