We have all been to one of those weddings where just staying awake was a chore. Some of us have been to multiple weddings like that. Therefore, if you are planning your wedding, or you have been assigned to throw one for someone else, you might want to think about producing something more offbeat. Don’t worry, you’re not lacking for options.
Throwing or hosting an offbeat wedding starts by thinking outside of the box. What does everyone else do? Once you figure that out, you will know what not to do. Then you can start coming up with creative ideas to make this event the most memorable your friends and family will ever attend. We have put together a few ideas of our own.
Anyone can have a wedding in a church, on the beach, or on the vast expanse of lawn at daddy’s mansion. For something truly offbeat, go where no one else dares to tread. How about an apple orchard? Imagine the pictures you could get with a whole row of tables set up end-to-end between rows of apple trees. With a willingness to be different and a portable sound system, you would be all set.
Other great choices for offbeat venues include the local mall, a small-town airport that doesn’t get a lot of traffic, that crazy dive bar in the city, an empty warehouse, or even right out on the street.
The Bride and Groom
Given that the bride and groom play centre stage in any wedding ceremony, they have to be just as offbeat. A good place to start is the engagement and wedding rings. Go for something unusual, something unique. A vendor like Engage Diamond Studio in Toronto is capable of creating custom jewellery, making the number of possibilities enormous.
As for the ceremony itself, the bride and groom can consider dressing in non-traditional clothing. Forget the long white dress and penguin tuxedo; opt for something truly unusual instead. If they are into farming, coveralls and work boots are an excellent option. If they like comic books, why not dress the bride and groom as their favourite superheroes? You can go steampunk, 1980s retro, Victorian era, or even shabby chic.
The Wedding Party
As long as the bride and groom are going offbeat, the bridesmaids and ushers should do the same. The superhero idea is one of the best we have seen so far. Each member of the party dresses up as his or her favourite superhero for a truly memorable experience. Other great ideas include dressing the ushers as Secret Service agents, having the bridesmaids wear unusual fingernail polish, makeup and hair accessories, and so on.
Ceremony and Reception
The pièce de résistance of any offbeat wedding is the ceremony itself. Get creative. Maybe have the bride walk down the aisle to her favourite heavy metal tune rather than the traditional wedding march. Have the bride and groom play ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to see who says the vows first. Print up a funny and sarcastic guide to act as a program for guests during the wedding ceremony.
In terms of the reception, there really are no rules. For example, instead of purchasing a professionally made wedding cake, you could bake and stack the various layers yourself, then bring it to the reception and let guests decorate it while they wait for the couple to finish pictures.
There are many ways to have an offbeat wedding. As you think of ideas, write them down – the crazier, the better. A truly offbeat wedding is one that the couple and all of their guests will remember forever.