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60 Wonderful wedding ideas for your special day

By Elise Hodge

Published: May 14th, 2021

Wow your guests with these fun and fantastic ideas for your special day!

If you are planning for your big day, then you’ll know how many decisions need to be made to bring all of the details to life. From the preparation and getting ready in the morning, to the ceremony, to the photos, the reception and everything in between. There is no denying your wedding day is equally as amazing as it is a huge day for everyone involved. So it is important to be organised with all of your decisions in advance, and this is a great place to start with lots of wedding ideas.

It is both a blessing and a curse that there are endless wedding ideas, styles and themes to choose from. But the important thing is that you create a day that perfectly represents the unique love you share with your partner, so definitely keep that in mind when deciding on all the details.

Without further ado, grab your favourite drink and take some inspiration from these 60+ wedding ideas. 

Wedding ideas – the preparation

1. Custom logo embosser

Do you love adding that personal touch to everything you do? Well, a custom logo embosser will work wonders to the look of your wedding stationery. Not only does embossing look stunning on your envelopes, but your custom logo will also look gorgeous embossed on the napkins on your special day.

Embossing wedding invitation envelopes
Source: Happy Supplies

2. Custom wedding stationery

Here’s another gorgeous way to personalise your wedding stationery with a bespoke invitation design. I love the gold foil detail on the envelopes and the ‘thank you’ calligraphy on the cards are so beautiful and simple. Plus how gorgeous is the colour blocking with the very dark green, blush pink and very light pink?

Custom wedding invitation ideas
Source: Papel & Co.

Embossing can be expensive, so another way to get something similar is to hire a graphic designer who can make everything personalised just the way you want and then take to a specialised printing service near you.

3. DIY bouquets

Whether you are wanting to save some money, or you genuinely love doing things yourself, DIY bouquets are so much fun to do with your bridesmaids. If you have the time for it, you really could have so much fun creating your hand-arranged bouquets the night before or the morning of. 

Wedding bouquet
Source: Meredith Washburn

4. Dried blooms

Dried blooms are very on-trend right now. And the good news is that they will last a lifetime, so after they are done being displayed at your wedding, you could either gift them to special guests or take them home to display and admire for a lifetime. A lovely keepsake from the most special day of your life.

Dried flower wedding ideas
Source: 100 Layer Cake

And let’s not forget there are always plenty of wedding florists who can help create your bouquet or flower wall.

Wedding sign ideas

5. Acrylic welcome sign

You can’t be there to physically greet each guest. So why not add a little sign to welcome your guests? This will also alleviate any confusion if your guests are unsure as to where to go for the ceremony. I love this acrylic welcome sign that has been painted white then finished with gold calligraphy over the top.

Acrylic welcome sign at wedding ceremony
Source: White Roses Design

6. Vintage gold frame

How gorgeous is this vintage gold frame welcome sign? I love how the frame just has glass inside but has been adorned with gold and white chalk ink pens to add details and illustrations. What a beautiful welcome with the help of a signwriter.

Vintage gold frame sign at wedding
Source: 100 Layer Cake

7. Cute signs for the aisle

Check out these sweet little ring bearers walking down the aisle with their cute signs. I love the ‘I’m just here for the cake’ and ‘here comes the bride’ sayings. I’ve also seen funny signs that say ‘it’s too late now, here she comes!’ These signs are sure to give your guests a giggle.

Signs for ring bearers and flower girls
Source: Festival Brides

8. Chalk ink calligraphy

If you’ve got a seating plan, then guests need to know what table to sit at. So adding table number signs to your tables is a fabulous idea. I love the idea of these glass frames with chalk in calligraphy on them which you can erase after the wedding and use the photo frames in your home.

Chalk ink calligraphy table numbers for wedding
Source: Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

9. Agate name table settings

If you love to be a little extra and don’t want to just have paper name plaques for your tables, then these agate name plaques are a lovely idea. I love the muted neutral colour scheme of the agate slices with the gold calligraphy on top. And you could even have little signs on the tables letting the guests know that they can take their agate slice home at the end of the night.

Agate name place settings
Source: In Loft Calligraphy

10. Neon signs

Want that ‘wow’ factor? Well, let neon signs do all the work! I love the look of the white neon sign against the black bar background. The neon sign really gives the bar area a personal touch and looks like the whole area was custom built for Ali and Max. Find the right person to help with your wedding day signage.

neon sign wedding ideas
Source: Jana Williams via Martha Stewart

11. Special sentiments

If you have a favourite verse or quote that means a lot to you and your love, then adding to your special day is a must. I love this special sentiment. “I have found the one whom my soul loves” would have to be one of my favourites too. And what a great idea to have two different cakes with two different flavours. Perhaps you could keep the smaller one aside for people with certain dietary requirements.

hand painted quote for wedding ceremony
Source: June Bug Weddings

12. Hand-lettered signs

Ever wondered how to create your own hand-lettered signs? Well, this is how it’s done. Just design your layout on the computer, print and temporarily stick behind an acrylic or glass surface and use a chalk ink pen over the top! This is so surprisingly easy and looks absolutely spectacular.

how to make your own perspex signs
Source: Something Turquoise

13. Chalkboard drink menu

Chalkboards are a great idea for any type of sign you need at your wedding. I love this drink menu complete with the favourite cocktails of the bride and groom, as well as a list of additional drinks. I’ll have the vodka, lime and ginger beer, please! That sounds delicious.

Chalkboard drinks menu
Source: Style Me Pretty

14. Directional sign

Don’t have your guests guessing where they need to go and instead make it obvious with a directional sign. I love the very simple and literal language with the ‘party there’ and ‘vows there’. If you want to DIY this, all you will need is some planks of wood, something to cut them with, a few nails and a chalk ink pen for the calligraphy. Otherwise, simply find a handyman near you to take care of all your DIY wedding ideas.

direction sign at wedding
Source: Modern Wedding

15. Laser etched signs

Make sure no one sits in your seat with these lovely Mr and Mrs signs. The laser-etched signs look lovely paired with the other special chair decorations. You could find something like this online or even chat with someone who works with a laser cutter to see what they can do.

mr mrs signs on seats for wedding reception
Source: Wooden Page Gifts

16. Chipboard signs

Just like the last idea, here are some more cute little signs for the backs of the chairs. I love these chipboard signs that also look like they have been laser cut. And I love the green foliage over the top of the chairs and fluffy chair cover, especially for the bride.

bride groom signs on seats at wedding reception
Source: June Bug Weddings

Wedding ceremony ideas

17. Chair details

If you want to add a little more detail to your ceremony, then chair details are a great idea. I love the little ribbon tassels hanging off the back of the ceremony chairs which would be pretty easy and quick to DIY. Just cut off bits of ribbon that are all the same size and tie them onto a piece of string. Easy and effective! This is the perfect job for your wedding event planner and then they can take care of event step up and cleaning afterwards too.

colourful tassels on seats at wedding ceremony
Source: Aisle Society

18. Indoor-outdoor ceremony

Oh, I just absolutely love the architecture of this beautiful indoor-outdoor chapel. I love that the chapel is super open and makes you feel as if you are outside, yet still has the roof overhead in any unfortunate weather situations on your big day.

Wedding ceremony in mountain country area
Source: Nouba

19. In the forest

If you’re anything like me and much prefer nature rather than being in the four walls of a building, then check out this gorgeous ceremony idea. I love this setup amongst the trees in the forest. The natural log benches and log stools at the end of each row really blend in with the surroundings. And the vintage rugs are the perfect floor covering which leads to the tipi altar.

rustic wedding in forest with bench seating
Source: Meredith Washburn

If you’re looking for something to officiate the ceremony, find a wedding celebrant near you.

20. Colourful vintage jars

If you’re a collector of vintage treasures, then I’m sure you’ll love this wedding idea. Perhaps a trip to the closest charity shop will be all you need to grab a collection of colourful vintage jars. I love this hanging arrangement with the colourful jars and little posies of flowers inside.

flowers in jars hanging for wedding decoration
Source: Aisle Society

21. Macrame arbour

Hands up all my boho brides! You’ll love this one. The macrame arbour is the perfect background for a boho wedding. And I love all the other details like dream catchers in the arbour and amongst the trees, flower arrangements and lovely flower crown around the bride’s head.

Macrame arbour at wedding ceremony
Source: Festival Brides

22. Beach wedding ceremony

How gorgeous is this tropical beach wedding ceremony! I love the look of the wooden and white chairs lined up perfectly ready and waiting for the guests. And the white temporary doors are great for the bride’s grand to reveal as they can be closed just before she comes down the aisle. Plus how gorgeous are all the rattan feature pendants hanging above?

Beach wedding ideas
Source: June Bug Weddings

23. Farm style seating

How gorgeous and laid back are farm style weddings? I absolutely love the haystack seating with the addition of the material on top to make things a little more comfortable. I’m sure this would be an amazing feature of your wedding that your guests will be talking about in years to come.

Country wedding with hay bale seating
Source: Southern Weddings

24. Petal confetti

Confetti looks so beautiful being thrown when the couple walks back down the aisle after the ceremony. I would highly recommend using something biodegradable like dried rose petals so that you don’t have to worry about packing everything up at the end as the petals will just decompose back into the earth.

petal confetti
Source: Sami Tipi

25. Dog of honour

This definitely takes on the meaning of man’s best friend. I absolutely love the idea of having a dog of honour. How cute would it be to have the pitter-patter of paws walking down the aisle with a cute little bandana around his or her neck? How proud would they feel to be a part of mummy and daddy’s special day!

dog wedding ideas
Source: Hello Hazel Co

Wedding reception ideas

26. Clear Marquee

Here is another great wedding idea for if you love the look and feel of an outdoor wedding but are a little worried about the weather ruining your big day. A clear marquee means that you get the feeling of being outdoors, yet are still protected by a roof. Plus having a roof means that you can drape fairy lights and attach feature light pendants inside. Just don’t forget those important wedding dance lessons ahead of the big day!

Clear marquee at wedding reception
Source: Wedding Chicks

27. Balloon garland

If you aren’t really much of a flower person, then perhaps a balloon garland would be more your style. I love the peachy, beige and gold tones in this garland which perfectly line the entrance of this property. Get your flowers and balloons delivered direct to the venue and then your event planner will take care of the rest.

gold and white balloon garland at entrance
Source: Ashdown and Lee

28. Wedding bar idea

How gorgeous is this decorated bar area? If you are decorating all your tables, then why would you leave your bar blank? I love this very over the top flower and foliage arrangement that is the perfect border for the bar menu sign. All you have to do is lock in a bartender to keep the drinks pouring all night. 

Modern wedding bar at wedding
Source: Nouba


29. Let the sparks fly

Not only are sparklers fun for the send-off at the end of the night, but they also look so spectacular in your wedding photos and video. I love the idea of having long sparklers to help let those sparks fly when the night is coming to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to the bride and groom. 

Wedding ideas
Source: Details On Demand

30. Kombi photo booth

First up we have this super creative kombi photobooth. I love the large neon sign above the photo booth that cleverly ensures all your guests know why there is a random kombi parked amongst the wedding. And all the dried flowers and pampas grass looks stunning as decoration.

Kombi photobooth idea
Source: June Bug Weddings

31. Wedding table setting

What’s on the menu for tonight? Get your guests salivating at all the deliciousness that they are about to devour by letting them know what’s on the menu. I love the calligraphic writing which has been written in the same font as the name tags.

Modern wedding setting idea
Source: Hampton Event Hire

32. Tall dinner candles

Table decoration can sometimes be something that is overlooked and left until last. Even though it is not necessarily the most important part of your day, having beautifully styled tables still adds to the wow factor of your day. I love the tall dinner candles lined up along this table that really add so much class.

Wedding table setting with tall candles
Source: Ashdown and Lee

33. Bare teepee tent

Nothing says ‘laid back wedding’ more than a tipi does. I love the idea of a naked teepee without any covering on it so that you can sit under it and still admire the stars. This would also be the most perfect place to share your first dance with your love. Secluded and intimate, yet your guests can still witness your amazing dance moves.

teepee wedding ideas
Source: Festival Brides

34. Greenery all around

If you don’t know whether to go with an indoor or outdoor reception but are worried about the weather, then perhaps bringing the outdoors in is a good idea. I love all the different greenery added into this space which makes you feel like you are sitting in a garden, except with the shelter of a roof and windows.

greenery wedding decoration
Source: Haley Richter Photo

35. Lantern installation

How gorgeous is this lantern installation! I love how the lanterns have been arranged to create an interesting shape with some higher and some lower than others. You could hire some lanterns for the day or even buy them and gift them to guests or take them home for yourself.

lantern wedding decoration
Source: Laura Gordon Photography

36. Bubbles on tap

Oh, what a dream to have bubbles on tap! What a cool idea. I absolutely love this little repurposed caravan with the pink and white colour scheme. And you can never go wrong with some floral decoration to bring everything together.

caravan bar ideas
Source: Green Wedding Shoes

37. Feature pendants

Here’s another beautiful wedding scene with lots of gorgeous rattan features overhead. Plus how extravagant are the extra-large pampas grass prongs used as decoration all around the room! This reception is very on-trend and styled to perfection.

boho Wedding ideas
Source: Lovers Society

38. Outdoor furniture

If you want to create a little area for your guests to relax in between the ceremony and reception, then adding a little outdoor furniture set is a great idea. You could either hire something like this, borrow it from a friend or even treat yourself to a nice new outdoor furniture set to then take home after the big day.

country wedding ideas
Source: Hampton Event Hire

39. Bespoke cocktails

Is there a certain cocktail that you and your partner love and want to share with your guests? Perhaps you can’t decide between a few of your favourites. Well, a bespoke cocktail bar is a great idea. I love all the different colours from the orange cocktail to the blue ink gin.

cocktail station at wedding
Source: Hampton Event Hire

40. Grazing board

If there is a little bit of time between ceremony and reception where the bridal party is getting their photos done, then putting a grazing board out is a great idea. Guests can pick and choose what they want to eat and don’t have to get too full for dinner. Plus a grazing board really does look very spectacular. It’s the perfect option when it comes to cocktail or appetizer catering

grazing board with cheese
Source: Grazing Tables and Cheese Boards

41. Guest book table

Having a guest book at your wedding is a great day as it is another element from your day that you can treasure for years to come. I love this little table specifically for the guest book which has a little sign and photos of the couple for decoration. Put this near your ceremony space so guests can write their special sentiments before and after the ceremony.

Guest book signing area
Source: June Bug Weddings

42. Polaroid photobooth

I absolutely love the look of this polaroid style frame which would be quite easy to cut out of cardboard. Plus when guests take a photo in your polaroid photo booth, they will forever remember the occasion as the polaroid cut out has your name and the date on it.

polaroid photo booth
Source: Blaise Bell Photography via Modern Wedding

43. Succulent wedding favours

If you want to add that extra touch and make sure your guests go home with more than just sore feet from dancing the night away, then party favours are a lovely idea. I love these little succulent wedding favours that I’m sure all guests would love to take home and plant in their garden in remembrance of your special day.

succulent wedding favors
Source: The Garter Girl

44. Giant Jenga

Games and activities are the best wedding ideas to keep guests entertained before the food starts. I absolutely love the idea of setting up an area for giant Jenga which I’m sure guests will enjoy playing again and again. I’m sure you’d be able to find a giant Jenga set online or it may even be quite easy to make with timber cut to the same shape and size. 

giant jenga at wedding
Source: Sami Tipi

45. Table decor

How simply stunning is this table decor. I love the look of the mix and match glass jars and receptacles which all work beautifully together on top of the wood slice. You could collect an assortment of glass jars from charity shops and have some for flower arrangements and others for tea light candles.

rustic wedding decor
Source: Modern Wedding

46. Candy bar

If you and your love are sweet tooths, then perhaps you can celebrate that side to you by adding a candy bar for your guests. I love how bright and fun this candy bar looks with all the brightly coloured decorations and flower arrangement. 

Wedding candy bar
Source: Hochzeits Guide

47. Noughts and crosses

Here is another awesome wedding lawn game that can be enjoyed in between events. I absolutely love the idea of having the first letter of the couple’s names instead of the typical X’s and O’s. How clever.

personalised noughts and crosses
Source: Cavin Elizabeth

48. Teepee entrance

If you are wanting tipi’s instead of a traditional marquee for your outdoor wedding, then creating a spectacular entrance is a great idea. I love how the carpet has been rolled out and there are fairy lights draping overhead which makes for a very warm welcome.

Teepee entrance
Source: Sami Tipi

49. Terrarium table decorations

So often we see flower arrangements for reception table decorations, but what about trying something a little different? This terrarium in a geometric glass planter is so gorgeous and would go perfectly with a boho, natural or modern theme. How lovely.

Terrarium table wedding decorations
Source: June Bug Weddings

50. What’s on the menu?

Your guests will never have to wonder what’s on the menu when they have their very own menu in front of them! I love how obvious this is with the very clear ‘Menu’ down the side. And the arrangement with the position of the foliage, fabric napkin and menu is just to die for!

minimalist wedding table settings
Source: Momenti Design Studio

51. Family tree

If you want to showcase all the wonderful people that made you who you are, perhaps you could attach photos to a tree and call it very literally a ‘family tree’. All the old photos will bring back memories for people young and old. And perhaps this would be a good way of showing your new family some special people from your own family.

family photos at wedding
Source: A Practical Wedding

And let’s not forget the important other entertainment options like a great wedding singer, DJ or band.

Wedding cake ideas

52. Five tiered cake

If you’ve got a lot of guests, then that means there are a lot of mouths to feed. So a multileveled wedding cake is a great idea especially if you want all your guests to enjoy some wedding cake after dinner. I love this five-tiered cake which has a different design for each level. I wonder if the cake inside has different flavours.

Five tiered wedding cake
Source: Haley Richter Photo

53. A place to cut the cake

If you love all the traditional aspects of a wedding day, then set aside a special moment during your reception where you cut the cake is a great idea. I love this special area with the golden border, special table and floral arrangement which is the perfect place to cut the cake.

Modern wedding cake
Source: Nouba

54. Doughnut cake

If you love doughnuts more than you enjoy cake, then why not have a doughnut cake at your wedding? It definitely will be easier to share around rather than cutting a slice of cake for each guest. Plus what a great idea to have a small cake on top so that you and your love can still enjoy the special moment of cutting a wedding cake.

Doughnut cake
Source: Polka Dot Wedding

Wedding ideas – dress colours

55. White and white

If you’re not really sure what colour scheme to go with for your big day, then white on white is a great choice. I love how this bride has kept everything really simple with a gorgeous white dress, flowers, shoes, bridesmaid outfit and even the umbrellas are white!

lakeside wedding ceremony
Source: Karen Willis Holmes

After the big day gets some help removing all the red wine, dirt and sweat from your special dress with wedding dress dry cleaning.

56. Pearl veil

Are you a girl who loves pearls? Or perhaps you just like something a little different, yet still classy? Well, this pearl veil is for you. I love the subtlety of the little pearls gently placed across the veil which creates a beautiful look across the bride’s face and skin. Speaking of skin, get the exact makeup look that you want by finding the right wedding makeup artist for you.

pearl wedding veil
Source: Grace Loves Lace

57. Matching bridal robes

How lovely do these girls look in their matching bridal robes! I love the idea of everyone getting ready in matching sets on the morning of the wedding. White for the bride and pink for the bridesmaids. Plus lace bridal robes will look beautiful in your pre-ceremony wedding photos.

Matching wedding robes
Source: Le Rose Gifts

58. Beach wedding shoes

If you’re planning on having a beach wedding, then heels aren’t really the most practical shoe on the sand. So if you’re considering going barefoot, why not get some special beach wedding ‘shoes’. I love these anklets that almost look like little sandals with their bejewelled design.

Bride wedding beach feet jewels
Source: Be Nelipots

59. Memory charms

If there are some special people that you wish could’ve been with you on the day but are no longer here, then honouring them with their own special photos in memory charms attached to your bouquet is such a beautiful idea. How special to walk down the aisle with your guardian angels close by.

Wedding ideas
Source: Perfect Pendants Plus

60. Personalised coat hangers

And last we have these gorgeous personalised coat hangers. If you love the finer details, then I’m sure you’d love this idea. Also putting your bridesmaids or groomsmens’ names on the coat hangers means that there won’t be any confusion on the big day.

Personalised wedding clothes hangers
Source: Roost Film Co

So there we have 60+ wedding ideas to help you in some decision making for your big day. I absolutely love the more creative ideas such as lawn games and handwritten signs. And I already know I will be coming back to this post for future plans. What wedding ideas do you love the most? Let’s talk all about weddings below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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