Here are some great ideas to change it up a bit
BOUQUET BAR – I had a lovely bride who decided instead of tossing a bouquet (to people who might not want it)that she would create a lovely “bar” with flowers and ribbons for people to create their own. It was a hit! Throughout the night guests went thru & made memories with friends creating something special. There was a sweet moment where we got to see a male guest go over & make one for his unsuspecting wife – it was such a sweet moment.
MARRIAGE DANCE – So in place of the garter & bouquet toss our clients selected the Marriage dance. The DJ invites all the married couples to the floor to dance with the newlywed couple. Then every 30secs or so (depending on the size of the party) the DJ announces – “if you have been married less than 3 years please step off the floor…If you have been married for less than 6 years please step off the floor” and so on till you have one couple left. I must admit even Dan & I got on the floor & enjoyed our little moment. By the end of it, the couple left had just celebrated 50 years! Our bride & groom then proceeded to finish off the dance with the couple. When the song finished the DJ asked what their secret to a long & happy marriage was. The husband looked loving at his wife and said (without breaking eye contact with her) “You must love unconditionally. Forgive. Work at it every day. Take long walks together. Communicate & trust the person you chose to have this life with.” The wife joined in & said “and wine.” It was a fabulous moment!
COFFEE & PIE OH MY! AND WHISKEY– Our next couple decided that since they don’t like cake that they would do a coffee station & pie! I’ve never seen cake eaten as fast as I did with this pie bar! People loved all the different flavors (at least 10), something hot to drink to stay warm and it made for great photos. Not to mention they had a whiskey tasting bar right next it. To cleanse the palette of course. Also, because Whiskey is SO good. Your sweets choice doesn’t have to be cake- try an ice cream bar, churro cart or just a table full of goodies. Do what makes you happy!
NEWLEYWED GAME AMPED UP- Again a couple chose not to do the garter & bouquet toss and added a game instead. The couple sits back to back, each holding their shoe in one hand & their S.O’s in the other. The DJ calls out questions like “who is a better driver? Who has the most shoes? Who said I LOVE YOU first?” And from here you lift the shoe of the person who matches the question. It’s a great ice-breaker throughout dinner!
Whatever little personal flare you want to add to your wedding, may it be perfect! Let go of the traditions you don’t care about & add what you want! And hey, if those traditions are exactly what you want then embrace every moment. There is nothing better than choosing something from the heart.