Making Your Wedding Day Unique
Personal touches let your personalities shine throughBy FamilyFeatures.com
A wedding day is filled with symbolic tradition, from varied religious customs to the never-ending circle reflected in the exchanged rings. Even with all the traditional rituals to consider, nearly every bride and groom can find ways to give their special day some unique touches that reflect their personality and love.
From the prelude to the wedding to the dance music at the reception, music sets the mood. Whether you forgo traditional tunes or simply look for arrangements that give an updated twist to classics, let guests know this isn’t your average wedding. To think outside the box, list some of your favorite recording artists, then choose their songs. For example, if you like Tim McGraw, consider his track “It’s Your Love.” Duets can be touching, such as the song “If I Ain’t Got You” with Alicia Keys and Usher. Don’t be afraid to be humorous — Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” or Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” are fun choices.
The wedding party is intended to be a collection of those nearest and dearest to the bride and groom. That being said, there’s no reason this group must be limited to women on her side and guys on his. You don’t even have to limit the group to just humans — a beloved pooch can make an adorable ring-bearer.
For photography, think beyond the images you’ll capture throughout the wedding and reception. Integrate photos of the two of you at various stages of life, together as a couple and with loved ones (perhaps even some you’re honoring in memoriam). You can display these at a table with the guest book, as part of the table centerpieces, or on the gift table. Or take things digital and load your images into a slideshow set to music.
Make favors meaningful. Forgo more common items like bubbles and chocolate, and instead send a little of yourself home with your guests. Perhaps you could give sets of colored pencils if you both are artistic. Or, choose a memento to represent the way you met, such as a bottle opener shaped like a bicycle to represent your fateful meeting on the greenway. If you both like to cook, consider giving food favors. For some quick ideas, visit eLiving Today.
Serve up a menu that shows guests more about your life together. Your loved ones can order basic beef or chicken anywhere. Make your main course the same food you enjoyed on your first date (gourmet pizza, anyone?) or during another monumental moment in your courtship.
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