Planning your wedding is an undeniably heart-warming experience, but it can also be somewhat stressful, with so many things to organise and seemingly countless decisions to make. With so much to consider, it may be tempting to go down the tried-and-tested route and allow tradition to dictate all of your choices.
However, it’s important to remember that this is your special day, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration – at least, in theory. As such, it should reflect your unique personalities and your passions as a couple, in order to make the day as meaningful as possible.
If you’re eager to discover some simple but magical ways to inject your personalities into your big day, then you should read on for some helpful suggestions that may just give you inspiration.
Customise Your Wedding Rings
One of the easiest and most poignant ways to infuse your special celebration with personality is to make your wedding rings personalised. Arranging to have special messages engraved on the rings will give your wedding bands extra sentimental value – and, if you have it done in secret, will make a wonderful surprise for your new bride or groom on the big day.
Of course, inscriptions aren’t the only way to customise your wedding rings. You can opt for non-traditional metals or designs too; for example, if one or both of you is a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, why not opt for the One Ring itself, to cement your union and make it extra magical?
Select A Special Location
It can be easy to feel pressured to get married in a church, or in the grounds of some stately home. However, if the more traditional wedding settings aren’t your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to choose somewhere more unique and personal to you and your partner.
Whether it’s the pub or restaurant where you first met, the beach where you got engaged, or any other meaningful location, holding your wedding in a particularly special spot will make the day all the more profound.
Ditch The Old Traditions And Choose Your Own
If you don’t want to be constrained by wedding traditions, there’s no reason why you and your partner can’t introduce your own unique rituals for your big day.
For instance, if you’re not keen on the idea of being ‘given away’ by a parent, you and your loved one can walk down the aisle side by side instead. And, if you’re not a fan of the traditional wedding attire, don’t hesitate to come up with alternatives.
Who says the bride needs to wear a big white dress? Who says the groom has to wear a crisp dark tuxedo? Coming up with your own twist on those often dull and old-fashioned traditions is a great way to showcase your personality on your special day and make it even more memorable.
Serve Signature Drinks That Represent You And Your New Spouse
We all know that champagne is the traditional wedding beverage, and you probably won’t want to skimp on the bubbly at your own reception. However, you can also make your wedding drinks menu more personalised by asking the barman to create some customised cocktails that reflect the tastes of you and your partner. Not only can you request particular ingredients and flavours that you both love, but you can give your wedding cocktails meaningful names that help to recount the story of your romance.
Hire The Entertainment You Will Relish The Most
Hiring a band or a DJ is traditional at weddings, and you may want to keep this tradition going at your own. But live music doesn’t have to be your only form of entertainment. If you have a passion for something a little more unusual and exciting, don’t hesitate to include it at your reception. The truth is, when it comes to the entertainment you choose to arrange, the only limits are your imagination – and your wedding budget.
For instance, what’s to stop you if you fancy a fire-breather, a belly dancer, or even a falconer at your wedding? Or, if you have a penchant for magic tricks, how about a magician? Celebrated wedding magician from Hertfordshire, Adam Vee, can provide an unforgettable performance during your drinks reception. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, he will treat you and your guests to two hours of walk-around magic, including thought-provoking psychological tricks that will boggle your minds and prompt plenty of gasps of amazement and delight.
Compile A Menu That Celebrates Your Personalities And Preferences
A delicious way to inject your own personality into your wedding day is to choose a customised menu. This doesn’t just mean including your favourite dishes; the delicacies you select can also represent your romance, and perhaps even your different cultures. For example, you could opt to include the meal you ate on your first date, or on the night you got engaged, and you can select a blend of exotic specialties that hail from your countries of origin.
For something a little different, you could hire street vans serving up your best comfort foods or prepare grazing tables laden with dishes from your favourite books or films.
If You’re Not Keen On Cake, Choose A Delicious Alternative
We’re all familiar with the traditional wedding cake – a looming confection, usually iced in white and elaborately constructed, with little human figures placed on the top to represent the two people getting married. If you would rather not include a wedding cake in your wedding banquet, why not think outside the (cake) box and opt for a dessert that you prefer?
There are so many mouth-watering options to choose from, from towers of profiteroles or macaroons, to savoury cakes made out of cheeses (yes, really), or perhaps even a delicious selection of cupcakes or brownies decorated with your favourite toppings.
Weddings may have followed the same formula for decades, but that doesn’t mean that you and your partner should feel shy about bucking the trend and making your ceremony as personal as possible.
After all, it’s your big day, designed to bind you and your special someone together in love and companionship – if that’s not a good enough reason to do things your own way, then what is?