75 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

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31. If you met in college, toast with Champagne flutes etched with your school emblem.

32. Create a comfy lounge area where guests can take a break from dancing.

33. For your wedding meal, re-create the menu of your first date.

34. Use your state flower as the main bloom in your bouquet.

35. Offer hay or sleigh rides during the wedding weekend.

36. Use seasonal fruits and vegetables in your centerpieces.

37. Wrap your invitations in pretty monogrammed paper.

38. Create a trivia game with questions about you and your groom, to be played at the rehearsal dinner.

39. Rent an old-fashioned photo booth so that guests can ham it up and add their photographs to your guest book.

40. Give guests DVDs of your favorite movies as wedding favors.

41. If you met on a blind date, use a "blind" seating arrangement for your rehearsal dinner: Guests pick a number out of a hat to get their table assignments.

42. Have the officiant ask if guests affirm your union. They can respond by applauding or shouting, "We do!"

43. For your first dance, learn some moves that celebrate your heritage: the Argentine tango or an Irish jig.

44. Spotlight musical talent among your guests; a friend who's an accomplished singer may agree to perform.

45. Have your father's favorite song played as he walks you down the aisle.

46. Build centerpieces around your hobbies (like flower-filled watering cans if you're an avid gardener).

47. If a group of guests is traveling from a foreign country, have ceremony programs printed in their language.

48. If either of you has children, include them by taking family vows together, too.

49. Stray from the traditional bridesmaids' bouquets. For a tropical wedding, give your girls fragrant floral leis; for a garden wedding, have them carry fancy paper parasols.

50. Commission a cartoon version of your courtship story and have it printed in your ceremony programs.

51. Honor your heritage during the ceremony by having someone give a reading in its language.

52. If you're book lovers, give beautiful bookmarks as favors; have them printed with your names and wedding date.

53. Have a Polaroid camera at the reception; ask friends to take informal pictures, and prop them on tables for instant decor.

54. During the ceremony, recognize special people in your life by handing them flowers.

55. Celebrate the season: In winter, adorn the cake table with holly. In summer, serve lemonade in mason jars.

56. For your first dance, choose the same song that your parents (or his) danced to at their wedding.

57. Customize your wineglasses by tying ribbons in your colors around the stems.

58. As favors, give out packets of seeds along with a note asking guests to plant them to symbolize the beginning of your lives together.

59. If you sing or play an instrument, sit in with the band for a number or two.

60. For an Easter-season wedding, decorate surrounding trees with handblown eggs.

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