Infuse your wedding with individual flavour
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.