- Choose an unlikely site. Consider an alternative site for your wedding, such as an aquarium, a zoo, a historic mansion or even a museum.
- Write your own vows. There is nothing more special than the words of love that you exchange. You can include poetry, music, and personal anecdotes instead of the traditional “to have and to hold from this day forward for as long as you both shall live.”
- Exchange roses. A new trend known as a rose exchange is popping into ceremonies. A single red or white rose is exchanged as a first gift between the bride and groom to symbolize their love for each other. The couple then exchanges a rose in a special location in their new home on each anniversary or significant highlight in their marriage, reminding them of the vows they exchanged and the promises they made on their wedding day.
- Think beyond the guest book. As an alternative, mount an enlargement of your engagement photo, your wedding invitation, a map or world globe and have guests sign it with a silver or gold pen as they enter the wedding.
- Choose a theme song. At the beginning of the reception, when the married couple is announced and members of the wedding party are introduced, instead of a drum roll or cheesy music. Consider having the DJ or band play the “Tonight Show” theme song or “We are the Champions.”
- Plan a life-long keepsake. After the wedding and honeymoon, print your vows on pretty paper, and then frame and hang them somewhere in your new home where you two can glance at them and remind yourselves of the promises you exchanged.