So you want a wedding that feels like an authentic representation of your relationship. Maybe you're getting married on a budget and don't want to spend thousands of dollars on the perfect dress or cake. Or maybe there's just nothing about traditional weddings that appeals to you. If this sounds like you, then good news! There are lots of ways to have a unique ceremony without breaking the bank or going against everything you believe in—even if that means doing something totally crazy or unexpected!


have the ceremony in your home

With this idea, you can save money on the venue. You can also have a unique ceremony that best fits your style if you’re open to it. Your guests will be able to share in the experience with you and see where it all began.


This would make for a beautiful ceremony as well because of all of the natural decorations that come with having your wedding at home!

Your guests will feel more relaxed during this kind of ceremony because they won’t need to go anywhere else after traveling out of town or state; they can just stay put and enjoy themselves while getting ready beforehand too!


Have a First Look

A first look is a pre-wedding photo session where the bride and groom meet for the first time before their ceremony. It can be done at the site of your wedding or nearby location, with just you and your photographer or in front of family and friends.


First looks are becoming more popular, but they aren’t for everyone. If you have no desire to see each other before you say “I do” then this isn’t for you.


Backyard wedding

There are many ways to have a backyard wedding, and it doesn’t need to be a small affair. You could get married in your own backyard, or you could have the ceremony at home and then move to your parents’ house for the reception. If you don't want to go through all of that extra work, though, there are other options!

If you live near a park or another public space with plenty of open green space, that might be an easy option. You can have an outdoor ceremony on one side of the park (in order not to block traffic) and then move indoors if it rains or gets too hot (or cold). If all else fails, just have things indoors—it’s still fine! There are lots of places in town where people rent out space for parties; just make sure they're okay with having alcohol there before booking anything."

Wear Casual Clothes (or just the dress)


If you like to keep things casual, your options are limitless. A simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt or sweater will work just fine. If you have a bit more spirit, go with overalls or something fun and colorful! And if you're really feeling it, why not just wear the wedding dress? Everyone knows what's going on so there's no need to get dressed up for this one! Just make sure that whatever outfit you choose helps you feel good and comfortable so that when the big day comes around your nerves don't get the best of you—and remember: if wearing pants isn't your thing then by all means don't do it! It's totally okay if having them on makes things worse for whatever reason; however if this is something that would make life easier for YOU then go ahead and give them a shot! Who knows? Maybe they'll become part of your everyday wardrobe after all!


Instead of rings, get tattoos

Instead of rings, get tattoos. Why not? Tattoos are permanent and can represent your love in an impressive way. People who get tattoos tend to be a little more adventurous than those who don’t, so it’s likely that they will appreciate your willingness to take a risk on something they didn’t even consider. Plus, if you get them at the same time as their partner, it'll be like having matching wedding bands!


Have a balloon drop instead of a bouquet toss

  • Balloon drop is a fun way to end the ceremony. Instead of tossing your bouquet, you can have your guests toss balloons instead.
  • Balloons can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather and how much space you have available. If you're doing this indoors, use helium-filled balloons and make sure they are secured so that no one gets injured by them falling from the ceiling unexpectedly!
  • Balloons can also be used as decorations for your tables at dinner later on in the evening! They will add a pop of color and happiness to any party table setting!

Add some confetti cannons or sparklers to your photos for some amazing effects!

Adding some confetti cannons or sparklers to your photos for some amazing effects! Confetti cannons are a great way to add some extra fun to your wedding photos. They're also a great way to keep your guests entertained during the ceremony, and they're inexpensive, easy to use and can be used indoors or out.

Just make sure you plan ahead so that there's plenty of time for them before the big day arrives.


Step outside the box and try something new for your wedding day. As long as it is authentic to you and your partner, do what makes you happy! You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board here. I'd love to hear about your ideas too, leave them in the comments below.

As long as it is authentic to you and your partner, do what makes you happy! You can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board here. I'd love to hear about your ideas too, leave them in the comments below.


So there you have it — some non-traditional wedding ideas. I hope this list has inspired you to think outside the box and come up with something truly unique that reflects who you are as a couple. Remember, it’s okay if none of these ideas feel like they fit your style! The most important thing is to be true to yourself and what makes sense for your relationship and life circumstances. If all else fails, there are always classic approaches such as having an intimate ceremony in a beautiful location or inviting close friends and family members as guests instead of hiring planners or caterers who will dictate how things should go down on the big day. Whatever path we choose, just remember: no matter how crazy things get before or after saying ‘I do’ (and they will), the love between us will always remain strong enough to hold us together through any stormy weather ahead."

If you're interested in learning more about budget-friendly options for your wedding photography, please contact us today! We'd be happy to chat with you about our packages and discounts.


Thank you for reading!


Affordable Wedding photography by Fungirlwithacamera Photography.


Hope from Fungirlwithacamera Photography specializes in affordable wedding photography as well as backyard wedding photography and small intimate weddings. Currently accepting weddings in East Brunswick, Highland Park and surrounding areas in New Jersey.

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