How can I make my wedding unique and unforgettable?

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Every couple wants their wedding to be special, meaningful and memorable; a celebration of love to share with family and friends that not only encompasses all of the joy they’re feeling but also tells their story in such a way that guests will always remember how unique the wedding was — and how much fun they had.

One of the biggest trends today is the rustic-chic wedding. Brides and grooms have a barn, farm, prairie, country, ranch and vineyard weddings where they can showcase myriad details in any number of inventive ways.

What wedding have you attended that has especially stood out in your mind? Every couple wants to make sure their wedding is special, fun and a unique reflection of themselves. Most want to avoid the “no-one-can-care-about-ribbon/colours/linens-this-much” experience, but can all admit this is a big moment, and standing out for all the right reasons, would be worth all of the enormous effort required. We get it!

Perhaps, the first thing to do is forget the adage “it’s my day” and update it with “it’s my day… to have a great time with my wonderful family and friends, celebrating this commitment!” It seems so simple, but with so many choices out in the wedding world today, it can be overwhelming.

Here are a few ways we think you should consider helping make your wedding more entertaining and memorable. Not just for you and your one true love, but all the people you choose as your honoured guests.

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How To Make Your Wedding Unique And Unforgettable

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Unique Ceremony Seating

Give your guests a WOW factor as soon as they enter the venue. A creative seating pattern is sure to leave a lasting first impression. Traditionally, chairs are set up in rows behind one another. Mix it up and place seats in a half-moon design on both sides of the aisle. This gives guests a better viewpoint than having to peer over the person sitting in front of them. If you choose to have an intimate ceremony, consider seating guests in a circle around the proceedings.

Another unique way to change up the seating for your ceremony is to choose seats other than chairs. Depending on your theme, benches, hay bales, or even picnic blankets would be eccentric.

Accents are fun when picking wedding colours, but what if you took that concept and made the guest seating the accent of the ceremony. Use minimal decor for the arbour and aisle while amplifying the decor of the seating. Choosing extravagant floral pieces to place at the end of rows or wrapping the chairs in the coloured ribbon to make bows would be appealing to the eye AND unforgettable!

A Unique Bridal Entrance

Since you got engaged, you’ve dreamt of the moment that your guests see you at the end of the aisle for the first time – their faces in complete awe. Let’s get creative and make sure everyone remembers your entrance. 

Make your big debut by renting a snazzy ride to drop you off at the end of the aisle!

Alternatively, some couples might enjoy walking in together – or to each have a separate entrance processional.

Non-Traditional Processional Music

Everyone love’s Pachelbel’s Canon, but you might like to trade the expected wedding song for a soulful ballad or a song that resonates with you and your partner. 

Traditional wedding march songs are beautiful… and classics for a reason, but going with something different and choosing a wedding song that has meaning to the both of you, whether it has words or not, will help your guests feel connected. Heartwarming music helps to set the mood of the ceremony and beyond.

Need help choosing the perfect ceremony song that will touch the crowd? Red Soda Band has experience in helping couples define their wedding music style while taking away the overwhelm. With versatile packages, our team creates music choices that are flowing and meaningful for your big day.

An Enthusiastic Celebrant

What’s better than adding a dose of personality to your ceremony? Hiring an outgoing celebrant will bring your sweet union to life! It’s always refreshing to see a celebrant that isn’t staring at their script the whole ceremony. Not only will this capture the attention of friends and family, but it will also keep them from counting down the minutes until the next event and be fully present in the moment. 

When choosing a marriage celebrant, always make sure you’ve read their reviews and spoken to them on the phone first to ensure they understand the vision you have for your ceremony, and that their personality matches the vibe you want to go with.

A Unity Ceremony

Another way to make your wedding unique and unforgettable is to incorporate a unity ceremony. A unity ceremony is a symbolic ritual. In place of vows, you and your groom-to-be may choose to light a unity candle. The unity candle will symbolically show the blend of two lives. The celebrant will light two individual taper candles, and together the couple will light the unity candle representing their new chapter together.

Include your guests in the union and have a unity bowl ceremony. A unity bowl is where guests fill a bowl with coloured stones during the ceremony. The stones representing different people, qualities and attributes, will be given to the newlyweds after the ceremony to remind them of the tremendous support from family and friends! 

Guest Transportation

Whether your reception is around the corner from the ceremony venue or down the road, provided transportation is always a plus. The older guests will thank you for offering rides to and from their vehicle and venue locations. This also will avoid you receiving a phone call that a guest is lost trying to find the second venue. Renting golf carts or tour buses is a unique option to make a positive impression on loved ones. 

Reception Entrance

Instead of trying to time your newlywed entrance just right with the DJ, sparking the beginning of the celebration in a fun way! Gather your bridal party and form a parade leading inside the reception with the band following behind you encouraging the party! This will be a great way to take the guests by surprise and get them on their feet.

Another unique reception announcement to heighten the energy is to incorporate The Zaffe, originally a Lebanese wedding tradition. As the newlyweds and their bridal party enter the reception, the dance floor fills with guests and they all dance to kick-off the celebration. If your members are a little more introverted, but you still want an entrance that will charm your guests, have the newlyweds introduce each member in a sweet or witty manner!

Meal Choices

While the other aspects of the wedding are fun and games, the fact is that your wedding guests like to be fed well. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to serve a 5-star meal. Some of our favourite unforgettable wedding meals are served festival style. If you have an outdoor wedding, catering vans may be a great option to serve up delicious steak sandwiches, falafels or gourmet burgers! Another option would be to serve savoury canapé’s in the middle of guests’ tables for them to self-serve.

Why not ditch the reception dinner altogether? Alternatively, invite your guests to brunch after a beautiful morning ceremony. Serve a variety of hot favourites like french toast and croissants as well as fruit and yoghurt! 

Reception Games

During the party, it can be easy to get wrapped up, making sure your guests are enjoying the evening, that you as a newlywed couple may not get to enjoy the moment fully. Take time during the reception to stop the festivity and entertain your guests with the reason they are all here- you! 

Newlywed games like The Shoe Game will have guests involved and joining in the interaction. Sit the bride and groom down in front of the crowd back to back. Each has one of their shoes and one of their partners. The MC or member of the bridal party will ask questions like:

“Who said I love you first?”

“Who made the first move?”

“Who cooks better?”

The couple will answer the questions by holding up the shoe that corresponds with their answer!

Wedding Exit

Don’t let the fun stop after the music ends! Be sure your friends and family leave overjoyed. 

Ditch the rice from tradition, and instead, have your bridal party hand out tambourines and other noisemakers to send you off. To light up the night, hand out sparklers and form an honour guard of guests while you and your new beau run through the middle. A sparkler send-off would make breathtaking photos!

For a sweet and romantic exit, gift your guests with custom wedding bubbles they can use to send their love with you on your new journey as husband and wife!

What better way to show your appreciation to loved ones than to thank them individually. As many of them may have driven hours to be present, a farewell circle lets them know that this day wouldn’t have been the same without them. Gather guests in a circle and personally thank them for their support.

Encourage Pre-ceremony Mingling

Building up the chemistry of your guests ahead of “I do” time will get them feeling like they know each other, and by the time the ceremony arrives, big hugs and great conversations will take place throughout the big night. Activities that are accessible, engaging, adventurous and even kid-themed can be especially rewarding.

Whether you have a cocktail hour preceding the ceremony or not, invite the whole guest list to a post-rehearsal dinner social gathering at your favourite local hangout or first date location.

  • Plan an easy but beautiful 1-mile walk-a-thon, complete with start and finish line entertainment at a nearby park.
  • Hire several nannies and lifeguards to watch all of the kids at a hotel pool or YMCA while the adults play a round of golf, go on a local brewery tour or do some wine tasting.
  • With everyone encouraged to show up in costume, rent out the bowling alley at 9 am and provide doughnuts and coffee while you mingle among the lanes.
  • Have everyone bring a chair, one food item and one drink ingredient to a taco bar set up outside of your house (or friend’s with the largest yard).
  • If it seems like adding ‘another event/party’ is too much additional work, delegate a couple organized friends to help you pull it off. Usually, they’re more than willing to step in and help, especially those that have hosted a wedding before!

You’ll be glad for all the time and conversations you can get in during these casual, pre-wedding social gatherings. At the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, you’ll likely not have the chance to mingle in this way.

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Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Use

From Jordan almonds to cheap sunglasses, wedding favours come in a wide variety of options. Still, unless very clever and/or meaningful, most of the time they’re sadly forgotten and never used again, which seems like a waste.

We feel if you’re going to spend resources on guests favours, rehearsal dinner thank-you gifts or wedding party memorabilia, you want it to be something your loved ones are not only going to use on the regular but also help them recall the wonderful occasion when they received it. They remember friendships, love, celebration and good times had by all, wrapped in one small, affordable gift. Simple, right?

Contemplate this option: totally reusable, uniquely useful and easy-to-handle silicone drinkware that travels well, keeps drinks insulated, and maintains the pace at any party. With wildly colourful choices, customization options and availability in eight different sizes, Silipint’s silicone drinkware is giving the wedding favour market a shakedown. We’ve had scores of couples order customized silicone cups for a wide variety of gift-giving inspiration, like-

  • You are offering stemless wine glasses to add a class with no broken glass, on the dance floor at your vintage, classic, rustic or formal wedding alike.
  • They are gifting a 16 ounce Pint for a weekend-long, event-packed wedding bonanza that guests take from one activity to another.
  • They are presenting a Taster base on each table setting during the reception for all guests to commemorate the champagne toasts in unison.
  • They are bundling a 1.5 ounce Shot with a mini liquor bottle to toast the entrance of the bride and groom, or to have back in their hotel room.

We’ve seen guests bargaining with each other to score some extras at the end of the night—brides hoarding a few for the honeymoon suitcase. Kids are entertaining themselves with their new cups for hours on end. Once back at home, they are brought out, again and again, always reminiscing about “the best wedding they’ve ever been to.”

Whether you envision a beautiful monogram, a silly message or something in between, we’d love to work with you to create the perfect custom Silipint in colours that will match your big day and score you some extra-cool points. Learn more about custom cups for your big day here.

Spice Up The Guest Book

The traditional guest book is well-intentioned and easy, but what about something a little more interesting that reflects who you are a bit more? Here are a few options:

  • Have guests sign something non-traditional that represents something you both love, like a guitar if you love music, a globe if you’re travellers or a pair of old skis if you love winter sports. This becomes a souvenir that will be a piece of your home to enjoy in the open, forever.
  • Rather than just signing a name, encourage guests to include a special message to the couple. What about haikus on origami paper folded into a shape that gets added to a mobile, or painting notes onto rocks that live in a large glass bowl on your mantle?
  • Create a Polaroid guest book. Just nominate a few especially social friends to snap portraits of guests as they arrive, then post them in a book with each guest’s special written message accompanying it.

Consider A Unique Venue

If you’re ready to embrace going outside the traditional wedding location for either the ceremony or the reception locations, we’ve brainstormed some destinations that will engage your group in the spirit of adventure. Think outside the box, literally. Into the fresh air (being mindful of the weather!) – you could have your beautiful wedding event at:

  • Summer camp
  • Art Galleries
  • playgrounds or parks
  • mid-mountain ski lodges (guests can ride the chairlift up!)
  • small amusement parks (wedding photos on a carousel!)
  • group campgrounds

The further outside the norm, sometimes, the more excitement you can create. These types of locations are set up for groups and often have more amenities available than you may initially consider, at a possibly lower cost.

Surprise Your Guests At The Reception

Surprise, you’re married! Wait, that’s not a surprise. It’s sweet, it’s exciting, and it’s the first step in your new life, but it’s not surprising. Do you know what is surprising?

  • Giving swing or salsa dancing lessons to guests at your reception.
  • When guests explore your reception venue and discover a secret tent that’s serving a themed shot.
  • If tossing the garter or bouquet was tossed out, instead, have guests try catching a Marge Simpson wig and a pair of clown shoes for the embarrassed (and hopeful) still-single couple to adorn as they share a dance.
  • It can be as simple as providing old-fashioned yard games like croquet or badminton or as complex as mapping a treasure hunt, creating an s’ mores bar around the fire pit or a setting up a super sweet kissing booth full of lollipops.

Whatever you can think up, the element of surprise should not be overlooked. Your marriage certainly will be full of it!

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. So, whether you tend to the more traditional or to the super off-beat, there are many ways to add a touch of something different that is uniquely you. After all, it is THE day to celebrate your love!

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Goodbyes & Thank-You’s

​Last but not least, is sending out thank you cards to those who were able to make your day special. Don’t put it off, start sending out your “thank you’s” once you’re all unpacked from your honeymoon. When writing your letters…

  • Keep it short & simple
  • Personalize the message
  • Keep track of who gave you what gifts

If you are not sure what to say exactly, Keep it short & simple and sincere; “Thank you for joining us to celebrate our big day,” mention what they got you, and say how thankful you are that they were able to make your day special.

Your wedding reception will be one of the most important and memorable events of your life. Make sure you create an experience that showcases your unique style and taste.

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. So, whether you tend to the more traditional or to the super off-beat, there are many ways to add a touch of something different that is uniquely you. After all, it is THE day to celebrate your love!

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