(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"?