How One Bride Personalized Her Big Day Without Sacrificing Style

Planning Tips, Real Weddings
Chloe Melas Personalized Wedding

Photo: Chocolate Bar and Coasters: Steven Stuts; Invites: Mia Maria Designs

Meet our real wedding blogger Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's going to share each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles.

When I started planning our wedding, I made a list of the things that were most important to me. It became very clear that the tiny details were at the top of my list. Whether it was having custom coasters at our rehearsal dinner or straws with our initials — I wanted the wedding and events leading up to the big day to feel very personalized, without being cheesy. Here's how I accomplished just that:

Hire people who specialize in wedding branding
One of my best girlfriends from college, Maria Toro Alsup, owns Mia Maria Designs, a stationery company that specializes in branding weddings. She immediately suggested that we make our names (Chloe Melas and Brian Mazza) and wedding date the focal point throughout the wedding. Also, if your budget allows it, I highly suggest hiring a wedding planner. I was introduced to Pat and Glenn, who are the founders of Pat & Glenn Productions, and initially assumed they would be my day-of planners. But after one meeting with these wedding-design gurus, I hired them to make all of ideas a reality.

Pay attention to the small details
I became obsessed with custom coasters (above) and napkins for my engagement party, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. These are small enough touches as to not be overbearing, but significant enough to leave an impression on your guests. I even had custom straws with our initials and wedding date at the rehearsal dinner that I found on Etsy. Plus, I had Dylan's Candy Bar make chocolate bars (above) with wrapping featuring some of my favorite love quotes for my bridal shower.

See more: 25 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Find something unique and point it out
Since "Brian & Chloe" takes up a bit of room, our wedding planners suggested using our initials instead. Since we both have last names that start with the letter '"M," we used it throughout the reception, from our cake topper to our dance floor! Also, I'm half Greek and wanted to show off my heritage in a subtle way. So, Pat and Glenn suggested putting a gold Greek key border on the dance floor since Maria had incorporated the Greek key throughout our wedding suite (above).

Out of town gift bags are important
About six months before the big day, Maria and I sat down to come up with a unique way to thank everyone who traveled to New York for our wedding. We designed black bags printed with our signature "C&B" in gold foil, and inside were custom wedding door knockers, recovery kits, a map, SEC football schedule, and Georgia pecans to showcase my southern roots. We used the same "M" wax seals from our stationery suite on the bags to tie it all together.

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