How to Plan a Unique Wedding

September 22, 2020 | brooke

photo by T & V Photography

We see a lot of weddings. Every year, our team reviews thousands—yes, thousands—of real wedding submissions for Junebug Weddings. We know a thing or two about unique weddings. 

If you’re searching for unique wedding ideas in hopes to replicate them—we have news for you. You’re not going to find the perfect unique wedding on Pinterest or even on this blog. The word ‘unique’ literally means “being unlike anything else.” How could you be unlike anything else while copying someone else’s day?

We’re here to help you dig deep to create your day. Let us inspire you to discover your own unique, one-of-a-kind, original style. Then, we’ll turn it into your wedding.

What Makes a Unique Wedding?

We’re giddy with excitement when we open a real wedding submission and immediately feel like we personally know the bride and groom. Careful choices create a sense of personality. Examples of choices that show your unique tastes are a totally rad location, a choice to use only female vendors, or a replica of your favorite board game as a backdrop for photos

How to Use Inspiration You Find Online

Finding inspiration is okay! In fact, we recommend finding photos to help guide decisions and spark creative ideas. For example, if you find a photo of stunning table arrangements, take that photo to your florist and explain why you like it. 

Can you add a flower that represents you? Maybe you can source vintage vases to hold the flowers. Or keep the arrangements as-is and design napkins with fun facts about you as a couple

Create a Mood Board of Inspiration vs. Replicating

Designing a wedding mood board can provide a centralized place to collect ideas and inspiration photos. Be sure to include a variety of photos—not just wedding photos. Including images of outfits, home decor, and graphic designs can help your wedding team brainstorm unique ideas for your day.

wedding mood board example
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Let Go of Expectations

If you’re dreaming of a unique wedding, it’s important to let go of any preconceived notions about what a wedding “should be.” Forget what you’ve seen at friends weddings or what your parents say you have to do. Your highest priority should be to create a day that makes you feel comfortable, present in the moment, and has thoughtful touches at every turn. 

How to Communicate You’re Breaking Tradition

Be blunt, honest, and communicate your desires clearly. We promise you’ll feel empowered by doing so. Try using any of these options when you’re communicating your unique ideas:

  • “We love how you did ‘XYZ’ for your wedding, but ‘ABC’ is more important to us.”
  • “Thank you for the ideas, we’re hoping to brainstorm things that will be unique to our story. We can’t wait for you to see what we come up with!”
  • “That tradition makes us uncomfortable.”
  • “We decided on mismatched dresses so each bridesmaid can choose a gown that represents their unique style.”

Unique Wedding Ideas from Real Junebug Couples

Remember the thousands of weddings we review every year? When we choose to feature real couple’s weddings on Junebug Weddings, we are careful to select the ones that are truly unique. When you see other couples break tradition, embrace quirky ideas, and rock their true style—we hope you feel free to embrace your truest selves, as well. 

We’ve rounded up a few truly unique weddings to inspire you on your journey.

photo by Fox & Film Photography

This Fabulous Feminist Wedding at Ace Prop House + Studio

The Couple: Steph & Bobby

Location: Miami, Florida 

What Made the Wedding Unique: Steph and Bobby broke tradition in the most awesome of ways for their funky and feminine wedding in Miami, Florida. The couple hired all woman-owned businesses as their vendorstalk about a rockstar move! We’re in awe with how they made an already fun venue even cooler with food trucks, disco balls, and floral creations. 

How to Use This Wedding as Inspiration: Are small businesses important to you? Do you want to support Black-owned businesses? Do you want to hire an all-female team? Consider what you stand for and how you could incorporate social causes into your wedding. 

Edgy Industrial Fall Wedding at Castaway Portland

The Couple: Courtney & Marcell 

Location: Portland, Oregon 

What Made the Wedding Unique: If you’ve ever dreamt of an interesting wedding, take this couple’s advice: break as many rules as possible. Courtney nailed the non-traditional bridal look with a fabulous champagne-colored, beaded gown, and Marcell looked rad in all black attire. You could tell fashion style was important to this duo!

How to Use This Wedding as Inspiration: Take note of how each of you dress in “everyday” life. Is comfort important to you? Do you swoon over gold jewelry? How can your wedding outfits mimic your everyday style—or leave them in the dust with show stopping looks?

Old Hollywood Wedding at The Houdini Estate

The Couple: Adam & Diana

Location: Laurel Canyon, California

What Made the Wedding Unique: Adam and Diana love Old Hollywood and Havana vibes—their wedding reflected it. Their guests were already feeling special receiving rad, themed invitations, and the party was only enhanced with a marajuana bar (when in Rome—right?), cigars, the couple’s favorite food truck, and even more personal touches. 

How to Use This Wedding as Inspiration: Specialty entertainment can be an awesome way to bring a touch of you into your wedding day. Whether it’s your favorite coffee shop, a popsicle stand, food truck, or local band—give your guests a chance to experience something you love as a couple.  

photo by Evren Türker

Fashion-Forward Blush and Baby Blue Zurich Wedding

The Couple: Florian & Gustavo

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

What Made the Wedding Unique: Florian and Gustavo wanted their guests to feel their belief that “happiness is only real when shared.” They created individual invitation cards that included curiosities, dates, and facts about them. 

They wrote to us, “Continuing with the unique style of ‘us,’ we decided to avoid the basic male suit. Our suits matched the colors, flowers, and other decoration elements of the wedding day—as well as the surrounding elements of the venue and season. That’s why we chose the top of Zurich as our venue, to also bring an excellent open air atmosphere to our guests, where they could enjoy the excellent view of our home.”

How to Use This Wedding as Inspiration: Be like Florian and Gustavo—thoughtful and wholehearted in your planning. Consider the feelings you want to inspire for your guests and—most importantly—yourselves

Wedding inspiration can come from anywhere. While we hope to inspire you to create a perfectly unique wedding, we encourage you to follow your heart when it comes to planning. After all, the music will fade, the guests will go home, and you’ll be left standing with your new spouse. Remember what makes that day the most special—start there.

Looking for the team to help pull off your unique wedding ideas? Visit our directory of carefully selected wedding professionals.

photo by T & V Photography

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Intimate Glam Chicago Wedding at The Kimpton Allegro

September 22, 2020 | riley

Intimate weddings are all the rage right now, and just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they can’t be over the top glamorous. That’s exactly what Chanel and Sheldon decided when planning their Chicago wedding at The Kimpton Allegro. Between Chanel’s long-sleeve lace Pronovias gown to the abundance of roses put together by Fleur Chicago and the gold accents, everything about the day transported us back in time to glamorous old Hollywood. Oh–not to mention–the bride changed into a head-to-toe lace jumpsuit for the reception! 

Every photo that Junebug member Arielle Teft Photography captured is incredibly chic and we can’t wait for you to gush with us. So what are you waiting for? Get to scrolling and be prepared to be wowed! 

The Couple:

Chanel and Sheldon

The Wedding:

The Kimpton Allegro, Chicago

Chanel’s Wedding Day Fashion

It was extremely important for me to have a gown that was full lace and had a lengthy dramatic train and long sleeves. I tried on at least 50 dresses until I settled on a beautiful Pronovias gown from Designer Loft Boutique in NYC. I wanted an old Hollywood red carpet style for my hair–silky and sleek, swooped back into a low bun so that my makeup and earrings would be the focal point. My dress was paired with pearl statement earrings from Deepa Gurnani and Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Floral Lace Crystal-Toe Pumps. Carrie from Sex and the City has always been my style icon, so Manolo’s were a must! 

Sentimental Wedding Gifts

Right before I walked out of my bridal suite to meet him at the alter, Sheldon left a gift for me. It was a framed photo from the summer we first met before we started dating. It was special because 1. I didn’t even know he had this photo, 2. he isn’t the sentimental type at all, so this felt incredibly thoughtful and 3. he never takes or keeps photos. I am positive he has less than 20 photos on his phone across the last decade. It meant so much to me that he had this and saved it for all these years. My gift to him was Hermes cuff links in the shape of a knot to signify our “tying of the knot.” He wore them on our wedding day.

Intimate Wedding Day Vibes at The Kimpton Allegro

Our wedding vision was romantic and intimate. We knew we wanted to have it in the evening with lots of candles to give the room a vibrant illuminated glow. Sheldon and I are also very detail-oriented and fashion-forward people, so it was important for the wedding to reflect that part of us. Our décor was simple yet elegant–with pops of navy, fuchsia, ivory, and gold. To be completely frank, the venue was so beautiful it didn’t require much.

A Personalized Speciality Cocktail

Our favorite wine is rosé, and our favorite spirit is gin, so we had a rosé and gin spritzer called The McIntosh. Sheldon also surprised me and had giant bottles of rosé flown in from Spain. We had enjoyed this particular wine during our trip to Barcelona at a restaurant called El Nacional.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Arielle Teft
Venue – Kimpton Hotel Allegro
Floral Design – Fleur Chicago
Officiant – Nicholas Pearce
DJ – Brinton Flowers
Invitation Design – Mingle Design Studio
Makeup Artist – Janae Wesby
Hair Styling – Kyra Brown
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bridal Accessories – Nadine Merabi
Groom’s Apparel – Articles of Style
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – The Clear Cut


Congratulations again to Chanel and Sheldon on their intimate glam Chicago wedding at The Kimpton Allegro! Big thank you to Junebug member Arielle Teft Photography for sharing their special day with us. To see more of Arielle’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Black and White Boho Glam Acre Baja Wedding

September 21, 2020 | riley

If you’ve been following Junebug for a while, you know that we can never get enough tropical wedding inspo. The minute we laid eyes on Madison and Jeff’s black and white Acre Baja wedding, we were in love. Between the simple white florals from Let It Bloom, the macrame backdrop against the palm trees, the sophisticated black bridesmaids dresses, and Madison’s Grace Loves Lace sheath wedding dress, their special day was the perfect combination of elegant yet casual. Oh, and did we mention that the day included wild peacocks and a donkey? Everything about these photos captured by Junebug member Los Ébano is Pinterest worthy so get those destination wedding boards up because this one is worth saving.

The Couple:

Madison and Jeff

The Wedding:

Acre Baja, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Los Ébano
Event Planning – About Love Cabo
Venue – Acre Baja
Floral Design – Let It Bloom
Cake – Sweet Dreams Cabo
DJ – DJ Mijares
Videography – Jorge Ibarra
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Los Cabos Makeup
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Mark Patterson
Rentals – Let It Be Events
Transportation – Cabo Premium Logistics


Congratulations again to Madison and Jeff on their glamorous wedding Acre Baja wedding! Big thank you to Junebug member Los Ébano for sharing their special day with us. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world

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