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Uniquely Yours: 5 Fresh Ways to Make Your Wedding the Talk of the Town

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By: 
Melissa Minto, Director of Catering and Events at Westwood Country Club

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A big part of the fun of wedding planning is finding ways to weave bits and pieces of yourselves throughout your day. The goal, of course, being a party your guests walk away from saying, "The whole thing was so them." And you walk away feeling the same. Some of the best ways to do that are to shake up tradition and instead go with what feels right. Melissa Minto, Director of Catering and Events at the Westwood Country Club, has helped many couples do just that, and she's sharing some of her favorite ways to turn tradition on its head.

1. Change up the timeline

Since we're seeing so many “non-traditional” trends in all aspects of wedding planning, why not invite your timeline to the party as well? Try pairing dinner with toasts, then ceremony, followed by dancing the night away, to keep guests intrigued the entire evening. As with all non-traditional trends, by thinking outside the box with the timeline, it creates an element of surprise that will have everyone talking about your day for years to come.

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2. Unlikely food and beverage pairings

Champagne and bacon for brunch? Why not combine two things that nobody can say “no” to? Wine is more popular than ever, and with new, economically priced bottles being released from all over the world, you might as well fill up with some great food whilst trying them all. Brunch weddings are our favorite types of receptions to do this with. Try pairing a beautiful Truchard with french toast, Domaine de la Noblaie with pecan encrusted smoked salmon, or Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne with house-made waffles. Instead of planning a Champagne toast with the cake cutting, recommend a nice bubbly with your cake, so guests can have the best of both worlds.

3. Not your typical signage

Buffet signs and chalk boards are quickly becoming a trend of the past. If you’re going to put out signage for an item, you might as well make it work! One favorite idea is to display the name of your butler-passed hors d’ oeuvres on the cocktail napkins they are passed with it. Your guests will be more likely to read it, use it, and most importantly, remember it. Another idea is to have a calligrapher frame a creative drawing showcasing the food stations. An artistic spin can really make your food look as good as it tastes.

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4. The sound of music

Everyone loves a good playlist, but sometimes the same old rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” can fade out like the mason jar trend. Try combining your musical entertainment with a DJ and drummer combo, or even dueling DJ’s. Channel your inner Sister Act by hiring a live choir. For your ceremony music, consider using electric strings. Who can forget The Bachelor wedding of Sean and Catherine when they had 2CELLOS play Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” as Catherine walked down the aisle!? The electric strings gave the song a beautiful, crisp new vibe. 

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5. A “sweet” unlikely departure

Take advantage of your surroundings! For example, Westwood Country Club is nestled on Lake Austin and offers a marina and boat club membership. What better way to top off the night than floating into the sunset on a boat, waving to your guests on land?

Another favorite is sending guests, as well as the bride and groom, away with a unique treat. Champagne bears and dark chocolate sea salt caramels from Sugarfina are a favorite “his and hers” gift. Give them something edible that can easily be disposed of afterwards. The last thing your guests want to do is try and squeeze a ceramic coffee mug into their already jam-packed suitcase and worry it'll get shattered at bag check.

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These are just a few of our favorite ideas for mixing things up. Bottom line? Do what feels meaningful and memorable for the two of you. The rest will fall into place.

About Westwood Country Club

Westwood Country Club is a private, premier family-oriented athletic club that provides a variety of quality services and activities for the recreation and dining needs of its members. For more than 60 years, Westwood has offered the finest food, service and facilities that make every event special. Our blend of historic charm, fine cuisine, attention to detail, and personal service has given Westwood a solid reputation as the premier Austin location for special events.