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!
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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?