Not everyone wants their wedding to be massive and extravagant. Some people want their wedding to feel personal, and there are a number of great ways to do this. By making your wedding more personal, you can also save a lot on cost while giving your wedding a unique design and feel that your guests will remember. But how do you do this? Well, let’s start with the invitations.
Create And Send Out Your Own Invites
If you are sending out invites for your wedding, you might be considering purchasing them from a big business. But there’s no set rule that says that’s what you have to do. Instead, you can think about creating the wedding invites yourself. Typically, you’ll find that this is a lot more cost friendly and you can have great fun with designing the invitations. You can type them up on your computer or if you’re really committed to this idea, consider handwriting the invites. That way, you can make sure that each invite is a little different which will either be a negative or a positive depending on your preference.
Think about investing in lots of different materials to use in your invites as well from little pearl beads to ribbon. It’s a great way to make them look stylish and lovingly made. Invites like this are sure to impress your guests. But don’t stop there. Why not, within reason, also hand deliver the invites. It’s a great way to get a quick RSVP and engage with some of the people who will be attending your wedding who you might not have seen in a while.
Make Your Own Table Decorations
The table decorations are one of the ways that you can make your wedding look elegant and stunning. While you can purchase these, you can also consider making them yourself. For instance, you can use Youtube tutorials to create DIY table decorations for your wedding from little cardboard gift boxes to paper flowers. Once again, you can take this idea further, making your own chocolates for the table as well. To do this, you simply need a few moulds and plenty of chocolate to melt. You can then reform the chocolate into everything from stars to love hearts, ideal for your wedding day. Your guests will certainly be impressed when you tell them you made the chocolates yourself.
Plan For A Home Wedding Reception
Wherever you do the ceremony, there’s nothing stopping you from moving the reception to your own home. There are a few benefits to this idea. First, it will mean that the wedding costs a lot less because you won’t have to book a second venue. Second, a perhaps, more importantly, it means that not everyone who attends the ceremony needs to come back for the reception. This can make the reception a far more personal and cosy affair depending on how much space you have in your home.
You might not love the idea of people traipsing around your house. But, if you have a garden and you’re planning a summer wedding, they don’t have to. You can hold most of the reception outside and perhaps just have the kitchen and bathrooms open for guests to use indoors. You can also buy or rent a gazebo just incase it rains. If you’re doing this, do make sure that you also look into getting some disco lighting. Disco lighting can allow you to have a fantastic fun time right in your backyard after your wedding ceremony, with dancing, games and much more. These systems are cheaper than you would perhaps imagine and easy to find on the market.
Getting The Music Right
There are a few ways that you can make the music selection a little more personal for your wedding. The first consideration should be the music that plays as you walk down the aisle. We suggest looking into a live music band to play you down the aisle. Don’t forget that you don’t need to have the wedding march either. You can have whatever song you like, and this is a fantastic opportunity to have something playing that is really very personal to you. It could even be a song from your childhood or the song that means the most to you and your partner. Perhaps it was the one that you first danced together with.
You don’t need to stop there when making personal music selections either. A lot of people do choose to have a DJ for their wedding. But, if this idea doesn’t appeal to you, you can simply create a beautiful playlist that speaks to you and your loved one. This could include any type of music that you like but remember, your guests need to listen to it as well.
Forget The Vicar
If you’re not overly interested in the religious aspects of a wedding ceremony, it’s worth pointing out that you don’t need a minister at all. Anyone can be ordained including a friend or family member to complete a wedding ceremony. You’ve probably seen this countless times on TV shows, and there is something rather special about a friend or a loved on being the one to marry you. Getting ordained is a simple online form that is very easy to complete and faster than you’d probably think.
Write Your Own Vows
Finally, this one can be a little risky, particularly if you don’t hear the vows before the ceremony. However, writing your own vows will ensure that your wedding feels completely personal. The question you’re probably asking yourself is whether you can find the words you want to say. Well, if you’re struggling, we suggest heading down memory lane and going to the places that are significant in your relationship together. The spot of your first date, your first kiss, dance and more will surely remind you of all the important aspects of your relationship and help you write the declaration for the next chapter of your lives, together.
Personalise your photos
Photos are something to be treasured forever, but in this day and age, rather than people bringing cameras with them and making people stand awkwardly for the poses- they bring their phones and get snap happy. Get into the digital age with a personalised selfie frame and your very own hashtag. This way guests can capture all those special moments on their phones, while still having fun.
As you can see then, there are a number of great ways to make your wedding wonderfully personal and dare we say, even more meaningful.