Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

When it comes to weddings, tradition often takes center stage. However, in recent years, couples have been breaking away from these conventions and including their personalities and unique styles into their special day. If you’re looking to add a touch of creativity and make your wedding truly memorable, consider incorporating non-traditional elements that reflect your individuality as a couple. In this blog post, we’ll explore some exciting non-traditional ideas to help you create an unforgettable wedding experience for yourself, your partners and your guests. 

  1. Sharing Love Letters Before the Ceremony 

One tradition that is widely included at weddings across the world is avoiding  seeing each other until the moment you finally walk down the aisle. Whether it is about superstitions or building anticipation, many couples choose to respect this tradition and may not see each other until the ceremony starts, which can range from early afternoon to late evening. A unique way to connect with your partner the day of your wedding, with or without physically seeing each other, is by sharing written love letters at the beginning of your special day. This letter can be emotional, romantic or humorous, whatever reflects your relationship. Regardless it is something you and your partner are sure to cherish forever. 

  1. Photographer Shooting on Film 

Having your wedding photographer use a film camera can add a unique and nostalgic charm to your wedding photos. While digital photography has become the norm in recent years, film photography offers a distinct aesthetic that may make it appealing for your special day. Film photography has a timeless quality that creates a romantic and vintage atmosphere in any photo. The exposure, lighting and rich colors will all provide a much different feel than those of a digital camera. Whether you choose to incorporate both traditional and non-traditional photography or solely shoot on film, you will not regret the classic and beautiful results showcasing your big day. 

  1. Two Maids of Honor 

If narrowing down your bridal party and deciding on a maid of honor has been weighing down on you, it may be time to stray from tradition. In most weddings, the position of maid of honor is reserved for one of the most important women in the bride’s life. However, recently many brides have been finding it next to impossible to select just one woman as most important. Rather than stressing about choosing one, they are crowning two of their favorite women as their maids of honor. If you are thinking about doing the same, remember this not only allows you to recognize the significance of both of these women in your life, but also enables them to share the responsibilities of the position and make sure your day is a success. 

  1. Choosing a Friend to Officiate 

Initially the idea of having your friend marry you and your partner may make you laugh. However, it truly is a reasonable idea  and one that many couples are choosing as non-traditional aspects of their weddings. Having a friend officiate your wedding can allow your ceremony to be extremely personal and customized. It is safe to say that your own friend will know you and your relationship better than someone you hired, which can make for an extremely meaningful ceremony script. Not only that, having a friend officiate can make you feel much more comfortable throughout the ceremony and will create even more special photos. If you are interested in taking this untraditional route, starting is as easy as having your friend getting ordained on the internet. 

  1. Having a Private Last Dance 

The first official dance as a married couple is something that seemingly everyone integrates into their wedding reception. It is an amazing opportunity for photos, for guests to enjoy the music and dancing and for you to spend time with your partner. In addition to these traditional first dances, some couples are starting to integrate a last dance into their wedding plans. For an intimate and beautiful close to your big day, you may want to include a last dance at your venue after all of your guests have cleared out. Whether or not you choose to capture this moment, we know this is the best ending to an already perfect day. 

At the end of the day, your wedding is a celebration of your love story, so don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and reflect your personality as a couple. By incorporating non-traditional ideas, you’ll create a wedding experience that truly reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple. Embrace the opportunity to think outside the box, and your wedding will be remembered as a truly special and non-traditional celebration of love.

If you are interested in planning your perfect day and incorporating any of these non-traditional ideas, we are here to help! Contact us at or call us at 732-747-0900. And don’t forget to check out our social media @njweddingpros for more inspiration!

XOXO, Nicole

NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704