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How to: Plan a Totally Untraditional Wedding

Bride’s wearing a white dress? Been there. Band’s playing “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night”? Done that. There’s nothing wrong with going the conventional route when it comes to weddings, but if and when you’re looking to reinvent the nuptial wheel, check out Riley & Grey. The new wedding website company creates refreshingly modern and insanely chic limited edition designs replete with Mad Libs-style RSVPs. Co-founder Marissa Gibbons shared a few of her tips for tastefully bucking bridal traditions:

Skip the Ballet Slippers

Variations on pale pink is the status quo for nails. To gracefully give that manicure tradition the finger (if you will), Gibbons suggests experimenting with a “status nail,” painting one of your tips a jewel-toned color. It will be a playful wink in photos of you holding your bouquet.

Supersize Your Fashion Choices

Considering a less classic dress with stripes or even polka dots for your maids (or yourself)? The thicker and bigger the better, says Gibbons. She’s even seen brides successfully rock a crop top at their reception.

Reconsider the China

It’s easy to get trigger happy with that scanner gun. Gibbons advises skipping the fancy china and registering for regular dinnerware instead from places like West Elm, Heath Ceramics and Canvas Home. It’ll be less expensive and you’ll get more use out of it.

Minimize the Flowers

You don’t need vases stuffed with ranunculus to make an impression. Certain blooms like peonies only require one or two stems in slim glass bottles to really pop. Gibbons also loves succulents for their lush unexpectedness.

Ditch the Dress Code

Take some inspiration from this freewheeling wedding party and let your maids and groomsmen wear whatever they damn well please.

Looking for more brilliant bridal ideas? Check out our Wedding planner for thoughtful gifts, beauty must-haves, and special offers for the big day.

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