75 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Check out these brilliant ideas for adding a special touch to your big day

1. Decorate the aisle with meaningful objects, such as dozens of seashells from around your grandparents' beach house.

2. Serve wines from the years you were born or when you met. Share your reasons in a note to guests at each table.

3. Raise the bar on the cocktail hour by creating signature drinks.

4. Play part of a different song for each bridesmaid and groomsman as they are announced at the reception.

5. Carry a bouquet with the same types of flowers that your mom carried as a bride.

6. In your program, excerpt romantic notes you and your groom have written to each other.

7. Ask the officiant to work a story about your meeting or courtship into the ceremony.

8. Have each of your bridesmaids carry a different type of flower in the same color.

9. For a garden wedding, include some pressed flower petals with the ceremony program.

10. Incorporate a family dish into your meal; give out the recipe with your favors.

11. If you're baseball fans, serve some concession-stand snacks (soft pretzels, nachos)during the cocktail hour.

12. Give guests candles to light up your exit as husband and wife.

13. Your best friend is a guy? So let him be a bridesman.

14. Embellish dessert plates with moving wedding words like "Love," "Honor," and "Cherish."

15. Make your ring bearer's pillow with material from your mother's wedding dress.

16. Have your dog carry the rings. Or dress him in a collar with your wedding colors.

17. Set your sweetheart table or gift table with family linens.

18. Arrange chairs in a circle for your ceremony so that everyone surrounds you.

19. Write the story of how you met on cards and place them on tables. Your guests can then wander around to read the tale (and mingle while they're at it).

20. If you’re printing menu cards, give dishes names inspired by your experiences together.

21. Ask a close friend to get ordained online so that she can perform your ceremony.

22. Name tables after places important to you as a couple—where you've lived or where the proposal took place.

23. Fill lobster traps with bunches of flowers as centerpieces for a seaside wedding.

24. Have your guests sign a photo mat with silver pens: You can frame a favorite wedding photo and remember who was there.

25. Consider box-style invitations, and tuck an object that reflects your wedding theme or colors inside.

26. Hold a golf outing during the wedding weekend; hand out tees printed with your names and the date.

27. Incorporate your heritage into the decor by dressing up walls with paper fans or placing potted shamrocks on the guest-book table.

28. Have vintage lace from your grandmother's veil sewn into your wedding gown.

29. Get creative with your cake topper. Make your own from figurines that reflect your personalities.

30. Stage a slideshow with photographs from your childhoods through the present.

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