Join us for the first of a 10 part series on making your wedding more unique by infusing more of your personal style and ideas.
He fell in love with you because you're not cookie-cutter. So how can you avoid a wedding that is? It's easy. With the help of our editors, we've come up with a list of ideas - from favors to food to fashion to ensure that your personalities stay front and center.
1. SHOW OF YOUR FAMILY
At the reception, set up a table with framed photos- wedding pictures including those of grand parents and great-grandparents if possible of the bride's and groom's sides of the families, along with other important relatives. Make this the first thing guest set upon entering the room.
2. MARK THE OCCASION WITH A MONOGRAM
Regina Williams of Crowned Affair Events in Atlanta, suggests taking the monogram trend beyond just the invitations. You can put your monogram on menu cards, even stencil it on the dance floor or the backdrop behind the table where the wedding party will be seated. One bride even monogrammed each tier of her wedding cake. Those considering an alternative to wedding cake, can individually monogram cupcakes or mini wedding cakes.
3. PICK A SPECIAL LOCATION
Planner Elizabeth Kellen designed a wedding for a Dallas veterinarian at the Dallas Zoo. The lush and exotic landscape made for a memorable and apropos location. Kellen also arranged a rehearsal dinner for a pilot and his bride-to be at the Dallas Flight Museum, near Love Field. Guest were seated among colorful prop and military planes.
4. HIDE AN HEIRLOOM IN YOUR GOWN
One salon owner recalled a mother who surprised her daughter by having a family locket sewn into the hem of her daughters wedding gown. Another bride had an antique handkerchief stitched into the waist seam of her gown.
You may consider having a favorite pair of earrings or a bracelet sewn into the decorative beading of your gown to honor a loved one who has passed on.
5. CREATE A MAYPOLE
Event designer Colin Cowie suggests that you give guests at an outdoor wedding long ribbons on which to write a personal message to the couple. Then, for the reception, tie the ribbons to a pole and save them as a mementos.
6. PICK POSTAGE STAMPS WITH A PURPOSE
Think botanical stamps for garden weddings or lighthouse stamps for beach-wedding invitations make a rich and nice touch. Zazzle creates custom wedding postage that will allow couples to uniquely customize postage with just about any photo - a poignant black and white family photo, an image of the bride and groom to be or an homage to a favorite place.
7. SHARE A LOVE STORY
Ask your officiant to tell the story of your courtship at the ceremony, or include it in a book-style in your wedding program.
8. AMEND THE TRADITIONAL MILITARY HONOR GUARD
Instead of swords, have friends raise something significant to the bride and groom (say golf clubs, oars, baseball bats, or tennis rackets) for you and your groom to walk under as you enter your reception.
9. CARVE YOUR LOVE IN STONE
Quinn Raymond, a Dallas floral designer, recommends having a large stone engraved with both your names and the date of your wedding to use a part of the decor at an outdoor wedding. After the ceremony and reception, you can keep the stone in your home garden.
10. CREATE A UNIQUE ARCH
One Hollywood actress asked guest to bring a single flower to her wedding. Each guest then tucked the flower into the arch that she and her groom walked through for their processional.
101 Personal wedding ideas with 91 more to go. Each week, will post 10 more great wedding ideas, with the final post consisting of 11 sensational tips.