In­fuse your wed­ding with in­di­vid­ual flavour

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - WEDDING GUIDE -

WHILE there is plenty of room for tra­di­tion in wed­ding plan­ning, more and more peo­ple are adding their own quirky or per­sonal de­tails to their day to ex­press their per­son­al­i­ties and make their wed­dings stand out.

One way this can be done is putting their own spin on the clas­sic flo­ral ar­range­ments or bou­quets.

While tra­di­tional flo­ral ar­rang­ments are as beau­ti­ful and pop­u­lar as ever, some brides choose to carry hand­made op­tions, from pa­per roses to pin­wheels or flow­ers made of mean­ing­ful sheet mu­sic, but­tons or fab­ric, or opt for un­usual plant choices such as suc­cu­lents or herbs such as laven­der.

Some cre­ative brides and grooms have even had var­i­ous types of food as their bou­quet – al­though these choices should be care­fully con­sid­ered so you don’t at­tract sting­ing in­sects or make a mess of your dress or suit.

A theme can also make for a sense of fun and whimsy, whether it’s a car­ni­val­like at­mos­phere with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep kids of all ages happy, or adding el­e­ments in­spired by your favourite movie, TV show or book.

Switch­ing up the roles of the bridal party can also be great if it bet­ter re­flects the re­la­tion­ships in your life, from re­cruit­ing a “man of hon­our” or “best woman” to hav­ing a flower grandma or grandpa in­stead of the tra­di­tional flower girl or page boy.

A fun al­ter­na­tive to a wed­ding guest book is to get ev­ery­one to fill out a card with their per­sonal de­tails and a spe­cial mes­sage for the bride and groom, to help them com­pile a com­pre­hen­sive ad­dress book of their near­est and dear­est that can be housed in its own keep­sake con­tainer.

Amuse those at the re­cep­tion ta­bles by adding cards with fun facts about your- selves, or old pho­tos of your­selves, to spark con­ver­sa­tion.

If you have loved ones who are no longer with you, you can hon­our them at your wed­ding by hav­ing a small ta­ble of pho­tos – this idea is par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful if the area is com­ple­mented by the glow of can­dles or fairy lights.

A way to make the beauty of your wed­ding last is to have a spe­cial box in which to place love let­ters you write to each other on or just be­fore your wed­ding day, along with a bot­tle of wine. On your first an­niver­sary, you can open the box again, read the let­ters and rem­i­nisce, while en­joy­ing the wine to­gether. By the same token, a wed­ding pinata, which guests fill with notes they have writ­ten to you and that you break on your first an­niver­sary, is also fun.

Spe­cial touches are only lim­ited by your imag­i­na­tion and bud­get, so check out wed­ding web­sites or Pin­ter­est to find in spi­ra­tion.

PRETTY PA­PER: Done well, pa­per flow­ers are just one way you can put your own spin on the clas­sic bou­quet.

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