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how to make your wedding your ownIt is the biggest and most expensive day of your life, so why not make it all about you and your husband to be? Follow these tips to make a personalized wedding that no one will forget.


Everybody has seen the same old invitations time and time again and we all know the format, so why not shake things up a little and create some stationary which is truly unique. Comic book, magazine covers and flip books are a great way to ensure that nobody is likely to forget your wedding in a hurry. This theme can be carried through into your place cards and orders of service too.


Project slow images onto a central place during your ceremony, whilst you are away signing the register to keep your guests amused. Use images of where you got engaged, your favorite places or concoct a funny story about your lives and include images of some of the guests for extra entertainment! Write your own vows instead of using the standard ones provided or select a favorite poem or song to read out instead. You could use all these as brides gifts ideas too, make a scrap book for your bridesmaids with pictures of your friendship, including any you use during the ceremony and write down certain memories that you have of them.

Pre Reception drinks

For the ultimate in luxury have your favorite cocktails or why not have a fun night in and concoct your own recipe (Just don’t forget to write it down). Nothing screams ‘TOAST’ more than a cocktail especially created for you and your groom, serve it in glasses rimmed with salt in your weddings signature color –  Now that’s how to get a party started!

Table Decorations

Have a theme that relates to both of you. Vintage pictures of weddings in both your families and use them as centre pieces on each table. This will also provide great amusement to some of the party who may have never seen the pictures before. Instead of a place card, put a postcard with each person’s name on and ask them to write down a memory that they have of you.


Of course you can have your cake and eat it! If you are going spend a fortune on an ornate cake then you may as well make it epic! Discover your inner geek and have a cake decorated with something you both love. Whether you are massive Doctor Who fans or prefer Cinderella’s pumpkin coach there is a cake for every occasion and one that really looks too good to cut into.

Fun Bit!

To make sure none of your guests is left out why not ask your guests to jot down their favorite songs and have them played at your reception. This is a great way to ensure everybody gets to hear something they like. If you have a friend in a band ask them to play at your reception or break from tradition and have them play your favorite song as you walk back up the aisle. Maybe do the same for your entrance and have a song special to you and the person who is escorting you down the aisle. Instead of a traditional guest book hire a photo booth complete with dressing up wigs, hats and glasses and let people leave a picture next to their comments – sure to be a hit with guests at the end of the night!


Remember it doesn’t actually state anywhere that you have to have a bouquet made of flowers or a brand new flowing white dress. This is where you need to find out what suits your personalities best. Why not create a quirky bouquet out of vintage brooches and buttons? Use pieces that are important to your family – If it is something you would never wear then this is a perfect keepsake rather than letting it collect dust somewhere. For alternative outfit ideas why not take a look at some of the options available on the high street – if you want to get married in a traffic stopping red wedding dress then go for it!

It’s your wedding so you can personalize it as much as you like from start to finish! Create the day your way and you can be sure it is one that everyone will remember!

I remember my wedding day still so clearly, even after all these years. It was a small event with only my family and close friends in attendance. We did this mainly because of the budget but it was still such a special day, which was made all the more memorable as we created parts of the decorations ourselves.

Here are some ideas for couples wanting to try their hand at making things to give the day that personal touch, some of which can also help save money.


The invites is something you can take a personal hand in. Try experimenting with different designs at first;

  • Use different types of card
  • Use some fancy transparent tissue paper to add an effect
  • Try writing in a calligraphy style
  • Buy various small decorations from a craft shop and try sticking them on

The basic idea is to try different designs until you come up with an invite that you love then go ahead and make all the invites using the same design. You can also look online to get inspiration for designs.

personalized wedding invites

personalized wedding invites (source: Aus Chick)

Photo Guest Book

A traditional guest book is all well and good but you can take this a step further by turning it into a photo guest book. What I mean by this is you buy or borrow one of those instant cameras, you know, the cameras where you take a photo which then prints out the result after a short time.

As each guest arrives, someone will take their photo and place it in your guest book. The guest will write a comment below the photo.

This takes a little more work but you’ll thank yourself later when you look through the book and be reminded not just in words but also with the photos.

Photo Book Guest Book

Photo Book Guest Book (source:

Bride and Groom Timeline

Spend time with your fiance and go through your history together. Write down all the dates when significant events happened to you both as single people then later as a couple.

You can use this to make an impressive timeline of both your lives, starting from when you were born, through your early years, then perhaps when the groom met the best man, when you and your fiance both met etc.

You can make the timeline in a number of different ways but I like the idea of two horizontal lines (one for the bride and one for the groom) with the dates of the important events listed on the lines, along with a description.

From the date that shows when you met each other, the two lines will converge into one line, signifying one life together. You can even include photos if you have them, taken of these important life events.

The timeline can be used in various parts of your wedding, such as the decoration or a smaller version could be used on the invites.


You can let you artistic side go wild by making the decorations yourself. This allows you to incorporate aspects of your own personality or hobbies into the decor.

For example, a couple might be wine connoisseurs, so they could save the bottles of wine they drink in the months leading up to the wedding and use those is part of the decorations.

Or you could do what the person in the photo did which I think signifies the seeds of their relationship have been planted and will grow.

personalized wedding decorations

personalized wedding decorations (source: Paix120)

Wine Bottle Welcome Labels

It’s quite common to have a personalized note placed on each table seating area which shows the name of the guest and a small thank you note from the bride and groom.

But you can do something more interesting. Try making your own wine labels to be wrapped around the standard labels. They would show the name with your thank you note, plus you could include a photo of the guest.

Of course doing this for full sized bottles of wine would be very expensive, so you may want to buy miniature bottles for this idea. It’s also something that the guests can take home with them to remember the day for years to come.


wedding_wine_bottle_labels (source: )

The author Jack Hopkins lives in New Zealand with his family and recommends this wedding venue in Otago as they have a wide range of packages and accommodation