Share your one-of-a-kind love story with these unique wedding wedding ceremony ideas. After all, every couple is unique. And while wedding ceremonies often follow a traditional format, it doesn’t mean that they have to be generic. The most significant and inspired part of the wedding day offers plenty of opportunities for personalized touches and creative details.
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The most significant and inspired part of the wedding day offers plenty of opportunities for personalized touches and creative details.”
But first, keep reading to discover 9 unique wedding ceremony ideas that will shine a spotlight on your original love story — while also keeping guests fixated on the ceremony. From newsworthy wedding programs to interactive entertainment, start thinking about all the ways to make your ceremony a unique reflection of your marriage.
1. Start With Unique Wedding Programs
Programs + Party Favors
Wedding programs that double as fans will keep guests cool during an outdoor ceremony — and make for a heartwarming take-home gift.
While programs often end up crumpled on the floor or left behind on the seats, these newsworthy programs are bound to end up in quite a few scrapbooks.
photographer: Reggie Ballesteros | coordinator: Simply Elegant by Diana | décor: Belle Flowers | venue: Piedmont Community Hall | rentals: Elegance Party Rentals & Chairs for Affairs
Begin the day with impeccable service from the moment guests arrive and offer programs served on silver platters.
Combine illustrations with text for an artistic program that tells a meaningful story.
photographer: Cassie Valente Photography | planner: Brilliant Event Planning | décor: Red Carpet Events | venues: The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe & Overlook at Northstar | stationery: Minted & Goosefish Press
2. Give the Kids a Role to Play With These Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Unfurl the Banners
Create the perfect photo op — while also giving kids an important role to play in the ceremony — with cute hand-held signage.
photographer: Timothy Whaley & Associates | planner: Madison Elyse Events | florals: Green Village Flowers | venue: Patrick C. Haley Mansion | décor: Chicagoland Luxury Rentals | a/v: A Posh Production | cake: Cakes XO
We all know pets are children too, so we love how this couple made sure to include their fur-baby in the ceremony.
photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography | planner & designer: Leslie Dawn Events | décor: Sax Romney Floral Design | venue: Montage Deer Valley
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3. Consider Unique Seating Arrangements for Your Wedding Ceremony
A plush sofa gives older guests (and guests with certain disabilities) a chance to get more comfortable during the ceremony.
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4. Think Outside the Arch with an Unexpected Backdrop and Unique Wedding Ceremony Décor
Over the Moon
This celestial backdrop reminds us that love is both infinite and awe-inspiring.
On the Town
The grit and grandeur of a cityscape has this happy couple feeling like they’re on the top of the world (or at least, on top of a very tall building).
A backdrop with song lyrics, surrounded by metallic fringe, makes this disco-themed wedding both unique and meaningful.
photographer: Theresa Elizabeth Photography | planner: Amanda Price Events | décor: Duia and Jean | venue & caterer: NOCHI | rentals & candle décor: Firefly Ambiance | stationery: InvitoBella | calligraphy: AMC Calligraphy
Think outside the box (or Mandap) with a unique wedding backdrop that features pom-poms of white and yellow roses.
photographer & cinematography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema | planner, design, floral: Anaïs Event Planning & Design | venue: San Francisco City Hall | caterer: Jalsa Catering & Events | music & lighting: Wicked Entertainment | baraat horse: Buzzard Roose Carriage Company | stationery: Shaadi Papery | hair & makeup: Henna Dil Se
Pass the Tissue [Paper Pom Poms]
Tissue paper pom poms add a delicate whimsy to this all-natural wedding backdrop — all while complementing the colors and textures of the treetops.
photographer: Laura Goldenberger | planner: Dina Morales Events | caterer: Happy Trails Catering
5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side With These Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas & Aisle Décor
6. Decorate in Unexpected Places With These Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Botanical Ceiling Installation
Guests couldn’t help but look up at this stunning ceiling installation of suspended botanicals.
photographer: Simoudis Photography | planner: Leslie Mastin Events | décor & event design: Jerry Rose Floral & Event Design | venue: Natirar | production: Frost Productions | rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Panels of greenery transformed the walls of this ballroom into verdant works of art.
photographer: Emilia Jane Photography | planner: Bliss Events Chicago | décor: Exquisite Designs | venue: Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel | lighting & fabric: Frost Chicago | rentals: Bowery & Bash & Tablescapes Event Rentals
7. Cue the Band (When They’re Not Expected) for a Unique Wedding Ceremony
Processional Music With a Twist
Ceremonial musicians join the wedding party for an unforgettable walk down the aisle.
photographer: Anna Marks Photography | planner: Bustle Events | décor: Amanda Vidmar Design & The Plant Library | venue: Four Seasons San Francisco | entertainment: Justin Ward, DJ CAMS, Benicia High School Jazz Band, John White, & Ryan Habegger | rentals: Hensley Event Resources
A Unique Performance
A violinist and Cirque du Soleil-style performers give an opening show — while the best final act of all time awaits guests.
photographer: Duke Images | planner: Details Details | décor & rentals: Shawna Yamamato Event Design | venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill | entertainment: LIV Entertainment Group & LA Follies | lighting: The Lighter Side
8. Have That One Unforgettable Moment With These Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas
9. Dim the Lights for a Unique Nighttime Wedding Ceremony
Bring These Unique Wedding Ceremonies Ideas to Life
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