how did you make your wedding more "personalized"?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

This was really important to us!

To start, the whole thing was colorful, festive, joyful, and 100% outdoors in the foothills of our home mountain range, which is totally our MO.  We are not the types whatsoever to have an elegant ballroom wedding, as much as I like to see pictures of those.

We wrote our entire ceremony and had a really good, long-time friend officiate it.  He’s very funny, so the ceremony was really humorous while still obviously being really sentimental.  Everyone was laughing and crying at the same time.  We also did a mix of traditional and personalized vows.  We heard a lot about how the whole thing was very “us”.  Here’s a link to the ceremony:script

I did a bunch of fun DIY decor – many signs on old barnwood, a “faux”tobooth, painted windows for the seating chart and ceremony “program”,etc.  My husband built our arch himself.  ALL the flowers came directly out of my dad’s garden… hundreds and hundreds of bright wildflowers.

Pre-ceremony cocktail hour – YES!

At the cake table, I framed a large picture from each of our parents’ weddings of them cutting their cake.  It was a surpise for them and was really meaningful.

The music was all DIY by people close to us.  My cousin and uncle played guitar and sang for the pre-ceremony cocktail, our friend played classical guitar for the processional, my husband’s brother played his sax for the recessional, my husband’s bandmates plus a bunch of friends jammed for the cocktail hour, and then his band (with a fill-in drummer, since he was busy being the groom) played the reception.

Hope that gives you a little food for thought! 


Post # 5
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

We are writting our first dance song as well as a lot of the ceremony music (almost done! yeay)

Post # 6
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lolot:  aww love everything about your wedding!! I might “borrow” some ideas if that’s okay… 🙂

@Bridebee13:  We are having personal touches that reflect us. I love photography and taking pictures, so in lieu of a slideshow we’ve printed out a bunch of photos of us over the years, and of all our family and friends that we’ll displaying throughout the venue. We’re also having a photo booth which is a surprise for our guests.

We’re doing a signature tequila mixed drink because we love tequila and so do all our friends.

Since we’re pretty low key/low maintenance as a couple, we’re foregoing a plated dinner and we hired a taco cart. The venue is also a lot more casual (it’s a ranch out in the desert) so it fits with the theme a lot more.

We’re DIYing all of our decor, my best friend is officiating for us, and instead of a DJ/MC to host, a friend or family member will each be responsible for announcing a portion of our timeline, like the first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc. It’s going to be really personal!


Post # 10
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Just little things here and there but I think the people who knows us best will really be able to see it.  our wedding favours as one example, we both LOVE Japanese/oriental themed things so our favours are wedding fans and chopsticks (with our names and dates on them). 

Since my fiance is a huge James Bond fan, I have DIY my own invites and added some James Bond silhouettes into the invite and our wedding cupcakes/cake have a James Bond theme to it.  My cake maker is putting bowties on the cupcakes to show our theme and our cake topper are a bride and groom spy combo.

we are also going to have a slideshow with our pictures from kids until current so that’s a nice personal touch. 

One of our groomsmen is also the MC!  That really meant a lot to us.  I have also requested at the church that for the unity candle, we want to have ourparents light it together rather than finding a couple of friends to do it that way it’s more special.

I’m sure there are other little things as well but I cannot remember all of them right now hahaha.

Post # 11
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Almost everything is DIY.. the bar.. the candy buffet, the cigar bar.. the fire pit.. the photo booth – we are thinking of adding lawn games as well, but aren’t sure just yet.

All of the decor for both the ceremony & reception will be make or set up by us.

I’m making our save the dates & invitations, as well as programs and other other type of signage.

I’ve already made a few chalkboard signs, still have a few more to go.

Not sure what I’m doing for it yet.. but our seating chart will be DIY.



Post # 12
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lolot:  Thanks girl! Our tastes are so similar!! My dress is all lace and I’ll be wearing a baby’s breath (& succulent) wreath too!

Post # 13
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We’re using antique wooden skis as our guestbook (we’re getting married at a ski hill and we met skiing.)  We’re using my Grandma’s gingerbread recipe to make bride and groom gingerbread cookies to sit at every place setting.  So far, that’s it.  

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I made ALL of the floral arrangements, and our tables were themed by places important to us, with pictures of us in those places as decorations! And then our massive, 3′ tall floral centerpieces in the middle.

Our favors were also Chinese take-out boxes (we are Asian food whores) filled with candy and a custom fortune cookie thanking everyone for attending!

Post # 15
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Bridebee13:  No problem!  When I was planning, I always liked seeing more personalized / DIY-style wedding photos too.  The polaroid frame was an idea from good ol Pinterest.

And thanks! 🙂

Post # 16
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Not married yet, but here are some of the things we’re planning:

– both our last names have the word “gold” in them, so little gold touches in the decorations and our favorite fruit, golden raspberries, in the signature cocktail

– instead of a unity candle, some sort of cool chemical reaction (science nerds; FI is a physicist)

– naming the tables after our favorite podcasts/NPR shows/TV shows

– I’m from the NYC area and he’s from upstate NY, so for favors I’d like to let guests choose between black & white cookies and half moon cookies

– providing guests who are in our room blocks with NYC bagels and the NY Times the morning after the wedding

– outdoor ceremony surrounded by gardens

– the venue we chose has tons of Greco-Roman style statues and the buildings have Latin phrases on them; I majored in Ancient Studies in college and FI is generally a history dork and took Latin for years

– on the tables will be mad libs to fill out about the couple; throughout the night we’ll have the DJ read the funniest ones

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