Post # 1
What little personal touches are you doing that really represent you and your fiancé and/or your families?
I’m hoping to have everyone bring photos of the family marriages on both sides, and then tell stories after the rehearsal. That way we focus more on those that came before, to learn from them, and also to get to know our new families more. I like this better than people having to talk about me and FI. We are then going to display the pictures in the church foyer for guests to see.
What about you?
Post # 3
I love the ideas of bringing family wedding photos. That sounds amazing.
My FI is a carpenter so he is building our arbor and the table we will eat dinner at. It will become our dining room table after the reception so he wants the first time we at at it to be the first time we are truly a family. He is so mushy.
We are also going to incorporate something with our parents in the ceremony because they are both so happily married and we want to do something to honor them and their successful marriages. We want to say something about them being role models for us etc.
I really like the photo idea – I may have to see if we can incorporate grandparent wedding photos maybe as a memory/memorial piece.
Post # 4
I really want to get photos of our parents on their wedding days, then have a photo of us on our wedding day right between it. (Have one of our friends get a photo printed for us from early in the day) at the reception. Then we’re also having a table with those close to us who have passed, and having a photo of each of them with a nice poem by it.
We’re also putting together a fun OOT guest bag to get to know us and our party better. Another part of the day I’m most looking forward to is dancing with my dad. I’m an only child, so that is going to be one of the most special points to me.
We also are having either my uncle or my dad put together a slideshow throughout the years of us, and include photos of friends, family, and us.
Post # 5
@afuturemrsl: I LOVE the table!!! If only my FI could build! That’s really awesome. I’m trying to do things for the wedding that we can keep in our house. For example, I bought these cool retro candlestick holders for our unity candles that we can keep as a reminders when we use them.
Post # 7
Instead of favors, we are making a donation to the local Humane Society in honor of our guests. We adopted out two cats from there, and it is very close to our hearts. Also, our 2 wedding colors are a combination of our favorite colors: royal blue (his) and emerald green (mine).
Post # 8
I love your idea of bringing in past wedding pictures!
Our most obvious personal stamp was probably our choice in music. He’s Mexican and listens to a style of music called zapateado, which sounds like a mess of craziness to anyone used to American styles of music LOL. And I’m all for trance and club-dance music (the kind of boom-boom-boom stuff you jump up and down to). So between the two of us, we had a very interesting mix of dancing music that night! Plus the mariachi band during dinner was something most of my family hadn’t experienced before, although I’m sure it was nothing new to his family.
Post # 9
We are planning on having a “growing up” wall at our reception that will have pictures of my family, his family, myself and my FI growing up through the years. We are also having my grandpa marry us (he’s an ordained minister) and we are throwing in heriage customs. I will be wearing a mantilla veil (my FI is Spanish) and we will be doing the handfasting custom while we say our vows (I’m Irish).
Post # 10
We’re tying a knot during our ceremony instead of a candle/sand because we’re outdoorsy and FI climbs, plus it’s similar to handfasting and we’re both Irish.
We’re doing a quiz/activity booklet for our guests to enjoy while waiting for the reception to start. I love this idea because FI and I are both teachers, and it’s a very “teachery” thing to include. We’re also using a collection books from both sides in our centerpieces because of being teachers.
Post # 11
@Ginger87: We’re doing something similar to you… for our cocktail hour tables, we’re putting on them pictures of our parents/grandparents wedding day photos. FI and I no longer have any grandparents so it will be a nice way to tie in the “whole” family.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre
We’re involving lots of books as decorations, because we’re both bookworms. We’re also going to have 2 digital picture frames with photos of us growing up. The plan is for one to be pics of me, one pics of him, and we’re going to set it up so they cycle through at the same rate, so there will be pics of us both at 1 year old, then 2, etc.
I’ve thought about the family wedding photos, but FH’s parents divorced and remarried other people… which pictures do we put out?
Post # 13
We are doing a scrapbook guestbook with a sign that will say: please give your best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs.
We also have our children (from previous relationships) greatly involved. The invites and rsvps included them, they will be in the wedding and I am carrying flowers with five black feathers for the five of us. Our wedding topper that I made has five purple stones. We will also have a cake pull for those that are special to us but not in the wedding.
My mom and I LOVE Christmas (her brothers and sisters nicknamed her Ms. Christmas). Some of our favors are purple damask Christmas ornaments.
Let’s see…that may be it now :o). Our hands have touched soo many of the items because of all the diy projects so I am sure that there could be more…