Looking for unique ceremony ideas to make yours even more memorable? You’ll find them here!
Your wedding is a huge part of your lifelong adventure as a couple. Don’t let your ceremony be anything but extraordinary! Today we’re showing you fun, practical, and totally creative ceremony ideas to make yours memorable. With twenty-one unique ideas, there’s sure to be one you haven’t seen yet including ceremony seating, backdrops, bridesmaid bouquet alternatives, a fun program, and more. Read on to be inspired!
21 Unique Ceremony Ideas
1. Change up the seating.
No two ceremonies are the same, so why should the seating be? This ceremony featured guests arranged in a more circular shape.
We love these unique pallet ottomans for a beach wedding. Here’s one example of pallet seating used in a ceremony.
Try a fun idea of eclectic seating for a backyard bash.
2. Carry a bouquet that will last forever.
Unlike fresh flowers, a fabric bouquet won’t wilt, fade, or die. An alternative wedding bouquet, like fabric, lasts forever. Since it’s handmade, it can be customized to your specific color palette. This fabric bouquet is one of our favorites and is handmade by All for Love, L.O.V.E.. It’s a definite keeper.
If that bouquet isn’t available any more (sad face, I don’t see it in the shop), here’s another suggestion or ALL OF THESE!
3. Perform a ‘knot-tying’ ceremony.
A knot-tying ceremony is similar to the unity ceremony but involves a fisherman’s knot. The couple ties the knot together to form a very strong knot; the knot only gets tighter with pressure and cannot come undone which represents the couple’s strength. Perfect for a nautical wedding! You can get a knot-tying ceremony kit here.
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4. Offer hankies or tissues to guests.
For tears of joy, giving hankies to guests is one of our favorite ceremony ideas. You can get really cute handkerchiefs in bulk here.
Here’s some tissues you can offer to guests. Set them in a basket next to your programs so guests can take them as they arrive.
5. Write your own vows…
… and turn ’em into one of these. Or write them in these sweet vow books, spotted at Design Life Studio.
6. Have bridesmaids carry something other than flowers.
A clutch purse is way more functional for carrying down the aisle instead of flowers. Money well spent!
Or, have bridesmaids carry lanterns instead. (At night, they offer additional lighting!)
7. Have your bridesmaid sign the bottoms of your shoes before you walk down the aisle.
Tradition states that the name still remaining after the night is through will be the next to walk down the aisle. Use these markers — they work great.
Or, add these “I Do” decals to the bottom of your shoes. If you’re having a church wedding and you kneel, the words will be shown off. :)
8. Display your ceremony events on a chalkboard (instead of a program).
9. Have your guest book available at the ceremony.
If your ceremony takes place near your reception, have your guest book display out and ready for signatures. If guests are early, they can get a head start on signing your book. You’ll ensure more guests have a chance to see it and sign it before your reception.
10. Pick out an awesome ceremony backdrop.
A cool backdrop or arch adds a personalized touch to your ceremony. And don’t be afraid tie in punchy pops of color (see more here).
11. Plan a grand entrance… outdoors!
This ‘entrance’ is the perfect combination of handmade monograms + vintage doors.
12. Infuse your decor with unexpected decor — like garland.
This looks beautiful on the backs of chairs. By Moda Deco.
Or a unique sign at the front of the aisle way. By KellyDuffyDesigns.
13. Play a nontraditional song down the aisle.
Love The Beatles? James Taylor? That amazing song played at the end of this movie? Do it. You don’t have to play Canon in D.
13. Offer ceremony fans instead of traditional programs.
Program fans: the thank-goodness-they-thought-of-this option for guests sitting out in the hot summer sun. Programs by Beau-coup.
14. Skip the veil and wear an alternative instead.
This soft chiffon headpiece is one excellent alternative. By Tessa Kim
You can also see lots of bridal veil alternatives here.
15. Choose an offbeat boutonniere.
Not a flower-loving groom? Skip the traditional flower and opt for a boutonniere alternative. A starfish becomes a perfect thematic touch for a beach wedding, as seen in the example below.
16. Plan a ceremony with a view.
Consider getting married somewhere with stunning beach or mountain views.
17. Wear shoes that personify your style.
Choose comfortable wedding shoes that add a little style down the aisle! For example, TOMS wedding shoes are a huge trend for brides who loooove comfort.
18. Remind guests to pick a seat… not a side.
Or try this new take: “sit wherever your heart desires”. Sign by Flora South Designs.
19. Select a non-traditional wedding ring ‘pillow’.
We love ring pillow alternatives! One of our favorites: this “to the moon and back” pillow by Fern and Pine Co.
20. Have guests wave flags instead of tossing rice or seed.
These fun hooray flags are by LarkspurAndLinen.
Or try any of these fun ceremony toss ideas — there’s so many creative ways to do a ceremony send-off!
21. Pick out the coolest wedding programs.
Why pick a boring program? This infographic program is one of the biggest trends and is wayyyy more fun! By PuffPaperCo.
Need more ideas? Choose one of these programs! You’ll love ’em (and guests will, too).
What are the most unique ceremony ideas you’ve ever seen?
Updated 2019 to reflect the latest unique wedding ceremony ideas. :)
Brailee, Sounds like your wedding will have plenty of personal touches! Which song from Glee? How fun!
SUCH GREAT and UNIQUE ideas!!! O my goodness! I am inspired!
Great, Star! Glad you like the post!
Thanks so much for sharing our “Kama catch me” stationery design of the Ceremony Fans :)
Great collection of ideas! I wish I had done the knot tying idea at my own nautical-themed wedding!
Yes! The knot-tying was one of my favorites from this list. The knot could then be framed in a shadow box and displayed in the couple’s home afterward as a keepsake.
I love these ideas! Especially liked the picture with the saying “pick a seat not a side”.
The concept of ‘pick a seat not a side’ is a more modern twist and we love the idea. Why separate when you’re all becoming one big family? Thanks for stopping by – I’m so glad you liked the ideas.
I love this post! I am getting married in about a month with a unique backyard ceremony. We are using several of these actually for our ceremony. We are dancing down the aisle to “Lovelier than you” by B.O.B. and then washing each others’ feet during the ceremony. Our seating is all eclectic choices, with a couch, hay bails, a bench, chairs, and blankets on the ground for people to gather around us intimately where-ever they choose. My bouquet will be fake so it will last forever, and I made the boutonnieres out of burlap, twine, buttons, and dried baby’s breath. I love my unique look as the bride; I will be wearing a crown of flowers! :D And our guests will be able to sign our “guest book” (which is a guitar) as they come in. I am very excited. Thanks for sharing!
Your wedding sounds like it will be absolutely beautiful! I especially love the guitar ‘guest book’. And, seating where-ever guests choose is also a great idea. So excited for you! :) I hope it’s a perfect day from start to finish. Thanks for stopping by!
These are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Love the idea of a boutonniere being something other than a flower. I will be passing this link on!
Thanks for your comment. We also love the idea of a boutonniere that lasts rather than one that wilts and is thrown away. Thanks for stopping by and for passing on the link. :)
You’re welcome! I’m happy you liked them. September weddings are gorgeous! Fall weddings are so pretty, and in September you have the added benefit of slightly warmer weather than October or November. I, too, like the sky lanterns. We did this at my sister’s wedding off the water and it was incredible. It was a fun activity for guests and the photos were amazing!
All my best,
Thank you, Emma for these fantastic ideas! I’ll be getting married in September and will keep this in mind. My favorite is the sky lanterns, I never would have thought of that! :)
Stephanie, you’re most welcome! Sky lanterns are one of my favorite wedding ideas. We did them at my sister’s wedding and it was so much fun for guests!
Love all the ideas here! Thanks for including my pinwheel boutonniere.
You’re welcome! It’s such a fun take on the traditional bout. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
You’re most welcome! I’m sure you handcrafted many of the wedding items yourself, too! :) Thanks for stopping by.
Had a unique ceremony myself, I love this. Thank you for including me! :)
You’re welcome, Gina!
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