With the ocean waves crashing in the background and your family dancing around you, your wedding day is a time to celebrate love, life, and the family and friends that support you each and every day. It’s no secret that we love weddings, whether they’re on a beach or in your backyard (although the coast holds a special place in our hearts). We firmly believe in enjoying the day without the stress or the financial burden, so we’ve put together some of our favorite ideas about how to do-it-yourself and add that special touch.
A New Kind of Guest Book
We love this idea as an alternative to the standard guest book. All guests write an adventure for the bride and groom; it gives the new couple plenty of date nights! Buy a few dozen or hundred tags (depending on your guest list) for your attendees to add their idea and throw it in the bucket for fun after the wedding day.
A great activity for the kids and the kids-at-heart is these glow sticks. Bring them out during the reception as it gets dark and everyone will be lit up on the dance floor! They’re often available in local arts and crafts stores; this is an inexpensive way to create an engaging experience for your guests.
Give the Ring Bearers More than the Rock
Keep the kids in your wedding party entertained by giving them a job to do at the end of the ceremony—carrying the “Just Married” sign! This idea came from an Island Importer wedding (see the groomsmen’s apparel!) where the ring bearers lent a helping hand. Include the flower girls at the end too; if the kids are old enough, even let them help make the sign!
Old School Photo Booth
Photo booths are quite popular now, and we found this lovely alternative that will go easy on your budget: Purchase a polaroid, let your guests stage their photoshoot, and they’ll be able to add that personal touch to the guestbook. We found this idea from Amanda and Graham’s Wedding in Ireland and we hope you’ll be able to use it too! The chalk board is a welcoming way to give all the instructions (notice that if film runs out, there is a note to grab a groomsmen for help).
Rethink Your Ride
If your location can accommodate it, why not change your method of transportation for something a little more adventurous? Sally and Jacques opted to ride horses to and from their ceremony along a river in South Africa. It made for a memorable ride and some incredible pictures!
Add Your Ideas!
How are you adding special touches to your event and keeping the costs down? Tell us in the comments! As always, let us know if you have any questions about how to perfect your apparel for the wedding day.