So, you want to throw a non-traditional wedding? There has never been a better time to be an unconventional bride. From what you wear to the vows you exchange, you really don’t have to stick to any wedding traditions, if you don’t wan to, especially if you and your groom are the only ones paying for the wedding. Why not enjoy the freedom that comes with independence, and flex your creative muscles while planning the most important party of your life. From the invites to the farewell, think outside the box to help create an event your guests will remember for years to come, and that you and your soon-to-be-spouse will always recognize as a celebration of your one-of-a-kind bond.
Start On the Right Page
The invitations will set the tone for your entire soiree, so make sure you start on a positive note. If you’re hosting a non-traditional wedding, the last thing you want to do is send out an overly ornate, fussy invite that will imply or directly indicate a “black tie affair.”
Consider something more fun, like a custom balloon invite. (Many companies will print your entire invitation out on the balloon, itself!) A ticket design would be a great idea for a cinematic couple, or a circus-inspired wedding, while a vintage-style postcard or even a luggage tag makes a great invitation or save-the-date design for a destination wedding!
Choose a Venue That Sets the Tone
Few decisions will have a larger impact on your wedding day than the venue you choose. So don’t just settle on a convenient location. Pick one that reflects your personalities. If you love the outdoors, and spend every summer hiking through the Rocky Mountains, a glamourous ballroom doesn’t exactly speak to your style. Opt for a beautiful outdoor venue, instead, which reflects your passions.
On the other hand, if your favorite activity to do as a couple is to attend the opera, consider a swanky spot downtown. If you want something less traditional than a typical hotel ballroom, consider a renovated loft or old theater that has been converted into a venue. It will have all the urban appeal, without looking like every other city wedding.