Planning a wedding is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work. Right after you pop open the first bottle of bubbly and celebrate your engagement with the ones you love the most, it's time to dive into the details, the decisions, and the DIY projects.
From venue tours to cake tastings, flower arrangements to a song list for the DJ, your wedding to-do list will soon grow from one flimsy page to what feels like a full notepad’s worth of tasks. With so much to do, it's easy to forget about the little things when planning a wedding, like having table numbers, ceremony programmes, a personalized guest book, and even a bathroom amenity basket. Yet, most of the time, it's those personal touches that can make your day feel special, one-of-a-kind, and extra-memorable for all of your guests.
A simple tip that'll help you knock items off your to-do list is to define the look and feel of your wedding day early on. That way, you can narrow down vendors, choose a theme you adore and have all your details blend together nicely.
From the napkins at the bar to the welcome signs greeting your guests, sticking with a fluid style – and adding bits of personalization throughout – is an easy, affordable way to create a unique, consistent atmosphere that will make even the smallest details stand out on the big day.
Start by finding matching products that span various items, or choose a template that accommodates your wedding ambiance. That way, you can stay organized with your designs and save money on having to customize each option. Plus, ordering your wedding invitations, stationery, and personalized items all in one place cuts out the headache of having to shop around and provides you with the opportunity to cut costs along the way.
Let's explore a list of items you can customize for your wedding that will make your big day light up with personality and charm.
Kick-off your pre-wedding events with an engagement party invitation, showing guests a glimpse of your wedding theme and hinting at what's to come.
Share the news about your big day on a customized card (with an envelope) or a postcard that'll get your guests excited about your wedding.
Pop the “Will you be my bridesmaid?" question to your nearest and dearest friends with a personalized card, sign, or label that you can place on a bottle of wine or their favorite scented candle.
Add your personal flair to wedding invitations and match your invites and RSVPs using your own wedding look and feel. If you´re getting married out in the country or near the sea, add subtle details or choose a template that reflects your venue.
Set the mood for your bridal shower with an invitation that embodies the colour scheme, atmosphere, and mood for a sweet afternoon or morning celebration with your closest friends and family members.
Let your friends in on all the details for one of the best weekends of your life with an invitation that makes them want to pack their suitcase months in advance.
Your wedding hashtag
Get your friends involved in the big day by creating a hashtag that you can share on invitations, table cards, and even wedding programmes, asking guests to use it when they post photos throughout your wedding adventure.
Websites are a popular and handy way to showcase the venue and provide directions, and can even be used for booking accommodation and requesting special music from your DJ. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can even include a video with a personal message from the happy couple.
Bridal party gifts
Design a little something special for the members of your bridal party who have been by your side from the start. Create personalized koozies, wine glasses, t-shirts, or tote bags, with their name or nickname on them.
Wedding day signs
Guide your guests through your wedding day in style with signs that point them in the right direction (and to the dance floor).
Wedding ceremony programmes
Describe the details of the ceremony, mentioning those who are participating in it and any special announcements you'd like your guests to read.
Let your guests know what table they should cozy up to for the night with customized place-cards. Print them on your choice of paper, with your wedding theme or design on them. Remember to add your unique wedding hashtag.
Wedding menu cards
Showcase the mouth-watering food on the menu for your first meal as a couple. List the various entrée choices, and don't forget to include what's for dessert!
Greet your out-of-town guests with a wedding welcome basket when they check into their hotel. Fill it with party essentials, a weekend itinerary, and snacks from your favourite local spots. Brand the basket with a sticker that has your wedding logo, hashtag or theme on it.
Jen Glantz is the creator of the blog, The Things I Learned From, and the author of the books All My Friends are Engaged, & and Always a Bridesmaid for Hire. She's a freelance writer, a public speaker, and the founder of Jen & Juice, a coaching business that's served more than 50 individual clients and companies like Google, Hyatt, Brooklyn Brewery, and ESPN.