Weddings are known for their traditions, but we live in a time when they should be known for the personalities of the people getting married. So when you're planning your wedding, make it feel like it's a party for you and your fiancé, and not something straight out of a cookie-cutter wedding, with these 10 ways to personalize your wedding.
1. Add a Theme to the Wedding
Whether it's a TV show, sports team, color, or even slogan that you and your fiancé love, you can use that theme to tie in the decorations and the mood of your wedding.
2. Write Your Own Vows
Right before you say "I do," each of you can read hand-written vows to each other. This always makes the wedding have more personality and feel like extra special.
3. Pick a Different Kind of Venue
Forget having your wedding at a traditional ballroom or catering hall (unless that's your style, of course!). Think outside of the box and hold it somewhere fun or meaningful — an old museum, a library, even a theme park.
4. Replace an Old Tradition With a New One
If wearing a veil or doing a first dance is something that makes your gut burn, don't feel like you have to do that. Instead of a first dance, you can sing a song together or act out a skit — something that makes your wedding feel like you and your fiancé.
5. Shake Up Your First Dance
Nix the slow song and go for something you can bust out unexpected dance moves to instead.
6. Add Your Personality into the Party Favors
Send your guests off with something that screams YOU. Whether it's a bag of your favorite coffee, candy, or even an item that will have them never forgetting about your wedding day.
7. Utilize Social Media
Create your own hashtags or photo sharing apps so that your guests can become engaged with your wedding and also serve as mini-photographers of your big day.
8. Create Your Own Ceremony
Instead of letting the person officiating the ceremony decide on what is read and said, come up with your own plan or work together with the officiant to make the ceremony fun and engaging.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.