One of the requests I hear most often from engaged couples is "we want to make our wedding unique." That comment is usually preceded or followed by "I'm sure you hear this from everyone."
Well, yes, I do hear that from EVERY client. But I don't think this is a preposterous request. In fact, one of my core beliefs when it comes to wedding and event planning is that I think your event needs to be a reflection of you.
If you are a former ballerina that loves Paris and peonies, I'm not going to recommend we throw your party in a barn in Virginia farm country. If you have specific hobbies you like to do as a couple, we'll weave those details into your wedding so that the celebration tells a story of who you are and what you enjoy. THAT is what I get really excited about, and why I love my job. I LOVE creating events that really reflect their hosts' personalities!
Below are some ways you can include unique touches in your wedding:
1 - Welcome Bags
There's no better way to show your guests little aspects of your personality and what you enjoy about the place where you're celebrating your wedding. I had a bride that loved Goldfish who was marrying a Brit that loved tea. So we included Goldfish and tea in their welcome bags and all of the recipients knew that that unlikely pairing was due to their individual tastes.
(If you're stumped about what to include in your welcome bags, check out my tips for the perfect welcome bag.)
2 - Food
Do you and your fiancé(e) eat out at your local Italian restaurant every Friday night? As a nod to your everyday life, maybe you want to serve a few Italian hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour.
Perhaps your Indian heritage is very important to you. Then we will most certainly be looking for an Indian caterer to provide your wedding dinner.
Maybe you'd like to distinguish your event by serving a five course meal as opposed to the traditional three courses. Or serve a cheese course featuring French cheeses because you were engaged in Paris.
Either way, food is a fantastic way to really distinguish your event and make it unique. There are so many different things you can do -- from adorable mini hors d'oeuvres to inventive stations -- that it is worth spending some time and effort in this area to make sure it's unique and memorable.
3 - Napkins
This is a minor place where you can make a big impact! Rather than creating custom napkins with your monogram or logo, consider printing them with fun facts about your lives and courtship. It's a cute touch that guests really enjoy.
4 - Entertainment
Entertainment is a great way to incorporate your taste and personality into your event. For another wedding of an American and a Brit (I seem to have lots of British clients!), we hired a live British band who performed in tandem with a DJ. The band played British classics while the DJ played American tunes. As a result, the music was a perfect reflection of the couple.
And don't restrict yourself to music. There are a ton of ways to customize your event that don't have to do with the selection of the wedding band. If your first date was at a comedy show, it might be fun to have a stand-up comic put on a 5-7 minute show during dinner. Or if you grew up listening to your father's salsa music collection, maybe you'd like to hire salsa dancers to get the dancing underway?
5 - Cake
Customizing your wedding cake flavors is obviously a very easy way to incorporate your tastes into your wedding. However, what if you're not really into cake? What if you prefer cupcakes or ice cream? Or what if you don't like cake altogether? Well, there are a variety of things you can cut into and serve your guests instead.
How about a cheese wheel wedding "cake"?
Or a doughnut "cake"?
Those are only two ideas, but the options are endless. Don't feel as if you must have a traditional wedding cake if that's not who you are and you'd prefer something else!
6 - Favors
Your wedding favors are an obvious place where you can really showcase your personality and offer your guests a taste of your preferences.
How about offering them a parting snack? A box filled with bagels and cream cheese for the next morning. As someone who LOVES bagels (oh carbs!), that would be my favor and every guest would know exactly why!
If you love candles, perhaps you will gift each guest an exquisitely packaged candle whose scent is inspired by a trip you and your fiancé(e) took together.
Either way, your wedding favor is a great way to give a final unique touch to your celebration. It will really have guests walking away thinking "what a wonderful, unique evening!"
Creating a unique wedding doesn't come down to one thing you can do. Really focus on making lots of different areas of your wedding reflective of who you are and you will succeed in creating an evening that is tailored to your tastes and depicts your personality.
What do you think of some of these unique ideas? How would you make your celebration unique? Let us know in the comments!