A wedding full of creativity and fun ideas is always a memorable one for you and your guests. If you’re looking for inspiration to come up with unique ideas for a whimsical wedding, then a great place to start is with your childhood. Tap into your inner child and reflect back to your childhood for inspiration. What made you laugh until your sides hurt? What made you jump up down with excitement and anticipation? Think back and remember what activities gave you the most joy – your favorite sweets and snacks, your best summer holidays, the most unforgettable birthday parties and so on. All these wonderful childhood memories create a fantastic source of inspiration for a fun-filled whimsical wedding that will not only be unique to you but truly personal. Here are some fun wedding ideas and inspiration full of child-like appeal. They’re bound to infuse plenty of creative whimsy into your wedding day.
Outdoor Weddings & Garden Soirees
Much like a kid’s birthday party, a fun wedding should be full of energy, happiness and plenty of excitement. A spring or summer wedding is always a great match for a fun and whimsical wedding theme. Fresh air, sunshine, pretty gardens and gorgeous scenery always puts everyone in a happy party mood. An outdoor wedding also perfectly complements pretty whimsical decor, outdoor games and a fun relaxed atmosphere for your guests. If a casual laid back wedding is your vibe, then consider something unique ideas such as a picnic wedding, rustic ranch BBQ or retro 1960s beach party theme.
Fun Wedding Themes
Another idea for a creative wedding full of fun is to go with an overall theme. You can either use touches of the theme throughout your day or completely deck out your wedding in the theme’s style. Fun and whimsical wedding ideas can include recreating your childhood fantasy or favorite fairytale, children’s storybook or Hollywood movie. If your guy prefers to keep the “girly” factor toned down, then you could always go for a Carnivale, 1950s Retro, or Vintage Glam theme.
Whimsical Wedding Theme
Popular whimsical themes for a wedding also include the Butterfly, Ballerina, Fairy or Angel style of theme. Any of these themes can be magical choices when styled tastefully. Just be careful not to go overboard. Another gorgeous theme full of whimsy (and one of my favorites ), is the Secret Garden. This theme is inspired by the popular children’s book (of the same title), written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story takes place towards the end of the Edwardian era – an elegant era when luxury, glamor and fantasy were in vogue. If you’re looking for a theme where you can indulge in romantic flowing dresses, dreamy decor and twinkling tree lights, then the Secret Garden wedding is definitely for you.
Fun Wedding Colors
To truly embrace your inner child, have fun with vibrant colors in your wedding color palette (remember kid’s aren’t shy when using color!). For a youthful fun wedding atmosphere think bright, upbeat and energetic shades. Be as bold as you dare and experiment with pops of electric green, sunshine yellow, hot pink or zesty oranges!
You can be really creative when decorating a fun wedding theme. Once you have decided on your color palette, choose uplifting decorations full of whimsy that immediately say ‘let’s party!’ Pretty paper decorations always add a whimsical touch (and are easy to DIY if you prefer). Use colorful pinwheels and kites, strands of pretty fabric garlands, or fluffy cheerful pom-poms. Hanging paper lanterns (like those from Luna Bazaar) not only do they add instant beauty to avenue, but also keep your decor budget in check.
Balloons add fun to a party atmosphere, but to achieve a more stylish look go with extra large balloons or balloons on a large scale. Also, everything old-school in decor is new again. Colored confetti traditionally used for showering the bridal couple, has made a come-back as a decoration. Likewise, sparklers can been seen at outdoor evening receptions and are popular with guests. Ramp up the whimsical factor by using props such as vintage bicycles, interesting furniture (to match your theme) and personalized or DIY details throughout your decor. Remember, the sweetest and most creative touches immediately introduce child-like wonder and adorable whimsy to your event.
Fun Wedding Games
Planning wedding games is another area where you can really get creative with ideas. Activities for your guests at the reception is an excellent way to get them mingling with each other and feeling involved with your wedding. Just make sure the type of activity you choose is suitable for your venue and will suit guests of all ages. For an outdoor wedding, lawns games such as bocci and croquet are very popular and give the occasion a wonderful old fashioned vintage appeal. For indoor events, try to arrange an activity to encourage your guests onto the dance floor. Novelty photo booths are also great for either outdoor or indoor weddings. Guests can have fun dressing up for the photos or posing in cut-outs booths. Imagine the funny photos you will have to re-visit in your wedding album.
Who doesn’t love cake?! One of the biggest highlights of a wedding is the cake and a fun wedding is no exception. When looking for whimsical and fun cake inspiration think of a kid’s birthday cake. Lollipop colored icing, candy decorations and of course cupcakes are all a big part of the menu. Another a wonderful way to add whimsy to your cake, yet still retain an element of style, is to add a fun wedding cake topper. Fun toppers add a little novelty to your cake without going too over the top.
Fun Wedding Food
The food menu at a whimsical wedding gives you an opportunity to re-live your childhood favorites. If you include plenty of sweet colorful treats and food that puts a smile on everyone’s face and there won’t be any left-overs. For outdoor weddings, soda pop and ice-cream cones are an instant hit. Anything on a stick will appeal to all the kid’s at heart and of course, everyone loves a yummy dessert bar.
If you’re going with an overall theme, then carry it through to the food styling and choice of menu. For example, a Circus theme goes hand-in-hand with tubs of hot popcorn, tasty hot dogs and bright colored candy floss. The menu for a glamorous 1920s cocktail party on the other hand, would include bite-size canapés, shrimp cocktails, sweet miniature puddings and stylish martinis and mint juleps.
Remember your wedding stationery design sets the tone for your whole event. Again, if your adopting a specific theme choose a stationery suite to match. Popular whimsical styles usually feature birds, birdcages, quaint florals or a slight retro style to the design. If you want a more novel style of wedding invitation then choose a design that immediately tells your guests they will be attending a light-hearted fun-filled affair.
Fun Wedding Favors
When it comes to fun or whimsical wedding favors your choices are endless. The best place to start is to decide whether you want an edible favor or a gift your guests can keep as a memento. Next, co-ordinate the style of favor with your wedding theme and colors. It is quite easy to choose a favor to match a themed wedding. Candy goes really well with a retro theme, whereas elegant votive candles suit stylish indoor affairs. Potted plants or butterfly themed favors are lovely for a garden wedding, whereas favors reflecting the sand and ocean highlight a beach theme.
Image Credits: Couple with balloons, Outdoor Wedding, Fantasy Wedding & Secret Garden Boards all via Pinterest / Wedding Colors (clockwise from L): Long floral bridesmaid dresses, Green wedding shoes, green bridesmaids, succulent bouquet, pink wedding shoes & citrus cake stand via Pinterest, Short Floral Bridesmaid Dress / Decorations (clockwise from L): Bicycle & Garlands, Bridesmaid pinwheel & kite ceremony arch via Pinterest, Orange Lanterns / Wedding Games: all via Pinterest / Whimsical Cakes: (clockwise from L): Whimsy pink cake, Wedding topper, Candy cake, Red, white and blue cupcakes, Whimsical cake / Orange Stationery: Mr & Mrs Wedding Invitation / Vintage Stationery: Stache + Kiss Wedding Invitation, Decor & Couple via Pinterest / Retro 1950′s Favor Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe, Retro Table Setting, Monogram Candy Jar / Stylish Beach Favor Inspiration: Starfish Favor, Beach Mat / Modern Glamor Inspiration: Black twig centerpiece, Damask Tealight Holders, Chandelier