Tips and ideas to make your special day fit the two of you
You’ve dreamed of your wedding since you were little and now you finally get to plan it! Chances are you’ve imagined it in broad terms – it’ll be in the mountains, you’ll have barbecue for dinner and you’ll invite all of your friends and family. But what about the smaller details? What will your guests eat? What sort of favors will you send home with them? How will you decorate? With these details comes fantastic opportunity to make your wedding unique and reflective of the two of you as a couple, and to have fun doing it!
Here are just a few ideas of how to personalize your wedding.
There is the traditional way to organize your ceremony: your dad walks you down the aisle, preceded by your wedding party and a licensed official marries you. But say your dog is basically your child and you don’t go anywhere without him or her. You could have your dog walk you and your father down the aisle, preceding you as you walk toward the alter and your partner. You could have your mom and your dad walk you down the aisle, or your entire immediate family, if you all are that close.
Have a friend or family member marry you instead of a church or court official. This special person can easily become licensed online, or if you live in a state that allows self-solemnization, he or she doesn’t need to become licensed; you and your partner will sign the license instead of the officiate, as parties to the marriage.
Use items from around your home to decorate the aisle; why buy new decorations you’ll only use once? You can turn many things into planters to display flowers in. One past Wild Basin wedding with a strong ranching history used cowboy boots from different family members to display flowers.
Use guesterly to produce a custom program that your friends and family contributed to. They’ll love seeing their favorite thoughts included in your wedding.
Change up the timeline to suit your ideal order of events. Want to have the toasts at the ceremony? Want to have your first dance before dinner? Why not? You know each other and your guests, and you know what would make sense for your reception. Don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and change things up. Your guests will remember your wedding for it.
Decorations & Centerpieces
Choose decorations that represent your hobbies, interests, or family histories. Not really a flower person? Get crafty and make something to display: use an online caricature services to create cartoons from photos and then write comics to tell your stories, placing them at each table and around the room. Go to a thrift store and buy old costume jewelry and arrange them like flowers. Are you a gaming couple? Board games, that is; artistically arrange different board games at the center of each table along with a photo of the two of playing it.
Choose food items for your menu that reflect a special time in your relationship. Do you still talk about the meal you both loved on your first date? Ask your caterer to make it for your dinner. Did you bond over bread pudding or is going out for ice cream something special you do together? Serve them instead of cake.
Have a drink you just love? Serve specialty cocktails that are meaningful to you in some way, or provide the beer that is a staple in your home.
Give your guests something they’ll use. Are you a coffee or tea lover? Bag up small bags of coffee beans or tea bags and put them in mugs with your names and wedding date on them. Have lip balm personalized with a silly saying you two share. Get coupons for a local breakfast restaurant near where your guests are staying and arrange with the restaurant that the first cup of coffee is on you. Create crossword puzzles or word search games that tell your story using an online puzzle generator. Like playing cards? Have custom playing cards printed so your guests will always remember your special day.
Personalize items your guests will use
There are many companies online that will personalize almost anything for you. Pint/wine/shot glasses, paper napkins, candle holders, you name it – they’ll do it. Personalize say, the pint glasses the bar will serve beer in, then let guests take one home at the end of the night. Have special cocktail napkins printed with your names and date to leave around the venue for when a guest has a drink or eats cake.
Wild Basin Wedding couples are pretty creative – take a look at some examples
Googling “how to personalize your wedding” will bring you to numerous sites that will get your creative mind flowing. Take a look at our Pinterest board Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding. Search, browse… get inspired!
Please visit the websites of the artists whose work is featured in this slideshow: Visual Poetry by Meghan, Mallory Munson Photography, KJ & Rob Photography, Karrah Flores Photography. Each of them are incredibly good at what they do and offer a wonderful choice for your wedding day photographer.