Wight Wedding Blog

Want to plan a truly unique Wight wedding?

Then break the rules!

Two of the key first few steps of wedding planning are setting a budget and considering the big picture; what kind of wedding do you both want? These days, weddings come in so many different shapes and forms, so even if you don’t have a huge budget there are tonnes of ways to make your day unique and fabulous. The way to do it is to throw away the rule book. The formula for a wedding doesn’t have to be the same every time; a guaranteed way to plan an Isle of Wight wedding day like no other is to plan an Isle of Wight wedding day – like no other.


Feeling so crazy in love...

Here are a few ideas to help shake up your wedding:

White is not always right: Wearing white is not right for every bride, we know there are loads of Isle of Wight brides with colourful personalities who would be better suited to vibrant and striking bridal wear. Bold and dramatic colour is BIG this season, from pinks and oranges to the full rainbow spectrum. Stand out and do the unexpected!

Keep your friends close: We all know that marriage and weddings involve politics in one way or the other. Inviting guests to a wedding is nearly impossible to do without treading on someone’s toes. Should we allow plus ones? Do we invite cousins we don’t see if we invite those we do see? The easiest way to do this is to suit yourself and only invite friends and loved ones you really really want there, even if it means keeping it intimate. Don’t allow ‘plus ones’ you’ve never met if it means leaving off a friend you want there. The reality with is that noone will argue with you – it’s your wedding day! Those that kick up a fuss clearly aren’t good enough friends and don’t deserve an invite anyway.

Surprise and delight: Surprise weddings are starting to become more and more popular. Instead of telling everyone about your up and coming marriage, invite them to and engagement or birthday party (you’ll have to make it sounds awesome enough that they don’t decline – holding it at a special venue might help!). Once at the party you’ll be able to announce that it is, in fact – your wedding! I know a couple of people who have attended surprised weddings as guests and loved it – we all know the best times are usually the ones you don’t expect. With this option – you’d be able to guarantee a wow factor!

Hen parties: Whoever decided that a Hen Party should be girls only? How many of us have guy friends who are as close to you as your girlfriends? Your last night of freedom should be about having fun with your nearest and dearest bezzies. If that includes guys – invite them along, especially if they are a certified laugh!

Fold the tables away: A seated meal is usually a key part of a wedding day, but it’s not always the best bit. If you’ve got a tight budget and your priority is making sure people are happy, fed and in the mood for a good time why not consider other options – buffet, hog roast, mad hatters tea party, picnic – there are loads of great ways to ensure guests has full tummies and happy faces without the formality or expense of a sit down meal.

Time is everything: As far we are concerned, the only thing that matters is that everyone – especially you – has an AMAZING time. Instead of starting at 11am and having to spend money and energy on a 12 hour event, it might suit you and your guests to get started later in the day. A sunset or twilight Island of Wight wedding that goes on rocking till early morning might be perfect for a for you and will shave of costs in terms of wedding venues, food and drink. There are so many perfect locations for this type wedding on the Isle of Wight, whether it’s overlooking a beach or rolling greenery.

Fancy dress codes: Instead of inviting guests to come in a fancy dress, get them to come in fancy dress! That doesn’t necessarily re-enacting the Lord of the Rings in Ventnor – it could be simple and elegant. For instance, set the theme as the first initial of your married name; ask everyone to dress according to that letter – e.g. the letter ‘A’, then just hope there are more ‘angels’ than ‘ant eaters’. All the easier if you opt for a Bestival wedding!

The wedding rules are constantly evolving, bending the rules to create a unique Isle of Wight wedding doesn’t need to be scary or too far out, it can make for a wedding as refined as any other.

The best way to set about doing this is to DO IT YOUR WAY. Think about what you really want and go for it!

Image courtesy of Chris Cowley photography