At Wedding Ideas, our stunning real brides continue to provide the BEST REAL inspiration to pass on to our brides-to-be with every new issue that springs, ideas both beautiful and do-able! Some older and some new, we’ve pulled together some of the most genius guest-pleasing locations, themes and wedding worthy activities that you’ll want to include at least 5 of in your big day plans!

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!

Camp out

“A hi-light for us were the amazing bell tents, hired from bell tent company which we camped out in on our wedding night! Waking up to bacon sandwiches over a camp fire in the morning was the perfect way to extend the wedding with everyone.” Jessica

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! binkynixon.com
binkynixon.com

A bus bar

“Our bar for the day was an original London Routemaster Bus, transformed into a working bar with a seating area on the upper deck. It was totally brilliant and all our guests loved it. The whole team working on the Bus bar were not only generous, but worked really hard to make our day perfect.” Michaela

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! mattbowenphotography.co.uk
mattbowenphotography.co.uk

Singing waiters

“My mum and dad surprised Ian and I by hiring the Singing Waiters to serve our wedding breakfast. They were caterers in disguise and had a whole act where they pretended to be normal waiters before bursting into song. I was going mad, thinking they’d hijacked my wedding! When I eventually realised what was going on (about half an hour after everyone else) it was brilliant!” Aileen

 

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! emmalucyphotography.com
emmalucyphotography.com

Vintage DJs

“A lovely couple came all the way from Manchester to play 78rpm records on wind up gramophones! It really added to the 40s vintage feel of our wedding.” Zoe

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!

Make an entrance

“Instead of choosing traditional transport, we opted to cycle to the reception as a group with our bridesmaids and best men. It was brilliant fun!” Hayley

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! sarahleggephotography.co.uk
sarahleggephotography.co.uk

Space hopper races

“We provided a selection of garden games in the afternoon to keep everyone busy before the wedding breakfast. These included a full-size coconut shy, giant Jenga and space hopper races. We now have a lot of funny photos of our guests competing on the space hoppers after a few drinks!” Elizabeth

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! sarahleggephotography.co.uk
sarahleggephotography.co.uk

Bespoke beer

“My husband and his father run Woodfordes Real Ale Brewery in Norfolk, so we had special bottles of beer made, complete with a specially printed label on which was the story of how we met and got engaged. The beer was called ‘To Have and To Hold’…so people could take them home with them!” Penny

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!
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Bridal Party

“I had ten bridesmaids! They wore strapless, chiffon, floor-length dresses in a range of pastel shades”. Stacey

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! albertpalmerphotography.com
albertpalmerphotography.com

A fairground carousel

“One of the main reasons we fell in love with Preston Court in Canterbury was because it’s also an antique steam fair museum and it has a working carousel in the garden! We got some gorgeous photos of us and our guests riding on the horses and it was a unique talking point that people hadn’t seen at a wedding before.” Rachel

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!
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Feeding time

“We got married at Marwell Hall, which is a beautiful stately home within the grounds of Marwell Wildlife Park in Winchester. After our ceremony we got to go to the zoo with our guests and feed the penguins their lunch!” Alice

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!

A family ceremony

“We did a hand fastening with our four girls during the ceremony. We made a long ribbon using different sections to represent each of us and the girls then wrapped it around our hands saying vows and promises to us.” Kim

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! samgibsonweddings.co.uk
samgibsonweddings.co.uk

River Cottage venue

“Our wedding rocked because we got married at River Cottage HQ! The chef gave a toast to all our guests and explained exactly how all the food was cooked, and where all the ingredients had come from.” Esme

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! sarahmorris-photography.com
sarahmorris-photography.com

A DJ-ing bride

“Luckily for us, it seems that the majority of our friends are DJs including myself and my maid of honour, so we had about 10 different people playing for various parts of the evening party.” Rebecca

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! dominiquebader.com
dominiquebader.com

Piñata!

“We decided to have a piñata (officially for the kids…) because, well, we love any excuse to have a piñata. It was one of my favourite parts of the day standing in the sunshine and thwacking that cardboard donkey!” Emily

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! jamesdavidson.co.uk
jamesdavidson.co.uk

Light-up letters

“I hired two giant light up letters (C & E) which we put on the balcony coming off of the main ceremony and reception room. This was a huge surprise – very few people aside from the venue and I knew about these, not even my husband. It was brilliant when we switched them on in the evening and our photographer, got some amazing pictures.” Claire

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! sarahleggephotography.co.uk
sarahleggephotography.co.uk

 

A farmyard venue

“We loved our venue Grittenham Barn. The first thing that made us fall in love with the place was their donkey! A lot of the venues we visited felt very impersonal, whereas Grittenham Barn is a real family home with ducklings, piglets and beautiful scenery stretching for miles.” Shelley

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! marriageisthebomb.com
marriageisthebomb.com

 

Surprise fireworks

“Craig’s mum and dad had secretly arranged for the venue to put on a fireworks display during the evening reception, which was a great surprise for us and our guests.” Samantha

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed!
Photography Richard Crompton

A personal and secondary ceremony

“We created our own ceremony, conducted by Patrick’s brother Hugh. We had our rings passed around to all the guests to hold in their hands and bestow love and good wishes on them. We had my dad and Patrick’s mum tie our hands together for the vows, inspired by hand tying ceremonies.” Emma

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! tobiahtayo.com
tobiahtayo.com

 

Pets welcome

“Our venue (York Maze) were so brilliant and very accommodating of all our requests. They even let us bring our miniature dachshund to the wedding, which definitely made the day rock for us.” Helen

 

Our real brides tell us exactly what made them choose to add these 20 unique touches to their wedding day and how they wowed! looking-glass-photography.co.uk
looking-glass-photography.co.uk

 

An archery range

“For our traditional country wedding, we added a few little surprises to make our wedding unique – the best being the archery range we hired. Everyone got stuck in and had a go, and no one had ever tried that at a wedding before!” Abbi

 

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