Friday, July 3, 2009

Unique Wedding Ideas

Little touches can make a huge impact on your wedding day. I want to suggest some unique ideas that will not only add personalized touches to your big day, but also make your wedding stand out from the rest!

This is great for a fall wedding. This very simple program, printed on a earthy vellum overlaying ivory card stock, says "less is more". It's fashioned together with string and a thick piece of twine, and is very easy to create. This vellum with it's earthy hues are perfect for a fall wedding or natural themed event.

Are you having a New England style reception, a more casual picnic style wedding, or a country themed reception? Longaberger baskets make the perfect addition. Just dump the centerpiece flowers in a basket for a more country feel. The smaller baskets would also work very well on the ends of chairs.

With a basket you can easily add cute details, or perhaps make a table number/table name, and hook it directly onto the basket with a nice coordinating ribbon. Easy!

Candlelight makes any event romantic. I love using candles, even at daytime weddings. There is something very special about candlelight and weddings. Typically couples place 3-4 clear votives surround. There are so many simple things that you can do to clear votive holders to dress them up and make them pretty.

I love this idea. It actually came from my 5 year old! We pasted tissue paper on a clear votive holder, and voila - the look was transformed! Amazingly, it put out beautiful light with a tea light or regular votive candle! You can really have fun with this. You could create some fun mosaic patterns. You could use a solid color. You could also use parchment paper, print your names and wedding date on and fashion it around the votive holder - ala Martha. This way, you can use the votive as a place card, favor, and centerpiece decoration all in one! WOW!

I also love wine glasses, and love to see the light reflected off of them. If you get a colored votive, put it in a wine glass, it creates a beautiful and different look.

Here I have used a stemless glass, but it works just as well with a stemmed glass. You could also use these as decoration on the cake or buffet tables. Stemmed glasses with votives also work very well in window sills.

I have used a colored votive and holder, but you could also use a clear or white votive and a colored glass.

I have also arranged some mums in a jar. I'm not by any means a florist, but I thought this was an interesting concept. I kept the Classico label, but you could take it off, or surround the jar with paper, foil, tissue paper or whatever! The possibilities are limitless. You could also use a clear jar, and fill it with sea shells, marbles, or submerge orchids. As it's pictured, this arrangement (label on) would be a great centerpiece idea for an Italian themed wedding. The name of each table could be different types of pasta sauces. For example, Prego!

For a really romantic look - rent votives. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and styles. The light that they emit is absolutely gorgeous! This particular votive is beaded, but you could do some really cool things yourself. For instance, you could use simple beads to spell out your initials on the glass (or maybe the first letter of your last name)or your wedding date. For a seaside theme, use sea shells!

I hope some of these wacky ideas have inspired you to think creatively about your wedding.

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