As you’re planning your wedding, have you noticed that certain trends are like the latest Top 40 boyband song of the moment? It plays everywhere, everyone knows it’s overdone, and yet, it still has some catchy appeal. In 40 years, will people hear that song and it will define the year it came out, just as lace covered mason jars will define weddings of 2015?
If you’re looking to jump the trends and make your wedding timeless and unique to you, here are some places you can start.
Unite in Your Own Way
The Unity Ceremony is a traditional element to a wedding that has stood the test of time. When people are throwing away traditions like the garter toss, the huge wedding cake, and even walking down the aisle, they’re full-on embracing the idea of a unity ceremony.
Traditionally, unity ceremonies were performed using candles, knots, and sand. The couple would each have their own of the designated item, then they would combine the two to create a new whole, representing the unit they were becoming as a married couple.
Today, there are a lot of different takes on the unity ceremony. Some couples paint pictures together. Others each brew a beer, then combine them for a black-and-tan type beverage. You can choose an action or item that represents both of you. Plant a tree. Create a time capsule. Pick something that you and your guests will remember forever.
Choose a Color that Pops
One of the first and most daunting wedding decisions to make is your color palette. This decision affects so much of what your wedding day will look like, what will be present, and how the atmosphere will feel. Weddings don’t have to be all black and white anymore. The days of building around a neutral are over. Pantone has declared the color of 2016 Rose Quartz, and though it’s trendy, it definitely stands out. Check out these picks for top color palettes of 2016 and use them as inspiration to create your own unique wedding color scheme.
Include Your Furbabies!
Your pets are your family. If you get them Christmas presents and celebrate their birthdays, you don’t want to leave them out of your wedding! Adding your pets to your engagement photos, your décor theme, and even your ceremony will show how important your pets are to you. Everyone will remember how dedicated you are and how cute your fur-child was on your big day. Not sure how to include your pet in your wedding? Here are 8 tips!
Make Your Photo Booth Personal
Photo booths are all the rage right now, and for good reason! A photo booth provides entertainment for your guests while providing physical memories for both the guests and the couple. It also helps that you can implement a photo booth at any price range, either choosing to DIY with secondhand props and a personal camera or hiring a pro to man the booth and get the best shots possible. The couple above had life-sized cutouts made for their 50th anniversary. Life-size cutouts would make a great photo booth addition for guests pose with the Bride and Groom!
These are just some ways that you can make your wedding stand out. Share unique ideas of your own in the comments below!