19 Straight-Up Awesome Wedding Ideas You'll Wish You Thought Of First

Nobody likes a boring wedding! 🙅
09/29/2015 08:41pm ET | Updated September 30, 2015

We know how easy it is to get bogged down in all the wedding planning B.S. But don't forget to take a deep breath and remember that at the end of the day, it's just one big ol' party!

Accordingly, we've compiled 19 super fun wedding ideas that will take your celebration to the next level.

Opt for an engagement photo session that doesn't require you to get out of bed
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And turn traditional gender roles on their head while you're at it. Girls dig video games too!
Show your silly side with an untraditional save-the-date
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Justin Pocta</a>
Just stay away from permanent markers.
Or include your fur child in the save-the-date shoot
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Jolie Mae Collections/Etsy</a>
A cute pup and a sweet sign is a winning combination.
Create a phone list with important numbers to keep you ~stress-free~ on the big day
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This way, guests and vendors don't have to bug you with last-minute questions.
Hand out a brilliant, boredom-reducing wedding program
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Jenn Emerling</a>
Sudoku and gangsta mad libs will keep your peeps entertained.
Or these programs that fold into paper airplanes
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Which your guests will (obviously) throw at you as you exit the ceremony.
Ask grandma to be one of your bridesmaids
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Sweetwater Portraits</a>
If you consider Granny one of your BFFs, it's a no-brainer!
Have your ring bearer hold a cheeky sign
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"It's too late to run, cause here she comes!"
Create personalized 'Guess Who' sets with pics of your guests
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Scarlett Curtis</a>
It's a super fun way to break the ice and help table mates get to know each other.
Or keep them entertained with an 'I Spy' wedding photo game
<a href="" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Studio 29</a>
Ask guests to use their cameras or phones to check items off the list. Later, have everyone upload their shots online so you have them all in one place.
A mimosa bar is sure to please
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Time to pop bottles!
Or maybe a sangria bar is more up your alley?
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Kojo Designs</a>
Because wine is fine.
Superhero cufflinks for the groomsmen are a fun touch
<a href="" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Studio 29</a>
Let your nerd flag fly!
Change things up with a message-in-a-bottle guest book
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Lloyd Photographers</a>
No peeking at the messages until your first anniversary! Promise?
Take things back to grade school with this photo op
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Ewww, cooties!
The goofier the photo, the better, as far as we're concerned
<a href="" target="_blank" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Flavio D Photography, Boston Wedding Photographer</a>
We <3 love couples who don't take themselves too seriously.
Provide a yummy late-night snack like donut holes and coffee shakes
<a href="!/HOME" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Christina Carroll</a>
Caffeine boost, FTW!
Hang up a hilariously spot-on sign near the dance floor
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Del Sol Photography</a>
We've been duped before.
Last but not least: DIY Jack & Coke kits make the perfect wedding favor
<a href="" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Something Turquoise</a>
Because after the party is the after-party, y'all.

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