How exciting, you are in the golden age of wedding planning! This day in age offers much more freedom, almost anything goes.
And… let’s be real for a moment here. Wedding guests love it when there’s something new and fresh tossed into the mix. Yes, weddings can be fun, however they’ve also become mighty predictable. So, cheers to you for looking at ways to personalize your wedding, and add something heartfelt and unexpected.
Of course, starting such an undertaking can be a little overwhelming. Don’t worry though, we’ll walk you through.
What makes you YOU?
Before we get into the tips on creative ways to personalize your big day, think about what’s important to you.
What aspects of life do you and your fiancée get so excited about, things you can’t wait to experience more of? What are some of the foundations that make you who you are, and how can you translate them into your wedding?
Take a moment to mull over what lights you up. If you’re feeling stuck, ask your bridesmaids. What do they think of when they think of you? What quirks, activities and passions do they associate you with?
Now that you’ve got a few things in mind, we’re going to show you all the ways you can incorporate them into your wedding to make it more personal and fun.
1. Shake up the décor
Most weddings have floral arrangements. They’re at the altar, they’re centerpieces for the table, they’re placed in other opportune spots around the venue. You? You can create any centerpiece and arrangement out of anything you like.
If you and your fiancée are music lovers, why not take twiggy branches, and hang blank cassette tapes and CD’s (yes, they still sell them!) from them? Wrap some battery-operated fairy lights or tinsel around them.
Other natural elements, such as driftwood, candles, feathers – all of these offer a wonderful alternative to flowers. Nature lovers: what’s your favorite spot in nature? What colors and textures are unique to that place that you can incorporate and either add to or use in place of flowers?
Additional décor items that commonly get overlooked yet can have a huge impact are the bridesmaid dresses. Bella Bridesmaids has the best selection of bridesmaid dresses, hands down. They also have boutiques all around the country, so you and your bridesmaids can try them on in person.
If you love history, video games – whatever your passion is, brainstorm fun artistic ways you can incorporate it into the décor. Whatever it is, your guests will appreciate the creativity, and your wedding will stick out from all the rest.
2. Pick a Personalized Theme
Love to travel? That could be your theme. Pay homage to that passion by incorporating vintage suitcase and old maps into your décor.
Love playing games and want to encourage the guests to mingle? Set up lawn games in the reception area. Add something unique and fun, like wedding guest bingo. The theme doesn’t have to be over the top – though it can be – and that’s fun too.
3. Change up the food
Food and drink are a big part of any celebration, so why not make it extra special and personal by daring to go beyond the usual chicken or fish?
Do you have a favorite meal? Serve it at your wedding.
Or how about restaurants – is there one you always pick, over and over, that you never get sick of? See if they cater. Or hire a few food trucks – you can’t go wrong with those.
Have a burrito station. A nacho bar. Serve sliders, and let people choose their toppings. There are so many tasty options…
4. Rev up the entertainment
A choreographed dance is a surefire way to get the party going. So is a live band. Or karaoke – perhaps only for an hour or so – and then replace it with a DJ before it gets too, uh, painful.
Or – take it a step further. If you’re obsessed with true crime, why not hire a company to turn your reception into a murder mystery?
Think about your favorite type of entertainment and then ask yourself, how can you include it in your reception?
5. Give a Speech
People love to laugh. If your fiancée’s best man could be a comedian, use that to your advantage. The best speeches are funny, heartfelt, unique to the individual, and border on the uncomfortable – in the best way possible.
Use personal anecdotes, and if there’s a family member who’s especially witty, have them help write a speech, or give it themselves.
Hopefully the ideas are flowing, and you’re thinking of all the fun innovative ways you can inject some personality and life into what’s become routine.
It’s your day after all, so it only makes sense that it be a reflection of you.