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Wedding + 8 Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding On A Budget

Happy Thursday y’all! I’m so excited to share with you the first of five posts I’m going to be doing with WeddingWire about our planning process. We’re less than 80 days away from a day we’ve been planning for over two years, so I thought I would share with you some really easy ways to personalize your wedding on a budget!

This post is sponsored by WeddingWire, but as always the ideas and opinions are all my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Blonde & A Briefcase possible!

1. Use Colored Linens

One of the easiest ways we’ve been able to personalize our wedding is by using navy and gold linens instead of just white ones! We found a vendor who had different colored linens for the same price. It was so easy to just get our wedding colors and pay a little extra for some gold sequins. Staying within our budget has been harder than we thought, and we actually came in under budget for decor by using her! If you do a little research, this may be a really easy way to

2. Create Cute Signs

One of my favorite parts of planning decor was thinking of all of the cute/sassy signs we could have up. We’ll have one for the bar with our hashtag on it (more on that in the next tip!), one for the cake, our guest book and our table numbers. In fact, our table numbers will have a cute fact about a city or town that Matt and I have either been to or would like to visit.

Matt and I are generally sarcastic people, and tend to tease each other a lot. Our signs will most definitely be doing the same thing!

3. Have Your Own Hashtag

Did you know we had a wedding hashtag before we had a venue, date or pretty much anything else? #BeineEverAfter was born about five days after we got engaged because I have #priorities. I actually googled “wedding hashtags” and this wedding hashtag generator came up. While ours isn’t super creative, it’s been fun to look back at our (aka my) posts over our engagement!

4. Use Items From Your Apartment

My day job is in communications, and I’m a publicist for a great wedding planner here in New England. One of her best tips is to use things from you apartment, so we’ll be grabbing a few things from around our apartment to use around our reception. There’s a gold “B” that I painted when we first moved in together, some photos of ours from the past (almost) five years of dating, and a scrapbook I made Matt for our first anniversary.

Bringing stuff for our loved ones to look at during cocktail hour will be really fun for them, and make the day even more “ours.”

 

5. Have a Snapchat Filter at the Reception

Okay, I love to use Snapchat to stay in touch with my friends back home. It was kind of a no-brainer for us to get one for our wedding, and I’m excited to see everyone’s face when they see our Snapchat filter! We’re using WeddingWire’s Snapchat filter builder, which has been so easy. Like almost too easy,  but it’s such a fun touch to our wedding day that didn’t cost much and took no time at all!

So it’s even better than you think it’s going to be because some really cool brands that I love, (think Tuckernuck, Lilly Pultizer and Paper Source! oh… and Dominos… which is my favorite delivery pizza…). My rockstar MOH is also going to have someone design one for our bridal shower, which I’m sure will impress our cousins. Which is not an easy task.

6. Baby Photos

As a bartender for weddings one summer… four years ago…. I saw this couple use photos of themselves as babies on the bathroom doors to indicate which gender should use what restroom. It was great! I also saw another couple use it on jars to determine who would get cake smashed in their face. Such a fun way to show a little bit of yourselves when you were younger that we might try.

7. Personalize Your Ceremony

This may seem obvious, but if you can, pick readings that you and your fiancé really connect with, and have people who mean a lot to you read them. If you’re comfortable, write your own vows before hand to read at the ceremony or to each other in a quiet moment.

Find a fun template for your wedding programs that allows you to give a little blurb on how each person came to be in your wedding party, so your guests really feel like they know everyone involved in the wedding!

8. Have Loved Ones Make Pieces

One of the best things is when someone offers to make you something for your wedding. I would highly recommend taking them up on this offer! We have a couple of things made and I’m so excited to use those pieces for years to come knowing they were at our wedding!

 

This biggest tip to keep in mind as you finalize details for your wedding, is that it’s your wedding. Family pressure and budgets can be really hard sometimes, but it can be easy to add little touches here and there without breaking the bank.

 

What are you doing to personalize your wedding? Anything that you’ve been wanting to do forever? Any other ideas?

 

xx

Ashley

Looking for more wedding fun? Check out the post about how we met, how we saved money on our save the dates, and my top 10 registry picks!

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  • I wish I had a snapchat filter for my wedding! With all of the things to plan & remember, this one definitely fell through the cracks. But, I loved the signs my mom made for around the venue. They had our hashtag and cute little love quotes. xx

    • That’s so sweet that your mom did that! One of our groomsmen is making one for the wedding!

  • These are all such awesome ideas! I’ve honestly never put any thought into the details of my wedding because I can’t really imagine having one… I think my boyfriend and I will just end up doing something small with his family and my sisters.

    • That sounds so sweet though! I think weddings like that are great… my fiance’s family is just too big haha!

  • Amanda Faber

    I choose a personal gift to my guests. My mom makes the best pickles and she made mini jars for all of my guests. They were a huge hit!

  • Omg, I had no idea that you could have a personalized Snapchat Filter- that’s amazing!

  • Great tips! Its so crazy how much you can spend on a wedding!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

  • These are genius ideas! I love the sayings people have at their weddings. A snapchat filter is a great idea!

  • These are so unique! 🙂 I love the baby picture idea!

  • Azanique

    This is so sweet! I see a lot of people utilizing a hashtag and geotags for snapchat for their wedding. Such a fun way to keep up with all your guests

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • I can’t wait to look through everything the day of our wedding!

  • These are all such cute and budget-friendly ideas- so fun!

  • thesophiadiaries

    Oh, baby photos is one I’ve never heard of before! What a cool concept!

    • I just found it the other day, and definitely think we’re gonna do it!

  • awe i love these little personal details! baby photos is especially cute!

  • So I’m neither married nor engaged but this was SUCH a great read! I always thought you had to pay a crazy amount of money to get a personalized snapchat filter! What a great way to commemorate a wedding!