With so many trends and decisions to make it’s no wonder couples find planning a wedding to be overwhelming! From planning a brilliant bridal entrance that will always be remembered to wedding cake possibilities, we got you covered!
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.
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!
How To Make Your Wedding Unique And Unforgettable
1. 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.
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!
Traditionally, for the ceremony’s grand entrance, a bride is escorted by her father to the end of the aisle to officially “give her away”. Be unique by adding your own spin. Instead, walk in with both of your parents on each arm. This not only makes the mother of the bride feel included, but you will be comforted by the extra support up there.
An alternate option is to walk in as a couple and walk out as a couple. This is an intimate moment for you two and it would be a sincere way for you both to share the spotlight during the entrance.
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 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 Officiant
What’s better than adding a dose of personality to your ceremony? Hiring an outgoing officiant will bring your sweet union to life! It’s always refreshing to see an officiant 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 officiant, 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. Get Your Pets Involved
We all know that our pets are part of the family- and what would the biggest celebration of our lives be without them? Let them be a part of your special day in an epic way! Dress them up for the ceremony and have your flower girl pull them down the aisle in an elegant trolley. It will be fun to watch the crowd admire their cuteness and see their personalities. If you’re bold and trusting, attach the wedding bands to their bow ties and collars.
Don’t forget to ask your photographer to snap some photos including your fur babies for formal photos and throughout the day… And definitely don’t forget to have someone dedicated to looking after your furry friend before and afterwards, along with plenty of treats and water to keep them happy
6. Reception Announcement
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!
7. 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. If the food is delicious, they will leave happy and full, however this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to serve a 5-star meal. Some of our favorite unforgettable wedding meals are barbecue favorites like fried chicken, mac and cheese and homemade biscuits. Looking for uncommon choices? We love chicken and waffles or a taco bar!
8. Wedding Cake
We all know that the wedding cake is a must-have. But what if we gave you some mind-blowing alternatives?
A cupcake tower made of hundreds of cupcakes to satisfy your guests would be the highlight of the night.
On a cool evening, a cake-sized stack of warm pancakes with drizzles of syrup would be a jaw-dropping sight to see and definitely Instagram-worthy!
9. Newlywed 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!
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 honor guard of guests while you and your new beau run through the middle. A sparkler send off would make breathtaking photos!
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.
Continue to the after-party with a pick-me-up! Give your friends and family an option to grab a pre-reception latte for the road. Form an assembly line inside the reception space or rent a snack truck to park outside and greet your guests with a drink.
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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!