Best unique wedding ideas right now, from Wedding Planner

  • I’m a wedding planner and I’ve seen some really unique and cool things at weddings this year.
  • Changing up your color palette and your bridal party outfits from ceremony to reception is so smart.
  • I love seeing custom outings, embroidery and hand drawn designs at weddings.

As a wedding planner, one request I hear from most of my clients is that they want their wedding to be unique.

I’ve spent hours planning weddings and consuming social media content about them this year, and these are the coolest ideas I’ve seen and found to be original too.

If you want your wedding to stand out, personalize your outing

Standard wedding outings mostly involve sparklers, confetti, rose petals or bubbles. But I’ve recently seen couples personalize and get creative with their big releases.

I saw a couple ask guests to throw paper airplanes out because the bride and groom were pilots. At another, guests waved wands around the couple in a nod to their love for Harry Potter.

A color transition is a really fun way to take your guests on a journey throughout the day

The idea is to start with one color palette for the ceremony and move on to another for the reception. It offers undecided couples the best of both worlds.

At a recent wedding I did, we had a totally neutral ceremony with just white flowers and chairs. At the end of the ceremony, guests tossed red rose petals to blend in with the reception’s color palette, which was made up of different shades of red.

married couple walking towards a rose petal exit

A color transition from ceremony to reception is a fun touch.

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Cocktail hour haircuts keep guests on their toes

In recent years, it has become popular for brides to change their look from ceremony to reception by changing their dress or shoes. But this year, I’ve seen a few of them not only change their attire, but also transform their hair.

During cocktail hour, the bride will have her stylist come in and cut a few inches so she can debut a new hairstyle at the reception.

It was cool to see the bridesmaids changing their outfits

This year, I’ve seen bridesmaids go from ceremony to reception like brides sometimes do.

It’s especially fun for destination weddings because the bridesmaids can wear something traditional or formal for the reception and then change into something that matches the aesthetic of the party environment.

For example, if you are getting married on a beach, have your bridesmaids wear a more traditional style for the ceremony and, during cocktail hour, have them change into a colorful summer dress for the ceremony. reception.

Hand-drawn details are special

It was cool to see couples using hand-drawn details in their invitations and daily stationery, like welcome signs and menus. It’s a great way to personalize your wedding and create memorable touches for your guests.

Custom embroidery is a cool thing that hit the wedding scene this year

Custom embroidery on dresses, veils, and gloves is quite common, but incorporating it into a tablescape is quite unique.

If you’re looking for a cool way to incorporate embroidery into your reception, consider adding it to wedding napkins or tablecloths.

wedding rings.  In a dish next to an embroidered napkin and a gold shoe for a flatlay wedding

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A welcome “market” is a new twist on traditional welcome bags, and your guests are sure to remember it.

Welcome bags are always a good idea for out-of-town guests, but this year I saw couples upping the experience.

Instead of creating welcome bags, some cool couples have had a “deal” at their welcome party or rehearsal dinner. The “market” had stations with local produce, like snacks and drinks, and guests could fill bags with whatever they wanted.

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