Including personal touches in your wedding day sounds like a no-brainer, but once you start planning and making decisions, you’ll find that the standard-issue wedding ideas can be easier and often more accessible. Finding the balance between traditional wedding items and personalized accents can be a challenge. Here, the wedding professionals at Walter Knoll Weddings offer some great ways to pepper personalized touches throughout an otherwise-traditional wedding to make it your own.
Words can hold great significance and meaning, especially on such an auspicious occasion as a wedding. Here are some fun ways to bring the power and meaning of words to your big day.
- Vows on runner: Writing your vows is a beautiful way to express your specific sentiments and promises to your partner. Having those vows written on the aisle runner so you can literally stand on those promises as you recite them makes for a unique display. Guests will love seeing your words and the keepsake runner will make for a great photo op.
- Message on bottom of shoe: Switch a shoe with your partner before getting dressed for the wedding and write a love note for them to see as they prepare to walk down the aisle.
- Favorite quote on programs or cocktail napkins: If you and your beloved have a favorite quote, verse, or song lyric, include it in your ceremony by having it printed on cocktail napkins or the front of your wedding program.
- Signage: Vintage signs are big right now, and will later make for great home decor. Add a meaningful word or even your new last name to your wedding celebration when you display it loud and proud with a sign in keeping with the theme of your wedding.
Another great way to personalize your wedding is by including special photos or images that are meaningful to both you and your partner. Pictures of the two of you together, your friends and family, and relatives that are no longer with you are all excellent ways to make your wedding and your life specific to you. Here are some creative ways to bring images into your wedding day:
- Family photo wall: A wall covered with black-and-white photographs of multiple generations from both sides makes a great focal piece during the reception and gets guests talking about how everyone is related.
- Polaroids of friends: Having friends’ images displayed polaroid-style on a wall or board is a cute and crafty way to bring up memories of your times together.
- Doodles of guests for seating: If your or your partner are a little bit artistic, create doodles or small caricatures of guests to use as their place cards. Include details specific to each individual (like your cousin’s poodle or your best friend’s love for camping).
A long-time tradition that can have a very personal twist includes wedding flowers. While your bouquets, centerpieces and other decor will most likely include at least some flowers, there are other ways to bring flowers into focus- especially if you have certain varieties that carry great meaning for you.
- Fave flowers in bouquet: Including your favorite flowers in your bridal bouquet is a no-brainer, but incorporating the flowers your mother or grandmother had in her wedding bouquet? Classically personal and a lovely tribute to your family’s past, present and future.
- Wearable flowers for guests: Give wearable flowers to guests as place cards. Include hair pins with bright petals, wrist or pinnable corsages and boutonnieres for a fresh, floral look all around.
- Wearable flowers for bride: Add a burst of color and a special variety of flower to your own bridal gown or hairpiece to accentuate the importance of this flower in your lives.
It’s important to find a balance between personalized traits and traditional elements when planning your wedding. When guests leave your wedding, you want them saying, “that was so them!” Be sure to include a little something for everyone and plenty of what makes you and your partner “you.” For more great ideas or tips on how to achieve a balanced but personalized wedding, talk to the experts at Walter Knoll Weddings. We’re here to help you make the most of this amazing day.