What is considered an “alternative” wedding?

Well, whilst weddings are a special and memorable occasion for couples, the majority can also be quite traditional and predictable. Perhaps you’re someone who wants to break the norm or have a unique wedding – and you’re not alone!

There are plenty of ideas out there for couples who want to create a wedding that truly reflects their personalities and values. Whilst there is no set guide to hosting an alternative wedding, this blog post will explore some non-traditional wedding ideas that are sure to inspire you.

Destination Weddings

Instead of having your wedding in your hometown, why not consider a destination wedding? You can choose a location that is meaningful to you and your partner, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit. Destination weddings can be a great way to create a memorable experience for you and your guests, and also an opportunity for a vacation for everyone involved.

Just be sure to research any legal requirements for getting married in a different country or state, and consider the travel costs for your guests.


Eco-Friendly Weddings

If you and your partner are environmentally conscious, consider an eco-friendly wedding . There are many ways to make your wedding more sustainable, such as using recycled materials for invitations and decorations, choosing a venue with renewable energy sources, serving locally sourced food, and encouraging guests to carpool or use public transportation.

An eco-friendly wedding can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and create a wedding that aligns with your values.

Check out our blog post for tips on having a sustainable wedding.


Themed Weddings

Themed weddings are a fun way to showcase your personalities and interests. You can choose a theme that reflects your favourite movie, book, a carnival or circus theme, or just about anything you’re passionate about!

You can incorporate your theme into every aspect of your wedding, from the invitations to the decorations to the food. Themed weddings can be a great way to create a fun and memorable atmosphere for you and your guests.

Intimate Weddings

If you’re someone who values quality over quantity, an intimate or “micro” wedding may be the perfect alternative for you.

Instead of having a large wedding with hundreds of guests, you can choose to have a small ceremony with just your closest friends and family. An intimate wedding can be just as special and memorable as a larger wedding, and it can also be more affordable and less stressful.


Non-Traditional Venues

Instead of having your wedding at a traditional venue like a church or banquet hall, why not choose a non-traditional venue? You can have your wedding at a museum, art gallery, or the great outdoors. Non-traditional venues can be a great way to a unique atmosphere for your wedding and South West Marquees are equipped to supply a marquee for a versatile range of venues or locations.



In conclusion, there are many alternative wedding ideas out there for couples who want to break from tradition. Whether you choose a destination wedding, eco-friendly wedding, a themed wedding, or an intimate wedding, the most important thing is to create a wedding that makes you and your partner happy and celebrates your love.