A guide to planning a completely personal wedding day

Every wedding is unique. But more and more, couples are trying to find fresh ways to infuse their wedding with personality. While there are plenty of unique wedding ideas, the best ones are those that really represent the couple. Whether it’s a whole theme around the couple’s favourite film or tiny details that incorporate areas of their lives, there are plenty of ways to incorporate personal touches.

As a Wedding Photographer who's seen hundreds of weddings unfold, I’ve come up with 12 unique wedding ideas to help you put your own personal stamp on your wedding details and plan your day, your way…

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Unique Wedding Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony

1. Set the scene

Choose a venue that you fall in love with, but also feel comfortable in. If relaxed is your vibe opt for a rustic barn with festoon lighting and feast-style dining. If polished is more your style opt for a grand country house with an elegant ballroom for your wedding ceremony.


2. Make a Memorable Entrance 

Unique wedding ideas can be applied to all areas of the planning, including how you arrive. From horse-drawn carriages to bicycles with baskets filled with flowers and arctic lorries to a tuk-tuk, arrive in style for an entrance with impact.


3. Speak from the heart

From personalised vows to sentimental readings, include personal anecdotes, romantic poems and meaningful messages for a heartfelt ceremony. 


4. Symbolic Ceremony

A ritual many of your guests won’t have previously seen, make your ceremony even more meaningful by including a symbolic ritual, such as hand-fasting or candle-lighting.


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Style Your Day, Your Way

5. Seasonal touches

Style your day to suit the time of year you’re getting hitched. From baby pumpkin centrepieces in the Autumn to fete-style games and ice cream trikes in the middle of summer. Let the season influence your plans to help you dream up unique wedding ideas.


6. Picture Perfect

String photographs of yourselves together and hang the photo bunting up around your venue. These pictures will certainly make your day unique to you, get guests chatting and add to the wedding decor, too. Remember to add pictures from your engagement photoshoot!


7. Do Us a Favour

An easy way to include unique wedding ideas into your special day is through the wedding favours. Choose gifts that tie in with your wedding theme, such as sticks of rock for a seaside theme or individual baubles for a festive wedding day.


8. Strike a pose

Decide in advance if you want to try and capture certain poses. Let your photographer take the lead on backdrops and frames and capture fun and unique pictures for your wedding album.

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Entertain your Guests with Unique Wedding Ideas

9. Personalised cocktails

If you’re looking for easy ways to incorporate unique wedding ideas into your day, personalised cocktails are a great option! Serve a bride's and a groom's cocktail as your welcome drinks. Use a play-on-words to incorporate your names into the title of your chosen drinks.


10. Capture your day

Of course, your photographer will capture your wedding day as it unfolds, but incorporating artists is another way to document your day. Hire a live painter to capture a moment from your day for you to treasure forever.


11. Evening Entertainment

Choose fun ways to entertain your guests in the evening to make your wedding stand out from the rest. Think casino tables, choreographed dance routines, karaoke, a silent disco or a Photo Booth with personalised props.


12. Super supper 

Steer away from standard meal choices and opt for something out of the ordinary. In the evening treat your guests to grazing tables, bespoke barbecues or scrumptious sharing boards. 


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