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Embracing the Extraordinary: Non-Traditional Wedding Planning Advice

Weddings are a celebration of love and commitment, and a lot of my couples really want their awesome day to reflect their unique personalities and preferences. The things you love, the people you love, an ideal day as much as possible. Looking to create a one-of-a-kind celebration and break away from traditional or patriarchal wedding norms, non-traditional wedding planning could be the perfect avenue for you. In this blog post, I’ll provide you with some valuable advice and tips to help you navigate the world of non-traditional wedding planning. Then, you can create a wedding experience that truly stands out.

bride and groom hold hands by black doorwayNon-Traditional Wedding Planning Advice

Define Your Vision:

Before diving into the planning process, take the time to define your vision for the wedding. Discuss what elements are most important to you as a couple. Then discuss which traditions or conventions you’d like to challenge or embrace. By clarifying your vision, you’ll have a clear roadmap to guide your decisions and ensure a cohesive and meaningful wedding celebration.

couple sits on bed talking doing first look at Fregene Italy elopement brides lean through ferns outside Hotel ClermontBe Open-Minded:

Non-traditional weddings open up a world of possibilities. Embrace the opportunity to think outside the box and consider unconventional ideas and venues. From outdoor locations like beaches, forests, national parks, or even your own backyard to unique themes or cultural inspirations, allow your imagination to soar and explore alternative options that resonate with your style and values. The sky is the limit when it comes to non-traditional wedding planning! 

newlyweds pose by dinosaur skull inside the Fernbank Museum couple rinks bubble tea on wedding daygroom kisses bride's shoulder by lakePlan Within Your Values:

I recently wrote another blog post about how to plan a wedding within your values, which includes getting clear on those values, doing your research, and then – once you’re ready – asking for help. There are so many amazing resources and experts you can lean on throughout the planning process and they can help you find vendors that share your values, find ways to help make your wedding more sustainable, reduce waste, etc.

bride and groom hold hands during ceremony by moon backdrop at the Sanctuary on Penn

Personalize the Details:

One of the most exciting aspects of non-traditional weddings is the ability to personalize the details {or maybe even skip some entirely}. Infuse your personalities into every aspect of the celebration, from customized vows to unique decorations, interactive guest activities, and handcrafted elements. What about entertainment? What speaks to you personally and what kinds of activities would you like to do with your guests? Let your wedding reflect your story and create a memorable experience that truly represents who you are as a couple.

wedding rings surrounded by plastic animals at Georgian HallBuild a Collaborative Team:

Assemble a team of wedding vendors who understand and support your non-traditional vision. Look for professionals who have experience in non-traditional weddings and who are enthusiastic about bringing your ideas to life. Open communication and a shared vision with your vendors will ensure a smooth planning process and help you achieve the desired results.

women play in giant mushroom display at Fernbank Museumbride and groom cheer with wedding party in North Georgia

Inform and Involve Your Guests:

Non-traditional weddings often introduce new experiences for guests. So, it’s essential to inform and involve them in your plans. Let them know what to expect, especially since they likely haven’t seen anything like your plans before. Clearly communicate any unique elements or unconventional timelines through your wedding website or invitations. Encourage your guests to participate in interactive activities, dress according to a theme, or contribute to the celebration in meaningful ways. Their involvement will enhance the overall experience and create lasting memories.

bride and groom pose with family during portraits at the Wahoo! Grillchampagne toast for guests during reception in Georgia

Focus on Meaningful Moments:

Non-traditional weddings prioritize the celebration of meaningful and intentional moments. Design your day to be an immersive experience that allows you and your guests to fully engage in the emotions, connections, and joy of the celebration. Incorporate rituals, performances, or activities that hold significance for you as a couple.

moth pints rest on green hedge before Atlanta weddingbride and groom walk through crosswalk in Atlanta GANon-traditional weddings offer an incredible opportunity to break free from conventions. They allow you to create a celebration that is as unique and extraordinary as your love story. By defining your vision, embracing open-mindedness, personalizing every detail, building a collaborative team, informing and involving your guests, and focusing on meaningful moments, you can plan a wedding that perfectly reflects your personalities and values. Remember, this is your day to make a statement, celebrate your love authentically, and create unforgettable memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day. She specializes in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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