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15 easy ways to personalize your wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your personal life. So, why not make it entirely your own?

This is possible when you carefully plan out the details that can make it unique. With so many factors going into every wedding, there are no dearth of options to add a signature touch and style to your special day. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be handmade or homemade. All it takes is some creativity, and you are on the way to having a bespoke wedding; one that will be remembered for its personal style.

Here are some interesting ideas to inspire you. Check them out to choose ones that appeal most to you. Don’t forget to tell us which of these you have decided to embrace in the comments section below.

Start with your save-the-date

save-the-dateGet creative when drafting your save-the-date cards. Play with interesting quotes, jokes and notes to make it different. You can also make it truly yours by adding your picture to it. This is a great way to make use of your engagement photos in a photo card, and give your guests a sneak peek at what is in store at the wedding. (More about how you can nail your engagement shoot in this article on the Knot.)

Or, if you and your fiance share a hobby or passion, let it reflect in your  cards. This could even be the theme of your wedding. Or skip save-the-date cards altogether and go with a save-the-card magnet instead. It would serve the purpose, but have a unique twist to it.

Add your personal touch to the invitation card

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All your guests expect to receive a standard invitation card. This card would contain all the relevant details about the wedding in it. Surprise them with a fun invitation with a feature they least expect to see. Let this be a reflection of your personal style and unique in every way.

From engraved real wood invitations to fairy tale story wedding invitations and cards with hand-drawn illustrations, there are many unique ideas on this article at the Brides website. Take a look and make your pick. 

Add unexpected elements to your bouquet

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The bridal bouquet is a wonderful accessory to add your special touch. We have watched brides wrap lace hankies around the stems, pin brooches and decorate with family heirlooms for an extra-personal touch.

You can also personalize it by adding a photo locket to it.  Or choose flowers that are not commonly used in wedding bouquets. Don’t go with the traditional choices. Instead spice it up a little with an unusual twist on your bouquet, and let it be a symbol that stands out.There are plenty of non-traditional bouquet ideas on this article at the Martha Stewart website.

Design your own wedding dress

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The wedding dress is the focal point of the bridal look, and one that never goes unnoticed. It is also the one wedding detail that will help you make a statement. Although it is tempting to try the numerous designer dresses out there, remember that there will be at least one bride who has worn the same design.

However, this isn’t the case when you custom-create your own bridal gown. Identify a talented bridal dress maker who understands your personal style and preferences. Use her services to custom-create a dress that is perfect in every way. You could even take an heirloom wedding dress and re-purpose it into a modern wedding dress with features you fancy. It won’t be too expensive when you do your research well and find the right person for the job. If you think you have the skills to make the dress from scratch by yourself, this article on A practical wedding blog is pretty helpful. 

Engrave your favorite quote on your wedding rings

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Pick a short quote you love or one that you can relate to as a couple. Split it in two. Have the first half engraved on your ring, and the rest of it on your fiance’s. This is a symbolic extension of how both of you complete each other, and I think it is very romantic.

It could even be something special that the two of you only know about. A simple engraving such as this will definitely add to the sentimental value of your wedding rings and make this prized possession even more special.

Make your own monogram

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How about customizing everything in the wedding with your own personalized monogram? It is easy to make an interesting monogram with both your names using free online monogram designers like this one.

Design it in the colors of your wedding theme and personalize it with a design of your choice. Then use it on your invitations, wedding favors, website, thank you cards and even in the posters and rest of the wedding décor. Thus, a monogram allows you to mark everything wedding-related with your personal stamp and make it more memorable.

Or have a custom couple portrait rubber stamp made

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An interesting alternative to the monogram is a rubber stamp with your custom couple portrait on it. You can get this done for a small fee on Etsy, and choose from various options according to your preference.

The fun part is that you can use this wedding stamp beyond the wedding day. You can use it for various celebrations afterwards, and even for personal correspondence. So, it is a fun keepsake that you should definitely consider.

Make your welcome gift meaningful

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Even if the hotel where you host your guests has a welcome gift in the package, make an effort to make it extra-special by adding your personal touches. Remember that the greeting gift makes a lasting impression, and you want to nail it.

The guests who have taken the trouble to fly in from far to be part of your special day deserve it too. A pretty box will make an amazing presentation, and use custom labels and tags to decorate it. (This is where you monogram would be really useful, don’t you think?)

Personalize your wedding program

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The wedding program is an essential part of the wedding ceremony, as it lists the details of the events in your wedding day. Sadly, the program serves little to no purpose and is simply discarded at the end of the day by most guests. With a little creativity, you can transform it into a memento that your guests will feel like holding on to.

An easy way to do this is to add a functional aspect to the program. This idea on the Real Simple Blog suggests printing the wedding program on a fan. I think this is brilliant, especially at a warm summer wedding. It is likely the guests will find it so useful that they decide to actually take it home with them to use again. For more interesting ideas, check out this article. 

Add a photo board to your wedding décor

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A photo board is entertaining and interesting, especially if your guests have to wait a while between the different events on your wedding day. Use pictures to tell your guests the story of your courtship and your interesting journey as a couple.

Add both casual and professional pictures to this photo board and place it at a strategic location. You can also create smaller photo boards and distribute it throughout the venue. Let your creativity flow as you design these.

Have unique bouquets for each of your bridesmaids

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While we are all for a cohesive look to tie your wedding details together, this doesn’t mean everything should perfectly match. Take inspiration from the bridal bouquet when planning the bridesmaids bouquets. However, make it different for each bridesmaid.

Customize each bridesmaid bouquet to represent the woman who holds it. While all the bouquets should have a cohesive factor, let subtle differences set each bouquet apart from the other. This way, your bridesmaids will feel extra-special, and your guests are also bound to notice the uniqueness. Use ideas like bouquets of the same color, but different flowers. Or, bouquets with the same flower throughout, but in different shades.

The centerpieces deserve attention

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The details that matter the most are those that people are bound to see from close. This is why your wedding centerpieces are important. Instead of spreading it out horizontally, I suggest you do a vertical centerpiece. This will add more impact and grandeur to the entire setting. Just make sure that it doesn’t obstruct the views of those seated opposite to each other on the same table.

Use an eclectic collection of items and vary the designs across the hall to make it more interesting. Inexpensive décor items like tea lights and candles can instantly add a unique feel to the entire setting. So, consider these options as alternatives to standard floral centerpieces.

Serve signature cocktails

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An open bar is fun, but signature cocktails are better. It is easy to add a personal touch to your wedding this way. Use your creativity to come up with interesting names for each of the cocktails you serve, and display the name in a creative way. Also add special garnishes to make them prettier.

Use the serving glasses to double up as party favors, and have your monogram added to them for this purpose. Not only will your guests enjoy the gesture, they will also remember your celebration every time they happen to see the glass you gifted them. For bottled drinks don’t forget to add custom labels to make them just right for the occasion.

Let your deserts do the talking

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Your wedding cake is a statement piece at your wedding. So, make the most of it and it will be remembered by your guests for long. You do not need a towering one to make an impact. For it is the unique details that have better effect.

Unexpected embellishments and life-like toppers are ideal. Or, you can entirely forego the cake and choose to have a desert bar instead. Serve up a variety of decadent deserts that will tease every taste bud and will be appreciated by one and all.

Always pick edible favors

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The likelihood of your wedding favors being unused is small, when you gift your guests edible favors at the end of the day. After all, who can say no to a snack.

Use custom wrappers or boxes to add a touch of finesse to your gift, and pick from popular favorites like cookies and pop corn as the content. These mini-delicacies are just right for munching on after the drive home, and do not spoil easily. It will give your guest a chance to recollect the events of the day, as they leisurely chomp it down once they are back home.

Have you thought of any other idea that will help you personalize your wedding and make it extra-special and memorable? If so, we would love to hear from you.

For more wedding related tips and advice, keep visiting us at our Best for Bride blog page. Best for Bride is the one-stop wedding destination for all things wedding-related. With an impressive collection of bridal dresses and dresses for the bridal party, we have one of the most important aspects of your wedding planning covered. Also find evening dresses, dresses for special occasions, accessories and a range of wedding services on our website.

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16 Nature-inspired ideas for your wedding

I have the perfect word to describe a nature-inspired outdoor wedding—Romantic!

The epitome of romance, an outdoor wedding that draws inspiration from Mother Nature herself is beautiful, classic and refreshing in every way. Is there a better way to start your lifetime of happiness, than in a splendid organic surrounding, with nature’s own bounty standing witness to your union and forming a mesmerizing backdrop of unparalleled beauty?

The brilliance of a nature-inspired wedding is that it can be executed in many ways. There are several details that can easily contribute to a nature-inspired wedding and make it truly special. Let us take a look at some of our favorites and be inspired. So, come along.

Enchanted Garden Invitation card

End your search for the right invitation card for your enchanting garden wedding with this beautiful Invitation card from Best for Bride. Die-cut beige trees wrap around the ecru card that contains the invitation lettering printed with raised ink. Mysterious and whimsical, this beautiful card will create a favorable first impression and give your guests their first sneak-peek into what your wedding will be all about. Find out more about how you can order this online exclusive card by visiting this page.

Personalized nature-inspired wedding sign

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Use pretty wedding signs personalized with your names to point the direction at your party venue. Natural motifs like flowers, leaves and woodland creatures add an authentic vibe to the design. The direction arrows mark the route to your wedding and reception spaces, and the signage can be placed at every junction or turn from the gate to the ceremony venue. This is available at this page on Best for Bride, if you wish to take a closer look or buy the same for your wedding.

Scenic backdrop with vibrant colors

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I just love how the flower arrangements add wonderful pops of color that enhance the natural charm of the natural background. It is a simple arrangement, yet one of high impact. Getting married beside a river of glistening blue, with a natural green carpet softly bracing your footsteps, there is little to be done to make this setting a spell-binding wedding venue. Also notice how the pretty flowers are contained in little brown pots, so they continue to be used even after the wedding? Eco-friendly and attractive—how brilliant is that?

Seating arrangements in green and white

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Notice how the seating is simple, but with signature style. Little blobs of green are hung to the chairs with matching white ribbons, and they simply enhance the natural feel of the green surroundings. Beside the rows of chairs, a scattering of white petals line the walk. Simple, but elegant, it is a cost-effective way to add interesting details to the setting where your guests will be seated during the wedding ceremony. The white chairs will create a clean and uncluttered look, while the pretty little green and white petal details are the perfect addition to complete the overall outdoorsy feel.

Burlap table runner

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Make the most of the natural charm of the outdoors by finding elements that blend in with it for your décor. This burlap table runner, which can be customized with the couple’s monogrammed initials make the perfect addition for the party table. The lace trimming along the edges add a special signature style that will be elegant in any setting. Adding a rustic chic feel to any setting, this choice will easily fit into your nature-inspired theme, both by color and texture. To find out more about this table runner of to look at similar designs that may suit your choices better, visit this link to our list of party favors.

Candle decorations

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Aren’t we all smitten by a pretty arrangement that has a candle or two included? For your wedding theme, a green candle would be simply befitting in any décor arrangement, either on the tables, at the entry or simply as standalone décor accessory. Take a look at this simple but beautiful arrangement of leafy green candles in a mossy base, with beautifully contrasting pink blooms and sea shells to complement it. Doesn’t it scream nature already? This would be a beautiful addition to your fall wedding, although it would work well for a spring or summer setting too.

Floral centerpieces

Water, wood and greenery—the three natural elements of nature itself come together in harmony to form this classic centerpiece. The soft white roses and orange astromeria combine with the richness of the green spider mum and white baby’s breath to create a fresh natural palette with a variety of textures. The clear water contained within the jar adds a soothing effect, and resembles a giant floating bubble that is perfect for a garden setting. It will look great on small round tables or as the centerpiece on long tables, and is best placed on a table runner made from natural looking fabric like burlap or cotton. To learn more about how you can customize this centerpiece or to have a better look at it, take a look at this link.

Floral wedding cake

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Rich white blooms and vines of lush green decorate this stark white cake. Is there a better way to include the beauty of nature at your wedding, than by using elements from nature itself? Although the fresh white roses and the green leaves may not be edible, they form an integral part of this cake, making it a beautifully natural design. You can also consider using edible flowers or candied flowers on your wedding cake, for an interesting variation. Find out more about how to do this on this video at Howcast.com.

Whimsical wedding cakes

 

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Many couples find the natural charm of a plain cake is definitely more attractive than that of a frosted one. So, if you belong to this category, fear not for we have the right option for you. Naked wedding cakes are a trending favorite now, where the cake has minimum frosting and its natural look is retained. These cakes are usually decorated with fruits, flowers, berries and cream for added taste and attractiveness. Not only are they delightfully appealing, they are usually a refreshing choice that will be preferred more than the thickly colored and decorated cakes which are usually seen.

Guest Thumbprint Poster

Here is a brilliant idea for a keepsake from your nature-inspired wedding. This thumbprint poster features a magnificent towering tree with branches swaying in the wind. The fun and personal part is how the leaves flutter and float around the tree. These are thumbprints that your guests put on the poster. Have the guests at your wedding reception leave their signatures alongside their thumbprints, and you have a brilliant display piece from your big day, that will always remind you of the big celebration and the wonderful people who made it extra-special. Don’t you think this will be a splendid alternative to the traditional guest book? For more details about this product, visit this page on Best for Bride.

Thank you Notes

The culmination of your wedding tasks happens when you send thank you cards to your guests, and personally thank them for their presence and thoughtful gifts at your wedding. Here is a nature-inspired thank you card, that is ideal for your wedding theme. The gently swaying trees hovering in the translucent background of this beautiful card will instantly tug on the memories of your guests, reminding them of the brilliant wedding party you hosted. If you aren’t sure of what you should write in it, check out our previous post on Thank you cards for some valuable hints. To take a closer look, or to order your set of thank you notes in this design, visit this link on Best for Bride.

Flower crown for the bride

Distinctly natural, no other bridal accessory is as original as a flower crown. Perfect for an outdoor or destination wedding, it will help you nail the look that is perfect for your overall theme. Take a look at the picture here of the model wearing a colorful floral crown. Doesn’t it complement her hairstyle perfectly? Now, if you aren’t so sure on whether you want a similar crowning beauty, you can also choose to weave tiny daisies into your hair or choose a few big blooms to decorate your hair with. You can also choose to go for floral accessories with gemstones or crystals. Nevertheless, it doesn’t compare with the natural charm of a floral accessory that exploits the beauty of nature to the most.

Nature-inspired wedding dress

A wedding dress that captures the beauty of nature is one that softly flows with beautiful floral motifs decorating it. One of our favorites is this Mori Lee 6803 from the voyage collection. Simple, but with stunning intricate details, this dress features majestic embroidery on soft net. The sweetheart neckline is accentuated with soft illusion cap sleeves and the ruching on the waist draws attention to a slender waistline. A scattering of floral motifs are embroidered on the bodice, and this contrasts elegantly with the soft flowing layers of the A-line skirt. Graceful and gorgeous, this is a dress that a bride would love to glide down the aisle in and be one with nature in.

Printed wedding dress with floral appliques

A little color does no harm to a bride, in fact it adds an extra element of style. Few colored wedding dresses have the power to create an impact for an outdoor wedding like this Sophia Tolli Geraldine Y21441 does. A liberal scattering of floral motifs in white and ruby lace appliques, defines the bodice and ends in fewer sprinkles along the skirt and train. The spaghetti straps support the deep cut V-neckline and it also features a chapel length train. The colorful embellishments are tasteful, and do not look too loud. Despite the use of color, this wedding dress has a distinct feminine bridal style, and will allow the bride to outshine all her guests. Overall, Geraldine is a mesmerizing beauty, perfect for a nature-themed wedding.

Wedding favors—miniature woven picnic baskets

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Rustic and original, these mini picnic baskets will be a delightful gift for your guests to take home. Woven to look like little replicas of the traditional picnic basket, they look original with the finest details placed perfectly. Place it on the reception tables, and it can double up as a placeholder. You can also fill it up with candy, mints or little chocolate kisses, so they are sweet both on the outside and the inside. If you like this idea for your natural wedding theme, and would like to order them for yourself, visit us here at Best for Bride and place your order.

Wedding Favor – Faux moss and wicker mini planter with liner

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Encourage your wedding guests to lend a helping hand to nature by planting their own little seeds of joy in these faux moss and wicker mini planters. Original and unique, the deep green moss color makes it a pleasant addition to any home décor design. The perfect party favor for the theme, it will prompt even those without a green thumb to try their luck at growing a small plant in their homes. They also make a befitting combination with the mini watering can that you can see here.

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You can either place these mini watering cans in their original packaging, or use them as part of the décor by decorating each with a bunch of fresh flowers that will match the colors you use in your wedding.

With all this inspiration for you to plan every aspect of your wedding, it is now time for you to start making your plans. Check out our Best for Bride website for more details on all that we have featured here, and also to look at more choices that you may want for your wedding.

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Wedding flowers: 5 sensational choices

Roses, petunias, daisies, lilies, tulips…..do the floral varieties have you in a tizzy?

Flowers are so beautiful, that it is often impossible for a bride to pick a favorite from the stunning variety available. Yet, some flowers are more popular than others.

This article is dedicated to those wedding favorites—flowers that have secured their place as the top choices in gracing bridal bouquets and wedding centerpieces. Let us look at what they are.

Ravishing roses

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The flower that symbolizes romance, love and all the emotions that go with it—Roses;particularly red roses, are an all-time favorite. These charming blooms come in an astounding range of colors and sizes. They are versatile; the flowers can be the focus of the bridal bouquet or centerpiece, or used to add sophistication to a diversity of blooms. Tea roses are the common variety that you often see in florist shops. The other two varieties include large and fragrant garden roses, as well as spray roses which are smaller and come as a bunch on a stem.

Happy hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are a popular choice for centerpieces, as they easily fill a space and add a cheerful note to any setting. The colors range from pink to blues and whites, and it can be used as a bunch, or as sprigs. These bushy flowers remind us of spring and are a colorful addition to any space. Perfect for both casual and formal weddings alike, they have a surprising richness.

Tantalizing tulips

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Tulips are flowers that spell romance and look exquisite when bunched together. All you need are a few tulips to create a beautiful bouquet. Since these spring flowers are available in various colors, tulips are an ideal choice for spectacular bouquets in a single color. They are usually used by themselves in bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, but can be mixed with other blooms like pieris or ranunculus to form interesting combinations.

Classic carnations

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Strong flowers that add color and texture to any setting, carnations are available in a variety of shades and are super-affordable. While they are hardly ever used by themselves, they add the little details that complete a bouquet or centerpiece. Carnations are a popular choice when the venue decoration requires more flowers than usual, like when there are floral backdrops. These flowers work well in bouquets that have roses, orchids, petunias and daisies, and the ruffled petals add texture and charm to the bouquet.

Dainty daisies

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The go-to choice for outdoor, spring and summer weddings, daisies are traditional wedding flowers that symbolize purity and innocence. They are even used as hair accessories in garden theme weddings. A simple flower that can lift the atmosphere and be creatively spun into any centerpiece, daisies are perfect for vintage theme weddings. While white daisies are an eternal favorite, daisies in various other colors are also used in bridal bouquets and floral centerpieces.

These are but, a mere introduction to the sensational world of wedding blooms. Turn to your florist for suggestions and go with seasonal flowers or those that are available all around the year, to stick to your budget. For more inspiration and wedding flower ideas, visit us on Best for Bride.