Weddings have changed significantly over the last decade, from stuffy and traditional to exploding with personality. Couples have become a little more laid back, incorporating some fun and fresh new ideas into their big day. Here are 10 of the most creative (and sometimes wacky) wedding trends for 2012.
Photo booths have taken over the wedding reception with fun props, such as mustaches, boas, glasses, hats, and frames. Because of it’s growing popularity, there are even portable photo booth services that allow your guests to take photos and even record a short video message. I think this is a great way to keep your friends and family entertained while getting some pretty awesome pictures for your scrapbook.
Gourmet Jell-O Shots are a cocktail alternative that have become sumptuous and sophisticated! If fact, they may just be a little too fancy to call Jell-O shots, but these are definitely a unique addition to your bar. For more ideas and recipes click here.
Streamers have always been popular for parties, but now you’ll find them dressing up many wedding ceremonies and receptions. They add a little bit of color and whimsy hanging from the trees, the back of chairs, behind the dessert buffet, or strung along the rafters. And, they’re cheap! Talk about an affordable decoration that adds a lot of punch.
Who doesn’t love donuts? I just love how these amazing little fried circles of goodness have made their way onto a cake stand. Yes, I will have a donut, thank you. And then, maybe I’ll have another. Donut holes in cute little individual bags also make for a yummy wedding favor idea. Check out these other dessert buffet inspirations, too.
They say shoes are a girl’s best friend, but Converse shoes have become a bride and groom’s sole mate. What a cute idea with lots of fab photo ops! Converse has even made their shoes customizable on their website – everything from the heel stripe color to a personal tag.
Creative signs have become huge at weddings. Chalkboards are perfect for displaying the menu or writing a special message. Rustic wooden signs are popular as directional signs. And, don’t forget about the ring bearer and flower girls! They just love to have their own sign to carry up the aisle.
A rainbow inspired wedding is a far cry from a traditional color combo, but when done right, the striking array of colors are very pleasing. You can incorporate the colors of the rainbow into everything from the bridesmaid dresses to the dessert buffet. This is definitely an easy way to add a playful touch to your special day. If you like this idea, check out these bright spring wedding inspiration boards.
Looking for a not so square idea for your wedding ceremony? Consider having your guests surround you with a circular or spiral seating configuration. Instead of your backs being turned to them, this will give them all a unique view of the nuptials. It obviously wouldn’t work in a church or most indoor venues, but your options are wide open with an outdoor wedding.
Appealing vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus and leafy greens, are taking the place of flowers on many table centerpieces. They’re not just for eating anymore. Move over rose, here comes the radish! More Veggie Centerpiece Ideas.
A themed wedding puts a new spin on tradition, and it’s a lot of fun to plan, too! I’ve seen a lot of circus themes, inspired by the movie Water For Elephants. You’re only limited by your imagination on this one, so perhaps choose a theme that fits both of your personalities or lifestyles. You might also like these 10 Unique Engagement Photo Themes.