Wedding traditions: you either love them or you hate them. From the white dress to holding the ceremony in a church, to bridal parties, lavish bouquets and expensive receptions where you must invite all of your family, even your second cousin that’s twice removed and you haven’t seen for years – it’s all about the traditions. Or is it?
These days, modern couples are choosing to do it differently, essentially tearing apart the rulebook and reinventing what a ‘traditional’ wedding should look like. In this blog, we will be delving into a few ways couples are ditching traditions of old and instead choosing to create more personal, memorable and exciting wedding experiences.
VENUES THAT SET THE TONE
One way modern couples are saying goodbye to old wedding traditions is by choosing wedding venues that represent a certain theme or style, and add to the overall wedding experience. Here are some incredible venues that are not only stunning, but also just a little bit out of the ordinary.
A ROMANTIC GARDEN PARTY
The plant trend is here to stay and nothing celebrates the union of two people more than a romantic garden party complete with beautiful plants and greenery. Don’t have your own plants? The Borrowed Nursery is a unique concept where people can hire plants to visually enhance their event. They also offer a private space for weddings and special events, which comes decorated with plants and greenery to create an earthy, calm and mystical ambience. A gorgeous setting with a twist that is sure to create an experience guests will remember.
AN ECLECTIC AFFAIR
If eclectic and intimate is more your style, perhaps a bar venue is the perfect spot for your wedding. Baedeker bar in Brisbane is the ideal setting for an intimate affair with family and friends. This stunning venue was named after German travel writer Karl Baedeker and embodies the spirit of travel and adventure.
A TOUCH OF CULTURE AND HISTORY
For a touch of sophistication and history, you can’t go past the grandiose Museum of Brisbane. You and your guests will be surrounded by the rich history and culture of the River City – a truly unforgettable wedding experience. With five different spaces available, no matter how many guests you have, there is something for everyone.
CREATIVE CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Traditionally, weddings often express the unique personality of the couple through the ceremony, venue and styling. These days, however, bespoke food and drink menus designed to suit the couple is rising in popularity (because who doesn’t love a good feed?) Here are some unique creative culinary experiences that’ll definitely wow your guests.
A MIX OF FEASTING AND FOOD STATIONS (WITH A DIZZYING TWIST)
Introducing feasting taken to a whole new level (literally!), with food being served at height. From long, high bar seating arrangements to dishes of food being placed on risers in the centre of the table, there’s no limit (well, there is a height limit) to the foodie experience you can create. Feasting menus are a fantastic way to create a communal style of dining, with a warm and open ambience.
A POP-UP CUISINE STATION EXPERIENCE
The term ‘pop-up’ is synonymous with today’s generation. Everyone loves a good pop-up experience and a wedding pop-up cuisine station is no different. This interactive and semi-theatrical way of serving food certainly ups the experience factor for your guests and effortlessly contributes to the exciting and extraordinary experience you’re wanting to achieve.
BOOZE-FREE BAR AND BEVS
Ever heard of a booze-free wedding? While not traditionally common-practice, these days, booze-free bars and beverages are on-trend with the health-conscious millennials. Mocktails are the perfect booze-free treat to offer guests on arrival, while an infused ice-tea on tap garnished with delicate flowers is sure to refresh your guests as they party their way into the night.
When it comes to the modern wedding, it’s all about the experience and more specifically, interactive entertainment. Couples would rather spend their wedding budget on something more authentic and entertaining, such as unique outdoor activities. Some of our favourite interesting, quirky and certainly memorable interactive entertainment ideas include: a game of croquet, quoits, lawn bowls, giant jenga, a creative class like painting or yoga, treasure hunts and orienteering games, just to name a few. When it comes to interactive entertainment, the way we see it is your imagination is your only limit. Get creative, get inspired and just have fun with it.
So as you can see, today’s modern couples are moving away from conventional traditions in favour or creating the ultimate wedding experience. And frankly, we couldn’t be happier! At Wine & Dine’m Catering, we always add a creative touch to everything we do – it’s what makes us unique. Our menus spark conversation and are individually crafted to reflect a couple’s vision. From designing original food menus to suit themes to creating interactive food and beverage stations to impress your guests – our approach is to transform your ideas into a reality. If you’re looking to create an unforgettable wedding experience or special event, talk to one of our Wedding Specialists today.