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June 22, 2016 / diamondsanddetails

“Wedding Day Details – Making It Personal” – Intern Katie’s Wedding Day

It’s almost wedding day for our intern Katie and we couldn’t be more excited for her!  Katie may be getting married outside the Philadelphia area, but her experiences with wedding planning can be applied to anyone planning a wedding, no matter when or where!   In this blog post, Katie shares how to add those little personal touches to your wedding day details.  (As a member of the D&D team,  Katie is obviously a fan of the details!) Congrats Katie!   We can’t wait to hear about all the details and see photos of your beautiful day!

– Amanda 

 

My wedding is right around the corner, and as it’s been getting closer, I’ve been finalizing all the wedding day details. One of the biggest things I’ve strived for in my planning, and I think all couples do, is to make sure the day is not just another wedding, and is personalized to my fiancé and I. The wedding is a celebration of our love after all and the start of our lives joined together, so we want our guests to really sense that joy and love. Here are some of the ways we have made sure to get those personal touches:

Choosing the right vendors

You may think vendors have nothing to do with adding personalization, but you would be wrong in that assumption. You’re vendors represent some of the major aspects of the big day, from the flowers and decorations, to the food and the music. All of these things should help paint a picture of who the two of you are as a couple, and not simply just big pieces to the puzzle.

For example – we picked an awesome DJ for our wedding who loves to do things a little different from most. He goes above and beyond to make sure that the reception is very personal. He does this by working with us on a love story to tell our guests when we are first introduced, to give them a look into how our relationship started and grew. He also gets to know information about our bridal party so that everyone understands how they are an important part of our day. And of course with the music, he makes sure to listen to what we want, and if we don’t want the electric slide played because it is not us, then he will not play it. Same goes with any normal wedding traditions – it’s all up to us, we don’t have to do something just because it’s tradition. It’s 2016, if you don’t want to do a bouquet toss, no one’s making you. This day should be shaped around things the two of you are comfortable with, and express your own unique personalities.

Often people choose vendors because they have good pricing and/or excellent reviews. And of course these things are important, but also make sure to prioritize figuring out whether they will be able to work with you on making your vision come to life and helping to add those personal details.

Getting Creative

Wedding DIY projects can seem scary to some, but I love them because they really add a special touch to your day! It’s important to not go in over your head with this, but even creating something small like handmade signs or a photo display can add just the right amount of extra personalization. For our wedding, instead of going with the usual photo booths that you can rent, I wanted to do something a little different. I had my super handy dad help me build a photo backdrop and my talented friend paint it for me, and the result is awesome! Creating your own projects like this is so neat because you can create exactly what you want, instead of trying to find something already made that matches your style.

Specialty Drinks/Desserts

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Speciality Drink Photo – http://www.eleganceandenchantment.com

The majority of couples will have alcohol at their wedding. It is a celebration and everyone enjoys socially drinking, dancing, and having a good time. This is nothing new, but I love the concept of signature cocktails. Along with the beer and wine, we will be having His and Hers cocktails at our wedding. They are super fun, and a great way to add personalization. Our signature drinks are representations of what each of us like. My fiancé’s go to drink is a rum and coke, whereas I love something a little more summery and sweet. For desserts we are having a wedding cake, but will also have other treats to showcase some of the food we love to enjoy together as a couple. This gives us a chance to share with all our friends and family some of the simple pleasures we enjoy! If a certain food/drink has a special meaning to you and your future spouse or is just something the both of you love, make sure you include it in your day!

Incorporating our loved ones

A final way we have tried to add that special unique touch, is by making sure we incorporate as much as possible our loved ones who are close to us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them, so it is important that it is made known how meaningful they are to us. We plan to include pictures of both our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, to show where we have come from and to show how they have been great examples of strong marriages for us. Other great ways of including your loved ones could be done by making a special note to personally thank your parents/grandparents/siblings/best friends/etc. or by dedicating a song for them at the reception. Another great idea is to have a photo display or something else significant in remembrance of those who may have passed and could not be there. It’s the little details such as these that truly showcase you as a couple, where you have come from, what you love, and how thankful you are for everyone celebrating with you the start of your marriage!

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