Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your relationship, plus it’s your chance to throw a celebration your friends and family will always remember. Your wedding reflects you and your fiancé’s personalities. Here are some fun and easy to do unique wedding ideas to personalize your wedding:
Create a logo: Design a monogram or logo to incorporate throughout your wedding. Think oak tree, bird, silhouettes, a Celtic knot, skeleton keys, a globe – anything that represents your relationship, shared passions or personalities. Once you’ve got the logo down, incorporate it in everything from the invitations to the cake topper. Get a stamp for return addresses, and have it embossed onto your invitations. Put it on top of the menu, and consider getting it printed on paper napkins for the dessert table. You can get it printed on balloons, on signs, on a guest book – anything you can think of.
Pick meaningful music: Put as much thought into the professional music as you do the first dance song. You don’t have to walk down the aisle to the organ playing “Here Comes the Bride” or to Pachebel’s Canon in D. Consider using the song that was playing in the restaurant on your first date, or the song that you two listened to over and over again on that road trip. Whether it be classical, classic rock or anything in between, if it’s meaningful to the two of you, that’s all that matters.
Pay homage to your heritage: Incorporating traditions from your family’s culture is a fun way to make your wedding unique. It’ll make your grandparents feel warm and fuzzy, and it may give your friends exposure to something new. Include a traditional dish with your meal, even if the meal isn’t entirely themed. Maybe sushi appetizers, even if you’re not serving a Japanese dinner. Or go with music, like hiring a bagpiper to play as guests arrive. Stomp on a wine glass, even if you’re not a devout Jew. Henna your hands even if you’re not wearing full Indian bridal wear. Music, food, activities, dress – little touches here and there will really personalize your wedding. For fun, check out The Knot’s compilation of wedding traditions around the world.
Signature sips: Whether you’re matching color, season or simply your favorite flavors, designing a signature cocktail is a great way to get creative. This can be especially helpful if you can’t (or don’t) want to pay for a full bar since you’re essentially limiting cocktails to one or two liquors. Some couples create two signature drinks – his and hers cocktails. It’s a great opportunity to show off your personalities a little. Grew up in a beach town? Design a fruity cocktail fit for a summer day – even if you’re getting married during the winter in a big city. A classic sophisticate? Go with a vodka martini. Maybe you two are suckers for brunch. Serve mimosas – who cares if it’s an evening wedding! Martha Stewart has tons of signature drinks from real weddings here, and The Knot has a page that can help you pick your ultimate signature cocktail here.
The little things: Add an heirloom to your bouquet, like great-grandma’s handkerchief. Give the ring-bearer something besides a pillow – your favorite book with the ring tied on with a ribbon, for example. Play a short slideshow at the reception. Get a friend to serve as your officiant. Skip the rice, and give guests bubbles or ribbon wands to wave you goodbye.
For more unique wedding ideas, check out:
- The Knot’s 10 Ways to Personalize Your Ceremony
- Bridal Guide’s 101 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding
- Glamor Magazine’s 25 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony
- Our Wedding’s 50 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding
- The Washington Post’s Personalize Your Wedding