101 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

What makes a wedding special? It's all in the details, and we've got some exciting ideas to make your celebration memorable.

By: Rachel Griffiths
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    Ceremony seating can tie in with your wedding theme, so consider hay bales for a country wedding or satinccushions for the floor of that urban loft, says Sasha Souza of San Francisco's Sasha Souza Events.

    Photo Credit: The Reason Photography on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

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    Dress doors and entrances with flower garlands and fabric swags. Souza once used a pair of 200-year-old doors as a backdrop for a beach wedding.

    Photo Credit: Andrea Polito Photography

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    Your aisle runner is an opportunity to amaze. Show off your love story! Or dress it up in a way that reflects your venue; for a beach wedding, George sprinkled smooth-edged sea glass along the sand so that the whole aisle twinkled.

    Photo Credit: The Other Sister Photography

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    For romantic atmosphere, project slow-moving images — think flowing water or clouds — onto a sleek fabric chuppah, wedding arch, or aisle runner, suggests George.

    Photo Credit: Rhee Bevere

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    Use a length of linen fabric in one of your wedding colors for an aisle runner. (Hint: It's easy on the budget!).

    Photo Credit: Colin Miller

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    Reserve ceremony seating for your most important guests by placing name cards on their chairs. If you want to give these guests extra-special treatment, write a personal note on each card.

    Photo Credit: Aaron Delesie

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    Hot summer ceremony? Have your wedding programs printed on paper fans.

    Photo Credit: Sherman Chu

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    Beach brides: Bury vases in the sand so it looks as if your flowers are growing there, says Michael George of Michael George Flowers in New York City.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

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    Worried that the littlest flower girl won't make it down the aisle on her own? Have a junior bridesmaid pull her in a classic red wagon.

    Photo Credit: Honey Heart Photography

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    Use a silver tray carpeted with moss for the ring-bearer's pillow. Or, reflect one of your favorite hobbies, like this baseball-inspired pillow.

    Photo Credit: Nashville Wedding Photographer Derek Lee

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    Have someone who is near and dear to you do a reading — perhaps a special love poem — or sing an aria from a favorite opera.

    Photo Credit: You Can't Be Serious on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly

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    If you don't like the idea of getting birdseed or rice in your hair, give guests beach balls, sparklers, pinwheels, or mini-flags for the big send-off.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

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    Will guests be tossing petals post-ceremony? Hang cones or little galvanized metal buckets filled with these pretty items on the backs of ceremony chairs — they'll double as pew décor.

    Photo Credit: Focus Photography Inc. on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

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    "Don't be afraid to be creative with your ceremony music," says Souza, who's arranged "I dos" to everything from a single flamenco guitarist to a full jazz band.

    Photo Credit: Leigh Miller Photography on Snippet & Ink via Lover.ly

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    Pre-ceremony, don't offer food or booze; keep it low-key with glasses of ginger lemonade, says Peter Callahan of Callahan Catering, with locations in New York City and Philadelphia.

    Photo Credit: Justin & Mary

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    Creative "I Dos"

    Lollipops in candy colors, clusters of berries, autumn leaves — get bold with your boutonnières.

    Photo Credit: Sugar & Soul Photography

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    A tip for ensuring that all eyes really are on you: Go for all-white flowers, such as delicate lily of the valley, in your bouquet. 

    Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

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    If you prefer fairy-tale flowers, ask your florist to arrange individual petals into the shape of a sumptuous rose of any diameter. 

    Photo Credit: In Bloom New York

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    Make the bar spectacular, says Souza. How about having one carved from solid ice, with bright poppies frozen inside for a dash of vibrant color?

    Photo Credit: Revelry Event Designers

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    Want to decorate with ice but are working on a budget? Have your caterer embellish your drinks with ice cubes that have edible flower petals frozen inside.

    Photo courtesy of DGC