75 Ways To Make Your Wedding Unique

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11. A wedding program is a cinch to customize—all you need is a rubber stamp of your monogram (here, PSA Essentials; expressionery.com) to embellish a note card (Paper Presentation; paperpresentation.com). Tuck a separate sheet with program details inside and tie on embroidery thread (Michaels; michaels.com) to jazz it up.

12. Walk down the aisle to a song (with a slow tempo) that was meaningful when you were dating.

13. Make sure the dance floor is packed by asking invitees to jot down three favorite songs on the RSVP card; give your DJ the playlist.

14. Share the spotlight with your parents—and his—and take a spin around the floor to their "first-dance" numbers. (Set it up with everyone ahead of time.)

15. Invite your musically gifted friends to bring their instruments to the reception and hit the stage when your band takes five.

16. And if there's a talented singer in your crowd, ask him or her to perform a song at the reception. (Limit your request to one song; it's a wedding, not a concert!)

17. Into Coldplay more than Vivaldi? At your ceremony, have musicians play contemporary songs as instrumentals. "It's a refreshing change from the expected classical pieces," says Niki Delacueva, of R. Jack Balthazar Events (rjackbalthazar.com), in Pasadena, California.

18. Got a cultural dance that's a favorite at family weddings? From the tarantella (Italian) to the money dance (Cuba), ethnic jigs give a party a distinctive flavor.

19. As the flower girl and ring bearer walk up the aisle, play a special song such as "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music.

20. Attach a ribbon embellished with your birthstone to your bouquet (buy faux gems at anybeads.com).

21. Display your family’s heritage graphically—an Indian print, a clan tartan, an African kente cloth—on vases, ring pillows, stationery, even cummerbunds. Bucket, the Macbeth Collection; themacbethcollection.com.

22. Have the most meaningful phrase from your wedding vows embroidered or needlepointed on the ring pillow. Display in your home—it’s the ultimate keepsake.

23. Have your florist design your bouquet in the same style as your mother’s (show him photos).

24. Tie his boutonniere into your theme—a seashell brings nautical decor full circle, while a crisp maple leaf celebrates autumn.

25. Minimalist bouquets can project a bride’s modern style. Todd Fiscus, owner of Todd Events (toddevents.com) in Dallas, suggests a single white peony stem tied with a black ribbon, or a slim birch branch wired with a fragrant gardenia.

26. Personalize the bridesmaids’ bouquets by selecting flowers that pair with each girl’s birth month (see birth-flower.com). Stick to a single color—pink peonies, pink tulips, pink roses—to unify the look.

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