Adding Personalisation Throughout your Wedding Day

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Your wedding day is one of the biggest moments of your life. What better way to make it even more memorable than by infusing the day with personal touches reflecting your individuality and love story? In this Journal entry, we’ll explore the art of adding personalisation throughout your wedding day, turning it into an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests.

Stationery

Set the scene with your invitation suite – this will be the first glimpse of your wedding styling that guests will see and will help set the tone of what to expect on the day itself.

Your stationery designer can add personal touches through venue illustrations or perhaps a custom monogram. Both of which can then be used throughout the wedding in your other stationery pieces, ensuring a cohesive look and feel throughout.

Ceremony

The ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day, everyone has gathered to see you say your vows to each other and there are countless ways to personalise the moment.

You can write your own vows or share promises with each other – always check with your officiant in advance as there are some restrictions during certain ceremonies.

Include readings or songs that have special meaning to you both and ask members of your wedding party to read them.

Celebrant led weddings are becoming more popular, these are a bespoke ceremony personalised to you both with no rules or restrictions on what can and can’t be included. Although not legally binding (yet!) in the UK, they offer a wider choice of personalisation so if you’re happy to do the ‘official bit’ at the registry office on a different day, it’s really worth exploring.

Decor

The decor at your wedding can be a canvas for personal expression. From the place settings to the table details, lots of items can be customised.

Consider creating table numbers that represent important dates in your relationship, or naming them after significant places to you both. One of my couples even included pictures of them as children, ie ‘when we were one’ for table one and so on, which went down a treat with guests.

You could incorporate monogramed napkins or personalised bows at each place setting, when layered with beautiful pieces of custom stationery it takes your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary.  

Entertainment

Perhaps a paddle game of ‘who knows who best’ or a running a sweepstake on how long the speeches will take, there are lots of options to add in little fun elements whilst getting your guests involved.

Photos

Displaying photos of your relationship is a lovely way to personalise your wedding. You can use photos from your first date, trips you’ve taken together, and other significant moments leading up to the big day. This not only adds a personal touch but also helps your guests to feel more connected to your love story. You don’t need to go mad and display photos on every surface – a few dotted around in key areas is perfect, by your guest book and welcome area for example.

lost loved ones

There might be important people sadly missing from your celebrations, it’s a lovely touch to honour them with a framed photograph and a lit candle so you still feel they’re a part of the day. You can also raise a glass in their memory during your speeches.

attire

Your wedding attire is another opportunity for personalisation. Whether it’s your initials and wedding date embroidered on your veil, incorporating a piece of your mother’s wedding gown into your own, or even wearing accessories that previous brides and grooms in your family have, your clothing choices can tell a story and hold sentimental value.

cake

Consider having a mix of your favourite flavours across the tiers of your cake, you could add extra personalisation here by having a framed sign in your stationery suite next to the cake that states whose favourite is which.

pets

Pets are part of the family, if you’ve got a four-legged friend and your venue allows them to join in the celebrations, have a bow tie in your wedding colours or even a flower collar made for them. Warning – it might mean they steal the show.

I’ve also seen couples incorporate pets into their wedding day in their favours, little bags of kibble for fellow pet owners to take away. I even had a couple name their cocktail after their furry friend, which brings me on to my next point…

signature cocktails

Create signature cocktails for your reception that reflect your favourite drinks or something significant to your relationship.

Whether it’s a twist on a classic cocktail with a special ingredient or a completely custom creation, these personalised wedding cocktails serve as conversation starters whilst also adding a personalised touch.

Consider naming them after a place that means something to you, or, if you’re taking on the same surname now you’re married, it could simply be ‘The…(insert new name)’.

As with the cake flavours, you could opt for a ‘his’/’hers’ favourite of classic cocktails.

Displaying your choices on a custom-made bar menu is another opportunity to add in some personalisation.  

guest book

I’d always encourage you to have a guest book in some capacity as it really is lovely to look back on well wishes from your nearest and dearest.

This doesn’t need to be a classic write-in book, there are lots of different ways where you can bring in some personalisation – having your guests leave notes on your welcome sign for example.

Audio guest books are surging in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Record a personalised message for your loved ones to leave you a message after the beep, and voila, memories to last a lifetime.

personalised music playlist

Create a playlist of songs that have significance in your relationship to play during your drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening dancing. Include tracks that you both love and that hold special memory, keeping in mind the mood of the day during each core section.

If you’ve got live singers, ask for some personal choices, you could also have your ceremony entrance music performed live for a personal touch.

Musicians such as harpists can often play modern songs, so let your inner Bridgerton fan go wild and have your guests trying to guess the song.  

conclusion

From the stationery to the décor, music and beyond, personalisation is the key to creating a wedding day that is uniquely yours.

With love,

Hannah x

Thanks to the following suppliers and photographers:

Melissa Megan Photography – http://www.melissameganphotography.co.uk

Jamie Edward Photography – http://www.jamieedward.co

Charlotte Florence Photography – http://www.charlotteflorencephotography.co.uk

Adam Drake Photography – http://www.adamdrakephotography.co.uk

Robin Goodlad Photography – http://www.robingoodlad.com

Ayesha Photography – http://www.ayeshaphotography.com

Lara Jacques Photography – http://www.larajacquesphotography.co.uk

Georgia Eleanor – https://georgiaeleanor.com/

Sophie May Photo – http://www.sophiemayphoto.co.uk

Holly Clark Photography – http://www.hollyclarkphotography.co.uk