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Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (26)

Five Easy Ideas to Add Those Personal Touches to Your Wedding Day

A guest article from Weddings By Mary

Weddings give couples the perfect opportunity to express their unique & individual personalities. Adding personal touches to your day makes it so much more unique and memorable. At Weddings By Mary I completely understand that every wedding is unique and although I offer wedding planning ‘packages’, no wedding I plan is the same as another, as none of my couples are the same. I really encourage brides & grooms to express themselves in whatever way makes them feel like, well, them!

Over the years I have seen so many individual and personal ideas come to fruition, from the homemade touches of Scottish shortbread, lovingly baked and wrapped by the bride, to parents who tenderly nurtured and grew all the flowers in their own garden from which they created beautiful table centrepieces and displays around the wedding venue. Don’t be shy in expressing your wedding day desires. It is also a lovely way to get family and friends more involved in the planning, build up and excitement of your special day.

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (5)

Here are five easy ideas to adapt and bring a unique individual feel to your big day

1. Creative Table Names

Rather than the traditional table numbers of 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on, why not have table names? You could choose holiday destinations you have been to and add a photograph of the two of you there. Perhaps you have a love of music or maybe a sport or hobby that you participate in either individually or together. And not having numbers also avoids any possible feeling of hierarchy amongst guests!

2. Alternative Table Plan

Many couples are breaking away from the traditional table plan display on a piece of ridged card with a long list of names. Many are wanting something more creative, something more tailored to them and their theme. Why not try hanging the guests names looped through lace & ribbon or make the plan more of a feature perhaps use a ladder, crates or bottles? Get creative and experiment with ideas.

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (33)

3. Homemade Wedding Favours

Five sugared almonds which were traditionally offered to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility & longevity, are most definitely a thing of the past. Attractively boxed coloured macaroons, homemade & handmade shortbread or perhaps a little bottle of a family recipe homebrew are now adorning guest tables. Do however think carefully about whether you wish to provide your guests with a favour as time & time again here at Weddings By Mary I have seen these left at the end of the night. Another option, and one proving more popular, can be to gift a donation to your favourite charity instead. Some couples have a close association with a specific charity and therefore feel a greater sense of pride with this alternative.

4. Trendy His & Hers Cocktails

Along with gin bars, cocktails are also proving very popular this wedding season, so why not treat yourselves and your guests to a personalised cocktail that you have created? If your wedding is during the summer months why not add a refreshing twist like mint, cucumber or lime juice or if you are opting for a winter wedding, how about spices like cinnamon or cloves, or honey to warm your guests and wow their senses? Experimenting with cocktails can also add another fun element for you, your family & close friends during the planning stages of your special day. Why not make a special evening of it?

5. The Music you Love!

Music can be a very personal thing. However, as a couple you will more than likely have certain songs that will evoke emotions and special memories for you. Music can play a huge part in every aspect of your day, from the ceremony to the drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening party. Take time to think of the atmosphere you wish to create throughout each of these parts, from the intimacy and emotion of the ceremony to letting your hair down on the dancefloor.

Remember whatever personal touches you add to your wedding they will be synonymous with you and you alone. And your guests will love it!

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (10)

Words by Mary, Weddings By Mary, Chelmsford

Images by Jodie Cooling, from the English Wedding archives. See Becky & Sam’s Gatsby Glam vintage wedding here

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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