You’ve attended many weddings over the years, all of them lovely in their own way. But for your own nuptials you want something a little bit different. However, there’s a catch. You don’t have a massive budget to spend on this. Fortunately, there are many ways you can customise your big day to reflect the personality of the bride and groom and make it stand apart from other weddings.
Personalise The Theme
If you’re going to establish a theme for your wedding, it’s important to think about this right at the beginning. You can then ensure consistency across all plans. This will include your save the date cards, wedding invitations, venue, food choices, place settings, etc.
Rather than opting for general themes such as vintage, a colour, seaside, nature, etc. opt for something that is relevant to the two of you. For example, if the bride is a bit of a Jane Austen buff, theme the wedding around this. If you have a favourite film, style the wedding around the setting, characters, storyline, etc. If you’re both into a particular sport, there are lots of options around this. Go with something that is important to the two of you.
Do you have a good friend or family member who is an amateur photographer? If so, would they be willing to take your wedding photographs? You will need to choose wisely, of course, as it is a big undertaking. And if something goes wrong, you won’t have photographs to mark your special day. But if there’s someone you trust and who has delivered some good work, it’s a great way to put a personal stamp on the proceedings. A friend will look at creative ways to capture the special moments of your day.
If you don’t have someone to do this for you, ensure you establish a good relationship with your wedding photographer. Explain that you’re looking for something a bit different to the standard wedding pics.
Provide your guests with a hashtag so they can upload their photos to Instagram. You can then take your pick of the best shots. Use these to complement your album.
Wedding days are steeped in tradition, and there is something familiar and comfortable about that. We can all recognise and celebrate those traditions. But it’s also good to put your own spin on them. For example, not everyone likes receiving lines. They can sometimes feel a little stiff and formal. Instead of the traditional line, set up a booth instead. This will allow guests to sit with the bride, groom and wedding party to chat informally. Think of new and interesting ways to greet your guests as they arrive at the reception venue. Go through each of the customs and think of ways you can revise or enhance them.
There are lots of great ways you can customise the reception, from personal place settings and favours to entertainment. Keep the little ones occupied by giving them a task to do. They could hand out sweets or party games. Surprise your guests with a surprise visit from the ice cream man. This makes a welcome change to traditional wedding food. If you have friends or family members who are budding musicians, invite them on stage to do a set for the couple. You’ll need to agree on this with them in advance, of course.
There are lots of small edits you can make to your nuptials to create a unique and memorable experience that everyone can enjoy. It doesn’t need to cost the earth. All it takes is a little thought and creativity.