Every wedding is beautiful and magical in its own way, but there are some weddings that are so BEYOND you can’t help but say “I wish I thought of that!” We’ve seen our fair share of amazing weddings and there are always a few key elements that stand out. From the venue to the decor and even the music playlist, we’ve gathered our favorite tried-and-true-tips for making your wedding truly unique.
Pick an Out-of-the-Box Wedding Venue
We don’t have to tell you that your venue is one of THE most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. But if you really want your wedding to stand out, it matters that much more. Look for a wedding venue that features one extraordinary feature that you love, such as a museum with a beautiful art collection, or a converted train station with vintage artifacts. But the most proven way to impress guests on your wedding day? Choose a wedding venue with a crazy spectacular view, like OUE Skyspace in downtown Los Angeles. The non-traditional venue features 360-degree views of Los Angeles from their two open-air terraces—the tallest in California—as well as a gleaming, modern reception space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Even at night the view is completely breathtaking!
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Make it Personal
Your wedding day is a celebration of you as a couple, so the more you can infuse it with things you both love, the better! One of the best ways to incorporate your personalities is by featuring signature cocktails with your favorite drinks. Alternatively you can choose to focus on where you are both from, and go with a local wine, beer, or spirit from each of your hometowns. Just be sure to try whatever you choose beforehand to make sure you love it!
It’s All in the Details
A wooden necklace engraved with the guest’s first name at each seat. A reception table decorated with local greenery and fruit. A caricature artist on hand to draw personalized wedding favors. Big or small, it’s these details that will make your wedding feel special and unique. Looking for creative ideas? Draw inspiration from your venue location and decorate each table with the area’s most iconic landmarks. For instance at downtown Los Angeles’ OUE Skyspace you overlook the area’s most famous sites from wherever you stand, such as the Hollywood sign, the Capitol Records building, and even Catalina Island on a clear day.
Create an Unexpected Moment
Imagine walking down the aisle to your favorite song and having two trumpet players surprise guests by playing along? Or starting the first dance with a slow classic, only to break into a hit your guests dance along to? Maybe the most epic wedding entrance ever down OUE’s infamous Skyslide, a 45-foot all-glass enclosed ride from the 70th floor to the 69th floor terrace, is more your style? Some of our all-time favorite weddings featured an unexpected moment that you will remember forever.
Indulge Guests with Non-Typical Wedding Food
Trust me, we like chicken. We just don’t necessarily want to eat it at every wedding we go to. When it comes to planning your menu, think about your favorite meals and talk to your caterer about how to incorporate those flavors. It also helps to consider this when researching your wedding venue/catering company as well. OUE Skyspace’s Executive Chef Gilda Giddens is known for sourcing local ingredients for her farm-to-table cuisine and utilizing seasonal produce and sustainable seafood when building her event menus. Sharing the same taste as the Chef will help create a menu that goes beyond the standards, making guests feel like they’re in your favorite restaurant.
No matter where you say “I Do,” make sure it’s all about YOU. It will be the best, most unique wedding ever.