These New Wedding Ideas Are Everything We Dream Of
Whether you’re scrolling through Pinterest, downloading wedding apps, flipping through bridal magazines, or stalking wedding photographer websites to hunt down wedding ideas, visuals are the best form of inspiration. We’ve rounded up some of the latest trends for weddings this year, from new wedding centerpiece ideas to wedding guest book ideas and wedding ceremony ideas. We’ve even found fun, fresh ways to display your wedding hashtag. Whether you pick one trend or several, these wedding ideas can be customized to perfectly fit the unique personalities of you and your future spouse.
Use Flowers as Chandeliers
As long as your venue doesn’t have super high ceilings, experiment with flowers as chandeliers. This setup, which could also be replicated at a rehearsal dinner, used baby’s breath above the table, accented by string lights.
Incorporate Old Cars Beyond the Getaway Vehicle
Ali Thorstad, principal planner of Maui’s Angels in Hawaii, used this vintage VW bus as a fun photo booth experience that doubled as a gorgeous photo prop.
Create a Literal Family Tree
For this California farm wedding, the bride and groom created a special homage to their families by draping a tree in lights and hanging framed family wedding photos from the branches.
Mix Metallic and Natural
The marbled look has been popular with wedding cakes for a while, says Valarie Falvey of Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design in Cleveland, but gold leaf detailing on the third tier and fresh flowers take the elegant design to a new level.
Go for Doughnuts
You might want to have a small traditional cake for cutting purposes, but instead of feeding that to your guests, opt for a beautiful, giant doughnut wall instead. This one at The Langham, Chicago incorporated several flavors from a local shop elegantly hung on wooden pegs.
Not cheesecake, but an actual cake made of cheese, can be a great alternative to wedding cake if you and your spouse aren’t into sweets. Champagne Taste Catering in Richmond, Virginia, created a layered “cake” of artisanal cheese wheels for a retro-themed wedding. Just note the cutting may take a bit longer than a flour-and-sugar creation.
Consider Alternate Seating Options
Decorate With Buckets of Flowers
Go Vertical With Escort Cards
A stained freestanding wooden board, like this one by All You Need is Love Events in Los Angeles, creates a beautiful and chic way to display escort cards.
Think Beyond White and Blush
Yes, white and blush are timeless and elegant, but for summer weddings, bright pops of color in centerpieces are a great way to inject color into your reception space, says Liza Roeser Atwood of FiftyFlowers.com.
Look for patterns and prints in your wedding colors (or complementary hues) to adorn your table numbers, tablecloths, napkins or menus. You can even do a different print accent at each table and coordinate the escort cards with each print, suggests Danielle Aspromatis, owner of d’Luxe Events in Mountainside, New Jersey.
If you and your spouse love to travel, create a guest book table with a rotating rack of vintage travel postcards. Have a designated person (perhaps a niece or nephew) direct guests to write the two of you a note on a card in lieu of a typical guest book.
Make It a Game
You can order customized game sets from Etsy for guests to sign on your big day, and you can look back fondly on the memories on game nights for days to come. We particularly love this Jenga set.
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Communicate Through Cocktails
Cocktail napkins, that is. You can order these pretty, foiled cocktail napkins in dozens of colors customized with your wedding hashtag from Etsy.
Make Custom Tote Bags
See It Through
This is an easy one to DIY. Find an old window at a flea market, then get have it professionally etched with wedding details and your wedding hashtag, and display it at the entrance to your ceremony. Even simpler? Order custom decals that you can apply to the windowpanes from Etsy.
Mix Up Bouquets
Floral bouquets at wedding ceremonies have stood the test of time. To mix up the traditional bouquet, have your attendants carry floral hoops instead, suggests Nora Sheils, owner of Bridal Bliss in Portland, Oregon. It gives it a fresh, whimsical feel that’s still feminine.
Play With Shapes
A highly stylized invitation with laser-cut details and calligraphy sets the tone for a glamorous wedding.
Tie One on
Do Double Duty
If your budget permits, his and hers favors are a fun way to incorporate the bride and groom's hometowns into a destination wedding, says Jamie Bohlin, owner and event planner at Cape Cod Celebrations in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Give Take-Home Flowers
Try a Greenery Backdrop
An alternative take on a floral arch, a semi-circle of flowers and greenery is a fresh way to ground the ceremony space, according to wedding planners at Lucky Day Events Co. in Irvine, California.
Create Keepsake Programs
These leather-bound programs by Kristy Rice of Momental Designs in Scranton, Pennsylvania, feature foil printing and free-flowing marbled ink. Even if you don’t make them for all the guests, it can be a sweet keepsake for you, along with your parents and grandparents.
This incredibly unique invitation by Yonder Design in San Francisco is made from laser-etched acrylic secured with brass rivets and stuffed with natural moss.