Instead of a massages on mani/pedis, how about yoga? Your own private yoga group session, followed by a healthy brunch with hot teas, fruit and finger sandwiches. Talk about stress relief! (Mary, www.cashiersvalleyfusion.com)
Truffles and beer? Yes! Pair your favorite seasonal brew with a custom-made chocolate truffle to match. Think pumpkin beer with chocolate pumpkin truffles. Put them at the bar instead of the favor table for a sure-fire conversation starter.
(Schocolate Artisan Truffles, www.schocolate.com)
An alternative to the photo booth – a live artist doing drawings, silhouettes, or caricatures. If the couple has one
done ahead of time, they can be turned into part of the décor, even a cake topper! (Brian Vasilik, www.weddingcaricatures.blogspot.com)
I’ve written about this before, but it’s so unique that it deserves mentioning again. A dove release to end your ceremony or
reception instead of bubbles, birdseed, or sparklers. Trained white homing pigeons rise up, circle the crowd, and fly away. It’s spectacular. Kind of like fireworks, but much cheaper. And not to worry, these birds are pros that always get home safely. (Julia at www.ashevillewhitedovereleases.com)
Groomsmen activity instead of golf? Ziplining! This is a popular activity in the mountains, where the views from the treetops can be spectacular. One company offers group rates and a free “Father of the Bride Zip”, because, “We figure he’s paid enough already.” (Highlands Aerial Park, www.highlandscanopytour.com)
Breakfast for dinner. Think waffle making station, omelets cooked to order, and bacon! More affordable than the usual
dinner, and more interesting that the rubber chicken plate. (Idea from Cathy Brovet, Sales Manager at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove, www.cliffscommunities.com)
Horse-Drawn Wedding. Not a horse drawn carriage; that’s been done. I’m talking about the whole wedding taking place in a carriage while you cruise the avenues of one of our historic neighborhoods. I’ve seen weddings on boats, hot air balloons, and parade floats, but for an elopement, this seems a lot more romantic (and less dangerous!) (From www.ashevillehorseandcarriagetours.com)
Got a new idea? I'd love for you to post it as a comment. It will be interesting to look back a few years from now and see if any of these new ideas are then old hat!
Thank you to the Sawyer Family Farmstead in Glenville, NC (near Cashiers) for hosting the Blue Ridge Bride Wedding Show last Saturday from whence came many of these ideas!