You want a unique wedding…but just what does that mean? || Wedding Tips || BG Productions Photography and Videography
A fantastic thing about weddings today is that you can have so much FUN with them. While traditions are still there and certain protocols are still seen, gone are the hard fast rules about what the bridal party should wear, what the colors have to be, and what the flowers and cake have to look like (in recent weddings I’ve seen, they weren’t even there!). So it is great that you can truly make your wedding a reflection of you, keeping the traditions you want, ditching those you don’t, and putting in your own unique touches that make your wedding feel like you. The one problem a lot of couples bump into though is…where do we start? Because now, with all of these choices, come a lot more decisions. So, here are just a few guidelines: Vows. For many, this is the easiest place to begin. You love each other, and this is your opportunity to proclaim it. Jot down what your soon-to-be-spouse means to you, include some promises you want to make and the ways you will work hard to build a strong marriage, and soon you will have personalized vows. (Little tip, decide on how long you want these to be, and stick to that limit. It’s a bit awkward when one person has two pages of vows, and the other has 2 paragraphs…) Ceremony. Create a ceremony that is a reflection of the two of you. Walk with your fiance down the aisle, have a candle lighting or gift giving with children, find a happy way to honor those who are no longer with you (I once had a bride whose father had passed, so her mother and sister walked her down the aisle, and instead of an exit song, the guests were instructed to sing “Stand By Me”, her fathers favorite song, as they exited the ceremony. It was touching and fun, everybody loved it). Personalize a few things, not everything. Do you and your fiance love sweets? Have a buffet table of cakes, and skip the wedding cake…or hold your wedding late enough in the evening (after 8pm) and make it a dessert only reception. Are you a bride that hates long dresses? Ditch the traditional floor length gown for a fun and beautiful tea length. A groom who hates tuxes? Find a casual suit that you can pair up with a fun tie and fun shoes. Not a flower person? The paper flower craze is taking over for a reason – they are fun, earth friendly, and nobody has an allergy attack at your wedding! Have you traveled everywhere together? Name your tables after places you have been, or places you hope to go. Have a favorite movie? Create a cake topper from the main characters, or several figurines and pepper them throughout your centerpieces. Find a fun location. Not a country club/hotel/banquet club kind of couple? Look around! Especially in the Philadelphia area, where wineries, restaurants, barns, castles, museums, factories and breweries abound (did you know you could hold your reception in a glass blowing factory? Or at 30th Street Station? Cool!!!). Hate everything ‘matchy matchy’? Have fun with your colors! Stick to a certain grouping (pinks and yellows, yellows and purples, purples and greens), pick several different hues, and use them throughout your dresses, ties, flowers and linens. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Are you planning a unique wedding? Please share your comments and ideas below! We would love to hear!