Happy Monday blog readers! Today is all about you and making your wedding unique. When planning a wedding, a wedding planner can really help your personalities to shine through on your wedding day, it is important that your amazing day reflects who you are and leaves both of you and your loved ones with amazing memories. There are many different ways that your day can reflect you and can be unique to you both. This is where Pinterest can come in really handy in making your wedding unique. It is full of amazing ideas to help inspire and I am totally addicted!
Making your wedding unique
Wedding favours are one way to tie everything together, if can reflect your theme, your chosen colours and your personalities. The traditional chocolates and sweets can be packaged in unusual boxes and packages but why not go for something a little different, personalised fortune cookies or macarons, personalised packs of flower seeds with messages for your guests. Maybe small individual flower arrangements in the centre of the tables so everyone has one to take home. A wedding I attended last year had CD ‘mix tapes’ for the guests with music that meant a lot of the bride and groom and sparked memories for their family and friends. In recent years, some couples are starting to move away from favours and thinking about giving back, so giving to charities on behalf of your guest and having ribbons, pins, bands or bespoke place cards could be a way of making your wedding unique to you by donating to a charity close to your hearts.
Why not create a signature cocktail? You can have great fun creating something that you both love or even look to a professional to work with you. You can make it with the spirits you both like, or in the colour of your theme, perhaps not grey. If grey’s your theme, don’t make sludge, no one wants to drink grey. Perhaps make it classic if you are going for a chic city themed wedding, I’m thinking martini glasses and vodka or gin based cocktails, or fun and fruity if your wedding theme is more relaxed and informal, perhaps with big umbrellas and sparklers. Give your wedding inspired cocktail a name that means something to you both. I am a big cocktail fan in case you hadn’t noticed, they are fun and classic and very tasty. You could also have something non-alcoholic for the kids.
I love the idea of putting together gift bags to welcome your guests who don’t know the area. How wonderful that they turn up at their hotel and in their room waiting for them is a gift bag full of things that they may need or want that make them think of you! It might be nice to include some of the places you both love that they could visit, places that you go and maybe even include places that mean something to you, where you had your first date and where you got engaged, your favourite restaurant, a place you both enjoy visiting. Very romantic and very useful for those who might get lost! Perhaps you could also create morning after gift bags for those who have partied a little hard. Howard Wing and I were having an Instagram conversation about this the other day. We were thinking, something for a headache, breath freshener, vitamins and perhaps plasters for sore dancing feet! Apply Me have a whole host of hangover recovery remedies.
Nothing makes a wedding more personal and unique to you than the use of photos of you both and of your families. It makes the day even more personal to you and your loved ones. Having a table displaying wedding photos of your family members in stunning photo frames will make a perfect talking point. Perhaps you could get your married guests to bring in copies of their own wedding photos and you can use these in a guest book. You could also use photos as your table centre pieces making your wedding unique to you both. A common way to do this is rather than having tables numbered one to whatever, use a year and have a photo of you both from that year.
Why not get your guests to help in making your wedding unique? Guest books are almost a given at weddings, so why not do it but do it differently. You could get your guests, rather than just write a message, to give you advice, suggest date night ideas, write about their favourite memory of you both. You could have your photographer take photos of all of your guests and put in a guest book next to whatever they would like to say to you, or perhaps you could have a video guest book full of fun messages. Photo booths are really in right now, but how about using the photos to create a photo guest book.
A personalised wedding programme is a great idea. It tells your guests who the wedding party are, the plan for the big day and you can include some trivia about yourselves that your guests may not know. They are totally easy to make yourself, or you could ask your wedding stationer to produce them to tie in with your theme. For those who are in your wedding party why not put together a wedding timeline. It’s a nice way to give information about the day to the wedding party but also a great idea to make sure they no one is late.
Get creating…Create a hashtag! Pull together all of the photos that your loved ones take and post on social media under one #. Use chalk boards to tell your guests. Or perhaps you could create a quiz, these are big in bridal showers right now, getting to know the bride and groom, getting to know the wedding party or what should we name our kids.
If you wedding ceremony and venue are not far from each other, have you considered walking? Give all of your guests a balloon in your theme colours so no one gets lost. It makes for an amazing photo as well!
As well as getting ideas from Pinterest, which I’m sure most of you will have heard of, if not totally obsessed like me, but have you checked out Etsy UK? Etsy is full of unique, individually designed, handmade gifts, favours, stationary, cake toppers, guest books…the list goes on! I have to make sure that my credit card is nowhere to be seen if I ever look at this website, my cart is full of things I so desperately want but do not need…or do I? Perhaps just one more look…
Why not drop me a line and let me know what you are planning?