Our favorite wedding ideas to steal

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Photo from 11 offbeat questions for The Shoe Game by Jamie Owens

Is it rare to be encouraged to steal something? We happen to encourage you all to steal our Offbeat Bride ideas rather a lot.

In fact, one of our biggest archives is full of wedding ideas that we'd really like you to steal, pretty please.

But I couldn't get all of my favorites on this list (though I made sure to include my favorite tip for a post-ceremony activity).

What I'm saying is, you should go have a wander through that once you're done with these 30 of my very favorite offbeat wedding ideas ready for you to steal…

1. Play rock-paper-scissors to decide who says their vows first.

Photo from I'll be your rock, paper, AND scissors from Ryan Carver

2. Build your bouquet on the way down the aisle.

Gracious acceptance
Photo from Guest bouquet: let your guests help you build your bouquet from Levinine

3. Stuck for favors ideas? Give your guests IOUs!

favour alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Putting the FAVOR in wedding favors

4. Ask your friends to be in your wedding party with a fun “contract.”

three slurpees, alike in sugary dignity
Photo from A nice ‘n' sane bridesmaids contract from AmbientQueenie

5. The popular So-You're-Going-to-Sit-Through-a-Wedding program.

Photo from So you're going to sit through a wedding: the funniest wedding program evar by Anne-Marie Bouchard

6. Spice up your first look with a blindfold.

Photo from Add suspense with a blindfolded first look by Amanda Hess

7. Outdoor summer reception? Don't forget the bug spray.

mosquito repellant 1 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Give guests natural, handcrafted mosquito repellent at your late-summer wedding by Jillee

8. Help your partner out: Paint your ring fingernail a different color.

IMG 4860 600 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Paint your ring fingernail for your “something blue” by Crimson and Clover Photography

9. Skip the guestbook. Have guests sign Jenga blocks!

Jenga Guest book
Photo from Build a guest book from Jenga blocks by Meghan Miller

10. Want a super-easy way to add a DIY touch to your shoes? Don't forget clip-ons.

Shoe buttons
Photo from Express yourself with DIY fancified shoe clips by Eric Hegwer

11. Outdoor ceremony? You can still have stained-glass for a backdrop.

hanging windows alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Hanging windows to create a sense of space at your outdoor ceremony by W&E Photographie

12. Give your evening ceremony a romantic glow by giving everyone candles.

Bridesmaid processional
Photo from Light your evening ceremony with candles by Michael Ivankay

13. Give guests local favors from your destination wedding.

gift bags
Photo from Ask your destination venue for help finding fun local favors by Aditi Garg

14. Use soft candies for place-card holders!

The Escort Cards
Photo from Use old time-y Circus Peanuts to hold your place cards by Hitched Studios

17. Did you and your partner have an online romance? Make a bouquet from your early love letters!

Photo from Make flowers out of love letters (or emails) by Vladimir Chaloupka

18. Centerpieces don't have to be complex to have wow.

Photo by Alders Photography
Photo from Keep it cute and simple with this mini-succulent + tea lights centerpiece combo by Alders Photography

19. Trade day-of wedding duties with other engaged friends.

Our amazing coordinators. Thank you!
Photo from Trade day of coordination duties with other engaged friends by Carly Bish Photography

21. Not into the idea of a personal shower? Ask for potted flowers to spruce up your wedding day!

No Dead Flowers
Photo from Ask your shower guests to gift you flowers from Wendy

22. Check out this unity ceremony with an umbrella and “prosperity mix!”

Photo from Show that you can weather life's storms together under a ceremonial umbrella by 39 East Vision Photography

24. Consider scheduling in some serious down time after your ceremony.

alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Squeeze a little afternoon delight into your wedding day from Susabellas

25. If your photog's rad, don't forget to take a photo with them!

Posing with our awesome photographer (Andrew & Lauren's wedding)
Photo from Pose for an adorable photo with your photographer by Asteria Photography

26. Who says you've got to eat with everyone else? Have a private dinner alone.

get away table alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)
Photo from Set up a secret “getaway table” for a post-ceremony private meal by Tonhya Kae and Michael Rowley

27. Eschew the slippers and sandals: get your guests fuzzy socks to dance in!

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Photo from Jillian & Martin's BBQ & craft beer garden wedding by Darren Kelley


29. Photo booths are fun. But have you thought about TATTOO booths?

All photos by Tino and Pip.
Photo from Tattoo your guests temporarily with a vintage-styled tattoo station by Tino and Pipp

What offbeat wedding ideas did we miss?

These are just what we think is cool. What offbeat wedding ideas do you think every other engaged person should know about? And if you need even MOAR inspiration, take a waltz through our archives with hundreds of steal-worthy ideas!

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Comments on Our favorite wedding ideas to steal

  1. ooo – I love the bedazzled dragonfly tattoos. Almost makes me want to get a tattoo…

    • My sis-in-law did that with her tattoos (of which she has many). There are multi-colored stick-on ‘rhinestones’ that come in sheets for this purpose. They were easy to apply to dry, clean skin BUT for some reason half fell off within the first hour (the others stayed put through the whole reception).

      • I’m totally stealing the idea should i have managed to commit to my tattoo idea/desire before i get married.

        I’d suggest spirit gum (or any other prosthetic make up glue) to make sure they stay in place for at least several hours if not all day.

  2. OMG the SO and I were just talking about who should say their vows first yesterday, and the rock-paper-scissor idea is right up our ally and a WAY better solution to this problem. THANK YOU!

  3. Build your bouquet on the way to the aisle ought to be stolen. This is such a cool idea…and pretty touching as well. you can start with your Dad giving the first flower and finally taking it from your in- laws! Tattoo glitters! Well how can you miss them??

  4. A great off beat wedding song is Primrose Hill by Ashton Lane. Written near the famous Abbey Road Studio and for every off beat heart in this crazy world.Enjoy!!!

  5. I think it depends on the inclination of both bride and groom. Let’s say both are intellectually inclined, maybe they could organize something like handing out puzzles along with the dessert 🙂
    Or maybe get everyone playing Truth or Dare…

  6. Big fan of the “not-over-the-top” centerpieces. Centerpieces are not only pricy, sometimes they simply block the guests view from the action happening on the dance floor or sweetheart table.

    In the end, you don’t want your centerpieces to steal the show.

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