By Andrea Fowler for TheKnot.com
Think you've seen it all? Here are 10 genius ideas your guests will never see coming.
1. Airstream Bridal Suite
Getting married off the beaten path? Need a little more room for your bridal party than what your church has to offer? Turns out, an airstream or trailer rental could be the space solution. Even better, a couple of lounge chairs arranged outside can double as a relaxing lounge area, perfect for enjoying a quick glass of champagne before jumping into getting-ready mode.
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2. Marching Band Wedding Processional
Why not turn your wedding into a personal parade? If the reception venue is close enough to the ceremony, lead everyone to the next spot with the help of a local marching band. (Or foolproof it by putting a small map on your ceremony programs!) Add in some fun props, and ask if the band can arrange a fun cover or two that everyone can sing along.
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3. Escort Card Butler
Sure, we've seen escort card displays aplenty, but not many with an attendant donning white gloves! Complete the look with glamorous Gatsby-like card font, and a background of lush green foliage for a seriously impressive start to a reception.
4. Moss Topiary
If an outdoor summer wedding has you worried about wilting blooms and sad-looking centerpieces, take them out of the equation. A moss topiary is the perfect alternative to a flower-structured centerpiece. Or for a more striking decor element, place a few full-sized animal topiaries around your outdoor venue.
5. First Dance Sparklers
We've seen the exit sparklers, but we love the idea of using these small bursts of light to illuminate a first dance. If your venue doesn't allow the use of sparklers, you could swap in ribbon wands, flower petals, glitter or streamers to make your first dance even more memorable.
6. Cheese Wheel Cake
There are plenty of people who prefer savory to sweet indulgences, and there's no rule that says you have to serve a cake. Decorate stacked cheese wheels with natural greenery and bunches of grapes for a totally unique alternative to the classic bakery confection.
7. Custom Wedding Cake Display
Give your wedding cake an extra wow-factor with a tricked out display. If the cake is decked out with blooms and ruffles, create floral arrangements and drapes around a grand-looking stand. For a more natural-looking confection, like a naked cake, wrap the display in vines. For some romance, add string lights or submerged flower arrangements.
8. Video Tables
How awesome would it be to have your wedding ceremony video on loop during the reception? Everyone can oohh and awww over any sweet moments they may have missed, and it provides one heck of an icebreaker for guests who are less familiar with each other.
9. Floating Dance Floor
Checkered and monogrammed dance floors are one thing, but creating an illusion of a floating dance floor is another trend entirely. Not only does it offer the added bonus of a better-lit dance area, but it also makes the entire space look bigger. Paired with an open-air venue or a clear tent, it creates a truly magnificent scene.
10. Cereal Bar
If you anticipate the reception lasting into the late hours of the night, having a light snack bar is a much-appreciated detail. Cereal or granola fixings can sit out for hours without needing any attention or upkeep (aside from the milk, that is), and compared to the more typical sweets buffet, cereal is a more affordable option with plenty of varieties to choose from.