Making your day all about should be the simplest thing you do, however, I know that many Brides can feel a little overwhelmed when they see all the wedding pretty that is out there and want it all (something I can definitely identify with!)
I’ve come up with five ways to add simple personal touches to your day.
This is one of the easiest ways to make an instant personable impact. A collection to mark some of your favourite memories as a couple, moments with friends and guests, and old family wedding photographs are lovely ways to help celebrate your day. With lots of lovely options on how to display them, this could be a really memorable part of your day for your guests.
This is time consuming but worth it when you see the smiles on your guests’ faces. Take the time to write a sentence or a fact about each guest; keep it light and amusing and use it as part of your table layout which will serve as a great conversation ice-breaker. We opted to make a ‘Menu of Mates’ which sat on each table and had a small bio and photograph of every guest. Yes it took ages. But it was completely worth it.
You could also add a small bio on all your ‘important’ people in the Order of Service which will help those who might not know as many people and also makes those all important special people feel just a little more special.
Create a day that truly reflects you as a couple without getting bogged down by worrying if it’s ‘weddingy’ enough. Your guests will appreciate and identify with the reasons why you have chosen a particular theme. For example, if your biggest love is skydiving then incorporate that. Staying true to you and your fiancé is the best way to make your day unique. Some of the most bonkers ideas make the best weddings.
If you’re a lover of food and drink then use these elements as part of your day. Is there a drink or food type that makes your friends and family think of you? Then use it! Even if it’s something as simple as baked beans, you can incorporate this into your canapés with miniature beans on toast. Or if you’re feeling creative then take the time to create your very own signature cocktail. You can have great fun experimenting and naming your drink which will ensure that your guests will love it:
A dash of the Groom’s old friend (Spiced Rum)
A moderate amount of the Bride’s favourite tipple (Pimms)
The fizz that binds them together (Lemonade)
Taking control of your music choices ensures that you personalise your day from the very start. Don’t be afraid to add elements which have a meaningful connection to your heritage, for example, if you have Scottish ties and love the bagpipes then use them.
If you’ve hired a DJ or band then make sure that they’ll play music that you love, not just like, but love. Again, if there is a song that makes your friends and family instantly think of you then use it. Try not to worry too much about pleasing others, you’ll be surprised by just how many ‘oldies’ know all the words to ‘Mr Brightside’.