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Adding Personal Touches to Your Wedding

A perfect wedding isn't only beautiful, it’s personal. It’s got carefully selected details that are meaningful to you and your fiance.  
Photo Credits: Lampara Studio

Here are some very simple ways to add your own subtle, unique touches to your ceremony and reception:
  •  Write your own wedding vows. It doesn't have to read like poetry; the important thing is that it comes from your own heart. Print it out on an index card and keep it handy during the ceremony. 
  • Compile a CD with songs that symbolize your relationship or how it evolved. Play this during your reception or even burn a copy and distribute as souvenirs. Insert a small piece of paper explaining why you chose those songs.
  • Instead of tossing your bouquet, present it to your mother (or a dear friend or mentor) during your reception. You can also have an additional bouquet made for your groom to present his mother at the same time. 
  • Guests often have free time on their hands during their reception. In the center of the table, place several pens and small pieces of paper in a pretty basket. Ask them to write their wishes, prayers, or advice for you and your fiancé. Compile in a scrapbook.
  • Most wedding reception programs revolve around the couple: friends give speeches. Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fiancé talking about the people who've taught you what true love means. Mention friends who've demonstrated real loyalty, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.
  • If you have a close friend or family member who passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a tribute candle at the church ceremony. 
  • If you have ethnic roots, incorporate a marriage ritual from your culture into your ceremony or perform it during your reception.  
  • Wear an heirloom. For example, you can use your grandmother’s veil, or wear a locket that belongs to your mother. This is an excellent way of creating a sense of continuity between generations, celebrating your own family even as you go on to begin your own. 
  • Prepare an audio-video presentation that will be played during the last dance of the bride with the father. This can be just a simple montage of childhood photos. A guaranteed tear-jerk-er!  
  • If you have kids, help them feel like they’re part of the new family by asking them to stand next to you as you say your vows.
  • Add little elements that say something about your relationship as a couple. For example, if you’re giving away picture frames, insert a poem that you wrote or a copy of your wedding vows. If you met at a beach (and would rather not have a beach-themed wedding) incorporate shells into your table centerpiece.



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Comments

Masshole Mommy said…
My sister got married last year and had her ushers hand out CD's with her & her now husband's favorite songs to people as they walked into the church.
Stacie said…
These are great tips. I really love when people add in culture to the wedding. It's definitely something different.
These are all great tips. I like the idea of handing out the CD.
So many great ideas here. I love the picture of the deceased loved one in the bouquet and the basket for well wishes and prayers.

What a wonderful and thoughtful keep sake to have of your wedding.

Liz Mays said…
These are great ideas to keep your wedding interesting. My daughter did a broom jump at her's!
lisa said…
These are some very good ideas! I love them
Nina Say said…
So many great tips! This is exactly why I love weddings.
Miranda Myrabev said…
These are such great tips, I have always thought about incorporating my zambian rituals into my western wedding so he can have an appreciation of where i am from and what i stand for. Wearing an heirloom sounds like a wonderful idea
Fiona said…
These are all great ideas. I think it's so important to add the personal touch to all you do, especially when it comes to your wedding day.
Tanya Coffman said…
I love all these ideas for weddings. Making memories are so important...so are keepsakes <3
These ideas are truly wonderful! Gosh.. makes me can't wait to get married (in a way lol)
Ann B said…
I love all these ideas. There are so many great ways to add your personal style to the day.
Memories are certainly important, it's so nice to look back at keepsakes and remember how good that day was!
mail4rosey said…
Shells on the table is a great way to commemorate meeting at the beach. Especially so at the wedding!
We did our own vows. I also made my own bouquet!

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