So, you want a wedding unlike everyone else — something that will stun your friends on Instagram and be labeled anything but conventional. Perhaps that’s a vintage cottage winter wedding in the middle of nowhere at a private Airbnb, or maybe it’s at a regular venue with unique food options. Chances are, you’ve spent more hours on the internet than you care to admit looking for eccentric vendors to make your special day different than the rest. Close your laptop, grab a cup of joe, and read through our recommendations to make your wedding truly unique.
Custom Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses
Ashley Triệu, Iconoclasp
If David’s Bridal or even BHLD won’t cut it for you, look no further than local dress designer Iconoclasp for a one-of-a-kind, vintage-inspired wedding dress. Ashley works with brides through the entire design process, hand-selecting fabrics and scheduling numerous fittings to bring your wedding gown visions to life.
Bridal Party Gifts
17 Division Ave., Grand Rapids
Why be boring when you can be bold with socks that match your personality? These fashionable socks feature kooky patterns and trendy colors that make a great groomsman or bridesmaid gift. Plus, flashing your bold socks makes for a better photo op.
TONIC & LIME
Northern and West Michigan
Custom cocktails at weddings are a trend that is here to stay. With craft brews becoming a regular part of most events and weddings, higher-end cocktails are almost a necessity. Goodbye boring vodka soda! Hello deliciously crafted Old Fashioned. Amber Jaeger and her team are located in Traverse City, but serve West Michigan as well.
Rise Authentic Baking
Sheet cakes are so yesterday, and so not gluten-free or vegan. Now, Rise Authentic Baking is the go-to treat caterer, whether you have food allergies or just love delicious baked goods. After countless experiments, owners Nick and Becca Van Liere mastered the art of vegan, gluten-free baking. Rise is proud to offer all kinds of food for those with gluten intolerance, dairy sensitivity, nut allergies, and “even the crazy aunt who doesn’t eat all three.”
Emma Elizabeth Jewelry
Emma is an ambitious one-woman show who creates unique, never mass-produced, quality jewelry. She works in recycled metals and stones, and meets with clients to create a bespoke piece that matches their style. Besides rings, Emma designs tie clips, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Her style is sleek, refined and imaginative with a modern elegance.
Freshly Squeezed Print Shop
1121 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Designing an invitation as unique as you, capturing the design and aesthetic of your wedding, is an important first step in the planning process. Take the work off your plate and cross it off your to-do list with help from Freshly Squeezed Print Shop, the only print shop in Grand Rapids specializing in letterpress printing. Step into their storefront to experience the century-old printing presses!
77 VW Photo Bus
This one is for our vintage-loving brides. The 77 VW Photo Booth Bus combines a photo booth with good vibes, uniqueness and character. Located in West Michigan, this photo booth is constructed inside a colorful old 1977 VW bus. Park it outside your venue or bring it inside — whatever works for you!