When I was planning our wedding, “traditional” was never a word that I used. I wanted something classy, chic, and elegant, but I also wanted something a little different. At first, these concepts seemed mutually exclusive; I wasn’t sure that I could actually have a chic, non-traditional wedding. After much research, creativity, and conversations with my then fiancé, I eventually discovered that it’s very possible to have a non-traditional wedding without screaming “I do” while bungee jumping.
I discovered that the solution to a chic, non-traditional wedding is to forgo the traditions that you don’t value and replace them with ones that you do. For example, my husband and I have a common love of breakfast food and don’t particularly enjoy formal dinners, so we decided to have a brunch wedding, complete with chicken, waffles, and bacon (to see some of our wedding photos, click here). As we planned our wedding, we continued this process and the result was a day that felt truly “us”.
We weren’t sure how guests would respond, but we felt it was important to stick to our vision. Seeing our personalities, ideas, and interests come to life was more than enough for us, but when almost every guest told us how much they enjoyed the personal touches and unique details, that was the icing on our proverbial (wedding) cake.
If you’re planning a non-traditional, chic wedding, start by swapping out the things that you don’t value for the things that you do. Get creative; I’ve rounded up some of my favourite chic outside-the-box wedding ideas below, but don’t be scared to create your own. After all, even wedding rules are meant to be broken.
SPORT A STRIPED WEDDING DRESS
…OR A FLORAL GOWN
Photo: Cecelina Photography / Dress: Wendy Makin / Hair: HK Hair Artist / Makeup: Brides and Beauty / Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers / Event Design and Planning: Always Andri / Found on: Wedding Style Magazine.
GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR WEDDING PROGRAMS
FORGO THE BRIDAL PARTY
Photo: Justine Milton.
MIX AND MATCH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Joanna August, Adrianna Papell, Amsale, Stardust Celebrations, BHLDN, Bella Bridesmaids, Lela Rose, Waters, White Magnolia / Wedding Dress: JLM Couture / Photo: Lauren Peele / Florals: Celebrated Occasions / Beauty: Zinc Beauty By Peggy Segundo / Found on: Style Me Pretty.
TRY A CHEESE “CAKE”
Photo: The Courtyard Dairy.
SKIP THE BLOOMS IN YOUR BOUQUET
HOST A LATE NIGHT PIZZA BAR
INVITE YOUR BEST FURRY FRIEND
INVOLVE YOUR GRANDPARENT(S)
TREAT YOUR GUESTS TO MARBLE AND COPPER CAKE POPS
…OR THE PRETTIEST ECLAIRS
GIVE GUESTS A GREEN GIFT TO TAKE HOME
CHOOSE A UNIQUE WEDDING RING
LET THEM EAT ANYTHING BUT CAKE
Kendra Hagerman is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle writer who had a dreamy DIY backyard brunch wedding. She and her husband are now the proud fur parents of Mona, a chiweenie rescue that is still getting used to the Canadian climate. Find and follow her on the social channels below for design, wedding, and fashion inspiration!