If you picked the warm weathered months of 2016 to tie the knot, you still have some time to think outside the box for your big day. You can transform your cookie-cutter wedding into one that spews personality, bold decisions and Instagram-worthy pics that your friends haven’t taken at any of the other bridals they’ve expended their weekends at this year.
If you’re looking through your bridal plans, your timeline for the working day and even your wardrobe you know, that expensive wedding dress you expended a couple of grand on and wondering how to switch it up a little, the first thing you’ll want to think about is what traditions you can kick to the kerb. Perhaps you’re over the idea of tossing the bouquet, or you’re even rethinking your traditional “Here Comes The Bride” walk down the aisle.
Maybe you don’t want to do a generic “first look” when you tap the bridegroom on the shoulder, and he turns around to see your glammed-up mug. Instead, perhaps you want to make it a scavenger hunt, in which he has to search different spots to find you. Put him to work on the bridal day. Now, that’s quite the unique idea. Maybe instead of having first dance, you want to have a freestyle rap combat between you and your new hubby.
The options are endless, but to get you started, here are five rapid and easy styles you redo your bridal to make it nontraditional and more like you this summer.
1. Take off the imagination shoes.
Go barefoot. If that’s too hippy for your bridal vibe, or you’re convinced you’ll step on a piece of glass and spend your wedding night in a hospital room over a hotel room, then find a pair of shoes you’ll actually wear again. Find a pair that call convenience and class.
If you’re doing any part of your bridal outdoors, you can go casual with your footwear. Plus, chances are , no one will be looking at your feet during this night. Say I do to a pair of neon pink Converse or lace TOMs. Nobody will judge you if you’re a happy bride in a pair of flip-flops.
2. One cake? Try two.
If you’re a dessert fan, don’t settle for one large, tiered cake. Toss that tradition out the window, and go with more summery, personal-sized desserts. Whether you pick fruity-themed cake pops, or you have an ice cream truck parked outside when the night’s over, don’t settle for something vanilla.
3. Skip the ceremony before the party.
Capitalize on the good, warm weather and start your wedding off with an outdoor cocktail hour or even party before settling down for a quick ceremony. Time the ceremony to happen when the sunlight situateds for optimal results.
4. Keep it short.
I’m not talking about the length of your bridal. No, you’ll want that to last as long as possible. But, I am talking about your dress duration. If it’s warm out and you’re one to sweat a little more than you’d like to admit, consider a shorter duration dress, to your ankles or even to your knees.
5. Run with the great outdoors.
Take your bridal outside, either the whole thing or merely with an optional outdoor component. Have lawn games, an outdoor bar, a flame pit or even an outdoor dance floor. It’s summertime, and the living is easy. That’s what the vibe of your bridal should be, too.