I'm Mallory, a wedding planner based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Traveling throughout Richmond, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. With a passion for weddings and an eye for details, I help create a personalized and seamless experience for you and your guests.
When it comes to wedding planning, couples crave custom details. We get it! And while it’s easy to default to what you’ve seen on Pinterest or in magazines, we want to help design a wedding that is uniquely you! One of the most popular ways to personalize your big day is through the wedding ceremony — the milestone moment when you officially become married. How exactly do you design a ceremony that feels like you both and celebrates your relationship?
There are infinite ways to add small touches to your wedding ceremony to make it more meaningful. Below we are including just a few ways to personalize and create a more memorable wedding day for you and your guests.
There’s something special about selecting someone close to you to officiate your wedding. They know you on a personal level so it creates a more intimate approach.
A friend or family member adds more personality too. They can speak candidly about you and add personal stories and antidotes that will make the ceremony much more noteworthy for your guests.
When it comes to wedding ceremonies, there’s a general outline that’s usually followed: processional, welcome, readings, vows, kiss, pronouncement, recessional—you’re married! But there’s no reason you have to adhere to the traditional order. If specific wedding traditions do not feel authentic and may not fit you and your partner’s style, then opt out of it.
Would you prefer to walk down the aisle together or even solo? You do you! Once we sat guests in a circle and had our two grooms walk from each side towards one another to join in the middle. It was absolutely perfect for them!
This goes for writing your own vows as well. We are huge advocates of words straight from the heart. You don’t have to be the world’s greatest writer to tell your partner why you love them. Your wedding vows are such an intimate moment that truly celebrates your love. Plus, it helps make the ceremony truly feel yours.
Including a wedding tradition to honor your culture is a unique way to personalize your wedding ceremony. You and your guests will enjoy being a part of a special tradition that makes the day even more memorable.
Struggling to find the balance of incorporating traditions without losing sight of you as a couple – check out our previous blog post that highlighted Daly & Tyler’s Wedding.
Whether it’s a family heirloom, an inside joke, or maybe even a momento from your first date, including heartfelt items into your wedding makes it that much more—well—special.
Here our couple had matching grape soda bottle caps pinned to their bouquet and bout. Bonus points if you get this reference.
We’ve also had a Father of the Bride build a cross for the couple’s backdrop for their wedding ceremony.
Celebrating your wedding day without the presence of a loved one can be difficult. We’ve had couples that had lost their mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Honor them with simple acts such as, leaving a chair in the first row with a bouquet of flowers on it to symbolize their attendance or having someone walk with a photo of them down the aisle. You could wear something that belonged to them or include a small photo wrapped on your bouquet. Once a bride surprised her future husband with cufflinks with his parent’s names on them. It was truly a beautiful moment to witness.
We all love pets, so include them. If you’re able to bring them to your wedding ceremony consider including them in your processional or just posing for pictures with them post-ceremony.
Of course, not every wedding allows for all pets to join in on the fun, so we can offer ways to include them on small details throughout your wedding design too!
Mix it up with your seating. We love how our couple chose something untraditional for their wedding ceremony and stood in the middle of all their guests. They wanted to feel completely surrounded by their loved ones.
Have your adorable ring barrier carry your bands on something unique or give your flower girls some extra pizzazz with their dresses or baskets. We had one little man drive the wedding bands down the aisle in his 4-wheeler. It got a lot of laughs from the crowd!
Don’t feel pressured to use traditional music. You can walk down the aisle to anything! Did you know that I walked down the aisle to Pink Floyd? It was a special song that my husband and I chose together.
Ask one of your talented guests to perform a song. If your friends and family are not musically inclined or are without a talent they are comfortable sharing, simply hiring a musician to play some beautiful live music that speaks to you or having them sing a favorite song of yours can be very powerful.
Is there anything more fun than making an entrance? We’ve seen couples arrive to their ceremony in vintage cars, horses, and even a boat! What about making an entrance with the entire wedding party with a bag piper leading the way?
Once the wedding ceremony is over, provide your guests with the tools they need to send you off and onto the reception. Ribbon wands, bubbles, flower petals or confetti poppers – the ideas are limitless!
If you’re looking for more creative ways to personalize your big day, contact All The Dainty Details today. We offer multiple services to build a package filled with all your needs to make your day a success!