It’s time reveal some of my favorite ideas to make your wedding unique and totally “you,” so that your wedding is an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
Why is this such a big deal?
Well, I don’t believe ANYBODY’S wedding should be “cookie-cutter.” Your wedding is YOUR day, and it should feel like the right fit for your personalities from start to finish.
What I realized after many brides on their wedding day, is that the thing that makes each wedding unique is…YOU.
Now, before you tell me how obvious that is, think about it. What is the one thing that is completely original and unique about your wedding day, that no other wedding day has ever seen or done before?
Your guests have never been at party celebrating YOUR love and relationship with your fiancé. They’ve never seen YOU in that gorgeous gown, walking down the aisle, partying on the dance floor.
The secret to having a wedding that leaves a lasting impression on your guests and really feels like “you” is weaving as much of your personality as possible into your wedding day.
Believe me, I’ve seen a lot of weddings. Including the details of what makes you special and the things you love not only makes you FEEL how special you are that day, it draws your guests in, makes them feel connected to you, and without fail guarantees an unforgettable day for you and your guests.
And these things cost LITTLE OR NO MONEY.
Some examples of how to do it…
14 UNIQUE TOUCHES FOR YOUR WEDDING
1) Naming Your Tables. Instead of using traditional table numbers, name your tables after a special interest or hobby that you share. Such as…players on your favorite baseball team, cities you have visited together, or types of wine.
2) Newlywed Trivia. Create a list of trivia questions about you and your fiance for your guests to answer. This not only lets your guests get to know you as a couple, it breaks the ice as guests answer questions as each table.
3) Favors That Represent You. Give your guests favors that say something about your interests. One couple gave Pez dispensers since the bride was a big collector. Another gave bottles of mead (honey wine) they had made themselves.
4) Share Your Childhood Photos. You can do this in a collage of photos of the two of you growing up, in a slideshow, or displayed on your gift table.
5) Display Your Parents and Grandparents Wedding Photos. This is a romantic and elegant way to share your family history.
6) Love Letters. You can put together a collage or scrap book of letters you and your fiance sent to each other if you had a long distance relationship.
7) A Groom’s Cake. Have a groom’s cake designed to honor your fiance’s interest or hobby. A firetruck if he is a fireman; a guitar if he is a musician.
8) Personalize Your Vows. Write your own vows and add personal details like, “I promise to bake cookies with you” or “I vow to watch the game with you on Superbowl Sunday” to let your guests glimpse more of your relationship.
9) Tell Your Love Story. Have either your officiant or your master of ceremonies share your love story with your guests.
10) A Photo Montage. Play a montage of photos of the two of you growing up and then together set to music.
11) Invite Your Guests To Perform. If you have musicians or dancers in the family, ask them to perform at your ceremony or reception. (Just make sure they will still enjoy themselves!)
12) Make Memories With Music. Play your favorite songs and artists during your ceremony and reception, or the songs that your family and friends love. Some fun places to use your favorite tunes include your walk down the aisle, your introduction music, and your parent dances.
13) Dedicate a Song. If there is a song that reminds you of one of your loved ones, have your entertainer dedicate it to them. It can be serious, sentimental, or silly.
14) Thank Your Guests. Take a moment around the cake cutting or at the end of the night to thank your guests. You might invite them to the dance floor to form a big circle and dance together to a song.
You don’t HAVE to use all or any of these things. But I do encourage you to express your personalities in a way that fits who YOU are, because it will engage and involve your guests like nothing else.
HOW FIND YOUR UNIQUE TOUCHES
1) Make a list of all you and your fiance’s hobbies, interests, and quirks. Are you a sports fanatic? Are you into painting or writing? Do you have any favorite musical artists?
2) Looking at your list of hobbies and interests, write down some ideas for how you can work them into your favors, decor, or music.
3) Pick out your favorite unique ideas and DO THEM.
Hopefully this post has given you some inspiration for ways to make your wedding unique.
To further inspire you….here are some ideas that some of my clients came up with for their weddings:
Meredith & Yacine had their reception at the Manitoba Museum. For their table numbers, they incorporated a different engagement photo for each table. And for their giveaway to the guests, each table had Jones Sodas with custom labels. Each label having a different engagement photo and on the back of the bottle, below where the ingredients are listed, each bottle also had a different story about Meredith and Yacine. They also hired a magician to come in during cocktail hour to entertain the guests…such a fabulous idea!! And for those who are wondering…Meredith made those big pom poms and they hung from the rafters themselves. Crafty girl! 🙂
Colette and Ian had their wedding reception at the Inn At The Forks. Instead of doing the traditional sign in book or having their guests sign their engagement album, they did a blanket statement. They had their guests sign a piece of fabric of their choice with well wishes (using a fabric marker). After the wedding, one of Colette’s family members made them a quilt with all the signed pieces of fabric and any extra pieces that were left. I thought it was such a unique and memorable idea! For their reception entrance, they had a bagpiper lead them in to incorporate Ian’s Scottish heritage. Another cute idea they did was get different little wooden boxes from Dollarama and then dress them up with a ribbon and handmade thank you tag. Each box was filled with Lindor chocolate truffles…YUM!
Amanda and Bryant had their wedding reception at the Victoria Inn. They had an awesome spinning wheel made…so that if guests wanted Amanda and Bryant to kiss, the guest would have to spin the wheel first and perform/do whatever it landed on! Genius! So, to start the night off, Amanda and Bryant went first and sung a karaoke duet. Amanda and Bryant also had their amazingly talented friend, Xavier Lewis sing during dinner…what a fabulous private show that was! Who wouldn’t love to be serenaded during dinner to Xavier’s beautiful voice! Be sure to check out this rising star! For their table centerpieces, they used fruit to match their theme color of coral. Then at the end of the night, each guest was encouraged to take home the fruit. For giveaways, they had little calendars made for each guest filled with engagement photos and marriage advice…so cute! Oh, another thing they did midway through the evening was throw a little game show with the guests…asking 3 couples to participate…one couple being married for many years, another couple being married for much less and the last couple being married for only a year or newlyweds. Then the men were sent out of the room and the women were asked a set of questions. Then the men were sent back in and then had to answer the same set of questions to see if they matched with their spouse. It quite was entertaining to see which couple knew each other best..which ended up being the newlyweds! ha
Finally, here are just some other ideas I loved from some of my other clients. Rahul and Pavneet had a family member perform a dance at their reception and Rahul performed a song with his guitar for Pavneet! So often at weddings I find it so hard to find my name with table number…I don’t know why, I just do. I loved how Andrea and Adam simplified it by arranging everyone by last name with cute little letter tags. Amanda and Matt had a Canadian theme for their wedding. Amanda really wanted to be married in her hometown on her parents farm since her and Matt live in Nashville, TN. So, Amanda’s Dad made these amazing table centerpieces using wheat from their crops and each table also had a little twig tree with the table number hanging from it! Such fabulous and unique ideas! Deanna and Tomasz had a gorgeous ice sculpture castle and Kristin and Tom gave away different types of home made wines. Each guest could choose which wine they wanted on a first come first serve basis. Lastly, Ludivine and Matt wanted to incorporate Ludivine’s French heritage and culture, so instead of having a traditional wedding cake, they had Croquembouche that they ordered from the french pastry shop in St.Boniface called Le Croissant. It was incredibly delicious!!!
So here’s to planning an unforgettable wedding! Happy Tuesday Everyone! Looks like Spring is coming back! 🙂