Every girl dreams of her wedding day – whether you’ve planned for years or just a few weeks, you want your wedding day to be a reflection of you! You are unique, have a great style, and certain ideas of what you like and don’t like. And, when it comes to your wedding, you should celebrate this!
Sometimes it’s easy for busy brides to overlook the little unexpected details that make their guests smile. While it takes a little more effort, personal touches are ALWAYS appreciated! It makes the guests feel closer to the couple, and allows them to feel more connected to the bride and groom the day of the wedding.
How can you achieve this?
Welcome your guests to your ceremony or reception with a personalized welcome sign. Handwritten signage – whether done by yourself or a professional – always adds a special touch and sets the tone for the day.
Personalized signage can instruct and guide your guests in an effortless way, allowing the flow of your event to be easy, personal, and fun.
Other personalized signage can include a seating chart if you’re having a sit-down event, bar menus for the reception, social media sharing signs, fun photo booth instructions, a couple’s “love timeline”, quotes, or bible verses. The sky is the limit with these signs and have fun with it. Again, make it yours!
If you’re working with an individual to create personalized signage, keep in mind that they are there to help your ideas become a reality. Whether you have specific budget considerations, specific colors you’d like to use, or a specific writing style you’d like to incorporate, they are there to help guide you and create pieces that you are happy with.
Whenever I attend an event, I always take a close look at the tables. Even if you’re not having a sit down meal, it is always helpful to have some tables for those who may be a bit older or who need to take a rest after tearing up the dance floor.
Tablescapes are where you really can put your creativity to work. Some of my favorite weddings have included personalized touches like hand lettered or calligraphy place cards. These place cards are always beautiful and, again, adds a personal touch.
Have fun with your centerpieces! Whether you decide to do florals, candles, or a mixture of both, ensure that the table reflects who you are. Recently I attended a wedding where the bride had floral centerpieces in mint julep cups, since her family was from Kentucky. It was such a beautiful way to incorporate something meaningful.
Favors are not always done for events, but if you decide to give your guests something for them to remember the special day, remember to make it unique and useful.
If you have a big sweet tooth, consider giving guests a sweet treat they can enjoy. Perhaps cookies with your new monogram, a candy bar station, or a donut can do the trick.
Koozies are always a fun way to show your personality and can be a cost-effective favor that your guests will use for years to come. Each time they use it, they’ll remember the wonderful day and celebration.
Other ideas are coffee beans, flowers, photo booth photos, and more! You can find great resources online to explore more options.
Always place a personalized sign by the favors to instruct your guests that they’re for taking!
Guest books nowadays don’t have to be actual guest books – have some fun with it!
You can show your personality through how you would like to commemorate messages from your loved ones at the event.
If you’re a traveler, maybe find a globe that you can display at your house afterwards, or some travel books of your favorite places.
If you’re a foodie, use a cookbook that could pose as your guest book. How fun to have special messages when you’re trying out recipes?
Other ideas include using a Bible to highlight favorite verses for the couple, photo albums, polaroid scrapbooks from the event, rocking chairs, wall art, and more. Just grab some pens, include a personalized sign to indicate instructions for the guest book, and your guest book will be a memorable piece you’ll look at for years to come.
Again, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to making your day special and unique. Remember – guests love special, meaningful details in the personal touches and you will too!