Looking for ways to give your celebration a point of difference? Setting your day apart from the rest doesn’t have to cost the earth – here are five ways to individualise your vows, using personal touches that are unique to you. See 25 more ideas in our Autumn issue, on stands now!
- In lieu of a wedding gift, invite friends and family to share their artistic talents – a brilliant vocalist could sing you down the aisle, while a clever illustrator could sketch a cartoon strip of your love story thus far. Include the sketch in your order-of-service for an added point of interest.
- Place conventional decorations in unexpected settings. Saying ‘I do’ on the beach? Bury your bloom-filled mason jars in the sand instead of sitting them atop – they’ll look like they’re sprouting from the ground especially for your big occasion. Alternatively, forgo a few centrepieces and instead hang long-stemmed roses upside down from the ceiling – your reception will rain style from above.
- Instead of matching bouquets, have your bridesmaids hold blooms that carry different meanings – white chrysanthemums indicate truth, calla lilies say beauty and peonies promise a happy marriage.
- Instead of a timeline, draw a map of a city or country and label places that you and your hubby-to-be have shared special moments or adventures: the cinema in which you watched your first flick together, your favourite restaurants, the spot at which you first met. Include a copy of the map with each order of service.
- Collect stones or shells from your favourite beach and leave one on each person’s ceremony chair. Invite guests to bless the item before placing it back in an allocated bowl as they leave. Display the bowl pride of place at home on a mantelpiece or outdoor dining table.