Not every bride is a traditionalist, nor is every wedding going to be the expected white wedding. If you consider yourself to be quirky, eclectic, whimsical, geek-chic, or just an individual, it is important that your wedding reflects your style. These are some wonderful wedding ideas for the offbeat bride.
The wedding invitations are a great way to give your guests a sneak peek at what your event will be like. If you are a non-traditionalist, ditch the engraved white invitations, and do something more fun. A custom video invitation could be a really neat idea for the tech-savvy couple. This is one wedding project that the groom might even be really into. A cool thing about a video invite is that it will feel really personal, even though it uses the latest technology, unlike an e-vite or email invitation. It would be particularly nice to mail your video invitations out on a dvd so that your family and friends will get to have it as a keepsake.
A great way to show off your own unique style is by choosing a wedding dress and custom wedding jewelry as special as you are. Color is a favorite way to personalize a wedding dress, whether it is a subtle accent or an entirely red gown. It is usually best to work with a seamstress or designer to create an entirely original gown, rather than trying to adapt something that is readymade. The options are limitless, from the bride who wore a red tulle skirt with black flames stitched on it to the one who designed a couture frock made from vintage fur, metallic lace, silk, and custom beading.
Brides may also opt for a convertible dress or one with a removable jacket so they can look a bit more traditional for the ceremony and lot less conservative for the reception. One bride I knew wore a handcrafted floor length coat made from a heavy white lace over dark green silk. It was a bit unique, but still appropriate for her church wedding. Then reception time came, and she whipped off the coat, revealing a matching mini dress that was cut so high on one side that only a row of sassy fringe made sure that her tush was covered! With some custom crystal wedding jewelry to match, she was all set to have a really good time at her party. Such a risque dress might not be for everyone, but that is exactly the point – a custom wedding dress will showcase your own unique style.
Quirky locations are another fun wedding idea for an offbeat bride. One bride I know was married in dramatic Gothic stone church that had been deconsecrated. It was definitely a first for most guests to dance and party in what used to be the nave of a church! Outdoorsy types can look for special locations outside for their weddings. You might have a retro campsite wedding or an enchanted forest celebration complete with fairies. Cities offer many great possibilities for non-traditional wedding venues, including modern art galleries, urban lofts, and funky restaurants.
There are many, many more ways to embrace your offbeat side as a bride. Perhaps you carry a bridal bouquet created from vintage brooches instead of flowers. Or maybe your groom wears cufflinks inspired by his favorite movie or video game. You could walk down the aisle to a song from your favorite show. As long as you put your heart into it, your quirky and unique wedding is sure to be absolutely fantastic, not to mention a whole lot of fun!