Tips for Planning an Unconventional Destin Wedding

wedding party in sand with bride and groom in front

Not every bride has dreamed of walking down the aisle in a traditional white bridal gown since she was a little girl. Some brides and grooms want to take wedding traditions, such as the white dress, and tweak them. By doing this, couples make the day special to them while still celebrating the new union.

Weddings are wonderful occasions, and the Henderson Park Inn’s Destin wedding planners have seen their share of special couples ranging from totally traditional to completely unconventional. From unexpected wedding attire to one-of-a-kind details, here are our tips for planning an untraditional ceremony and reception.

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Ditch the Dress Code

wedding dresses on displayBrides who want to wear a pink dress, polka-dots or stark white should feel free to wear what makes them feel beautiful and comfortable. For the wedding party, long gowns and tuxes are not always what’s best for the celebration. For an elegant ceremony and reception, formal is the way to go, but that isn’t always right for a laid-back garden celebration.

Many brides are letting their bridesmaids choose their dresses from a matching color palette, so each one can choose a dress that flatters her while still coordinating with the wedding’s colors and theme.

Most of all, don’t compromise your style. Wear the bright shoes or patterned dress. Share who you are because those who attend are the ones who love you for you anyway.

Make It Fun

newly married couple running on beachGoing against tradition can be fun! Whether your wedding is completely unconventional or traditional with a twist, there is still an element of fun because it’s unique to your personality.

Many brides and grooms have taken a moment to themselves after the ceremony, whether a few moments on the beach or a cozy table of their own at the edge of the reception. This gives them the perfect chance to soak in a few minutes as newlyweds before celebrating with family and friends.

Another fun way to get everyone to enjoy the reception is to create a lounge area. At beach weddings in particular, guests want the opportunity to enjoy themselves while socializing. With a lounge area, the newly married couple can easily mingle with a less formal vibe. After all, the best part of the wedding is marrying the love of your life. Everything else is just part of that.

Add Unique Details

Instead of a traditional guestbook, brides and grooms are opting for different options that can be displayed. From fingerprint trees to signed engagement canvases, guests can leave their memories on something the couple enjoys each day.

Our Destin wedding planners have seen untraditional wedding ideas from children’s tables filled with games and activities to wedding dessert bars instead of cake. If a bride and groom can imagine it, our planners can find a way to make it happen.

To speak to a wedding planner at the Henderson Park Inn about your unconventional ideas, contact us at (850) 424-7648. Our wedding staff will make certain that your wedding is exactly as you’ve imagined.

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