12 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Personalize Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, there’s one important thing to remember: it’s YOUR wedding. and the best way to make it yours is to add personal touches to your ceremony and reception that will remind people how special you and your significant other are. Here are a few ideas.

  1. Ignore typical wedding party traditions. Who says you have to have bridesmaids? If your the bride and you have a best friend who’s a guy, have him be your bridesman. There’s no rule saying a guy can’t stand up on the bride’s side. Same goes for if the groom has a best friend who’s a girl. Why can’t their be a groomsmaid? And who says you can only have one maid of honor or best man? I have three sisters and there was no way I was going to choose, so I just had all of them as my maids of honor.
  2. Personalize your readings. Skip the expected “Love is patient. Love is kind…” and pick a favorite verse or poem that speaks of your love, relationship, or what you hope for your marriage.
  3. Customize your kicks. Say it with shoes. If you love Converse, wear them in your favorite color. If you’re known for wearing sandals, be yourself. or If you hate high heels, why would you wear them on your wedding day – especially if you can’t walk in them?
  4. Unify in your own unique way. Many people have already started this by trading in the traditional lighting of a unity candle for pouring sand, locking away letters, or making a painting together. Some other options include washing each other’s feet, planting a tree, dumping confetti of your favorite poem, story, or song.
  5. Write your own vows – or entire ceremony. Nothing is more personal than vows you write to each other. They’re for you and your husband, so include inside jokes and promises that matter especially to the two of you. If you aren’t having a religious ceremony, create your own ceremony with its own elements for as long or as short as you want.
  6. Wear meaningful accessories. When it comes to something old and something borrowed, keep accessories in mind. Borrow your mother or grandmother’s jewelry, or an item from their wedding. My family has a tradition of pinning a piece of lace form my great grandmother’s wedding dress to our wedding dress.
  7. Involve your pets. Have your pet be part of your wedding by making it part of the bridal party, a ring bearer, or a flower girl. If the venue won’t allow pets, think outside the box. We wanted our dog to be a part of our wedding, so we made a big cut out of her face and put it in the photo booth so people could take pictures with her.
  8. Walk with loved ones who aren’t there. I tied a locket with a picture of my grandparents to my bouquet. I’ve also seen brides sew a piece of their late father’s shirt into their dress, or dangle a picture of their late father from their shoes.
  9. Design your own drinks. One of the coolest wedding cocktail hours I went to included a bride’s drink and a groom’s drink that they each created.
  10. Create a special dance. I knew my husband was the one when he told me he’s always wanted to do the Dirty Dancing dance at his wedding. We didn’t end up doing it (I couldn’t deal with the pressure!), but unknown to us, the guests at our wedding planned a Dirty Dancing flash mob, which finished off my maid of honor’s speech. It was absolutely amazing. Whether you plan a surprise dance, or your bridal party and guests do it for you, it will definitely be unique and memorable.
  11. Customize your hotel bags. Share your favorite things about your area with out of town guests by creating a hotel gift bag filled with goodies from the area and a list of your favorite things to do as a couple around town.
  12. Throw an after party. If you aren’t ready to have your party stop, why not throw an after party with even more personalization. Take your party to the bar you and your significant other met, or throw take them out for midnight snacks at your favorite 24-hour joint. My husband and I threw a pool party after our wedding, and it was one of our favorite parts of the wedding.
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