Boutique Bridal Concepts

25 Fabulous ideas for making your wedding unique

Ursula Forrest - Friday, December 06, 2013

A luxurious reception lounge

Create a space for your guests to lounge and mingle between dancing using couches, chairs & pillows to sink into. For a completely exclusive ambiance, close off the area using curtains or drapes.

Ceremony & Reception Ushers

Hire ushers to guide guests to their seats at both the ceremony and the reception.


Instead of confetti, give guests bottles of bubbles to blow. Not only will the bubbles look stunning in your photographs but your guests will have tons of fun!

Pre ceremony Cocktails

Provide your guests with a delicious light cocktail or refreshing cool drinks before the ceremony.


Create unique placeholders by engraving names on martini or wine glasses, or add your place cards into cake pops and let your placeholders double up as favours.

Welcome Gifts

Give your guests personalized welcome gift bags with a hand-written welcome note.

Thoughtful (and useful) favours

If you are planning to dance into the early hours of the morning, put out baskets of flip flops in your wedding colours and if the weather is cool, offer pashmina’s.

First Dance

Instead of the traditional Waltz, go for dance lessons and surprise your guests with a sensual tango or sexy marimba!

“To Go” gifts

Have your valets place small favours containing end of the night’s snacks & bottled water with a special note in your guests cars before handing over the car keys. If you don’t have valets, set out the gifts at the exit before the end of the evening for guests to help themselves. If you are expecting to have a big party you can give provide a “hangover” kit.

Video Booth

Instead of photobooth, hire a videobooth for guests to record a quick message for you. You can have these messages edited onto your wedding video and upload them to your wedding website to share with everybody.

Live Entertainment

Surprise your guests with live entertainment. Hire a saxophonist or Spanish guitar player during cocktail hour or a jazz band to play during dinner. Dance the night away to your favourite rock band.

“Live” Photo Booth

Hire large wooden frames or have them specially made to suit your wedding theme and suspend them in the area where your guests are having their pre-reception drinks. Hire props for guests to have fun with and let them snap away while you are having your official wedding shoot.

Cheese Table

Instead of a dessert table, have a cheese table combining great local and international cheeses with fruit, figs & different types of biscuits.

Ice-cream Bar

Forget the conventional desserts and have some fun by serving your guests an array of delicious sorbets and ice-creams with different toppings!

Midnight Snacks

If you would like your party to continue, provide delectable snacks at midnight to fuel up your guests and to give them energy to dance the night away. Think French fries, mini hamburgers or even mini fajita’s and taco’s.

Send off

Have helium balloons or Chinese lanterns for your guests to release as you leave your wedding venue. Provide marker pens so that they can write their own messages on them.

Table Names

Forego traditional table numbers and use names of things, places, food or even wines you both love.

Pre-reception games

Keep your guests entertained with croquet, Petanque or boules whilst you have your photo’s taken.

Meaningful messages

After the speeches are done and dessert is served, screen special messages on the walls to your guests. The messages can be heartfelt or funny depending on the tone & style of your wedding.

Unique & inexpensive wedding favour

Buy each guest their own lotto ticket. Add a note saying ‘We feel lucky to have such special family & friends – if you win remember to share with the bride & groom!”

Wedding Program

Ever been to a wedding a wondered how everybody fitted in? Print all your guests names in the wedding program with a short sentence explaining how you know them or why they are special to you.

Wedding décor with personal touches

Add an old photo of you and your friends or family members to their menu or place name holders. It’s a great way to add a personal touch & is a great ice-breaker for guests seated together that may not all know each other.

Personalized message for your guests

Print a beautiful message for your wedding guests on a stylish square card and place at every seating.

Ladies Room

Place a vase of fresh flowers and scented candles in the ladies room along with fragrant soap, hand cream, a container with safety pins & other thoughtful items you think may come into use.

Another unique send off

One of the most beautiful ideas for a truly unique send off is to release white butterflies. Obtaining a permit can be a bit tricky, but well worth the effort to see the surprise on your guests faces.
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