Real Guests Share The Most Awesome Wedding Ideas They’ve Ever Seen

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Wedding ideas can be a dime a dozen, but fun and unique ones deserve to be shared! The users of Reddit recently listed their favorite wedding ideas from their own personal experience or weddings they attended. We’ve listed a few of our favorites, below.

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Goodbye, Bouquet Toss

My friend recently got married, and instead of a bouquet toss, she handed out flowers to the women in her life who helped her become who she is today – those who encouraged her education, helped her through tough times, etc. It was incredibly touching.-CycloneClaire

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Guest Book Alternatives

Instead of a guest book, the bride and groom had guests sign the matting of a framed photo (large, like 8×12) of the two of them from their engagement shoot. Sometime after the wedding, when then-fiance and I visited them for a housewarming, I saw that they had replaced the photo with a wedding photo, but kept the signed matting and mounted the whole thing above their fireplace. It looked so good! I loved the idea so much I did it myself. Our photo is mounted above my printer, because our apartment is closet-sized, but someday there will be a fireplace to help us show off such a great item. :-)-alyinct

I’m getting married next Saturday, and everyone I’ve told this idea to really loved it: We both love to read. Instead of table numbers, we’re doing different book titles as table names. Then each table has a copy of that physical book on it, sitting on a wire book stand (Amazon for books and stands), and then pens on the table and a little bookmark sticking out of the book that says “Sign me, I’m your table’s guestbook!” (Vistaprint, $8) Every table has their own guestbook and we get to take them home and put them on our shelves! Im so stoked for this idea. Each book is one that either fiance or I (or both, like Matilda, Harry Potter) loved as kids, or books we’ve read as adults (The Hobbit, Grimspace, Atrocity Archives). Meaningful AND WE GET MORE BOOKS!.-jyssrocks

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Ceremonies With a Twist

My cousin had a ring-warming ceremony at his wedding where the officiant passed the rings to the guests at the start of the ceremony and told everybody to take a moment to hold the rings and wish the couple good luck. By the time of the vows the rings had made their way back to the couple. I loved it because it was a way to include all their guests in the symbolism of the rings, and they can look at their rings and remember the love and warm wishes of all their friends and family.-shadowaway

A friend of mine did a wine box ceremony, and I loved it so much that we did too. The following (names removed) is the wording (liturgy?) that went along with it:
HUSBAND and WIFE have chosen to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. This box, beautifully carved by WIFE’S father, contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. Should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to open this box, sit and drink the wine together, and read the letters you wrote to one another when you united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters, you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today. The hope is, of course, that you will never have a reason to open this box. If this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 10 year wedding anniversary. At that time, you will seal new letters, along with another bottle of wine, in the box – to open after a happy 20 years… and so on. This box will be displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other. HUSBAND and WIFE, you may now seal the box.-kirawillow

Cocktail Hour…Extended

I copied the food set-up from another friend’s wedding. Instead of a sit-down dinner, we had cocktail hour with pass hors d’oeuvres, and then multiple “stations” of food, with no assigned seating. Here is my attempt to describe the set-up: The room itself was large and long, let’s say 200 ft long by 50 ft wide, to accommodate 300 people. It would have been visually/aesthetically unpleasing and crowded to have tables for everyone with an assigned seat & plated dinner and a dance floor. So instead, we had 5 round tables in the back marked reserved (for elderly family / family & friends with children – they were marked with “reserved” signs and guests were privately emailed in advance to let them know they could take advantage of tables marked reserved. There was a small bar in the back and a lead bartender given explicit instructions not to let drunk 30-year-olds stash their bags & coats there). This was the opposite side of the dance floor & stage (converted to “lounge” during ceremony with sofas/ottomans/armchairs and the DJ booth…Each food station had 3 options and a “theme”: Veggies (incl. vegan option), meats, asian, and Italian. There was a sign at the entrance noting “to-do” (sign guestbooks, hit up champagne tub, make friends at dance floor, check out all four food stations). Now the reason I stole it… at many weddings, after cocktails, the seated dinner gets HEAVY. You might end up at a weird table, the food is bland, maybe you are focused on drinking and don’t want to fill up, or maybe you are famished and want to eat all the things… Using clearly marked stations let guests choose the pace at which they eat. And, the meal never disrupts the party – the music was bumping all night (save for a small break for speeches and cake cutting, during which many ate), but otherwise the flow was never interrupted by “Ok, salads are cleared, here is your dull dry chicken.” I stole this concept from a friend who had a wedding in a large manor, where most people were outside in a yard but there was some mingling inside, and basically lots of areas with “spreads” of raw bars, baked potato & chili bar, heavy passed apps, etc., etc. It basically extended the idea of a cocktail party into the party-party and you never felt interrupted by “Ok now boys and girls, everyone sit in your seat quietly while the adults talk now.” It optimized flow and party environment. 10/10, would definitely recommend.-FuturePiePants

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Take a Moment

At some point during your wedding, while no one is paying attention to you and your spouse, take your partner and run to the corner of the reception room so that you can see the entire room of people gathered there before you, enjoying themselves. Take those 30 seconds, and just take it all in–take in the room and sit in awe to see how the entire room of people are there to celebrate you two. And smile.-epic31

Sing Along

A karaoke option we did at our wedding was to rent a digital jukebox. We preprogrammed the playlist we wanted and hired a neighbor kid to watch over it and take (or deny) requests, so it was manned, but an hour from the end of the reception, we started taking requests from people on what song they wanted to sing.-soonami

Late Night Munchies

We had a late night food station that went off pretty well. I know a lot of people are doing this now because come around 10 a lot of the guests need a little something in their stomachs to counteract the alcohol festivities! We’re from the Cincinnati area so we did a Cincinnati chili bar, so something local might be cool.-potterHead1121

We made a S’mores bar and rented a popcorn machine. Guests helped themselves to the late night snacks and loved it!-hideandseekhound

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