Weddings are all about personalization these days. So how can couples include their mutual passions or hobbies in cute but not-too-cheesy ways? Here are eight great ideas for giving guests a wedding experience that incorporates something special about you as a couple.
1. A group excursion
If you're doing a destination wedding, a group excursion is a great way to incorporate your favorite activities into the celebration. Adventurous couples may want to consider snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, zip lining or ATV rides while low-key brides and grooms may enjoy walking tours, wine tastings or a catamaran cruise, says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group.
2. A creative unity ceremony
Many couples like to give their ceremony an added symbolism or significance. If you both grew up on the coast, consider mixing sands from beaches that have meaning to you individually. If you like to spend time cooking together in the kitchen, blend a unique spice mix as part of your unity ceremony, says Alex Chalk of Taylor'd Events Group.
3. By blending favorites
Why not add something that your groom loves to your beautiful bouquet? You can wrap the flowers in pages from his favorite book or set his favorite action figures next to the centerpieces, says Nick Price of TriFocus Media.
4. Geek out together
If you and your groom love a certain pop culture icon, like Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Star Trek, incorporate aspects of that fandom into your wedding. How cool would it be to say "I do" when accompanied by groomsmen wearing a Star Trek communicator pin and exclaiming, "Make it so!" or Hogwarts' house colors and proclaiming, "Mischief managed!" says Janine Dion at Long Island New York's Crest Hollow Country Club.
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5. Call upon songs
Music is a great way to personalize the event and the cocktail hour is the ideal time to do it. You can play tunes from favorite music festivals, concerts or Broadway shows, says Fabrice Orlando of Cocoon Events Management Group. Or, if you love the same movies, choose some sounds from the soundtrack and use it for your grand entry and exit, says Nick Price.
6. Tap into your interests in food
There are a number of ways of incorporating shared food interests into your wedding meal, including how you name the dishes (or drinks) or the stations. Or else, the meal itself could take guests on a journey, whether it's about a specific region of the world or a way of preparing food inspired by a book or film, says Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy. If you have a favorite restaurant or recipe, consider gifting your guests the spice blend or baking mix to recreate the savory or sweet item at home, says Alex Chalk. Or, if you're both health nuts, make sure there are plenty of healthy alternatives, like a juice bar, vegetable shooters and fruit kebabs at the reception, says Janine Dion.
7. Turn your guest book into a keepsake
Play upon one of your passions using the guestbook. An aviation-obsessed couple asked guests to sign an airplane propeller that they could later hang on their wall, while another couple had guests sign plates to hang in their dining room, Chalk says.
8. Look for ways to be charitable
If giving back is important to you as a couple, then incorporate charitable acts into the day itself. Make a donation to a favorite charity in lieu of favors, or donate flowers after the wedding to a local hospital or nursing home, says Fabrice Orlando.