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In light of the nostalgia-inducing #ThrowbackThursday trend, here are some wedding ideas that allow you to reminisce about the past while also celebrating your future.
1. Marching Band
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
Whether it's your high school or college band, this is an adorable way to re-live school memories.
2. Creative Favors
Photo by Marlin Munoz Photography
We love the way this couple incorporated the classic cartoon into their wedding favors!
3. Picture, Picture
Photo by Sarah Rhoads Photographers
Leave a Polaroid on the tables so guests can snap photos and keep them as favors!
4. Play Dress-Up
Photo by Melvin Gilbert Photography
Throw on a silly costume and strike a pose in the photo booth with your new partner in crime.
5. Lemonade Stand
Photos by Bright Bird Photography and Jose Villa Photography
The perfect throwback for a hot-weather wedding: ice-cold lemonade!
Photos by Cindy Lee Photography and Megan L Photo
As a kid, no celebration was complete without balloons! Go monogrammed or hire a balloon artist if you're feeling creative.
7. Temporary Tattoos
Photos by Liz Chrisman Photography and Emily Alt Photography
Personalized temporary tattoos are a creative twist on favors that everyone can rock at the reception!
8. Kissing Booth
Photo by Daniel Kim Photography
An adorable way for all couples to show off their affection at the reception.
9. Hall Passes
Photo by Per Pixel Photo
Escort your guests to their assigned tables with this unique hall pass idea!
10. Freezie Pops
Photo by Aaron Watson Photography
The only dessert you'll ever need! We guarantee this idea will be a hit at any summer wedding.
NEXT: 13 Ideas for Wedding Entertainment That Don't Involve Dancing
1. Jumbo Jenga
Photo by Brio Art by Katie Fears
This fun game will bring unaquainted guests together.
2. A Silhouette Artist
Photo courtesy Cut Arts
A dedicedly classier alternative to caricature illustrations.
3. The Shoe Game
Photo by Matt Steeves Photography
Here's how it works: the newlyweds sit back to back and swap one shoe, so that each person is holding a shoe that belongs to them and a shoe that belongs to their new spouse. Someone (likely from the wedding party) asks questions about the couple, and each person holds up the shoe that represents the person that best answers the question. It's a fun way for guests to get to know the couple a little better!
4. A Piñata
Photo by Nelly Photography
With the right crowd, adults will love this just as much as the kids!
Photo by A. Blake Photography
A classic game option for outdoor receptions.
Photos by Ely Fair and Tara Swain
Jugglers, fire dancers, etc. . . whatever your heart desires!
7. Live Painting
Photo by Melissa Oholendt
Older guests will particularly enjoy watching the masterpiece take form, and you'll have a beautiful souvenir from your wedding day!
Photo by Matt Edge
Another lawn game we love!
9. Bocce Ball
Photo courtesy Amore Events by Cody, LLC
Dedicate an entire section of your outdoor reception to lawn games by including bocce, badmintion, cornhole, and horseshoes.
10. Hula Hoops
Photo by Cramer Photo
Another idea that adult guests might enjoy more than you'd think!
11. Water Balloons
Photos by Katelyn James
Offer prizes to young ones for the most balloons popped.
Photos by 52Forty Photography and Keepsake Memories
13. Balloon Artist
Photos by MeganLPhoto and Felicie Events
A fun way to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) entertained.
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Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Having a wedding during the holiday season? Give a warm welcome to your wedding guests with this festive entryway decor!
Ingredients:Magnolia Leaves Clippings from my Christmas tree — 2 long and 2 short Floral Wire Scissors Decorative Bow
Making a fresh swag is super easy! Basically, you are putting it together as if you were putting together a bridal bouquet. First start by gathering your longest clippings. Place them together and on top place the 2 shortest clippings.
Next place the magnolia leaves on top and secure the bundle with the wire tape.
Now add the decorative bow and secure it to the swag with the wire tape.
There you have it!
Now hang it on the door of your ceremony or reception space and enjoy the beauty!
It’s a classic image – a lovely little flower girl tossing petals down the aisle. However, some venues do not allow the tossing of petals (it can be a bit of a clean-up disaster, after all!), so what’s a flower girl to do? Fortunately, there are several alternatives items that are not only easy to create, but also fun for the little ones to carry during their big moment in the spotlight!
These balls of flowers (carnations are popular) feature a ribbon handle for easy carrying. Little ones may also love that they resemble a purse!
Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Your little princesses will adore carrying ribbon wands down the aisle – they’re both fun for waving throughout the wedding, and also a nice keepsake to take home!
Photo by April B Photography
Little girls who want to feel like grown-ups will love carrying their own miniature versions of the bridesmaids’ bouquet.
Photo by Jack Looney Photography
A garland of greenery is a unique alternative to a floral arrangement, and has a very Old World, vintage-inspired feel.
Photo by Rebecca Yale Portraits
Your guests will get a kick out of these fun, and often DIY, signs, as your littlest attendants carry them down the aisle.
Photos by (left to right): Vallentyne Photography, hearts & horseshoes photography
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Get into the holiday spirit with these cinnamon snowflake DIY escort cards. They’re super easy to make and smell great too. Here’s how to make your own.
Materials:cinnamon sticks glue dots (or hot glue) evergreen tree trimmings knife cardstock scissors pencil or pen
1. Start by cutting a cinnamon stick in half, lengthwise, then width wise. So you are left with four smaller pieces.
2. Add a glue dot to the center of one of the four cut pieces of cinnamon stick. Turn the stick vertically.
3. Then place another stick onto of the previous stick, horizontally. Add another glue dot to the center of the top stick.
4. Then place a third stick onto the stack, at a diagonal.
5. Repeat the glueing process with the last stick, filling in the last diagonal area.
6. Make these snowflakes in various size and widths, then add small tree trimmings to the back of each snowflake with glue dots.
7. Next, cut a long skinny piece of paper and write the name of each guest and their table number on the strip before attaching to the snowflake, with one last glue dot.
Add the finished snowflakes to the escort table for a festive and fragrant touch to your big day.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Treat your guests to a delicious before-dinner snack — that almost looks to pretty to eat — with these stacked message macaron place cards.
Materials:macarons rubber alphabet stamps glue dots transparent mini envelopes card stock pencil or pen edible ink marker bamboo skewers
Note: Before you get started, make sure your stamps are brand new or completely clean of any ink from previous uses.
1. First, decide on a message that you would like each place card to say, whether it’s just a message of love, a monogram, wedding date, etc. Then ink your first stamp letter, by running the edible ink marker over the letter thoroughly.
2. Next, turn the stamp over and stamp directly onto the first macaron.
3. Repeat the inking process from step one and step two until the word or message is complete.
4. Set macarons aside and cut out small pieces of card stock that will fit inside the tiny translucent envelopes. Write each guests name on the card stock before tucking it into the envelope. Fill the envelope with a little bit of glitter if desired. Or write a message on the back of each piece of card stock to each guest.
5. Next, using glue dots, attach the envelopes to bamboo skewers, making sure the pointy end is facing downward (away from the envelope).
6. Then, pierce a small stack of finished macarons with the bamboo skewer and add to place setting.
This would be a great escort card idea as well. And guests are sure to love the delicious treat before the reception starts.
Your wedding doesn’t have to end with the last dance at the reception. Many couples are hosting after-parties to keep the celebration going until the wee hours. Here are a few ideas for after-party celebrations.
Set up an outdoor or indoor lounge so your guests can relax and unwind after the wedding. Make sure the bar is still stocked and offer passed late-night snacks, like sliders and fries, for everyone to enjoy.
Photo by Arnau Dubois Photography
Late-night karaoke is a fun way to entertain your guests. Of course, the newlyweds get first dibs on picking a tune to sing, but then let all of your guests take a turn at the mic. As the night goes on (and the alcohol flows), expect the songs to get sillier and rowdier!
Photo by Whitmeyer Photography
Hit the Bars
Move the party to a favorite local bar or hangout, or, for your guests’ convenience, it may be more appealing to host a post-party function in the bar of the hotel where everyone is staying. If you’re expecting a large group, see if you can book a private space or table in advance.
Photo by June Lion
Food Truck Fiesta
After a long night of partying, your guests will likely be famished. What could be a better surprise than a food truck (or two) to feed your hungry revelers? Whether the trucks offer sweet or savory fare, your guests will certainly be appreciative.
Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Gather your guests ‘round a bonfire for a celebratory late-night event. From singing favorite songs to roasting marshmallows, it’s a fitting close to a joyful wedding day.
Photo by John Schlia Photography
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Candles are a great decor element to incorporate into your wedding. They're romantic and go with every wedding style! Ten of our favorite ways to decorate with candles follow below, and there's plenty more ideas where that came from.
1. Light Up the Night
Photo by Jayd Gardinia Photography
Having an outdoor reception? Use candles to illuminate your space!
2. Glam Centerpieces
Photos by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Candles are a great way to glam up any table arrangement. From candleabras to silverleaf candle holders, consider them for your table settings.
3. Illuminated Lounge
Photo by Q Weddings
Lend an air of romance to your cocktail lounge with scented candles! They will create a relaxing environment for you or your guests to escape to.
4. Aisle Markers
Photos by Woodland Fields Photography and Kristyn Hogan
Line your aisle with candles as a unique alternative to flowers- or do both!
5. Unity Candle
Photos by Mustard Seed Photography and Nicole Burnett Photography
Symbolize your two lives coming together by incorporating a unity candle into your ceremony.
6. Hanging Decor
Photo by The Nichols and Heather Kincaid
This fun decor element is the perfect touch for a rustic barn wedding.
7. In Memoriam
Photo by Arte De Vie
Lighting a candle in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away is a sentimental way to honor them at your nuptials.
8. At the Entryway
Photos by Magnolia Pair and Heather Kincaid
Set the tone for the ceremony by lighting up the pathway! It'll also help your guests figure out where to go.
9. Fun Favors
Photo by Jillian Ryan Photography
A thoughtful and great-smelling favor will be well-received by your guests!
10. Table Accents
Photo by Onelove Photography
Add candle decor to your escort card table, your welcome table, or anywhere else that could benefit from an accent or two!
NEXT: Winter Wedding Decor >>
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Marvelous Things Photography
Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!
Ingredients:Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors
Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.
Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.
Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!
So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!