Unique Wedding Ideas

Ann Bailey Live Art | Carla Gates Photography

Some of the richest and most memorable parts of a wedding are often those steeped in tradition and culture.  Sitting beside that is the desire by couples to create a unique experience for themselves and their guests.  Marrying tradition with ingenuity is the name of the game, and we have some unique wedding ideas that are sure to fulfill your Something Old + Something New!


I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”  ― Vincent van Gogh

unique wedding ideas

Ann Marshall Bailey Studio

Before there was photography, there was art.  I’ve spent long afternoons lost in galleries, drawn into the depths and layers of paintings.  There is something so special about seeing the brushstrokes and knowing that a person felt something extraordinary while placing each one.  Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Edward Blair Leighton, and John Henry Frederick Bacon are 19th Century artists well known for their wedding portrayals.  These painters took months, sometimes years to complete a piece of art  Bringing past to present, at today’s chicest weddings you will find an artist at her easel, brush to canvas, creating a painting of the wedding in real time.  Ann Bailey is one of my favorites!  She adds beauty and a measure of elegance to the room as she captures the liveliness, serenity, holiness and celebration of a wedding as it happens.  Guests are drawn to her, watching throughout the evening as the piece develops, with the end result a precious work of art that the couple will treasure forever.


unique wedding ideas

Bean in the Borough

You Are the Cream in My Coffee
I’ll never forget one wedding where the family had not selected coffee service for their reception, which typically would not be noticed by anyone ever.  However, at this reception there were guests from New York.  And New York wedding guests expect coffee!  One guest followed me around, asking in several different ways why there was no coffee available.  I almost left the wedding to make a Starbucks run for her!  I didn’t, but it did prompt me to consider the importance of coffee at a wedding reception a little differently.  Now more of my couples are incorporating coffee into their menu planning, and many in a fun new way!  For an artisan twist on the basic coffee urn, bring in an Espresso Cart!  Such an enticing  way to highlight superior coffee and add a fresh element to your party!  Bean in the Borough is a fantastic Atlanta business that uses local coffee roaster Rev Coffee exclusively, and gives back to the community through Atlanta Mission by purchasing Marta Cards to help eradicate homelessness.  Who knew a simple cuppa joe could be an entire blog post topic!


Cherokee Town Club | Denis Reggie Photographers

Cherokee Town Club | Denis Reggie Photographers

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”― Charles M. Schulz

Here in the South, a groom’s cake goes back as far as time with chocolate becoming the tradition in the 1800’s.  It’s still surprising to me when talking with friends in other parts of the country where there. is. no. grooms. cake.  Really?!  I say.  That’s no fun at all!  But who am I to judge?  I just love chocolate, and want every wedding to have chocolate in one way or another!  So if you’re not down with a groom’s cake, why not a customized chocolate table by Jardi?   For your winter wedding, a hot chocolate bar with a variety of flavors and toppings is a huge hit with guests.  In the warmer months, one of my favorites… boozy chocolate milk shakes a la Bold Events!   Any way you divine it, chocolate is a must and a delightful inclusion at any wedding anywhere!

There are so many ways to make your wedding truly yours!  His n’ Hers mini desserts, specialty cocktails, a jazz or vocal ceremony processional by Emerald Empire, a vintage VW Bus photobooth, themed dinner menus, unique music selections, the list goes on.  And on!!  Yet at the heart of it all is simply this, the celebration of you; two individual spirits marrying, and your celebration of each other!  That, in itself, is one in a million.