Your wedding is about you and your partner and should reflect your love and life together. You want people to leave your wedding thinking “Wow, that was so them!”
There are many ways to do this. You could have giant photos of yourselves hung around the venue or you could have a cake made in your likeness like this bride:
But, we think you probably prefer to be a bit more subtle. Here are 10 easy ways to personalize your wedding without going too over the top!
Writing your own vows is always special for the couple, as well as their guests. You can incorporate your sense of humor, and share some of the reasons you love your spouse-to-be.
If you’re not having a religious ceremony, you can choose a close friend or family member to officiate. It’s a nice way to show them how important they are to you, and they can help to make the ceremony more personal since they know you so well.
There is no rule that says you have to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March or Canon in D. Choose a song that has meaning to you!
Readings can be a nice way to include family and friends who may not be in your wedding party but played an important role in your life. It’s also a nice way to share readings, quotes, poems, etc. that are meaningful to you. A passage from a book you both love or lyrics to a sentimental song, even a few lines from a favorite children’s book can be used as a reading in your ceremony.
Include a flower of special significance to your bouquets. Perhaps your state flower or a yellow rose because it was your grandmother’s favorite.
Walk, dance, or ride into your reception in a way that is so you! Are you cyclists? Ride your bikes in! Perhaps your high school marching band can lead you in, parade style! Anything goes!
Signature cocktails have been *in* for a while, but it’s a great way to personalize the cocktail hour. It doesn’t have to be a cocktail. You could share a wine from the vineyard where he proposed, or a beer from your favorite local brewery, or even a fun non-alcoholic beverage from your hometown or your great aunt’s sweet tea!
Your wedding guests will be talking about the food for years to come. You know it needs to be delicious, but it’s also another great place to personalize! An option that reflects your culture, your hometown, or an old family recipe would surely be remembered! Think outside the box!
Wedding guests don’t need another tiny picture frame, coaster set, or tea light candle. In fact, they don’t even need favors at all. But, a creative and personal favor is a nice way to thank your guests for coming, and supporting your love! Think of things that will be used, and represent you as a couple. A little jar of your homemade jam, or a copy of a special book, or something that represents your culture or heritage. We’ve seen some cool Evil Eye charm and sage smudge wedding favors!
You didn’t think we’d forget the cake, did you? Your cake can and should be just as personal as the rest of your wedding! German Chocolate, Pineapple upsidedown, strawberry shortcake. It doesn’t even need to be cake! You can serve brownies, or pie, or the current wedding dessert favorite: doughnuts. We’d love to see a dessert waffle bar with local maple syrup!
Remember, it’s your day. You can break tradition and make it your own!
How will you personalize your wedding?