This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
While selecting a color palette can be all some couples do to personalize their wedding, many choose to customize more of their ceremony to create a truly unique celebration. After all, you’re going to spend months planning your nuptials and years looking back at the memories you make on this special day.
There are plenty of ways to make your big day as unique and individual as you are, whether you’re looking for a way to share some fun facts about you and the groom, or make your wedding ceremony as intimate as possible. So to help inspire you, here are eight simple tips that can personalize your wedding.
8 Tips To Personalize Your Wedding Day
Traditional white wedding, rustic, bohemian: there are more than a few wedding themes. But if you really want to make your wedding day stand out, you should try to find one that truly reflects you as a couple.
Wedding themes can tie together the design elements of your wedding day as well as offer inspiration for personalizing smaller details like wedding favors and centerpieces. If you’re struggling to decide on a theme, reflect on things like hobbies and interests, the season you’re getting married, and whether your prospective theme will suit your wedding venue.
Wedding invitations are the first things your guests will see, so you’ll want to make sure they’re extra special and give your guests a taste of what’s to come.
A quick and easy way to make beautiful hand-crafted invitations is using rubber stamps. Customizable rubber stamps are available online and there are lots of designs to choose from. Making your own invitations also removes the possibility of providing the wrong details to the printer and having to pay to have yours reprinted.
Personalized wedding vows are a simple yet effective way to make an impact during your nuptials. There will, of course, be words you legally need to exchange during a religious or civil ceremony. But there’s no reason not to add some personality to your vows and make promises that truly mean something to you and your partner.
Talk to your officiant beforehand and come up with a format that you can both stick to. This will ensure your vows are similar but not identical and won’t spoil the big surprise on the day.
4. Wedding Favours
There are plenty of wedding favors that you can buy online or on the high street. But many of them are impersonal and might give your guests a bad impression.
If you decide to make your own wedding favors, don’t make the mistake of trying to do everything yourself. Instead, focus on the finishing touches. For example, you can order a batch of succulents and pot them in hand-painted pots, or buy a large batch of sweet and savory goodies and package them in hand-stamped paper bags.
When it comes to making a true ‘just married’ statement, signature cocktails are a great place to start. From inventive names to personalized glasses, there’s plenty you and your groom can do to make these heady mixes your own.
If you’re hosting a summer wedding, consider using seasonal fruit like strawberries or lesser-known gems like gooseberries. Alternatively, if you’re worried your mixology skills aren’t up to scratch, leave the recipe to the professionals and add a personal touch with his and hers cocktails that take inspiration from your favorite tipples.
6. Table Numbers
A creative way to share a bit of your past as a couple is using table numbers. Ideas include naming tables after places you’ve visited and using holiday photographs as part of the centerpieces, or naming tables after your favorite songs and using the music genre to inspire place cards and table settings.
It’s easy for traditional, tiered wedding cakes to look similar. However, personalized wedding toppers can completely change how they look and create an attractive focal point at your reception.
Cake toppers are a fun way for couples to show their guests how they see themselves and to be creative. Best of all, because it’s a small detail that’s unlikely to affect the rest of the wedding, you can be as quirky and as wild as you like — so go crazy! Personalized cake toppers include using your new last name or small figurines in your likeness, or models of famous couples to represent you and the groom.
Fireworks and a live band aren’t the only options when it comes to entertaining your guests, so be inventive and think of something that relates to you as a couple. Are you and your partner self-confessed selfie addicts? Then hire a photo booth or install a flower wall and invite your guests to join you in a spot of selfie-taking. For classy couples, keep it traditional and hire a jazz band or a close-up magician to wow your guests.
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