I'm very happy and grateful to have Alicia from "Down under" at ATypical Type A here guest posting today. If you aren't familiar with her great stationery designs yet, then you should definitely head over to her website to check it out! In the meantime, Alicia has pulled together some great ways to personalize your wedding day, and even throws in a free printable or two ;)
Hello from a hot Adelaide, Australia.
Have you ever been to a wedding and thought it looked lovely but that didn't have any sense of the couple themselves? That it could have been anyone's wedding?
You're likely forking out a huge chunk of change for this day, so the last thing you want is for it to look generic. But having a unique wedding doesn't mean blowing the budget to hire a symphony orchestra or having you arrive in a hot air balloon. It's all about taking the aspects you were going to have anyway and adding personal touches to them.
Stationery is one of the easiest and most effective ways to personalise your wedding. Here's how, starting with the most important thing: your invitations.
It doesn't get much more personal than using your own profile. If you already something else in mind for the invitation itself, cameo silhouettes can be easily incoporated into a variety of other stationery items, including thank you notes (pictured), programs, menus, seating charts and more. While they are most commonly used in vintage styles, they can make a charming addition to a more contemporary design.
Instead of using standard issue current stamps, a quick eBay search will leave you with loads of options for vintage stamps that not only tie in with your colour scheme but also reflect something about your hobbies or background. One of my recent clients, for example, found some stamps featuring a famous Australian explorer who is her fiance's ancestor and namesake.
While certainly not on the must-have list, envelope liners are a budget-friendly and simple DIY project to add an extra layer of personalisation to your invitations. Old book pages were used in the above example for a wedding in a library, but you could also try photocopied black and white family photos or a map of your hometown. Step-by-step tutorial here.
You can have a lot of fun with your reply cards since they're more of a throwaway piece that doesn't require the same formality as other items in your suite. Choose some clever wording that speaks to your theme and leave room for guests to write you a message or a song request for the reception.
Keep in mind that your rellies don't know your uni buddy who's your bridesmaid and your friends have never met your cousin who's doing the reading. Spare your guests trying to figure out who everyone is and introduce the VIPs in your ceremony program. You'll encourage mingling later on plus it will be a wonderful keepsake.
Games for the little ones
Keep children occupied at your ceremony with something like this 'I spy' game sheet. Yours free to download here.
...and the grown-ups
Encourage mingling during your cocktail hour with a giant crossword of trivia about the two of you and your relationship.
Instead of the ol' 1, 2, 3, choose table names that mean something to you. I know of a couple of architects who named their tables after landmark buildings they'd visited together. You could also choose your marriage values (pictured), cities that are meaningful to you, or favourite movies if you're film buffs... the options really are endless! A bonus is that you'll have your guests curious to walk around the room to find them all to work out the connection.
CD cover favours
After the party's over, make a CD of songs from your wedding to give as thank yous to your guests. It will put a smile on their face with every listen! Get your free printable template.
As you can see, from the invitations through to the big day and beyond, there are tons of options for personalising your wedding with paper goods. I hope enjoyed my tips today as we try not to get too jealous of Sarah who is currently drinking a cocktail out of a coconut somewhere in Hawaii!