It’s no secret that your wedding day is about you, but it can be easy to get caught up in the routine of the big event. It’s always exciting to see a couple make their day more special by personalizing it, but it can sometimes be difficult to think of ways to accomplish this task. After witnessing hundreds of weddings over the years (and taking into account the trends of the season), here are some of our favorite ways we’ve seen couples make their day completely theirs.
A unity symbol can be anything a couple wants it to be. Some symbols are historic, such as the unity candle, which dates back forty years. Others are religious, like washing each other’s feet (a representation of John 13:1-17) or breaking glass in Jewish tradition. We’ve also seen sand poured into a vessel, red and white wine mixed together in a glass, and so much more. No matter what you choose to do during your ceremony, as long as you feel represented as a couple, you’re on the right track.
The past couple decades have popularized the “first look”, which is a private and beautiful moment pre-ceremony. So many customizations of the first look have been created since its beginning, such as a “first look no peek” where the couple holds hands and is able to talk with each other while still not looking at each other (make sure you have enough self control for this one before you commit to it!). Choosing to not do a first look doesn’t mean that your day is any less personal than if you do choose to do it - it’s up to you as the couple and how you desire to spend your time! There is something that can be cherished about seeing each other for the first time on your big day in a private setting, and for that reason we’ll always be a fan.
Writing each other a letter to be opened on your wedding day is one of our favorite ways to make your day more personal. Having an artifact from your fiancé that you can hold in your hands undoubtedly creates a closeness between the two of you, even if you’re not together throughout the entire day of the wedding. Having the letter from your wedding day for years to come is incredibly special as well.
No matter what you choose to do, as long as it’s personal to you and your new bride/groom, you won’t regret it. Make sure not to get too caught up in the pomp and circumstance of it all - make your wedding day yours.