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Unique Wedding Ideas to Wow Your Guests we’ve seen our fair share of weddings—and with that, just about every wedding trend in the book. From Pinterest-worthy doughnut walls to overused mason jars, it's the unique (lesser done) details that leave a lasting impression. But how do you decide which personalized details to include, and how do you even come up with them in the first place? "The best way to make a wedding stand out is to make it your own. Look to your own story versus at the wedding of others," says Allison Jackson, the owner and lead event planner at Pineapple Productions. As a starting point, take some time to think about what represents you as a couple. "My approach to wedding design has always involved drawing inspiration from the couple's story to create something completely original, personal, and distinctive," Jackson says. "I like to ask couples about how they met, how they became engaged, and how they spent their time to begin forming ideas for unique wedding details. Shared interests, travels, and family histories also serve as wonderful sources of inspiration," she adds. Secondly, don't forget to consider your guests! As much as your wedding is about celebrating your legal union with your SO, it's also very much about your guest’s comfort and enjoyment. A few areas to look to for inspiration as you plan your nuptials: • Your engagement • Where you met • Your first trip together • Your mutual hobbies • Your home state • Your heritage • Your guests Behold, 75 distinctive ideas—from catering selections to personalized décor to bouquet ideas—to put your own spin on. 01of 75 Make the Bouquet Minimal Minimalist bouquets make a chic and classy statement in a way that the average bountiful bouquet can’t—it’s the perfect way for a bride to channel her modern style. Allow a nosegay or Biedermeier bouquet to be the focal point of your wedding day look as you make your way down the aisle. 02of 75 Take Song Requests Ask invitees to jot down their favorite song on the RSVP card—or have them email it to you instead. Compile all the song requests into a playlist and give it to your DJ for a variety of jams that guests will enjoy. 03of 75 A Flower Girl: Something Blue n need of something blue? Forget the traditional blue garter or jewelry ideas—a flower girl in blue is so much cuter, especially when accompanied by a flower crown. Alternatively, have the flower girl toss blue-dyed flower petals for a fun twist on this classic tradition. 04of 75 Create a Custom Monogram Add a custom stamp of your and your partner’s first initials throughout the wedding for a personal touch. Brand it on everything from wedding signs to table numbers and favors for consistency. 05of 75 Have Fun With Cake Toppers Traditional bride and groom cake toppers are so 1980s. Top off your cake with an accent that complements the vibe and theme of your wedding. While this rustic-chic light bulb topper is the perfect touch for an industrial style wedding, a flamingo topper could be a nod to beach nuptials. 06of 75 Play Up Your Tablescape Instead of using actual plates for plate chargers, opt for something more befitting to your tablescape; think palm leaves for a tropical setting or antique tiles like the one shown above for a romantic Italian villa-inspired look. 07of 75 Make Fruit the Favor For some favors that guests will actually use, set up a “farm stand” of fresh fruit and small baskets (or mini crates) that they can fill on their way out the door. Another fun idea is to adorn apples or pears with personalized stickers that contain your names or a pun along the lines of "we make a pear-fect couple." 08of 75 When in Doubt, Go Neon There’s no denying the charm of a wooden sign or elegance of a mirrored sign, but everyone uses them. Opt for something creative that reflects your theme, like a fun neon sign with a sweet love-centric slogan. For the reception, consider incorporating a neon sign with your wedding hashtag as a photo booth backdrop. 09of 75 Go for Local Delights If your wedding will take place far from where you grew up, offer tasting stations with cuisine from that locale. A few ideas: clam chowder and lobster rolls for New England, chili and tacos for Texas, or oysters for New Orleans. 10of 75 Set Up an Eclectic Menu Take into consideration your perfect food day (breakfast through dinner, plus snacks and dessert). Allow your caterer to combine you and your partner's choices into the ideal wedding meal for a diverse menu. If you plan on serving food from different cultures, then an elegant buffet could be a unique way to satisfy a variety of palates. 11of 75 Wedding Day Cookies Why not match your cookies to your décor? The wedding cookies shown above were "printed" with a toile pattern that was beloved by the bride. Another idea is to stack the dessert table with cookies frosted with your monogram or shaped like the numerals of your wedding date ("6," "20," "17") for a personal touch. 12of 75 Remember the Locations Pay homage to the state you fell in love in by incorporating it into your décor or food. We love how these tropical-inspired Florida-shaped cookies lend a punch of whimsy. If your state has a slogan (for instance, "Virginia Is For Lovers"), then that could serve as a source of inspiration, too. A couple that met in Virginia could weave LOVE signs throughout their reception décor. 13of 75 Don't Forget a Map If you’re having a destination wedding or have a lot of guests coming from out of town, include a map of the area your wedding will be in with your invitations—after all, they’ll be spending the whole weekend there! 14of 75 Customize Your Wine
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