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50+ Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

By: 
Emma Arendoski

The creative force behind EmmalineBride.com, a wedding website that celebrates the handmade and homemade approach, shares some of her craftiest ideas and tips.

It Starts With Your Theme

Seasons can provide plenty of inspiration, from color schemes to flowers. A winter wedding might include candlelit lanterns, masses of evergreen wreaths and a roaring fire in the reception hall. A backyard ceremony, a bouquet of wildflowers and a tented reception are hallmarks of a perfect summer fête.

Hobbies and shared interests are another jumping-off point. If you’re foodies, why not plan a wedding reception catered by a favorite restaurant with a menu of your must-have entrées? On your invitation’s reply card, include an area for guests to select a preferred dessert option, like “cake” or “pie.”

Other themes to consider: outdoor activities like cycling — a tandem bike can serve as your signature image — camping (DIY trail-mix station, anyone?). “A friend who loves to kayak decided to have her guests sign an oar instead of using a traditional guest book,” Emma says. “Afterwards, she varnished the oar to preserve the signatures, and it’s now displayed in her home.”

Printed Matters

A save-the-date is not mandatory, but it’s a fun way to share your news with guests. “One of my favorite designs features a library card that asks guests, ever so sweetly, ‘May we borrow you?’ ” says Emma.

library themed save the date
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Wouldn’t it be lovely to know that little patches of wildflowers or herbs were springing up in your honor? A seed packet save the date can do just that, tying into a garden wedding theme. Your invitation helps set the tone and theme of your wedding so be sure it follows suit appropriately.

A fun informal invitation can be made using vintage handkerchiefs. How about wrapping a pretty hankie around each? Or dressing up a simple invitation with embellishments like raffia, burlap or natural twine? You can use a craft-paper punch to add edging details — like eyelets — around invitation borders.

Next: Bouquets and Ceremony Ideas ►

Bouquets

They are not made of flowers alone... they are made of memories, handpicked and pieced together. For example, an ordinary ribbon bouquet wrap can be replaced with something more meaningful, like a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding gown. Is your favorite aunt known for her amazing rose garden? Are your best friend’s peonies out of this world? Just as homemade food is so much better than store bought, so, too, are homegrown bouquets, so enlist the help of your green-thumbed connections. 

On a budget? Formerly known as a “filler flower,” baby’s breath has become quite the stunning bouquet choice. Wrap your bouquet tightly in floral tape, cover tape with burlap for a rustic touch or satin ribbon for a pop of color. Or consider an unexpected fresh- bouquet alternative — “forever bouquets, as I like to call them,” Emma says.

babys breath wedding bouquets
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A brooch bouquet is constructed of brooches strung on lengths of wire (sometimes in combination with silk flowers). Or for a whimsical touch at an outdoor ceremony, have each bridesmaid carry a pin- wheel down the aisle in lieu of a bouquet, and then place it in the ground at the end of the aisle. How fun!

Ceremony Ideas

Any wedding location can benefit from the inclusion of handcrafted, personal details. Imagine your favorite flowers lining the way as you walk down the aisle to meet your future spouse — jars of peonies, lilies, daisies, sunflowers. To craft them yourself, fill each jar one-third full with water, place the flowers inside, wrap wire around the top of the jar to create a handle and tie on a ribbon for a pretty bow. If your wedding is outdoors, insert shepherd’s hooks along the aisle and hang your jars from their handles. After the ceremony, enlist friends to help carefully transport the flower-filled jars to the reception site as décor for the head table.

If you’re having an evening wedding, you have the opportunity to revel in the romantic glow of candlelight. Place candles in glass containers — hurricane lanterns, jars or decorative lanterns — and set them along the aisle. Or line the aisle with wreaths. Decorative twig wreaths from a craft store can be embellished with seasonal touches such as moss or ivy in the spring or metallic ornaments and sprigs of holly in winter.

Be creative with your seating. Instead of the soon-to-be spouses’ families picking sides, place a sign outside the ceremony site that tells guests to “pick a seat, not a side” — as both families are joining as one. At an intimate wedding ceremony, seat guests in a circle, so everyone has a front-row view of the nuptials.

Next: Reception Décor, Table Numbers, and Escort Cards ►

Reception Décor

Adorn the backs of the reception chairs with ribbon for a whimsical touch. Cut ribbon into lengths and gently knot the ends to each chair back.

Give guests a glimpse into your courtship with a photo board. Mount photos onto a whiteboard, then place the board on an easel at the entryway of your reception for guests to view upon arrival. Or mount the photos on a banner that you string across a table.

Another banner idea: Precut chipboard letters or numbers. Available at craft stores, they can be covered with fabric or spray-painted. Then, using ribbon and glue, attach them to one another to spell out anything you’d like, such as “Enjoy” above a dessert buffet or “Just Married” for your cake table.

wedding banner
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Table Numbers & Escort Cards

Chalkboard details are having a moment. Create your own using picture frames and chalkboard paint (craft or dollar stores are great sources for small frames). Spray-paint the frame your desired color, remove the glass and apply one or two layers of chalkboard paint to it with a sponge brush, allowing paint to dry overnight. Set the painted glass back into the frame and use chalk to mark table numbers or names.

chalkboard table numbers
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Or consider wine-inspired table numbers: Place a bottle on each table (along with a corkscrew and the directive to open and enjoy) and hang a table number from its neck.

cork place cards
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All sorts of rustic items can be used to help your guests find their seats. Use antique window shutters to create an escort-card display by inserting the cards into its slats, or by clipping them on with mini clothespins. Or, hammer rows of nails into a vintage door and hang escort-card tags from them.

Next: Centerpieces, Table Runners, Food, and Drinks ►

Centerpieces & Table Runners

They can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, depending on your budget and level of expertise. Get inspired with these unique wedding-day ideas. Wine glasses can take on an entirely new function when set upside down. Place silk flowers in the center of each table, turn the glasses upside down, one directly over each bloom, and set a pillar candle on top.

Or consider a centerpiece that ties in directly with your wedding theme. For a woodland-themed celebration, a birdhouse centerpiece set on a bed of moss would work perfectly.

In summer, look to colorful fruits like lemons, oranges or limes placed in a large apothecary jar; in fall think about apples or pears placed in small wooden boxes.

wedding centerpiece
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The best table runners add a textural element to your décor, while placing an emphasis on your centerpiece. Natural fibers like linen, flax and burlap, are timeless and versatile. Neutral tones tie into almost any color scheme and can be embellished in myriad ways. You can decorate runners with buttons or stencils or sew on some lace trim for a vintage spin. Or leave the edges unfinished for casual, rustic chic.

neutral wedding color palette
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Food & Drink

At the top of your to-do list: creating a memorable menu. Keep your theme in mind. For instance, if you are planning a backyard wedding with gingham tablecloths and lawn games, serve home-style family favorites like barbecued chicken and corn on the cob, with cherry pie for dessert.

chalkboard wedding buffet menu
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cherry pie
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Beach wedding-goers could dive into a seafood selection of shrimp cocktail and grilled salmon. Carnival-themed weddings call for festive fare like corn dogs and cotton candy. If you’re serving a special drink, give it a new name. At the bar, how about serving a “Marry Me Martini” or “Grin and Tonic”? 

At a wine-themed wedding, arrange for a tasting in lieu of cocktails. For a fun nonalcoholic option, serve up some old-fashioned favorites like root beer or black cherry or cream soda in glass bottles. Carry your palette through to your drinks with colorful sips like mint juleps, pink-grapefruit mojitos or lemonade.

wedding drinks
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Next: Cake and Favors ►

Did Someone Say Cake?

If you’re unsure where to begin, consider a few popular cake choices that befit the season. In winter, a romantic red velvet or spice cake; in warmer weather, a beachy vanilla sponge cake with coconut filling.

Make a cake more memorable with unexpected embellishments. A beach wedding cake can be adorned with edible chocolate-filled seashells. Or use a coating of brown sugar to create the illusion of sand, then trim the cake with piped starfish. For a nature-inspired wedding, consider sugary faux pinecones or fondant crafted to look like birch bark, trimmed with fondant “twigs.” 

white wedding cake
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Or consider an alternacake idea like cupcakes, which are a fun, festive twist on tradition. And since they are ready to serve, you can skip the cake-cutting fee many venues charge. Stacked cookies — like Oreos, sugar cookies or gingerbread — or doughnuts can combine the look of a wedding cake with the fun of a dessert bar.

wedding cupcakes
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Fun Favors

Show your guests some love with homespun, handcrafted mementos. Edible favors are always a hit. Some ideas: Homemade jams, pickles or spiced fruits presented in pretty jars are all tasty choices. (If DIY is too much of an undertaking, there are plenty of mini delicacies for purchase. Just add a thank-you tag to personalize.)

diy wedding favors homemade jam
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diy homemade candy wedding favors
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Tiny jars of honey are another sweet option.

honey wedding favor
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Bring good fortune to guests with custom fortune cookies. You can order them online with a customized message inside.

When it comes to keepsake favors, consider functionality as well as individuality. Who wouldn’t love a mason jar lantern? Use them to add a romantic glow to your celebration and after the last song is played, let guests know that the lanterns may be taken home. To DIY, wrap wire around the mouth of a mason jar to create a handle. Fill each jar partway with sand and snuggle a votive down into it, then tie on a thank-you tag. Instead of a take-home favor, why not give back to nature and plant trees in your guests’ honor (check out friendsoftrees. org). Include a thank-you note to each guest that also shares the news of the tree being planted in his or her name.

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Whether you're in need of some inspiration for writing your vows or need help preparing for a big toast, these quotes will bring out the Shakespeare in you.
By: 
Jenna Hastings
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Writing your own vows is a popular (and beautiful) way to personalize your ceremony, but sometimes, finding the right words can be tricky. Or maybe you're preparing to make a toast and need a little inspiration to make your speech one-of-a-kind. To help you out, we've compiled our favorite wedding-appropriate quotes, ranging from what it feels like to fall in love to how to weather the ups and downs of marriage. Read, write, and be inspired!

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50 Quotes About Love and Marriage

By: 
Jenna Hastings
wedding-vow-attached.jpg

Writing your own vows is a popular (and beautiful) way to personalize your ceremony, but sometimes, finding the right words can be tricky. Or maybe you're preparing to make a toast and need a little inspiration to make your speech one-of-a-kind. To help you out, we've compiled our favorite wedding-appropriate quotes, ranging from what it feels like to fall in love to how to weather the ups and downs of marriage. Read, write, and be inspired!

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