Go super casual. Ditch the uniform chairs and table layout in lieu of something super casual like this awesome setup that features comfy loungers and kitschy decor.
Switch up the Time. Not every wedding has to be held in the evening. If you’re both early risers, think about a morning wedding. "My favorite meal is brunch, so I got married at 9am and my reception was a champagne brunch," says Danielle Tate, the founder and CEO of MissNowMrs.com. "Guests raved about how unique the experience was and I got to celebrate my marriage with all of my favorite people while enjoying my favorite meal. Let go of the constraints of time. Feel free to host your wedding at midnight under the stars with s'mores or at noon with a picnic reception."
Don't wear a white wedding gown. Colored wedding dresses can go very bad, very quickly, so don't go overboard. Because so many brides opt to wear white, even choosing a very pale pink dress will etch your wedding day in guests' minds.
Use balloons. No, we're not talking cheesy matchy-matchy balloons on each chair at the reception. Instead, use them as props for photos. We especially love getting a bunch of these letter balloons and letting guests get creative spelling different words for photo booth pics.
Make sure your cake is a showstopper. Think of your cake as a piece of art. If you wow guests with an amazing design or idea they've never seen before, it will definitely make your wedding unforgettable.
Be unconventional with the food. Every wedding has the standard components of a ceremony, reception, a meal, music, cake and dancing. While that structure has served couples for hundreds of years, it's a bit stale, says Tate. Pick one component--like the food--and do something totally unconventional that makes both of you happy, suggests Tate. "If you don’t like cake, have a banana split bar and post small signs or cards that explain that you shared a banana split on your first date."
Feature Popsicles with a Twist. Watermelon, berry cantaloupe flavored ice pops would be fun spiked with your favorite alcohol for a summer-time wedding treat, says Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner. Serve them individually in a small container to catch the drips--and they can be served as a welcome "beverage" or a fun after-meal treat. It's perfect for a hot summer day.
Ride Out of the Party in Style. Ready to climb on a bicycle to depart the nuptials in true summer style? Not every bride would be, but for the free spirit a bike built for two or bicycle with sidecar make a fun late-summer "getaway car," says Samuels.