There are just too many ways to pack personality into your wedding that I couldn't fit into Part I, so here's a few more ideas to help you turn the day you get married into the best day ever! But this time I've got Laura with Lumos Images to convince you to go bold, be you and get married the way you want to get married, and yes, she has also provided some pretty pictures to help narrate her point. How perfect.
"I truly believe that you should let every aspect of your wedding accent your personality! Be your true goofy self and mix it up - don’t be tied to traditions that don't feel like you.
If you read Meg Keene’s book A Practical Wedding (which I highly recommend you do) you’ll learn that many of the “traditions” we associate with modern weddings are not actually that old. Don’t feel tied down to doing certain things just because your mom thinks you should since they’re “tradition.”
I urge you to look into the history of some wedding traditions because a few of them, well, they’re just plain weird (ahem- garter toss, I am talking about you). Feel free to make your own traditions and do things that make sense for you as a couple."
"Just because every bride in the history of the universe has walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Cannon in D doesn’t mean you have to. Infuse your style and taste into the music throughout your wedding day. Music sets the tone for the atmosphere so don’t let this become an afterthought.
Pick all of your favorite pump up jams to help you get ready in the morning. Pick songs for the ceremony that have special meaning to you and your fiancé. Feel free to walk down the aisle to the soundtrack from your favorite movie or show. If The Office is your favorite then opt for Forever, if Pride and Prejudice is like the anthem to your love story then perhaps something by Dario Marianelli."
"It’s pretty popular to write your own vows these days and for a good reason. Why not tell your favorite person why you’re so darn excited to spend the rest of your life with them in your own words?
If that seems daunting, try reworking the classic vows to add your own special touch instead of starting from scratch. Write them in a cute little book to have as a keepsake and to remind you of the vows you made to each other on your wedding day.
If you’re not excited about a unity candle or sand ceremony, make it more unique! I had one couple do a “unity candy” ceremony instead because they both loved candy! They took their favorite candies and poured them together to be eaten together only on special occasions.
EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED
"Kids will be kids and no matter what they do, it’ll be cute. Let them have a say (to some degree) in what they wear and how they walk down the aisle. Giving them the chance to show off their personalities... it will add a lot of color to your day."
"Let your personality shine through your details! If you are obsessed with guns and Jack Daniels, decorate your centerpieces with Jack Daniels bottles and use shotgun shells for the guy’s boutonnieres. If you’re getting married at the zoo, use the animals to inspire your place cards!
And for goodness sake, get creative with your guest book. From puzzles, to items that can decorate your home after the wedding, to custom photo albums with interactive questions for the guests to answer, the possibilities are endless! Just search for guest books on Etsy or Google and you’ll be amazed by the options."
Here are 6 quick guest book ideas to get you started on your search:
TELL YOUR STORY
"This is one of the biggest things you can do to add personality to your wedding and it is often one of the most overlooked aspects of wedding planning. Have the DJ tell little stories of your relationship throughout the night or make a video talking about how you met and what you love most about each other to be played during dinner.
Tony, my fiancé, and I are serving tacos because they’re my favorite food and because it’s what we had on our first date. There will be a sign up at the buffet explaining their significance. We are also walking into the grand entrance to a song that was playing on the date where we became official boyfriend and girlfriend. The DJ is going to explain that before we walk in. I know, I know... how cute."
Need help thinking of more ideas? Laura's got a great go-to resource: the Love Notery. Sign up for the free email list to get helpful suggestions of how to weave your personal love story throughout your wedding day and good luck my friend, we know you can do it!
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,