March 27

10 Unique Wedding Ideas

We are pleased to have the folks from Wedding Party here today sharing their unique wedding ideas for your special celebration. Wedding Party is the new way to share your wedding journey with your guests. Seamlessly collect photos and share important info with guests on your custom Wedding Party app and website, and stay updated on the most fun and unique wedding trends.

10 Unique Wedding Ideas

It goes without saying that every bride wants an unforgettable and totally unique wedding day! No matter if you’re having a rustic outdoor wedding or a black-tie affair, the little touches you add to your wedding day are a great way to personalize the event to you and your new spouse. And couples all over the globe have come up with some amazing and creative ways to showcase their relationship and entertain guests on the big day!

While every wedding is different and beautiful in its own way, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique ideas from real weddings. Whether you incorporate these details or turn them into a new, fun idea for your own day, you’re sure to love the creativity behind these extra-special touches!

  1. Seed packet wedding favors
  2. Perfect for a springtime wedding, these seed packet wedding favors are darling when displayed in a wheelbarrow. Plus they’re also functional — when your guests’ plants bloom in the summer, they’ll think of you!

    seed packet wedding favors Photo Source: Jason and Anna Photography

  3. iPad video guest book
  4. Have your wedding guests leave a personalized video message for your guest book! After the wedding, you can combine them all into one awesome video of well-wishes. All you need to add is an iPad, and your guests will be having a blast right from the start of your reception!

    iPad Wedding Guest Book Photo Source: onelove Photography

  5. Photo table runner
  6. Sprinkle a little bit of personality into your wedding tablescape with a table runner made out of family photos — or even photos of your early lives! It’s a sweet way to pay homage to your roots, and it looks fabulous!

    Photo Table Runner For Wedding Photo Source: Krista Mason

  7. DIY kid’s coloring book
  8. Got little ones attending your wedding? Keeping them happy at the reception is easy (and cheap)! These printable coloring books for kids at weddings will make sure they stay occupied. Just add crayons!

    DIY Kid's Coloring Book Photo Source: Something Turquoise

  9. Send song request cards with their wedding invites!
  10. An easy way to make sure your guests are happy right off the bat? Give them an opportunity to play their jam at your wedding! This is a fun way to get them engaged even before the big day — and you might even get some good reception song ideas along the way.

    Wedding Song Request Card Photo Source: Play My Jam Enclosure Card from Wedding Paper Divas

  11. An offbeat wedding cooler
  12. Add the wow-factor at your wedding bar with a fun statement-making cooler! We love this canoe filled with soft drinks and beers, but you can get creative with barrels, troughs, or just about anything!

    Canoe Cooler at Wedding Photo Source: Jeff Sampson Photography

  13. An alternative bridesmaid bouquet
  14. Who says a bouquet needs to be made out of flowers? Opt for a more whimsical and economical option with an alternative bouquet of streamers.

    Unique Bridesmaid Bouquet Photo Source: Floataway Studios

  15. A DIY confetti bar
  16. What’s more festive than confetti? (Answer: nothing.) A DIY confetti bar is a fun reception activity for guests, and will make for amazing photos later on in the night!

    Wedding Confetti Bar Photo Source: Best Friends for Frosting

  17. A fun, offbeat ceremony program
  18. Wedding ceremony programs get forgotten half a second after the ceremony is over — but they don’t have to be a quickly-forgotten detail! Making your programs useful with maps, a schedule of the wedding day and important info can go a long way!

    Fun Wedding Programs Photo Source: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography

  19. Donate to a charity instead of buying favors
  20. Let’s face it — sometimes, wedding favors aren’t worth all the money and effort they take. Why not skip them and donate to a charity instead? Your guests will be relieved at not needing to take home another trinket, and you’ll all love the feeling contributing to something important. Let them know with some custom seals on a to-go dessert box.

    Wedding Embosser Photo Source: Wedding Embosser from Wedding Paper Divas

    Want more unique wedding ideas for the big day? Check out our previous posts on unique wedding ideas on Wedding Party for more inspiration!

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March 23

Green Wedding Ideas

Green is becoming a popular color for weddings, no matter what time of the year. Below are a few green wedding ideas that incorporate the shade of green known as Pantone Lucite Green that will add a romantic touch to your wedding celebration. Add a pop of deep rich burgundy flowers to your green table setting, or pink and blue hues to your bridal bouquets for a romantic celebration you will never forget.

See our collection of green wedding invitations in every shade at Wedding Paper Divas.

Featured Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitation: Deep Romance

Green Wedding Ideas

Image Sources: Table setting | Groom | Bridesmaids

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March 20

Real Wedding: Lindsay & Cory Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley California

This week’s Real Wedding features the gorgeous wedding of Lindsay and Cory that was held at Holman Ranch in the stunning Carmel Valley in Northern California.

In Cory’s own words…

My favorite part of our wedding was the moment when the rain stopped, the clouds broke, and the sun started to shine down on my beautiful bride as she walked down the aisle with a glowing smile on her face. It was then that I knew that no matter what circumstances we faced, we’d be able to tackle them hand in hand. Oh, and of course dancing together for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. at the reception was a feeling that I’ll never forget!

In Lindsay’s own words…

Planning a wedding can be stressful for anyone, even – or perhaps particularly! – when you work for an amazing company like Wedding Paper Divas. Spending my days reading wedding blogs, pinning beautiful wedding inspiration, and looking at stunning invitation samples (all in the name of work – I promise!) was both inspirational and overwhelming. When every color scheme and design looks fantastic, it’s hard to pinpoint what will make your wedding feel like you.

I am a very lucky bride, as Cory wanted to be an integral part of the wedding planning process. We started by thinking about what elements meant the most to us, and came up with a few key ideas:

  • Having the people we love there to celebrate with us. This helped us with venue selection and planning a realistic budget.
  • Thanking those same people for making it to our wedding – it takes time and money to travel, we know that! We didn’t look at our wedding as only our day. Instead, we really tried to think about how we could make it a truly enjoyable experience for each and every one of our friends and family.
  • Spending time and energy on the details that mattered to us, not just every single detail. Some things just have to be let go.

carmel valley wedding getting ready

Keeping these three points in mind helped us both stay true to ourselves throughout the planning process. It’s so easy to feel that you should do everything, so this was a good gut check for what was truly important for our day. I have zero regrets about our wedding day – and it rained up until 1 hour before the ceremony!

I love beautiful typography and delicious cocktails, so a signature cocktail sign was a must have. I loved being able to coordinate that with our cocktail napkins, and create what truly felt like a unique cocktail hour for our guests.

carmel valley wedding dresses

I wanted a blend of playfulness and tradition, which is why our dinner featured assigned seating with place cards, but was accented with gold animal statues. Tradition with a twist! I had a similar approach to our invitations. I wanted a very traditional invitation, and Cory wanted a more whimsical design. We compromised with a beautiful foil stamped design that still had the traditional invitation wording template. We even incorporated a hilarious picture of us in masks on the back of our welcome dinner invitation (it fell on Halloween, so it was a mandatory costume party!). The combination was both beautiful and entertaining.

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carmel valley wedding bouquet and programs

Another favorite twist on tradition was our first dance. We chose a cover of The Beatles’ I’ve Just Seen a Face, which is a little more upbeat than your usual slow dance.

carmel valley wedding party

I loved being able to really customize exactly what I wanted for my stationery. We have family and friends all across the country, so we knew many wouldn’t be able to make it. We worked with Wedding Paper Divas designers to adjust an RSVP card to include with our Save the Date. It was unusual, but it really helped us with our planning to know who thought they could make it, and who was already out.

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The food was also important to us, and our caterers knocked it out of the park. Local, healthy, and innovative food is what we love in our day-to-day lives, and we were so impressed with what they created. Also, I’m obsessed with French fries (that’s local, healthy, and innovative, right??) and devoured a plateful during our reception.

carmel valley wedding ceremony

Working in social media, Instagram is a huge part of my life. That may sound silly to say, but it was something we wanted to embrace and incorporate into our day. We loved seeing the pictures our guests were sharing through our hashtag!

carmel valley wedding outdoors

The people you hire for your wedding day are so important. Having a team you can trust makes the day go so much more smoothly, and we really couldn’t have picked a better team. From our incredible coordinator Allison to our dreamy photographer Melanie, I was blown away by their talent. Of course, we put a lot of time and effort into researching our vendors. I think I looked at over 50 different photographers!

carmel valley green wedding reception

Overall, the day is about the moments that mean something to you. My uncle, who is close to both Cory and me, officiated our wedding. His personal touch – and amazing Southern accent – gave a deeper meaning to our ceremony. I also love that Cory and his groomsmen wore bowties, as my grandfather wore a bowtie every single day. Cory’s sister is an incredible hair and makeup artist, and she was my rock throughout the day! Our sisters made up my bridal party, and that family spirit really kept the day running smoothly.

carmel valley wedding cake and dancing

Of course, the most amazing part of our day was our vows to each other. I will never forget looking into Cory’s eyes and hearing him speak about our love and our future together. It was the perfect mix of emotion and humor!

Photographer: Melanie Duerkopp | Wedding Coordinator: Allison Silber of Engaged and Inspired

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March 17

Celebrity Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss Interview

Today we have acclaimed celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss for our Industry Influencer series. Mindy is the leading wedding planner to the stars with over 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for Hollywood personalities like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and more.

Mindy-Weiss-Wedding-Planner Photo Source: Dennis Kwan Photography

How did you get your start in the industry? – I actually got my start in the stationery business! In fact, my very first job out of college was at a stationery store called William Ernest Brown, where I designed custom invitations and stationery. After that, I started a custom invitation company with my best friend. That’s when some of my clients started asking me to plan their parties. One gig led to another and now here I am! It’s been so great to get back to my roots while designing my collection for Wedding Paper Divas.

Favorite perk of the job? – I just love being a part of such a memorable event in couples’ lives and helping turn their dreams into reality. Weddings are such joyous occasions and being able to help celebrate a couple’s journey is just so amazing!

What are your favorite wedding trends right now? – Oooh, there are so many fun things going on in wedding right now! Trends like green living walls, color blocking and lace are going to be big this year. I actually go over all my predictions in this fun video!

What is one thing you tell all your brides-to-be? – Stay true to your own style. It’s always fun to incorporate elements from the hottest trends but don’t be afraid to use some of those classic ideas you’ve always dreamed of. At the end of the day, your wedding should be a reflection of your love story and your style.

Describe your own personal wedding style. – I’m just a lover of vintage and lace! I so appreciate modern but my personal style leans towards mixing it up. I’m a fan of eclectic pieces filled with garden roses and peonies.

What does your exclusive stationery collection for Wedding Paper Divas say about you? – My collection represents so many trends and themes—there’s something for almost everyone! It shows that I like to think outside the box and keep up with the latest trends but still encourage couples to represent their own style.

What are the most memorable events you’ve planned? – My favorites are when we are hired to create an event on a vacant lot! That means bringing it all in! From toilets to flooring we are able to create our own environment for the couple.

Click here for more fun posts from Mindy.

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