We've put together some great tips on how you can make your wedding unique to you!
1. Create a Wedding Scrap Book – The first thing you should do when you get engaged is start a scrap book, where you can stick in any pictures you like from magazines or the internet, whether its pictures or contacts, dresses or favours, even stick in pieces of material or sketches; anything that you think is pretty. It will help you come up with a theme, remember things, show friends and family and it’s a great reminder in years to come of your wedding plans.
2. Get Inspired! – Don’t choose the first thing you find, plan, compare and research, using wedding blogs is so useful to get inspired and find good deals. I loved www.rocknrollbride.com there are some really great links and gorgeous pictures to inspire any unique or alternative wedding.
3. Choose a Personal Theme – Your theme should be personal to the both of you and should say something about you as a couple. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it done before, any theme you have look it up on www.etsy.com. To find some unique handmade additions that will carry your theme through and inspire or encourage ideas you already have.
4. Ask the groom! — Indeed every man isn’t always the best when it comes to unique style, however this wedding needs to be about the both of you, asking “do you prefer freesias or hydrangeas?” will mean nothing to him, so show him pictures and really get his opinions wherever you can and make sure his ideas are not only valued but part of the wedding. My husband was asked on the day “How much of this was your idea?” and the answer was “We did everything together.”
5. Use your skills – If you are good at photography, show photos you’ve taken of the both of you in some way, if you can flower arrange, do so, if you can paint, design, or make anything, contribute at least one thing that you have made or done yourself to the day as it will make you feel so good and re-affirm you feelings of a job well done.
6. The invitation is key – Before the Wedding, let all your guests know your theme by having unique invitations that show it. Invitations are so expensive so yourself or a friend could hand make them, or what I found even cheaper was using www.zazzle.co.uk and typing in your theme and editing the text and designing it yourself. They can be printed on a range of papers and you can keep on buying different quantities and samples so that you know what you’re getting.
7. Know your songs – During the ceremony, if you are going to have a church wedding with hymns or songs, make sure you know them and that they aren’t just the ones every knows like Amazing Grace or All Things Bright and Beautiful, don’t be afraid to ask the person who’s taking the ceremony what they recommend or what’s popular, and if you don’t know them look them up on YouTube, you’ll end up choosing hymns and songs that are more meaningful and that create a better atmosphere.
8. Challenge your guests – At the Reception, I would definitely recommended encouraging the guests to join together in a challenge on each table, even if it’s a small quiz, of something similar to our Lego challenge, it adds excitement and stops boredom, and your guests won’t forget it!
9. Be Comfortable! – Wear shoes that you can move in, or at least have spares so that you can change, make sure your dress can be stood up in and sat down in, and that you can deal with it –mostly– by yourself.
10. Be silly! – Don’t be afraid to add a childish element to the wedding, this not only shows people that you can play and have fun together but invites the guests into fun and laughter too. A wedding shouldn’t all be serious, this is your chance to show the world how much you love each other, allowing people to have a glimpse into your relationship involving your guests and making your day a day to remember.