When Austin and I planned our wedding, we handmade a lot of the things we used, like the bulletins and invitations. The things we couldn’t make ourselves, we asked friends and family to make for us. It was really important to us to have these meaningful touches throughout the day.
I invited Carole Futrell on to share with us a few ideas she has to make your wedding day meaningful. Here’s what she has to say-
It can be easy to lose sight of what a wedding is all about. There’s so much pressure to throw the perfect party and choose the right gown. All too often we end up spending lots of money on something which doesn’t reflect us at all. The important thing is to plan a day which is personal and celebrates your love. This will involve some crafts and creativity…
We’re sold the perfect picture of a bride in her gleaming white wedding dress, complete with veil, tiara, and a huge train. Unfortunately, this isn’t in-keeping with everyone’s style and it can lack some personality. If you have young children there are some creative ways to make your bridal gown beautifully bespoke.
Angelina Jolie shocked the world when she got married in a Versace gown… decorated by her children! The dress was a traditional white design but her children had drawn sketches all over the veil and back of the dress.
The result was a perfect celebration of her family and love. Don’t be afraid to play with print and add some personality to your wedding dress too. Dip dyeing the hem, opting for a shorter silhouette, or even creating your own embellishments, are all great ways to put your stamp on your big day.
Personalize The Invitations
Invitations act as a keepsake for close family and friends. The problem is you either have to buy generic invites from a store or print expensive bespoke ones. The good new is, if you’re prepared to get stuck in, you can make personal and pretty invites which suit your big day.
Create wedding invitations online with programs like Adobe Spark. This will give you a high quality, but personal, finish. Buy some string or bows from a craft store and tie these around your invites before sending them off. Or you could get artistic with stencils and send handwritten invites.
This is a really nice touch which will resonate well with guests. If you don’t mind paying a little extra postage why not send your invites in a bottle? Or you could even put attach them to a chocolate bar to make your own ‘golden ticket.’
Consider the Tables
Traditionally wedding guests have sat at tables which have a floral centerpiece, name cards, and perhaps a table number. Why not get a little more creative and give your tables names instead? If you love books, name the tables after your favorite authors or novels.
Alternatively, if you and your partner love traveling why not name the tables after different destinations you’ve been to. This adds a personal touch to proceedings. Instead of typical table decorations think outside the box. A maritime mad couple could scatter shells down the center of a table.
Perhaps you’d prefer some potted cacti to the traditional flowers that usually take center stage. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make things more personal!
Keelie is a mother of three amazing boys and married to her high school sweetheart, Austin. She spends her days running R5 Website Management, taking care of the home, and investing in her children. In her spare time, she loves to encourage married couples to grow deeper in their relationship and find joy in their marriage.