We’ve combed the fun files for 10 out-of-the-box ways to make your day extra awesome.
1. Planning to throw your party on a family property? Buy some seedlings and invite key guests to plant a tree on site, to create a grove that will grow taller as the happy years tick by.
2. Make yours a light-filled fiesta with the strike of a match: pause your reception to invite guests outside for a kaleidoscopic fireworks display or send eco-friendly wish lanterns high into the night sky; create a fantastic photo opportunity by providing your guests with sparklers to hold in the air as you and your new husband exit your venue; or light a bonfire – they’re perfect for beach or rural events, with cushions, cosy blankets and marshmallows to toast.
3. Keep everyone cool at your summer celebration with adults-only alcoholic popsicles, slushies and granita – all ultra-acheivable DIY treats.
4. Juxtapose a formal ceremony with an old-school reception disco complete with mirror ball, LED dancefloor, a confetti drop during your first dance and all your favourite old-school tracks.
5. If you’re marrying in a small town, consider a jubilant procession after your ceremony, drawing inspiration from actress Piper Perabo, who married at Merchant’s House Museum in NYC, then danced down the street with her wedding party and a full New Orleans band.
6. You’re probably familiar with ombré cakes, but how about ombré strings of flowers as an easy yet beautifully whimsical DIY decoration? Simply take a selection of blooms in graduating shades (white, pale pink, bright pink and red carnations work well) and thread them onto ribbon or string from light to dark or vice versa.
7. Who ate all the pies? Your wedding guests, that’s who, when you serve up a dessert table laden with different types, and tarts, too. Think classic apple, Boston cream, custard, banoffee, lemon meringue, blueberry...
8. Eschew flowers on your reception tables for lush green ‘tablescapes’ created using ferns and foliage of all kinds. For best effect, choose a mix of heights: trailing ivy interspersed with taller potted ferns, perhaps.
9. Not everyone you invite to your event will be comfortable chatting all night long. Allow your more introverted loved ones or those who don’t know many others, some downtime by providing crosswords or word finders on the back of your menus or on your paper napkins. Provide pencils and personalise the puzzles with fun facts about you and your new husband.
10. Keep your costs down and have a rustic good time by swapping the formal dinner for a laid-back pizza party in the garden. Set up an outdoor bar, string festoon lights overhead and spread picnic rugs on the lawn, and hire a company to create wood-fired pizzas on site, or go for a classic dial-up delivery.