Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to Make Your Wedding More Personal

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Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and it's something you've likely been dreaming of for your entire life. Since you'll only be doing it once, you want it to be special- but you should also want it to be you. If you're throwing a huge party for all of your closest family and friends, don't you want it to be a meaningful glimpse into your love story? Here are some ideas to help you make your special day truly about the two of you!

How to Make Your Wedding More Personal

Write Your Own Vows (or A Letter to Each Other)

It can be pretty daunting, but if you’re brave enough to write your own vows and stand up in front of your friends and family to declare your love for one another in your own way, it can really add some special meaning and emotion to the day. Aaron and I didn't actually write our own vows, but we did share a back and forth journal throughout our entire period of dating and engagement. We wrote to each other on our wedding day, and it's so special to look back and read our words to each other!


Make Choices that Reflect You as a Couple

Are you avid adventurers? Did you both meet because of a certain event or hobby? Think about ways you can reflect this in the style or "theme" of your wedding day. Perhaps you dated long distance and have letters from your dating days that can be hung above a table at a "travel" themed wedding. Or maybe you both are very simple and would prefer to skip a wedding cake and go with fun ice-cream sandwiches instead (because you went out for ice cream on your first date). You may not even want to do dinner or may want to have a breakfast or afternoon wedding. Point being, make your day about celebrating your love, and don't worry about doing things just because they are "expected".


Create Your Own Soundtrack

Music is very personal, especially when it is music that you share with your love. Sit down and create a playlist of all of the songs that accompanied the most special/intimate moments in your life, so you can start your marriage with some musical meaning. Be sure to make them into a CD once the wedding is over, so you can re-listen and relive the memories over and over again. I especially enjoyed picking the songs for our ceremony, as well as the ones that played over the dinner hour before the dancing began. Don't be afraid to choose music that isn't the most "traditional". Choose music that is YOU.



Choose Wedding Rings You Truly Love

You’ll be wearing your wedding ring forever, so it makes sense that BOTH of you choose rings you truly love and which have some kind of deeper meaning for you. All too often it is the bride who chooses the wedding rings, which means they may not be exactly what the groom wants. Instead, take a look at the collection of wedding rings available at https://www.whiteflash.com/wedding-rings/tacori/ and pick something you’ll both adore. If you can get it engraved with a special meaning for you both, then that's even better. My ring was too small to have anything engraved in it, but Aaron's has our wedding date engraved on the inside as a visible reminder of the start of our forever. I also love that Aaron actually picked out my engagement ring himself (and you can read more of that story of our proposal here!).


Use Decorations That Tell Your Story 

Aaron painted the beautiful canvases above when he proposed (again, read that story in the link above). We ended up using them at our wedding as decorations behind our table assignments. Think about different ways that you can use beautiful images and items from your dating and engagement period. This really lets your guests feel like they are a part of your story. Consider adding a wedding slideshow with fun images from your childhood and relationship, or even have a photobooth so that your guests can be a part of your story too! 

Get Your Own Wedding Stamp

If you want your wedding invitations to be totally about you and your beloved, then use a service, like the one at https://www.zazzle.com/custom/stamps, to create your own wedding stamp that you can use on your invites, save the date cards, and thank you notes. An added bonus is getting one with your address on it so you can use it for years to come when you send mail!

Remember, a wedding is a special day, but a marriage is forever. Have fun planning and personalizing your wedding, but don't let it overshadow your preparation for your actual wedding. How did you personalize your wedding day?

Currently,
Kelsie

2 comments:

  1. Aw, these are all wonderful ideas! I love being able to see a couple's love story throughout the entire wedding, from the invitations to the send off! Writing our own vows was my favorite part of our wedding. :)

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  2. We wrote letters to each other the day of and that was such a wonderful way to tell each other how we feel without the pressure of reading our own vows in front of everyone. Such good ideas here.

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