Getting married may be a dream you’ve been waiting and planning for your entire life, or simply a tradition that you just want to get through so you can get on with spending your happily ever after with your significant other. No matter how big or small your ceremony will be, it should feel personal and be a true reflection of you and your partner’s love and personalities. There are many simple ways to personalize your wedding to make it truly the most memorable night of your life.
We all know the image of conventional wedding attire: bride in white, bridesmaids and groomsmen in matching dresses, suits and accessories that never veer away from the carefully handpicked color theme. Why not break with tradition and add a little personality into your attire? Love country music? Have the entire party (yes, Bride and Groom included!) wear cowboy boots and hats. Boots can easily be covered under long gowns for the ceremony, and lifted up to reveal for fun photo ops and dancing all night long. The same can be done with donning matching classic sneakers, or even roller skates. Get creative with personalized boutonnieres. Don’t be shy about changing the conventional wedding attire to suit your personality and interests, it’s your day and there is no uniform dress code to abide by!
We’ve all been to weddings with the same 5 processional songs. Does it seem like every bride in the world is walking down the aisle to Christina Perri? Make your processional music a reflection of you as a person, or a message you want to send to your soulmate standing down that aisle by picking your favorite song, no matter how unconventional. Dance down the aisle to “Walking on Sunshine” or Maroon 5’s “Sugar”. Same goes for your first dance, mother son and father bride dances. Choosing the perfect songs is one of the best ways to instantly make your wedding feel like nobody else’s.
Wedding ceremonies can get long and boring. Skip the traditional “I take you for all the days of my life” speech and go with something personal, funny, or even theatrical. Express yourself as you would if you are seriously looking your partner in the eye, and promising to love them for the rest of your life. Sing to them, dance…this will not only feel incredibly personal, but it will make for a ceremony that none of your guests will forget.
Planning the decor for your wedding reception can seem overwhelming and costly. Peonies or delphiniums? Lilies or roses? Get creative with your centerpieces by adding a personal touch to your reception decor. Use custom wine labels with table numbers or theme names to mark each table. For centerpieces, swap out flowers for objects that represent your interests such as books, cameras or clocks. These small decor replacements are sure to add a memorable and personal touch to your reception.
Leave your guests a truly personal souvenir from your big day by choosing party favors that are a reflection of who you are. Have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? It might sound simple, but some homemade treats in a gift bag marked with a personalized favor label is sure to be a big hit with all your guests young and old. Not a fan of sweets? For movie buffs, give away little bags of movie theater popcorn to give your party that late night drive-in vibe. Don’t forget to customize your popcorn bags with a custom label of your wedding date so your guests will remember long after the credits have rolled.
No matter what your budget, it’s easy to get creative in personalizing your wedding. As long as you stay true to who you are, your wedding or wedding dress will be a perfect reflection of you and your partner’s love, and an unforgettable day for everyone involved.