12 Most Creative Alternatives to Try for Weddings

donut stand weddings

garland by katz corner boutique

Happy Wednesday, loves! When you are knee-deep in planning your wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in cookie cutter ideas or traditional ways of doing everything. We encourage you to think outside the box when planning your big day; skip traditions you don’t like, participate in the ones you love, and start a few of your own! To kick start your creativity, we’ve gathered our favorite wedding alternatives to transform every detail of your big day. Read on to see which wedding alternatives made the cut…

12 Creative Wedding Alternatives

1. Instead of wedding cake…

… go nuts with donuts! Or cake pops. Or cookies. Or pies. Really, the possibilities are endless. You can still have a small wedding cake for you and your honey.

donuts instead of wedding cake

photo by dove and sparrow photography via style me pretty

Here’s a clever way to display them on a stand (by Freestyle Mom):

donut server stand by freestylemom

by freestyle mom

Oh! And these cute diamond picks for powdered donuts (by Best Day Ever Bashes):

donut picks diamonds by bestdayeverbashes

by best day ever bashes

2. Instead of boutonnieres…

… give your bridal party ‘badges of honor’ to wear. These pin buttons are by Big Yellow Dog Designs.

bridesmaid groomsmen buttons

by big yellow dog designs

3. Instead of a wedding veil…

… wear an alternative! Here’s a hair comb we spotted at Tessa Kim as one example.

chiffon hair comb

by tessa kim (photos: deyla huss)

Take a closer look! My goodness, it’s beautiful…

wedding hair comb

by tessa kim (photos: deyla huss)

4. Instead of a seating chart…

… have guests pick a seat – not a side. Let guests know with a sign, like this chalkboard one from C. Morris Designs:

pick a seat not a side

by c morris designs

5. Instead of a ring pillow…

… carry rings in a sweetly decorated muslin bag, like this one by Clementine Weddings. After the wedding, you can store it in a drawer to hold other jewelry.

via EmmalineBride.com

by clementine weddings

6. Instead of clinking glasses…

… instruct guests to sing a song before you’ll kiss! Print the chorus to popular songs on note cards placed on reception tables. Guests can pick a song – and a friend – to serenade the couple. In return, the couple will kiss – no clinking of glasses necessary.

bride and groom leaning in to kiss

photo by visuels via pinterest

7. Instead of frosting…

… go naked – with the cake, that is. (See more naked cakes here.)

naked wedding cake

photo by rosie parsons via preston bailey

8. Instead of traditional flower girl / ring bearer roles…

… instruct the little ones to carry a banner instead, like ‘Here Comes The Bride’. Talk about a grand entrance!

here comes the bride pennant
banner: the ritzy rose, photo: joseph mark

9. Instead of a traditional ring…

… opt for something unique that suits your style. One example is this feather and moissanite wedding ring set from Luxuring:

moissanite feather wedding ring set

by luxuring

Or this half moon engagement ring from Artemer:

half moon diamond ring

by artemer

You can even add a splash of color, like emerald green (also by Artemer):

emerald engagement ring

by artemer

(See the Top 40 Most Beautiful Engagement Rings.)

10. Instead of a traditional guest book…

… use a guest book poster instead! Guests sign right on the poster and you can display it in your home after the big day. By The Red Key Shop.

wedding guest book by theredkeyshop

by the red key shop

personalized wedding sign by theredkeyshop

by the red key shop

11. Instead of an aisle runner…

… decorate the side of the aisle with paper flowers, custom-made in your favorite shades. One of our favorites is this find from Pomtree! It can also be used as a backdrop instead.

flower backdrop

by pomtree

12. Instead of a fresh flower bouquet…

… go handmade and enjoy that gorgeous bouquet forever. No wilting! This handmade bouquet is by The Sunny Bee.

bouquet that lasts forever

by the sunny bee

What would you add to the list? Comment below!

Happy Planning!


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