Ideas from brides like you


Part of my job at MB is to write about real weddings. I've interviewed many brides over the past few years and while they're all different—some remember every teeny tiny detail, some only recall the big picture—what's universal among them is an enthusiasm for the special touches that personalized their parties. I thought I'd share with you some (trust me, there are many more) of my favorite creative ideas. Get ready to be inspired!

I'll always remember one fun-loving groom for the black Converse high-tops he paired with his tux (and had his groomsmen do the same). I love that he brought his laidback style to the formal event.

One couple impressed me by customizing their schedule of wedding events to fit their vision. So that they could spend the entire day together and enjoy the beautiful locale (Grand Cayman), they tied the knot in the morning, lounged at the beach with their guests all afternoon and waited until the evening to host a reception. In lieu of traditional floral centerpieces at a beachside celebration in Cabo, one bride and groom created pretty arrangements of ivory candles in glass hurricanes of different sizes, colors and shapes.

For a destination wedding in Costa Rica, one couple cleverly mailed their welcome baskets (which included Spanish phrase books and CDs of Latin music) to guests' homes, so they'd be prepared for the trip—and excited about it!

Whether in an antique car or private sailboat, many of our brides and grooms have planned to take a post-ceremony ride, a memorable way to savor some quiet time together.

A lot of couples get creative with their ceremony music. Among the best ideas I've heard: hiring a children's choir to sing at a wedding at a YMCA sleep-away camp in Oregon and having a traditional string trio to play modern tunes. Think U2 and Coldplay.

Not only did one couple arrange for each guest to receive a mini wedding cake for dessert, they provided bakery boxes that read "Have your cake and eat it, too" for the leftovers.

Who doesn't like having something to look forward to after the main event? The day following their wedding at a California country club, one newlywed pair hosted a 1920s-themed croquet brunch.

I love when a couple finds a fun way to bring their wedding home: One bride and groom collected 30 chandeliers to decorate the pergola at a villa in northern California, where their reception would take place. Now hanging in their home and in the homes of family and friends, these chandeliers will be special keepsakes forever. —Michaela Garibaldi, assistant managing editor, Modern Bride



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