Whilst each and every wedding is very personal to the couple getting married, there is the danger it may feel a little formulaic if you stick to the usual rules.
Whilst you might not want to dispense with all the lovely traditions associated with weddings or shake up the order of the day too much, there are an ever increasing array of fantastic extras which you can book for your big day which really will make it stand out from the crowd.
Top tips from the Blue Door Wedding Planning Team
We organise around 70 weddings a year across our stunning East Sussex wedding venues and love each and every one of them. We often get to know our couples so well that they feel like family but we also absolutely love it when there are some magical extra touches which make their particular day stand out from the crowd.
Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite added touches from some of our 2022 weddings:
Oh my days. The two weekends that Bob and Muesli the alpacas came to Firle Place were absolute highlights. Two of the cuddliest, most adorable furry friends you can imagine. Carlie from Jijis Rest can bring two or four alpacas to your Sussex wedding to mingle at the drinks reception and provide just the most perfect photo opportunity. Guests just love them and the snaps they take make their way to social media feeds super fast!
We’ve also had some horse highlights including an ice cream eating pony at Montague Farm and the awesome arrival of groom Amal on horseback upholding a wonderful Indian wedding tradition.
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There can quite often be a bit of a lag during the late afternoon of a wedding after a boozy drinks reception and lots to eat. One of our favourite Firle couples, Martin & Gemma, decided to enliven their post dinner lull with “Sing & Tonic” hour. Highly talented pianist and singer Adrian Dixon performed for a brilliant hour of songs requested by guests which ran alongside a stunning gin bar. Gin and singing along to your favourite songs. What’s not to love?
Contact: Adrian DixonVisit website
Photobooths Like No Other
There are photo booths and then there’s photo booths. Whilst this concept is not novel in itself, there are some truly innovative options available to you which will add som much fun and hilarity to your wedding day. Here’s a couple that we know and love.
Entrepreneur uni friends, Merlin and Alan created this standout ‘booth’ concept know as ORB which offers a totally bespoke, 360 video experience for you and your guests. With a booth for up to six people, this breaks into new frontiers of individual or group videography. This is so more than the usual static image photobooth you’ll have seen, but rather one that creates bespoke videos for you and your guests. Just imagine, movie-making at your wedding!
Contact: Merlin Evans-FrekeVisit website
Fresh Booths is the brain child of Sam Cadman who offers not one, not two, not three but FOUR booths so you can truly tailor the look and feel of this brilliant extra wedding touch; choose from the Classic Open Booth, the Selfie Mirror, the GIF Station or the Roaming Booth . Fresh Booths is high end, sophisticated and Sam the founder who often operates the booths is the consummate professional.
Contact: Sam CadmanVisit Website
Shucks Those Oysters are Good
If you are like us and love the theatre of a fresh oyster, why not invite the Oyster Boys to your wedding to accompany to the drinks reception? These guys really are the best, setting up an eye-catching station from which to shuck the freshest, most delicious oysters you can find in the UK.
The quality is so good they also happen to supply their oysters to the likes of Chitern Fire House, Soho House, Groucho Club and Cowdrey Park. Nothing quite beats a cold glass of fizz alongside a fresh, silky oyster with all the trimmings!
Contact: The Oyster BoysVisit website
If you are planning an Asian wedding, then the chances are you are going to book the all-important drummers for your ceremony and reception. Well, we know the very best around and want you all to meet Drummers Delight. Based in London but travelling all over the world drumming at the most amazing weddings, legends Deewan and Luisa add incredible energy and style to any event from ceremony through to DJ set; and let’s face it, there’s nothing that sounds better than a brilliant drums/DJ mash up to get the party started.
Contact: DeewanVisit website