Are You a Bride With an Adventurous Side?

by Emma Grosskopf

Consider these wedding ideas that are ANYTHING but traditional.

There's nothing wrong with a traditional wedding, familiar with all of the elements that we know and love, but sometimes in order to give your wedding a more unique flair, you have to thing outside of the box. Here are five ideas for spicing up your wedding if the traditional "something borrowed, something blue" doesn't really appeal to your adventurous side!


Holiday Weddings

This might seem iffy at first, but imagine the possibilities for a winter wonderland, Christmastime wedding, or a dark and moody wedding with Halloween undertones! Incorporating these seasonal details in bouquets, décor accents or invitations is a sure way to keep your wedding tasteful and unique, as opposed to moving into office-Christmas-party or trick-or-treat territory.

Brides Hannah Parker (left) and Emily Hilbert found unique ways to incorporate the Christmas spirit into their special day! See more of Hannah on page 70 of bridebook, and Emily on page 68!

(Parker wedding photography by Anna Bowser Photography)
(Hilbert wedding photography by Pat Cori Photography)


Themed Weddings

This is an idea that many brides shy away from as well, choosing to go for more common themes such as "elegant," "romantic" or "rustic." In the past year, the wedding industry has seen more couples choosing to have themed weddings such as "Roaring 20s," "Carnival Chic" or "Travel." While this idea is definitely for the more adventurous bride, incorporating small elements of the concept can allow you to maintain the air of the theme without going overboard.

Bride Sydney Solomon chose to have a "Travel" themed wedding, including a reception with several genres of international cuisine. See more of Sydney on page 44 of bridebook!


(Solomon wedding photography by Chris Jackson Photography)


Anything-But-White Wedding Dresses

This trend has spiked over the last few years as more and more brides are dismissing the traditional white for their wedding dress. While some of the bolder brides might opt for something drastic, like a black or red gown, some brides are dipping their toes into the pool of colored dresses with shades such as blush, buttery yellow, icy blue or silver.

Bride Krystina Angelini opts for a soft blush instead of the traditional white for her wedding dress. See more of Krystina here!


(Angelini wedding photography by Tara Lilly Design & Photography)


Pantone Brights

The colors that Pantone has released as trending for this fall are mostly muted, autumnal hues, but there are a couple outliers in shades of bright yellow and lime. These colors, which many, more traditional brides might avoid, can add a vibrant, unexpected pop to any brave bride's wedding day.

Brides Marybeth Pruitt and Jordie Lane both chose to incorporate the vivid, trending colors in their eye-catching bouquets. See more of Marybeth on page 72 of bridebook, and Jordie on page 34!

(Pruitt wedding photography by Heather Chipps Photography)
(Lane wedding photography by Kaitlyn Phipps Photography)


Unique Bouquets

Bouquets are an important part of every wedding, but if you're yawning thinking about a typical floral arrangement, maybe try for something a little more avant garde, like bejeweled or feather-adorned bouquets. The most adventurous among you might choose to forgo bouquets all together and choose something unique like lanterns or parasols for you and your bridal party to carry down the aisle on your special day.

Bride Aynsley Gresko chose to combine traditional bouquets with the fresh idea of parasols on her wedding day. See more of Aynsley here!


(Gresko wedding photography by Ashley Eiban Photography)

Liz Long