It’s time to reveal some of my favorite ideas to help you when you start planning your wedding. This will help make your wedding an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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Why is this such a big deal? Well, I don’t believe ANYBODY’S wedding should be a “one size fit all” type of wedding. Your wedding is YOUR day, and it should feel like the right fit for your personalities from start to finish.

What I realized after seeing hundreds of brides on their wedding day, is that the thing that makes each wedding unique is…YOU.
Now, before you tell me how obvious that is, think about it.  What is the one thing that is completely original and unique about your wedding day, that no other wedding day has ever seen or done before?
Your guests have never been at party celebrating YOUR love and relationship with your fiancé.  They’ve never seen YOU in that gorgeous dress, walking down the aisle, partying on the dance floor.
The secret to having a wedding that leaves a lasting impression on your guests and really feels like “you” is weaving as much of your personality as possible into your wedding day.
Believe me, over the more than 25 years of being a photographer, I’ve seen hundreds of weddings and come across numerous wedding planning ideas, including the details of what makes you special, and these things cost LITTLE OR NO MONEY. So feel free to ignore these suggestions, but I’d advise you to consider carefully these thoughts when planning your wedding, as they’re not based on theory, but on what I’ve seen work over the years.

1) Naming Your Tables. Instead of using traditional table numbers,  name your tables after a special interest or hobby that you share. Such as…players on your favorite team, cities you have visited together, or types of wine.
2) Newlywed Trivia. Create a list of trivia questions about you and your fiance for your guests to answer. This not only lets your guests get to know you as a couple, it breaks the ice as guests answer questions as each table.
3) Favors That Represent You. Give your guests favors that say something about your interests. One couple had Star Wars knitted characters for all their guests, since the bride and groom were big sci-fi fans.

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Another gave bottles of honey wine they’d made themselves.
4) Share Your Childhood Photos. You can do this in a collage of photos of the two of you growing up, in your signature guest book, or displayed on your gift table.
5) Display Your Parents and Grandparents Wedding Photos. This is a  romantic and elegant way to share your family history.
6) Love Letters. You can put together a collage or scrap book of letters you and your fiance sent to each other if you had a long distance relationship. [Be sure to get your fiancé’s permission first though, as us guys often prefer to keep these things private, as it could affect our street cred! 🙂 ]
7) A Groom’s Cake. Have a groom’s cake designed to honor your fiancé’s interest or hobby.  A fire engine if he is a fire fighter; a guitar if he is a musician.
8) Personalize Your Vows. Write your own vows and add personal details to let your guests glimpse more of your relationship.
9) Tell Your Love Story. Have either your officiant or your master of ceremonies share your love story with your guests.
10) A Photo Montage. Play a montage of photos of the two of you growing up and then together set to music.
11) Invite Your Guests To Perform. If you have musicians or dancers in the family, ask them to perform at your ceremony or reception. (Just make sure they will still enjoy themselves!)
12) Make Memories With Music. Play your favorite songs and artists during your ceremony and reception, or the songs that your family and friends love.  Some fun places to use your favorite tunes include your walk down the aisle, your introduction music, and  your parent dances.
13) Dedicate a Song. If there is a song that reminds you of one of your loved ones, have your entertainer dedicate it to them.  It can be serious, sentimental, or silly.
14) Thank Your Guests. Take a moment during the speeches or at the end of the night to thank your guests.  You might invite them to the dance floor to form a big circle and dance together to a song like “That’s What Friends Are For” or “Friends In Low Places.”

You don’t HAVE to use all or any of these things.  But I do encourage you to express your personalities in a way that fits
who YOU are, because it will engage and involve your guests like nothing else.

1) Make a list of all you and your fiance’s hobbies, interests,
and quirks. Are you a sports fanatic?  Are you into painting or
writing?  Do you have any favorite musical artists?
2) Looking at your list of hobbies and interests, write down some ideas for how you can work them into your favors, decor, or music.
3) Pick out your favorite unique ideas and DO THEM.

If you loved these few wedding planning ideas, I have many more waiting to share with you. If you’d like my style of photography and would to meet up for a chat about making your day a memorable occasion, get in touch here. Or, why not sign up for my newsletter updates of what’s happening at Clive Blair Photography?