10 sensational ideas to give your wedding that extra something, whether you're looking to wow your guests, be breathtaking on a budget or give your day that unique and personal touch.

1. Alluring Aisles

Unique Aisle

the youngrens

Experiment with your ceremony decor and add some interest to that all-important walk down the aisle to set the mood for your entire event. 

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 2. Wedding Signage

Creative Wedding Signs

Jill Tomas Photography

Signs are stylish this season, whether it's cute signposts to guide your guests to the reception, hand-etched "Mr & Mrs" on the chairs at the bridal table, table names to engage and amuse your guests, or a "Here Comes the Bride" sign carried by your flowergirl - you can add your personal touch with the lettering, location or wording and there are tonnes of opportunities to express your personality, and sense of humour.

Find more ideas for wedding signs.

3. Sculptural Blooms

pink wedding flowers

Jeff Leatham

Inspired by floral genius Jeff Leatham (celebrity florist of choice and star of Foxtel's Flowers Uncut) flowers are so much more than flowers. Creative floral decorators are sculpting blooms into dramatic chandeliers, archways and draping canopies.

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4. Textured Wedding Dresses

Textured Wedding Dress

Temperley London

The more detailed the fabric the better, with romance top of the bridal agenda. Lace, ruffles, feathers, fabric flowers, tulle and multi-tiered skirts have been favoured by sought after bridal designers including Vera Wang, Temperley London and Monique L'Huillier in a tribute to vintage couture and the extreme femininity of a bygone era.

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5. Weekend Weddings

Couple Walking Through A Sparkler Tunnel

Why just have "the best day of your life" when you can have the best (long) weekend?

A growing number of brides are beginning the party with a "last supper" for family and the bridal party the night before the big day and following up with an extended party the day after the ceremony in the form of a Sunday brunch or lazy lunch to catch up with weary revellers in a more relaxed setting and share stories (and gossip) from the night before.

To truly extend the festivities why not hold onto the bridal bouquet to toss at Sunday brunch/lunch - just before you drive/fly off on honeymoon?

Find out more about having a wedding away from home

6. Wedding Guest Books

Unique Wedding Guest books

There's nothing bookish about guest books, with technology taking over. Video booths -ideally with a box of quirky dress-ups and accessories on the side - allow your guests to personally deliver an original message which you can easily compile into a short film or montage to share online after the event. Pop it in a central spot to encourage everyone to have a go, including Nanna and Great Uncle Norm and be prepared for a giggle...

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7. Decorating In ... Paper

wedding decorating with pinwheels

Rebekah Westover Photography

The only decoration giving floral chandeliers a run for their money is.....paper. No, seriously, paper decorations in the form of floral-inspired pomanders, origami mobiles, tissue paper pom-poms, pinwheels and paper bouquets are popping up in every conceivable location, including church pews, at chic weddings everywhere.

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8. The Bar

beach wedding cocktail bar

via Modern Wedding Hawaii

Create a wedding bar that's inviting and delicious to showcase your well thought out beverages. A popular idea is to create a cocktail to celebrate your wedding day, or just rename an old favourite to commemorate your day.

Find fabulous wedding caterers to help you set up, stock and serve.

9. French Provincial

French Provincial Table Decor

As far as wedding themes go, French Provincial is never out of style and each year we fall in love with it all over again as we covet all things rustic and chic.

Picture large weathered wood farmhouse tables stacked with antique candelabras and oodles of quirky little glass vases and tealights (not too matchy matchy), plenty of green foliage and pretty as a picture all-white flowers. Plenty of petals will be underfoot and lashings of lace will be draped casually - the look must be effortless, informal and anything but staged.

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10. Element Of Surprise

Creative Wedding Cakes

my sweet and saucy

There have always been adventurous brides out there - or wedding planners - dreaming up daring and delightful ideas to make their wedding that bit more memorable, and to give their guests an original experience.

The difference this season is that we're set to see cute, quirky and fabulously fun concepts much more often. Whether it's in the destination of the wedding - think sand dunes, zoos or ski fields, in a wedding cake that's utterly extraordinary, amazing entertainment (forget bands or DJ's, think acrobats, salsa classes or horse riding) or in location-specific activities (from bride and groom trivia to forest treasure hunts and pre-reception surfing lessons) - anything really does go.

Need help in wowing your guests? Find a local wedding co-ordinator here

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