Amazing wedding ideas to make your day that little bit extra special
I was thinking to myself the other day that I have seen some amazing weddings, where all the couples have worked tirelessly to make their wedding individual and personal to them. More often than not every wedding has a little touch or something going on that I haven’t seen before, and that is great to see.
So, here is my new year’s present to all you freshly engaged couples. Below is a list of 10 best wedding ideas I have come across in the last year, and that you should definitely think about including at your wedding in 2018
1. Place Name Tree (I have no idea what it’s actually called)
Without doubt the most ingenious way to occupy your guests, get great photos and of course help them find their way to their seat for the wedding breakfast. I got this idea from Claire and Tom’s wedding at PRESTON COURT near Canterbury. Claire had dressed the beautiful barn with loads of brilliant touches, but this was the pick of them. If you want one of these bad boys at your wedding then get in touch with the Sarah at LIGHT OF MY LIFE in Faversham who will be able to help you out with all those little accessories you need.
2. Bag Pipes
You might well being saying to yourself “But I’m not Scottish” why would I have bag pipes? Because they are the most impressive way to make an entrance…simple. This is PIPER MCKAY, bag piper to the stars doing his thing at Sally and Graham’s wedding at GOODNESTONE PARK. If you ask him nicely he will even let you wear his bearskin hat!
3. Fairground Games
I quite often see giant Jenga at weddings, but this is not what I am talking about. I am talking about a full on coconut shy, hook a duck and welly wanging. Both weddings I photographed at Preston Court last year had all this, but ALLY AND JON’s Wedding in April went just that little but further for their guests. Jon’s dad produced score sheets, so during the speeches their was a prize giving ceremony, genius. All the guests loved it and it was a brilliant way to occupy their time after the ceremony. Plus of course it makes for brilliant pictures, and sometimes even the photographer gets involved!
4. A Congregation Sing-a-Long
This one really did make me smile, I thought it was a lovely touch. After the nuptials had been completed and the register signed Sue and Martin had added a little something extra into their order of service at St LEONARDS CHURCH at Richings Park. They sang a rousing rendition of I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher, with the men singing along to Sonny and of course the ladies playing the part of Cher. It was hilarious to hear the comparison in the tones the men and women were producing, the guys couldn’t have sounded worse if they had tried!
5. Personalised Trainers
Dressing for comfort probably isn’t at the forefront of a brides mind when they are thinking about what they will wear for the big day, and rightly so. However, it’s a long day on the old feet and I guarantee you as the bride you will remove your shoes at some point, in fact I don’t think I have seen a bride never not do this. That is apart from Maysie who wore personalised leopard print Nike Air Max. Stuart her groom also wore matching Nike trainers for their relaxed country wedding in Faversham. If you want to see more from this brilliant wedding head on over to MY BLOG HERE.
6. Man’s Best Friend
Quite a common theme, but it never gets old. Jade and Raf had their dog as the ring bearer and during the reception they had her puppies brought along as well for some wedding fun at LEIGH PARK HOTEL in Bradford-on Avon. It made for some great pictures and was a lovely distraction for all the kids.
Also, little tip for you, if you are thinking about having your dog as the ring bearer make sure you check this with the registrars first. At one wedding the couple hadn’t checked beforehand and they refused to let the dog in…killjoys.
7. Dance Off
Picture this, its late, the first dance is done and I am about to walk out the door of Preston Court when the DJ announces a ‘Dance Off’. God damn it.
How could I miss that, I’m a sucker for fun and original photo’s. So I cracked out my camera, got on my knees in the middle of the action and started shooting away. If I was having a wedding this would be an absolute must!!
8. An Evening Jam Session
Who doesn’t love a good sing song when you have been well lubricated throughout the day? Tom asked his dad to bring his guitar and best signing voice to the wedding and after the wedding breakfast he entertained the guests with songs from Oasis and The Rolling Stones amongst others. All the guests huddled round the guitar and joined in, it was brilliant to witness and photograph of course. We all know someone who has a tune or two in them, so get them involved on your big day.
Weddings should be about family and fun. Some brides get ready in a hotel or at the venue but I like the ones where they get ready at home, or a parents house or in this instance at a grandparents house, it was a really great morning surrounded by her family and friends. I think it really kicks the day off nicely. I spent loads of time chatting with her grandparents getting some brilliant pictures of them that she can treasure forever. You can see more from that morning over ON MY BLOG where you can also check out the skills of very talented Mrs H from PRETTY PLEASE BY KATIE who did Henni’s hair and make-up for her.
10. Wedding Pong
What is wedding pong? Essentially it is beer pong, but at a wedding, obviously. If this sounds like it’s up your street then you need to get in touch with Dave and Dan from FOX AND BRACES. They are great DJ’s and they have made their very own customised wedding pong table which they can bring with them. Roisin and Brad took them up on service for their wedding at THE OLD KENT BARN, and it is fair to say some of the guests got a little carried away with their competitive spirit.
So that’s your lot for now, I hope this has been useful, and if you include all these things at your wedding your photographer is going to be seriously busy, but best of all your guests are going to have a day they will never forget.
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