There is this whole ‘anti’ traditional wedding movement that involves what are fast becoming pretty mainstream ideas – tattoos, dreadlocks, red shoes, body piercings of every description, turquoise blue shoes, retro hair dos, really unique dresses (that are still sometimes white), alternative venues like museums and art galleries, elopements, handfasting, out there accessories like handmade peacock feathers, origami inspired jewellery, and DIY everything – I could go on.
And maybe you’re one of them – those couples who just don’t want to do it the usual way. You want something utterly unique that says ‘you’. Maybe, so inspired by non-traditional you go ultra traditional and look as though you stepped out of the photograph on the mantlepiece of your grandparents – anything goes.
A few non traditional wedding ideas:
THE NON TRADITIONAL DRESS
Start looking at what other non-traditional brides are wearing, search the runway for latest avante garde wedding dress designs and you’ll come away with your jaw hanging open. Dresses are gorgeous! If you want real inspiration look at American KMKDesigns (if steampunk, gothic wear is your thing), the French designer Delphine Manivet’s dresses, or designer Carolina Herrera (even Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta).
Your personality really comes through in your choice of shoes, flowers, tights, tattoos, fabric floral necklaces, neo-Victorian and gothic accessories and anything else that grabs your fancy.
REALLY DIFFERENT HAIR
This is no time for the traditional updo or chignon – go for dreads, natural locks, hair extensions or hair pieces.
REALLY SIMPLE VENUE
Like your back garden, the local park or a friend’s house.
BRING AND SHARE
Do a bring and share reception – ask everyone to bring a dish, as opposed to gifts. Everyone can also provide the recipe of their dish for others to share, and you can compile a book of all the recipes afterwards, leaving you with a recipe book that will always remind you of your wedding day, and a collection of amazing dishes.
DON’T DO FLOWERS
Make your bouquet a collection of brooches, felt, fabric blossoms, seed balls, and ribbons. Non-flower bouquets last forever and can look incredible.
CAKE WITHOUT THE ICING
Naked cakes win the day when it comes to alternative. Insert heavy cream between the different layers and sizes of sponge cake, and top with damask roses – simple, effective, and oh so beautiful.
Happy Wedding Planning!