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You’ve got the man, you’ve got the ring, and now you are planning your dream wedding! The Pinterest Boards are filling up and now you’re trying to plan and create a wedding day that fits both your personalities! There are a million little choices to make, and you don’t want your wedding to feel like everyone else’s. So what are those perfect little details that will wow your guests and make your wedding a day only you could create?
PICK A UNIQUE VENUE THATS TRUE TO YOUR PERSONALITIES
The wedding venue sets the tone for the entire wedding. Whether you’re having a wedding at your home church and a reception at a restaurant, or you’re literally building your whole venue by redoing and old barn for an outdoor ceremony and rustic barn reception, the venue, colors and theme says a lot about you as a couple! One of the best choices for a venue is a place that has meaning to you! It could be your backyard, a favorite date spot, or a destination wedding in a city you’ve dreamed of visiting! Put some thought into your interests as individuals and as a couple. If you both love wine tasting, a winery is a beautiful location, or if you love gardening a botanical or Japanese Garden will say a lot about you and what you both love!
CUSTOMIZE THE GUEST EXPERIENCE
Wedding guests really appreciate all the little details put into the theme throughout the wedding day. You can customize your programs (like we did!) with games and facts about the wedding party (like matching stories to the bridesmaids and groomsmen and a letter on the back thanking our guests), you can blow them away by adding personalization to wedding traditions! Create unique and custom favors like Make Your Own Hot Cocoa favors ( https://etsy.me/2WYzvh3 ) or a personal take-home cocktail glass for the night’s mixers! Don’t forget the wedding party gifts! You could even add monogrammed names to their glasses to make it extra special! Then let them fill them up with your specialty His & Her’s featured cocktails for the night of your favorite beverages!
ADD YOUR OWN TWIST TO THE CEREMONY
Besides a few required things the officiant has to say to legally marry you, there are very few rules to what a wedding ceremony HAS to involve. This is the best way to make the wedding different from everyone else’s! Writing your own vows is one of the most touching and special parts of a wedding. You can tell personal stories and share your heart with the one you love in front of your closest friends and family. Instead of a unity candle, mix together you favorite wines and share a drink from shared wine glass (one of my favorite parts of Sam & Kevin’s wedding). You can even have special people who don’t fit the usual demographic in your wedding party, like having your mom as the MOH, or having your mentor as a groomsman like Russell did! Take a look at the “boring” parts of the wedding and think of ways you can add a little flair to the norm! The guests will really appreciate the refreshing change, and you’ll be so happy you made the ceremony more about you! (Russell & his guys – LB Photography)
There are tons and tons of fun products if you browse Etsy and Instagram! Look around for items that really stand out to you and find a fun way to incorporate them into your wedding day! You can change so many things about the traditional wedding day, like the seating arrangements, the meal and desserts (bundt cakes > wedding cake), and even your cocktail hour! Take this day and make it yours! There are no rules, and this day is about your love, not following the traditional guidelines! You can add a lot of flair with unique flowers in the bouquets or having your guests stand around you instead of sitting during the ceremony! Think outside the box and have fun with it!
Wedding Planning?!? Need some help!? I love to work with my bride and grooms to help give them tips and advice on how to make their wedding exactly what they are looking for! Whether I’m the day-of coordinator, or the photographer, I’m always happy to make recommendations and suggestions on how to maximize the wedding experience! If you are looking to book either service, head over to the contact page and send me a message! Let’s plan a wedding!
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