How are you making your wedding stand out?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve been to a lot of weddings like this… where they were very, very expensive and glamorous… but also very cookie cutter, as if the couple just picked colors and it was plugged into the formula that the wedding factory venue has.

It wasn’t my objective to make our wedding “stand out,” but we certainly didn’t want to follow the wedding formula.  So we decided to have an intimate wedding — only 25 guests — and to keep it low key, skipping many of the wedding formalities and styles. For example, no bridal parties, no tuxedos, no grand entrance annoucements, etc. After dinner and dessert and possibly dancing (I have no idea! Maybe people will, maybe they won’t!), we’re having a bon fire and everyone will just sit around and chill. I think I’m looking forward to this part the most! We want it to be a gathering of our immediate family and closest friends, rather than a big production to entertain everyone we’ve been acquainted with.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ours is going to as non cookie cutter as possible, no speeches, no order of service, no seating plan. I’m going to try and keep the wedding extras to a minimum. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine will feature me and my fiance as the bride and groom, so in my mind, it’s going to stand out.  I don’t think it will stand out to other people quite so much though 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours was pretty expensive, but very unique and fun. We had a carnival/circus theme, but an elegant one. I did tons of DIY stuff like cake pops, candy buffet, invites, STD’s, guest book…

I picked out an awesome song for our entrance (Pure Imagination instrumental) and so many people commented on it. We played a circus song for our reception entrance and cake cutting. Our venue was super nice and fancy and the woman running it was on top of everything, so people still had that elegant experience but in a really fun way.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

i think its the little details that guests appreciate that make a wedding stand out. That can get lost with a lot of money 

Post # 8
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Polka dotted wedding dress. BOOM. so excited.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I never really thought about it like this before. I guess the reception being on a boat is pretty memorable. But I chose it because I like yachts, not to be “different,” lol. I’m guessing after my wedding, people will leave talking about how much fun they had, not necessarily how unique it was. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m not too concerned with standing out.

But I do have a very unconventional dress, and if my shoes aren’t comfortable to dance in, I plan on having backup Converse sneakers in the bridal suite.

But honestly, that’s not me trying to stand out – that’s me just being me! 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I just did my own thing (DIY) because I couldn’t afford anything else.  I don’t have a pinterest account, I didn’t get any wedding magazines or have a wedding planner.  Plus, I used my own recipes for my wedding favors/sweet n salty snack bar.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One thing; burger bar.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not particularly concerned with standing out, either. I just want people to have fun!

I think the church will stand out, as it’s very old and majestic with gold everywhere. It’s gorgeous!

My dress will stand out because my mom designed and made it for me. 

We’re having our reception in the banquet room of a very nice Italian restaurant we go to often. The food will be killer! My sister is decorating with traditonal Mexican elements, so I suppose that will be much different for most people.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Photobooth, surprise dance with hubby and/or bridesmaids, unique processional song (The Final Countdown by Europe), maybe couple madlibs, video invites/thank yous, pie instead of cake, 90s half hour dance party, video speeches… 

We’re taking tradition and putting a spin on it 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also wanted to add that things that seem commonplace here on the Bee may not be in real life. Of course WE all have seen photobooths and burlap and mason jars and farms and mismatched dresses and cowboy boots up the wazoo, but our guests probably haven’t. To date, I’ve actually seen none of those things at a wedding. The first time I do, it will all be “familiar” to me because I have a pinterest account, but it won’t be because I’ve attended another wedding with the same elements.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Overjoyed:  I totally agree with you.  Photobooths, for example, are all over the wedding shows, but I’ve never been to a wedding where there was one!  Our uniqueness will be new and different to our guests :). Thanks for the reminder!!

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