100 Sentimental Wedding Ideas You'll Love

You spend months (if not years) picking out the perfect venue, choosing the right dress, hiring the best photographer, videographer, DJ... the list goes on and on. With everything you need to check off your to-do list, it's far too easy to forget about the emotional side of a wedding. 

 

Adding a token from your parents' wedding, exchanging love letters with your soon-to-be spouse, and creating guest books you'll want to read over and over are some of the elements that make your wedding feel ultra-personal. Here, some of our favorite ideas we've seen lately. 

By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein
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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Did your mom preserve her wedding dress? If there's no chance that you or a sibling would ever wear it, ask if you can add a sentimental touch to your bouquet by wrapping a piece of her gown around the stems. Odds are that if she's kept it for so long, she'd be honored to have you use it in your wedding, even if you aren't wearing it. 

    Photo Credit: Nadia D. Photography

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    You can also take a piece of your mother's wedding dress and turn it into a necklace to wear on your wedding day.

    Photo Credit: Green Grass Gifts/Etsy

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    And for a keepsake garter, use a piece of lace from your mom's gown. 

    Photo Credit: All The Good Girls Go To Heaven

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    If Mom doesn't want you to cut up her gown (understandable!), put it on display instead. Gather the gowns of your future mother-in-law and your grandmothers as well, if they saved them, and display them on dress forms along the path to your ceremony. 

    Photo Credit: Ashley David Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Snap a photo where you each hold up a photo from your parents' wedding.

    Photo Credit: Ana Lui Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Perfect framing: Take a photo of your dress with a picture of your mom in her wedding gown in the background.

    Photo Credit: Vanessa Joy Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Re-create your favorite photo from your parents' wedding.

    Photo Credit: Lemon Lime Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Take a sweet photo just for your mom and dad, and surprise them with a framed version after the wedding.

    Photo Credit: Jennifer Wilson Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Have a "first look" with your dad!

    Photo Credit: Bend the Light Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Or, have a first look with both of your parents.

    Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    A sweet "something blue" — using one of your dad's old shirts, cut out a heart and sew it onto your dress. 

    Photo Credit: Sequins and Candy Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Give your parents and new in-laws custom embroidered handkerchiefs.

    Photo Credit: Blink of an Eye Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Gather your mom and grandma for this sweet shot together.

    Photo Credit: Joshua McCoy Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Add a tribute to your parents on your cocktail coasters. 

    Photo Credit: Emma Case Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Re-use the cake topper from your parents' wedding.

    Photo Credit: William Walker Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    Right before you're pronounced man and wife, take a pause to give your moms one last kiss.

    Photo Credit: Jeremy Beasley Photography

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    Sweet Ideas for Parents

    And before you leave the ceremony with your new husband, remind your dad that he's still an important part of your life with a goodbye kiss. 

    Photo Credit: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

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    Personalized Fashion

    Embroider your wedding date into the hem of your dress using blue thread — the perfect "something blue."

    Photo Credit: Cameron Ingalls

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    Personalized Fashion

    Or, take it a step further by adding your monogram as well. 

    Photo Credit: Longs Photography

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    Personalized Fashion

    Another fun way to use your monogram — embroider it on your veil! 

    Photo Credit: Katelyn James Photography