Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

A wedding is more than just saying vows and making your union legal. It is a personal reflection of you as a couple. Rather than simply moving through the motions, add some personal touches to make your day profound. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Let your vows be personal. Personal vows are the core of why you are getting married in the first place. This is the perfect time to express your commitment to each other. You have the stage, and your support system is the audience. Express why you fell in love, your promise to fully commit your life to one another, and your enthusiasm to move forward. While we love traditional vows, a personal approach is not only romantic, but engaging.

Add in a little culture. Where are you from? What is your heritage? Including a little cultural spice is hot right now in the wedding scene. There are many ways you can use your culture to add a personal flare. Incorporate clothing, additional small ceremonies, or even decorations to show off your background and call attention to pieces that are most important to you. For example, if you add a ceremonial element, announce its significance so your guests to appreciate the moment with you. If you add decorations, find beautiful signage that illuminates its relevance.

Include your furbabies. Who wouldn’t love seeing your sweet pup carry your ring down the aisle? If your furry friend is well behaved, consider letting him stand up front with the wedding party wearing his best wedding attire! Some brides even work on tricks with their pet to give the audience a show during the reception. Be sure to include him in your photos and give your guests time to greet your adorable addition.

Ask a family member or friend to officiate. Consider asking a loved one to officiate you’re wedding. There may be a few steps involved, but it is more meaningful and memorable. This is the perfect way to involve someone you love who is not in the wedding party and recognize their significance to you and your nuptials. Be sure that the person you ask to officiate obtains proper licensing long in advance!

Gift Ideas for Your Officiant

It’s becoming increasingly popular to say thank you to your officiant by giving them a special gift. After all, you give bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parent’s gifts and the officiant is the one actually marrying you.

When choosing an appropriate gift, here are some ideas to consider:

Bottle of Wine

No matter what the occasion, a bottle of wine is always a kind gesture of breaking bread and finding common ground. By giving your officiant a bottle of wine you’re gesturing for them to celebrate in honor of your marriage (just be sure to check if they are a teetotaler!).

Money

Many officiants prefer the basics of cash or a flexible gift card. It may seem a little cliché or insincere, but it is a universal gift your officiant would be grateful for. Consider pairing it with a small token gift to add a more personal touch.

Fountain Pen

Officiants do business the same way everyone else does! A quality fountain pen is a very considerate gift acknowledging their line of work. Fountain pens are great gifts too since everyone will want a quality writing utensil when it comes to signing important documents (like a marriage license!).

Engraved Journal

If you are very familiar with your officiant and want to give a more personal gift, an engraved journal offers a variety of uses while still remaining intimate. This allows for your officiant to have their own keepsake in memory of your special day (pair with a fountain pen for an added bonus!).

With all of the hustle and bustle going on with your wedding, giving a simple gift to your officiant is a very courteous thing to do. Remember, the gift does not have to be expensive, just considerate. A small token of your appreciation goes a long way for someone so important in your wedding ceremony!