I love weddings. I thrive on subtle surprises and sweet details throughout the day and evening. To me, some of the most memorable moments from weddings are the smallest pieces of the big picture.
The best advice I received during our planning process was to not just duplicate a Pinterest wedding. Yes, it may be beautiful and exactly what you’ve envisioned, but it’s already been done, and it doesn’t tell your story. And let’s be honest, everyone’s love story is unique and beautiful. Weddings tend to all follow a similar process, but sprinkling the wedding with a little more you, goes a long way. I fell in love with finding ways to turn regular items into unforgettable details.
So whether you’re having a grand affair or a small dinner party, I’ve pulled together 5 of the easiest ways to add your personality into the best party of your life!
Invitations are first impressions and set the tone for the entire wedding. Have fun with creating a personalized invitation suite that your guests will be excited to put up on their fridge! For us, our custom invitations were a true labor of love. I actually spent months working with Siuleth from Eleven Note to create an invitation suite that would begin the beauty of our love story.
– Monogram: Siuleth created a custom monogram that ended up being on the invitations and wax seal. I loved it so much, we used it throughout the wedding day. Keep reading to see where I added it to the reception!
– Stamps: Get playful with the outside of the invitation! I fell in love with the stacked stamp trend, and with that, I found stamps that described us and our relationship. Not all invitations were the same, but many of them had vintage Florida stamps, a stamp with a little fox, or even Walt Disney.
This may seem obvious, but what better way to highlight your love story than to write vows that tell your story? While we had traditional “I do’s” and exchanging of the rings, we also wrote our own vows, complete with inside jokes and powerful promises. My big surprise? Finishing up the vows in French. 😉 Je t’aime, mon amour!
Are you getting married out of the country? Does your grandmother only speak Spanish? Are you a total France-ophile?! If there’s any part of your life or the actual wedding that revolves around another language, this is a beautiful and easy way to personalize several details.
My husband is from Quebec, Canada, but moved to Florida when he was just 9 years old. While English has become his main language, he still speaks French [Canadian] with his parents and family. His aunts, uncles, and cousins have always made the kindest effort to speak English with me, include me in their family, and make me feel comfortable. They were flying down just to be at our wedding, and I wanted to show that we were truly two families becoming one. So we added in French verbiage in the following areas:
– Seating Chart
Almost every wedding has a seating chart or display. Add in the charm with the foreign language at the description! Ours translated to “take your seats, please”.
– Table Numbers
Don’t under estimate the power of table numbers! They don’t even have to be table numbers. For my sister’s wedding, she labeled each table a different flower, and she actually drew each flower before placing them in gorgeous frames. We had our table numbers written in French, and I loved the way they turned out on the acrylic.
– Entrée Selection
This is such a boring part of a reception table (though, you may not have it if you choose a buffet or stations). So if each guest has their own selection, add it in a different language (and don’t forget to give the servers a heads up!) 😉 Ours were attached to the stem of the champagne flutes.
– Love Quote
This was actually a surprise gift from our planner, but I looooooooved this detail so much. We had a large fireplace in our venue, so she added a canvas with a love quote in French. Um, swooooooon!
These subtle details went a long way. Marc-Andre’s uncle later told my parents, in the sweetest letter, that it meant the world to him to see those French details throughout the evening.
4. Cocktail Napkins
This is such a small detail with so much to say! We added our love for Disney World (again) onto half the cocktail napkins and then personalized the rest with our custom monogram. Why have plain napkins when you can leave an impression? This is usually a great bang for your buck, too!
5. Gift Tables
While the gift table might get filled with bags and wrapped boxes, why not have your guests stop and admire something you love? It’s a perfect spot to throw in the random decor that doesn’t necessarily follow the “theme” of the wedding. For us, that was a hand painted globe with our custom monogram to highlight our love for travel. This globe is a statement piece in our home today, and was the perfect accent on our gift table.
There are plenty of ways to add in your “couple” personality to your wedding day. Some other great options include:
- Welcome bags for guests
- Personalized (and usable) favors for the guests
- His + Hers signature drinks at the bar
- Bridal party flash mob/choreographed dance
- Custom guest book
- Fun cake topper
- Dessert bar of your choice (ice cream, donuts, or pie, oh my!)
- Games during cocktail hour
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How did you/do you plan to customize your wedding to show off your love story?! I might be a little wedding obsessed, so tell me everything!
Saturday 6th of January 2018
Your wedding looks like it was absolutely beautiful! I love the advice in this post. Currently planning a wedding myself and it can be so easy to get stuck in the Pinterest trap! I absolutely love how you incorporated French to make your husband's family feel comforable. Such a cute idea!
Darrian | www.darrianmichelle.com
Saturday 11th of November 2017
I love the different languages and champagne flute idea! And if I could do it all over again, I think I'd totally have buffet stations at my wedding. thanks for sharing these awesome ideas :) So inspiring.
Friday 10th of November 2017
You're wedding was amazing. I love the added touch of the vintage stamps!
Thursday 9th of November 2017
Your suggestions hit it right on the nail. A Gift table and cocktail napkins especially add some personal flair.
xx Tatyanna http://www.apopoflife.com
Thursday 9th of November 2017
Love these ideas and everything is gorgeous! I'm wedding planning now and will def be doing some of these!