Post # 1
Does anyone have bright ideas for ways to give a fairly traditional wedding a fun and personal flavour without just following the cool group of lemmings off a trend cliff? I don’t really want to do the usuals like self-written vows (FI and I really love the original version) or DIY everything, but I do really want my guests to feel that they’re attending OUR wedding and that we really love them and want them there. What’s the nicest personal touch (or personal touches) you’ve ever been the recipient of at a wedding? What makes you feel really included and loved by the couple?
Post # 3
One of the sweetest things that I’ve seen and can’t wait to do is the table with all of the old family wedding pictures on it in silver frames. Relatives are always exclaiming over them and reminiscing about MeeMaw and PawPaw… 🙂
Post # 4
One personal touch that I heard of from my mom and saw pictures of was from a wedding she was the flower girl in when she was growing up. The bride had the dress she was wearing when the groom proposed to her taken apart and made into the flower girl dress. It was an adorable dress and I love the sentimentality of it.
Post # 5
This isn’t so much a personal touch, but it is different and I saw it on the show “Four Weddings”.. The one bride had all married couples dancing to a slow song and the DJ would say, “anyone married less than 5 years please exit the dance floor”, then they would continue dancing.. “anyone married less than 10 years please exit the dance floor”, then continued dancing until there was one couple left.
I think the couple that was left was married 50+ years and the bride ended up giving her bouquet to them. I thought that was a very sweet way of seeing how happy the older married couple was to be noticed in that way.
Post # 6
The sweetest thing I saw at a wedding was when the Groom and MOG danced to a recording of MOG singing the lullaby she sang to him when he was a child. So sweet.
Post # 7
Some of my favorite personal touches include:
1) A bride and groom that were really into sustainable agriculture gave away seed packets as their favors.
2) In a dahlia themed wedding a bride and groom gave out dahlia magnets the bride had made.
3) Country music at the reception b/c it was special to the bride and groom despite most people in the geographical region not being into it.
4) Table numbers that each had a name of a place that was special to the bride and the groom and an explanation as to its significance.
5) Place cards were handwritten vintage postcards thanking each individual guest for coming to the wedding. And this wasn’t substituted for thank-you cards too!
Post # 8
Great ideas ladies….what my sister doing for her marriage is that instead of a traditional guest book, she is using a framed canvas for the guests to sign…and then she will hang that canvas in her home as a memory of her wedding…..she is having a friend or family member on the entrance with the instant camera…who will click the photos of each guest and have them sign that…then she will paste all the photos also on the canvas…..
Post # 9
@MJesan:i’m doing the canvas thing, putting a pic it the middle but will change it for a wedding one afterwards.
i hand made chocolate lollipops with the guests names on them for my best friends wedding (also made her a 5-tier wedding cake) they went down a treat,
i am also having wooden words as centre-pieces mainly the word love and decorating them with roses and sprinkling petals around them (they look pretty, well the one i have used as a tester does lol) and i am having the words mr & mrs Jones in wooden letters across the top table.
Post # 10
@LetThereBeLite: I agree!! The first time I saw this, I cried like a baby..and I think of it everytime I sing “You Are My Sunshine” to my lil one 🙂
Post # 11
These are awesome! Great thread!
Post # 12
Table cards with pictures of the bride and groom and different fun facts about the relationship, how they met, what’s their favorite thing, their most awkward moment… You saw a lot of people walking to other tables to read the different fun facts.
Post # 13
I think that the wedding will be about you too no matter what- even if it all traditional, because the day will be about you.
Your cake and flowers and decorations will be different than any one elses-so already it is you.
Post # 14
I found photos of all of our guests (very easy with facebook these days), and used picnik.com to turn them into vintage polaroids. I used these are placecards, and wrote personal nots on the back thanking each guest for coming. We also uploaded the jpegs into a book through blurb.com, and used that as our guest book….two more weeks to go, and hopefully they will go over well!
Post # 15
@littlecat: That is so cool!
Post # 16
When a friend of mind got married, everyone knew that her and her new husband were fans of opposing sports teams. So when they were announced as husband and wife into the reception, they gave everyone a laugh by wearing their team’s jerseys over their wedding outfits. It was cute!