The date has been set, the venue picked and everything is going to plan but you want that something a little different to go the extra mile and personalise your day. Quirky and unique added extra’s are particularly on trend at the moment and with the wedding season coming up it’s not too late. Here are some “added extras” for inspiration on the big day.
These little jars are not just useful for storing jam. They can simply be left clear with a tea light popped inside or filled with glitter, confetti and flowers. Many people chose to decorate them with Hessian, ribbons or lace and link them in with their colour theme. They look great on tables, along pathways or even hung from fences and ceilings.
Umbrellas come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colours and have multiple uses. They look great and are practical for guests if the weather turns. You may choose to have them as a wedding favour or just store them in a bucket for when needed. Many bridal parties also use them in their photos, particularly the heart-shaped umbrellas. They look fun, romantic and pretty. Loveumbrellas.co.uk have a great selection of designs and styles.
Confetti is a small wedding tradition that sometimes people forget. Why not supply small paper cones or envelopes with a few bits of confetti in them for your guests to throw, this is a great photo opportunity for family and the photographer. As an alternative to paper, dried flowers, bubbles and sequins could also be used. These make really great added extras.
These are very popular for country, rustic-themed weddings. Hay bales can be used to create tables and seating indoors and outdoors. Put them together, throw a rug and some cushions over them to make a comfy sofa or just dot them around for people to lounge on. Hay bales are perfect for a relaxed feel and are very sociable.
These can usually be sourced from your local farmers and many people advertise them in local papers.
Sheep skins are very quirky, different and fluffy. They work particularly well in a chill out area over chairs and as rugs. Lay them over wooden benches to add texture, colour and comfort.
Such a great idea and possibly something that you may not have thought of. After a long day in a pair of heels the last thing you want to do is party the night away in them. Why not have flip flops for your guests to swap their shoes for. They are affordable and people will really thank you for them.
Apple Crates and Pallets
These wooden beauties have many extra uses. Use the crates for drinks, flowers or as a hamper. They can be painted or personalised and are great for adding some height to tables and decorations. A pallet after a lick of paint and chalk is perfect for signs or order of services.
Create some fun for your guests and capture some amazing photos with a variety of different games. Giant space hoppers are affordable and very popular at the moment along with giant jenga, crochet on the lawn or even a bouncy castle.
Don’t have a sweet tooth? Or just LOVE cheese. This cake idea is a perfect alternative to the traditional wedding cake or an extra for your guests to enjoy. They come in different sizes, cheeses and designs. Either build your own or have professionals construct one for you. You could even include a giant pork pie. They look amazing and taste even better. Westcountrycheese.co.uk have a lot of choices and ideas.
Rustic Ropes and Pegs
These ideas are affordable yet effective. They can be used to hang decorations from, lighting and flowers. Rustic strings and ropes work well for a vintage themed wedding alongside wooden furniture. Create photos or sweet displays with pegs for your guests to view and take.
Instead of a photo booth, have a couple of Polaroid camera’s for your guests to have fun with. They are instant and an easy size to keep hold of. Team this with your guest book and ask people to stick a photo in with their comments. This idea also works perfectly with your rustic sting and pegs. Ask your guests to Instagram their photos using your own hashtag. E.g. #smithwedding16.
Lantern’s, Pom Poms and Bunting
Pom Pom’s and paper lanterns in a variety of colours and sizes, they look great hung from the ceiling and over a dance floor. Bunting can literally be made to exactly the length you need and is perfect for coordinating your colour scheme throughout your décor.
Interior and exterior plant pots are an affordable way to display large bunches of flowers. Displayed in a long line they can also create a stunning walkway. They also double up when filled with sand as a discrete place for smoking guests to use as an ashtray.
Wooden ladders are very popular as added extra’s and look really pretty painted. Teamed with flower garlands and tea lights they are a fantastic way of displaying table plans. They are great to accessorize and look fabulous as part of a rustic wooden bar.
Thank you for reading our ideas on added extra’s. We look forward to seeing yours.
The Abbas Team