The Legos Idea

In honor of my boyfriend’s birthday tomorrow, a wedding themed after one of his favorite things: Legos.

The Legos Wedding

set of momma owl and baby owls made of legos

Perhaps you’d want to surprise guests with creatures made of Legos.

The Scene:  Imagine the entire venue decorated with Lego sculptures.  Everything from the altar to the seats and tables to the flowers!  Guests arrive and are seated in their giant Lego chairs (with cushions for those sensitive tooshes).  Along the aisle, flower decorations made of Legos adorn the chairs and ground.  Even the podium is made of (wooden) Legos!  When the groom and his groomsmen arrive, everyone gets a chuckle at their Lego bowties; then the bride arrives with a Lego crown and Lego jewelry (which doesn’t have to be the original plastic pieces, but can be smelted from various metals).  She can even bling out her wedding dress with little metal Lego pieces instead of jewels.  You may not see it, but her shoes are covered in little Lego pieces as well.  If both the bride and groom are Lego-obsessed, then the rings themselves could have little Legos on them.

After the ceremony, guests enjoy a cocktail hour with drinks and hors d’oeuvres served in Lego glasses (either Lego pieces melted/glued together or normal glass with Lego -piece adornments) and Lego trays (similar construction to the glasses).  Truly dedicated newlyweds can also provide Lego standing tables or Lego chairs and tables.  Come dinner, guests may find themselves still using Lego furniture and tableware.  Each table is dedicated to a particular Lego shape, which is the same type of piece that guests’ names are carved into.  At the tables, Lego keychains and jewelry can be the wedding gifts, or the Lego glasses themselves can be a keepsake.  Centerpieces can be a variety of interesting Lego sculptures like the ones at Legoland (but scaled down to fit).  You can even have some floating Lego sculptures with candles inside if you want to try a challenge!

entrance area of legoland californiaThe Location: Just about anywhere, as long as the staff is ready, willing, and able to help construct a variety of Lego creations.  Of course, doing it at Legoland would be cool, but certainly not necessary.  This could potentially work for an indoor or outdoor wedding, but if you opt for the great outdoors, double- and triple-check that your location doesn’t get high winds and that the week of your wedding day is expected to be clear, clear, clear with no sign of precipitation.  After all, trying to move all those giant Lego pieces can be tricky if you don’t glue everything down (and even if you do, the glue might not withstand brisk moving).

The Challenges: One of the major things is actually getting enough Lego pieces to outfit everything.  Of course, wooden and metal ones will need to be custom-made since they aren’t commonly available.  You can cut down by adorning the out layer of everything with Legos rather than constructing the entire structures, but if you’re a true fan you might not want to “cheat” like that.  Assuming you secure all the materials, you need to carefully design each item that is made so the structures don’t fall apart and come crashing down.  This might require the services of a Lego expert borrowed (aka hired) from the Lego company itself.

So what do you think? Would you ever consider a wedding like this? What aspects would you keep and which would you change?  Do you know someone who had a Lego wedding?!  Tell us more!

The Elephants Idea

Now here’s an idea for those animal-lovers and adventure-seekers.

riding on elephantThe Elephants Wedding

The Scene:  Imagine the bride and groom each atop their own elephant (adorned with flowers and ribbons and whatnot).  Guests line the “aisle” in raised platforms so they can see what’s going on and don’t get trampled.  The groom’s elephant waits by the altar and the officiator may choose to sit on his/her own elephant, or to stand on a special platform that will allow him/her to be eye-level with the bride and groom.  The bride then enters sitting on her elephant throne similar to the one pictured, with her mahout guiding the elephant.  She probably shouldn’t opt for a long train, just in case her elephant trips on it.  Her flower girls can walk along the platforms on either side, strewing flowers along the way.  The elephants can then stand side by side for the vows, allowing the couple to hold hands.  If you have time to train the elephants ahead of time, you can have them holding the ring boxes in their trunks, which they can then present at the appropriate time.  Once the rings are exchanged, the groom can hop over to join the bride, or she can opt to join him if she can maneuver over (so much more entertaining this way).

chopping tree bark for elephantsFor wedding gifts, the couple can offer rings, bracelets, or pendants made of elephant hair.  The pendants can be used as keychains, put on a chain as a necklace, or just kept as a cool keepsake.  (See an example of an elephant hair ring.)  The reception can be held nearby and offer paintings custom-done by the elephants for guests.  Don’t forget to include some tasty tree bark for the elephants to munch on!  Your mahout can recommend some delectable ones.

The Location: You’ve got two distinct choices here – either a destination wedding in Southeast Asia/Africa or a local zoo/park.  If you choose to go to Southeast Asia or Africa, you can find certain elephant sanctuaries where they raise and care for elephants.  These are probably the best places to go since the elephants are used to humans, are well-trained, and have experienced mahouts to guide them.  You can probably even get a baby elephant trained as the ring bearer or flower girl!  On the other hand, if you want to stay closer to home and opt for a zoo or park, you will probably have limited elephants to work with.  While it would be more cost-effective, it might present more challenges in getting approval.

The Challenges: Well, most obvious is the use of such giant creatures.  While elephants are usually gentle and kind, frightening them can have serious consequences.  Of course if anyone in the wedding is afraid of large animals, this could pose a problem too.  Assuming that everyone is comfortable with elephants, getting a space that they can maneuver in and that also lets the guests see what’s going on would require some special structures.  Securing the location is also difficult, whether convincing a zoo to let you hold a wedding there AND use their elephants or finding a time when an elephant sanctuary in a foreign country isn’t busy with visitors.  Of course, having plenty of funds can help with these issues and you can likely reserve the sanctuary, but your guests would still need to fly in!  Nevertheless, for a unique experience like this, it might well be worth all the trouble.

Does this wedding idea strike a chord with you?  What would you want to add to it?  What would you be most scared of?  Have you ever heard of someone who had a wedding like this?!  We’d love to know!