23 unusual wedding ideas for an extra special day

23 unusual wedding ideas for an extra special day

Do you need ideas on how to make your wedding extra special? Stop looking, you've found them!

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1. Hangover Recovery Kit

A useful wedding favour - you may be needing that tomorrow!
An useful wedding favour - you may be needing that tomorrow!

Give your guests something a little different as a wedding favour - their very own Hangover Kit. You can easily make them up yourselves, including headache tablets, a bottle of water and mints, or you can buy them from Etsy.com.

2. 'Tying the knot' Cards

Handmade and rustic - perfection.
Handmade and rustic - excellent.

If you're trying to save a bit of money on your wedding, consider recreating these handmade 'tying the knot' save the date cards. With brown card and string, you can make the perfect rustic thing. (Apologies for my questionable rhyme!) Find out more at TheNaturalWeddingCompany.co.uk.

3. Pick-a-side!

idea from melissa & drews sarasota-destination wedding
From Melissa & Drew’s Sarasota Destination Wedding

Give your guests a little game to play by giving them badges depicting which of the happy couple they know. They can then guess how other guests know them. It will make a great ice-breaker and they will get to find out more about their fellow party-goers.

4. Anniversary Piñata

From A Cultural Wedding in Austin, TX.
From A Cultural Wedding in Austin, TX.

You can have your very own time capsule at your wedding. How splendid! Get your friends and family to leave messages and then you can open them on your One Year Anniversary.

5. Doughnut

What a delicious wedding favour to behold.
What a delicious wedding favour to behold.

If you want to give your guests sweet treats, why not consider a single doughnut? You can buy these wedding favours from Krispy Kreme and you can personalise them too!

6. Jenga guest book

A unique guest book idea for your big day.
A unique guest book idea for your big day.

Who says your guest book has to be a book? Turn your Jenga bricks into a guest book where they can write anything they want to. Every time you want to play Jenga in years to come, you'll think back to your wedding day.

7. Song request

Hmmmm, I probably would have chosen a different song...
Hmmmm, I probably would have chosen a different song...

Are you stuck for ideas on what songs to play at your wedding? Ask your guests! Add a line to hear their song request option on your RSVPs. You'll get plenty of inspiration for your big day.

8. Keep it fun at the Kid's Table

Now I want to sit at the Kid's Table!
Now I want to sit at the Kid's Table!

Keep the little ones entertained by including fun activity packs at their table. Think crayons, paper, sweets - they'll love it. If you've got the room, add board games and lots of balloons for some extra fun.

9. Fairy Dust

Sparkly magic.
From MyFancyPrincess.com

Instead of confetti, why not reach for the Fairy Dust instead? It will surely bring more magic to your wedding. Happy sprinkling!

10. Bubbles reception

Forever blowing bubbles...
Forever blowing bubbles...

Bubbles are always fun for the kids, and for the big kids - they make everyone happy! Consider giving little bubble wands to everyone instead of confetti.

11. Video booth

Make your own rules up.
Make your own rules up.

Get guests to leave video messages for the instead of written messages and the later it gets, the more funny they might get too! You can choose your own rules for your video booth, whether you want people to sing their favourite songs, or give heartfelt messages, it's up to you.

12. Polaroid guest book

Look out for funny faces.
Look out for funny faces.

This is a sweet idea and will make a great memory book of your big day. Guests can take a quick snap of themselves with a polaroid camera and write their thoughts too.

13. Olive oil bottles

From PepperDesignBlog.com
From PepperDesignBlog.com

If you're a keen chef you'll love these gorgeous wedding favours of flavoured oils. These are handmade, so they'll be extra-special to your guests. Also... yum!

14. Wishing stone

An unusual guest book.
From From Amaranthyne.co.uk

Instead of your usual guest book, gather some pebbles and pens and you've got yourself some wishing stones! This is a cheap alternative to a guest book and will look beautiful in your home, however you choose to display them.

15. Sunglasses

You'll be needing these tomorrow, I predict.
You'll be needing these tomorrow, I predict.

Give sunglasses away as wedding favours. They're such a great idea for a summer wedding, and for photos - and for the morning after!

16. Tea light jam jars

Pretty hanging tea lights.
Pretty hanging tea lights.

Don't underestimate the power of tea lights, create your very own Tea light jam jars as a backdrop or decoration for your wedding day. Check out Anushka F's 57 exciting ways you can transform empty jars for more ideas like this.

17. Sparklers

Keep safe when you sparkle!
Keep safe when you sparkle!

Light up your wedding photos buy giving your guests their very own sparklers to play with. Remember to keep some buckets of water handy for safe disposal.

18. Cheese & pork pie wedding cake

Get in my mouth. Now.
From Confetti.co.uk

Who says you have to have a boring cake on your big day? If you love cheese and pork pies, there's nothing stopping you from having one! Choose a cake you want to eat, you'll probably never have a cake like it again...

19. Tinkling bells

Bells, bells, bells.
From BeauxArts.com

Confetti? How boring! Invest in some pretty tinkling bells instead. They can double-up as a wedding favour too.

20. Envelopes

Create an envelope wall!
Create an envelope wall!

Recreate the childhood excitement of opening up happy post, instead of utility bills and junk mail. Put envelopes up on the wall for your guests to stick their notes to you into.

21. Flip flops

Fabulous idea for aching feet.
Fabulous idea for aching feet.

Provide your guests with flip flops in so they can dance at the end of the night - this is a great idea for the summer, although I'm not too sure about the winter...

22. Instagram hashtag


A growing trend amongst social media types, set up an Instagram hashtag so your guests can tag your wedding. You can then choose to print them off for your wedding album if you like them!

23. Newspaper

From EmmaCasePhotography.blogspot.co.uk
From EmmaCasePhotography.blogspot.co.uk

This is a lovely idea for weddings. Fill up each newspaper with the order of the day, and anything else you want to put in them, like photos of the bride and groom from childhood through to the stag and hen dos!

Hope you've enjoyed reading! If you've got some unusual wedding ideas you've seen, or had at your wedding, I'd love to hear them in the comments section below...


Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Doug Dotson on November 9, 2015 at 3:25 am

    We held our wedding at a campground under a pavilion. We kept it simple had baskets of Hershey's Huhas and Hershey's Kisses on the tables for guest along with a simple rose and carnation mason jar decorations.

    1. Author Colleen B on November 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Oh sorry, now I understand! that sounds beautiful Doug - do you have a pic?

  2. Author Doug Dotson on November 9, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Hershey's Hugs. LOL

    1. Author Colleen B on November 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hershey's Hugs?

  3. Author terry ashford on October 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Would like to join in.


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