One of the best things about weddings is the way the couple lets their personalities shine through the decorations, vows, music, even the food choices—everything. It gives guests a chance to see who they are as individuals as well as who they are as a couple. Every couple wants to make their wedding perfectly personalized to them, but sometimes it can be difficult to sort through all the current and past and upcoming wedding trends to find the right fit. When planning a wedding, it’s easy to fall in love with someone else’s decorations or buffet or first song or signage. Hopefully, this blog will help you take a step back from what everyone else is doing and think about what you really want and what will make your wedding day as unique as it can be.
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with following a trend (especially a wedding trend, because there are so many incredible and ingenious ideas out there!), a wedding that changes things up is a wedding that will be remembered for a lifetime. And who knows: maybe you’ll spark some trends yourself. The best news is this can be a lot easier, though maybe not as awesome, than having an alpaca as your witness or leaving for your honeymoon in a boat.
One way to make your wedding unique is, of course, to personalize certain components. We’ve seen couples’ names written on everything from the placemats to the wall banners to the favors. Personalization can go beyond just your names, though. Decide what you want to share with your guests about your wedding and your relationship. Show your quirky or nerdy side. Show your silly and sweet side. Show your mischevious side. Have a good time with it! Your wedding is anything and everything you make it to be.
Gift bags are a common way to add some personalization to your wedding – and for good reason! There are tons of cute sayings, artwork, and designs to put on bags. Personalized bags can be used for everything from a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” gift to hotel welcome bags to favors at the reception.
There are different types of bags to choose from, too. Paper, frosted plastic, even canvas tote bags can be personalized for your wedding. Then you get to decide between artwork and words, a sweet or funny phrase and your names and wedding date, or all of the above! Different sayings work best for different situations and different layouts work best on different types of bags. You can find more ideas for personalizing gift bags here. To take things up a notch, if you have time, hand-decorate your gift bags. You can easily get your names and wedding date or a sweet phrase printed on the bag and then sketch a design to match your decorations on the bags yourself. Show off our artsy side and wow your guests with your talents.
Typically, you will see the same signs at weddings, telling you: where to sit, where the bathrooms are, where the reception is, what the food is, and so on. Sometimes, these signs have a fun, poem-like saying (you know the type – “please pick a seat, not a side; we’re all family once the knot is tied”), or they’ll share the couple’s “love story,” or display the wedding’s hashtag, but they often are lacking in the creativity and uniqueness factors. Personalized signs can go beyond names and dates and worn out quotes; spruce up your wedding by sharing more information in a new way. Your “Reception this way” sign? Change it to a picture of the bride and groom holding an arrow pointing in that direction. If you’re offering his-and-hers signature cocktails, include the ingredients and an explanation of why you chose these particular drinks. Post a sign near the dance floor with the lyrics to your song and a note about why it’s your song.
Maybe you have an inside joke or favorite memory you can use. For instance, that night when, maybe after a few too many drinks, the groom stuck two Twizzlers in his teeth and pretended to be a walrus – they’re his favorite candy, so you’re serving them at the reception, so why not include that story as a reason for serving the candy? Bonus points if you have a picture of it. Extra bonus points if he recreates that moment at the reception.
If you want to improve a sign you found at someone else’s wedding, but can’t decide how, you can’t go wrong by adding pictures of the bride and groom acting out whatever it is the sign says.
3Cups and Napkins
Forgetting the cups and sticking with bottles and cans? Or maybe you’re having an after-party bonfire and need to make sure your drinks stay cold? Personalize some koozies! Again, these can double as a favor – and they’re both fun and practical, so it’s a win-win for your guests. Koozies are a classic gift that never gets old. How do you bring new life to them? You could go the same route as your gift bags, and draw on them yourself, or you can make them into a game. Put a piece of paper inside for a version of Truth or Dare. Each paper should have a question or a dare for the bride and/or groom. You’re making the rules, so don’t write anything you’d be uncomfortable doing. Questions like “When and where was your first kiss” and “what color are you going to paint the bedroom in your house” and dares such as “Dance with as many people as you can during the next song” or “feed each other a bite of cake while blindfolded” are awesome because they are fun, simple, and sure to be enjoyed by everyone without being too embarrassing.
6Place Card Holders / Escort Cards
You can also apply the Truth or Dare game here: using any type of place card holder you wish, add a piece of paper with a question or dare on it.
For an escort card that doesn’t use names, you can use photos! Find a picture of each guest with the bride and/or groom and write the table number on the back. You’ll bring back memories for everyone to share during the reception and it’ll be a nice little memento for your guests to take home.
To literally think outside the booth, why not use an old van instead?