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Beyond the Wedding Basics

Unique Wedding Ideas You Might Have Overlooked

Your wedding day is destined to be one of the most cherished moments in your life, and naturally, you want it to be perfect. You've likely spent countless hours planning every detail, from the flowers to the music, but here are some wedding ideas that might have slipped through the cracks in the midst of your planning frenzy.
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The 'No Phone Zone' Ceremony

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as receiving your wedding photos and discovering a sea of phones and tablets obstructing those special moments. To ensure your photographer captures the essence of your ceremony without Auntie’s iPad ruining the shot, consider designating your ceremony area a ‘No Phone Zone’; Politely ask your guests to stow away their devices during the ceremony, allowing everyone to be fully present in the moment. This will not only preserve the sanctity of the occasion but also result in more authentic, phone-free photos.

"Politely ask your guests to stow away their devices during the ceremony, allowing everyone to be fully present in the moment"

Karen Colyer, Solton Manor Wedding Planner

Coordinate your 'Kiss the Bride' Moment

That magical moment when you’re pronounced married, and you share your first kiss as a married couple is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the ceremony. However, often overlooked is the officiant, who may inadvertently block the photographer’s view. To avoid this, have a candid conversation with your officiant beforehand. Ask them to step aside or position themselves strategically during the ‘You may kiss the bride’ moment, ensuring that your photographer captures this pivotal instant without any obstructions.

“Take a step back, breathe, and truly immerse yourself in all of the special moments of your wedding day
Karen Colyer, Solton Manor Wedding Planner

Plan for a Private Meal Moment

Once the ceremony and reception are in full swing, it’s easy for the newlyweds to get caught up in a whirlwind of activity. With greeting guests, taking photos, and dancing the night away, you might find it challenging to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you’ve carefully selected. To remedy this, consider asking your caterers to set aside a private meal for you and your spouse. This allows you to savour your culinary choices in peace, ensuring you won’t be famished by the end of the night. We have worked with our wedding caterers for over a decade so they know just what you need for an enjoyable celebration!

Suggest After-Party Hotspots

While your wedding day may officially end with the last dance, some of your guests might be eager to continue the celebration. To cater to the night owls, scout out nearby bars or clubs in advance and include these recommendations in your wedding programme or on a dedicated information board. It’s a thoughtful gesture that ensures your guests have a plan for the late hours, especially if you’re ready to retreat to your honeymoon suite.

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Savour the Moments

Amidst the excitement and chaos of your big day, it’s easy for time to slip through your fingers. Take a step back, breathe, and truly immerse yourself in the special moments of your wedding day. At Solton Manor, the stunning nine-acre grounds are full of ‘secret spots’, such as the romantic chapel ruins, the glorious wildlife lake and the charming ornamental pond, that are perfect for a moment or two of reflection. Let the feeling of finally being married wash over you, and appreciate the culmination of all your hard work. After all, your wedding day is not just about the logistics; it’s about the love you share and the memories you create.


Incorporating these often-overlooked wedding ideas into your plans can add a layer of uniqueness and thoughtfulness to your special day. Remember, while the details are important, it’s the emotions and moments that will truly make your wedding unforgettable. If you’d like help to plan these moments into your special day, then speak to our wedding team who make sure they happen!