Not everyone wants the Big White Wedding. There are various reasons why you might want to break with tradition and remain away from church and a reception hall – this is your second wedding, or you want to keep it low-key. There are, of course, the couples who will go to the ends of the earth to stand out from the crowd – get married on top of an aeroplane, or 90 feet under the sea.
But this is about the more low-key break with convention, rather than the flamboyant attempt to do something stand-out-from-the-crowd different – Savannah Miller and Nick Skinner’s eco-rave or Heidi Klum and Seal’s annual wedding repeat (they re-marry every year) this is not. There are a number of ways in which you can come up with alternatives.
- the other colour wedding gown – who says it has to be white? Go bright red, or pink (you don’t have to do fuschia, baby pink or pearl, blush or champagne will do)
- promise to ‘love, honour, and keep’, rather than ‘love, honour and obey’ – but then this has long been changed by brides the world over (just thought I’d mention it here in case you hadn’t thought about it)
- an alternative venue – think museum, theatre or movie house not the usual hall or typical wedding venue complete with little chapel
- choose a theme – go for a themed wedding like gothic, medieval, shabby chic or roaring forties
- arrive in something different – it doesn’t have to be a limo or somebody’s borrowed Mercedes Benz. What about a horse and carriage, a motorcycle and a sidecar, a tandem bicycle or a helicopter?
What fun ideas do you have? Let us know if you have ideas we can add to our list!
Happy Wedding Planning!