Post # 1
As I’ve started planning, I’ve come across some interesting ideas from other weddings and was curious what you ladies have discovered during your planning, too.
— One idea is to have the bride walk down the aisle without any flowers, but to have each of her friends hold a flower and hand it to her as she walks down the aisle, so that by the time you get to the altar, you have a full bouquet. Then your dad or whomever is walking you down the aisle would tie a ribbon around it and hand it to you, as he ‘gives’ you to the groom. The thought is that the flowers represent all the loving relationships and experiences that you’ve had that have led you to your marriage.
— Next idea is after the ceremony, but before entering the reception, the bride and groom sneak away for a private dinner, just the two of them. The caterer has one of everything served up for them in a private room, so that they get to eat, before entering the reception. (Besides, there’s always that 30-40 minute lull between the ceremony and when the B&G enter, so this way everyone can arrive and you won’t pass out half way though the evening!)
— Vintage stamps… I know this isn’t a totally new concept, but I was able to buy SO many stamps on EBay, some under face value and they look like little works of art on the envelope. It feels like getting to pick out Valentine’s for each of your guests — so special and something that will set yours apart from all the other invites they receive…
What have you learned during your planning? Anything cool or unique??
Post # 3
We had a private room to eat in and it was the GREATEST thing ever. They had a few of the cocktail hour horsdourves for us and we were able to eat a little bit of the AMAZING food. We really did eat super quickly though so that we didn’t leave guests waiting too long. It was really nice to have a quiet moment together though and an opportunity to have a little snack too.
Post # 5
In my friend’s wedding she had her friends (me included) walk down the aisle like bridesmaids and hand her a single flower that her maid of honor tied up into a bouquet for her. She had about 10 girls that carried the flowers. It’s a good way to involve a lot of friends without having a big bridal party. Also at my wedding we did our first look and took all the wedding party photos before the ceremony so we had a quick private dinner before we were announced at the reception. It worked out well because otherwise I don’t think I would have made time to eat something.
Post # 6
i like all these ideas!! they are great
Post # 7
Love the first look concept! I honestly hadn’t thought about it before getting engaged, but now I couldn’t imagine not doing it. It’s will take SO much stress off before the ceremony and also keep the guests from having to sit around after the ceremony for hours!
I just wrote a story about the First Look trend for a bridal mag and several of the photographers I interviewed said that a lot of guests end up leaving the reception early, because they’ve had to wait so long for the B&G to show up after the ceremony. Can you imagine spending ALL this time planning only to have an empty house half way through your reception??