Of course, you want your wedding to be the magical, unforgettable, fabulous, event they’ve been dreaming of for years. The average couple spends more than $35,000 on their wedding trying to make everything perfect from the dress to the flowers, the music, the food, and every single photo as well.
Unfortunately, your quest for perfection may doom your wedding instead. It may become so bland an event that it becomes a generic, forgettable affair instead.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You don’t have to give up on the idea of hosting a simply fabulous event or the idea of hosting a memorable event. You can have your cake and eat it too with these fun wedding ideas.
Set a Theme for Your Wedding
Sometimes, the type of wedding you’ve decided to have or the place you’ve booked for your reception lends a “theme” to the day on its own. A barn that’s been converted into a wedding chapel and hall is a natural choice for a “country” wedding.
You could also choose a bridal theme first, then build everything around that theme including the venue selection. Here are some popular party themes:
- Vintage – Choose your favorite decade and recreate it in your decor, food, dress, and entertainment
- Favorite Movie/TV show – Are you two both super Star Wars Fans? Are all your martinis shaken, not stirred?
- Heritage – Go all in on a celebration of your roots
- Travel – Pick a destination from your bucket list and transport yourselves and your guests there
Remember, you can even make your whole day into a destination wedding even if the wedding itself is going to be held in your church and the reception in the dining room downstairs. All it takes is a little more planning and thought given to the basic reception details you’ll need to consider.
Inject Your Personality as a Couple
What represents you as a couple? Even if you aren’t ready (or able) to go all the way with a theme for your wedding, there are literally dozens of ways you can inject yourselves into a more traditional event.
What are your mutual hobbies, your heritage, where you met, what you like to do individually and together, etc? Find little ways to put your own spin on things.
Get a custom stamp of your initials together made and brand everything about your wedding with them. Your napkins, table signs, even your party favors can display your new union.
Share fun facts on napkins or cards left on each table. Let them know where you got engaged, that you’re serving your late Aunt Jane’s apple pie along with the cake for dessert, and why you’re serving this particular beer.
Themed Drinks or Treats Station
Instead of, or in addition to, regular bar stations, consider setting up a punch table, or a mix-your-own martini bar. Chocolate fountains and Candyland lollipop stations are also sweet additions.
Say goodbye to the Chicken Dance and the Macarena. Why not incorporate a cultural dance at your reception instead. It’s sure to be a hit among your friends as well as with your grandmother.
Rethink Your Tablescape
Instead of one large centerpiece at each table use three or five and invite your guests to take them home. Or replace the flowers altogether with something like sepia-toned photos for your vintage theme, or glass containers full of sand and seashells for your beach-themed wedding.
Flowers and table linens aren’t the only way to decorate an otherwise bland wedding reception hall. Creative lighting can play a big role in setting the mood, from romantic uplights to projections of snow or falling leaves
Involve Your Guests
How can you amp up your guests’ experience and active involvement in your wedding and reception? Sure, the bride will toss her bouquet and the meal will be good, but how else can you share this experience?
Sing a Song
Invite guests to send in their favorite song on your RSVP card so the DJ can put his playlist together. Everyone who participates will have at least one song they’ll like.
Add a Photobooth
There will be selfies. Lots, and lots of selfies taken throughout the day. Your wedding party will have official pictures taken. Why not give your guests an opportunity to make memories of their own with other guests?
An Uncommon Guest Book
Consider handing out polaroid-type instant cameras at the reception and requesting photos as well as messages in a guest book. Or ditch the guestbook altogether in favor of globe that everyone can sign at your travel-themed wedding.
Share Your Honeymoon
Going somewhere special on your honeymoon? Share appetizers or add a local food from that place at your reception so your guests can get “a taste” of what you’re going to experience.
Trivia and Other Games
Have your best man turn your “fun facts” into a trivia game where each table has to compete to come up with the best answers. Board games or trivia games can also occupy guests who arrive at your reception hall with something to do while you’re having pictures taken. They’re great ice-breakers too.
Go Against the Grain
Who says everything about your “formal” wedding has to be formal? If you feel like your guests are part of your family, why not serve dinner “family style.”
Fun Wedding Ideas
As you can see, turning your wedding into an event to remember doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a fortune. Many of the ideas above won’t add a cent to your wedding budget.
What we do hope these fun wedding ideas will do, is spark some ideas of your own. It’s your wedding after all. Celebrate it the way you want.