bouquet
January 16, 2018

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


The bride wore STRIPES! OMG this black and white wedding dress is gorgeous. Photo: Rad + In Love / Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Hair and Makeup: J. Russell Salon & Spa / Found on: Style Me Pretty.


…OR A FLORAL GOWN


Thinking of a non-traditional wedding dress? This floral gown is a real show-stopper. 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


Ditch the boring paper programs for your wedding and give them popcorn! Love this non-traditional and unique wedding program idea. Photo: Clane Gessel / Found on: Brides.


FORGO THE BRIDAL PARTY


Ditch the bridal party and stand solo at your wedding. Photo: Justine Milton.


MIX AND MATCH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES


Mix and match bridesmaid dresses - I love this non-traditional idea. 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”


Wowza. This white and bright wedding cake is actually a cheese wheel! Love this non-traditional idea. Photo: The Courtyard Dairy.


SKIP THE BLOOMS IN YOUR BOUQUET


This is the most stunning all-green succulent and eucalyptus  bouquet I've ever seen! It's a cheap, non-traditional alternative to a bridal flower bouquet. Photo: Kristen Weaver Photography / Floral Design: Bluegrass Chic / Found on: Ruffled.


HOST A LATE NIGHT PIZZA BAR


Late night pizza bar - now that's my kind of wedding! Photo: Onelove Photography / Planning: Kelsey West Designs / Found on: Style Me Pretty.


INVITE YOUR BEST FURRY FRIEND


Look at this bride and her shar-pei! I want to have my dog at my wedding. Photo: Sophie Kaye Photography / Floral Design: The Flower Girls / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Found on: Style Me Pretty.


INVOLVE YOUR GRANDPARENT(S)


SO CUTE! I love the idea of using your grandmother(s) as your flower girl. Non-traditional and so sentimental. Photo: Ashley Elizabeth Photography / Found on: Country Living.


TREAT YOUR GUESTS TO MARBLE AND COPPER CAKE POPS


These cake pops are so pretty! I'm thinking of using them instead of a wedding cake at my wedding. Love the copper, purple, and marble. Photo: @rymondtn.


…OR THE PRETTIEST ECLAIRS


These eclairs are beautiful! I've been thinking of doing a non-traditional wedding cake and this could be it. Photo: @karine_jingozian.


GIVE GUESTS A GREEN GIFT TO TAKE HOME


I'd so much rather give a succulent or cactus than food at my wedding as a wedding favor. Such a cute idea. Photo: Unknown.


CHOOSE A UNIQUE WEDDING RING


This is the most stunning non-traditional wedding ring and engagement ring set set! So beautiful. Ring: Capucinne.


LET THEM EAT ANYTHING BUT CAKE


OMG this Oreo wedding cake is such a cool idea! This would be perfect for a bridal shower or a non-traditional wedding. Photo: Andi Mans Photography & Design / Flowers & Decor: Greenery Productions / Wedding Planner + Coordinator: Weddings Unique / Found on: Every Last Detail.


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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!

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