150+ Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

You've already made the most important decision: Choosing who to marry! Now, it's time to bring your personal definition of "happily ever after" to life with one-of-a-kind details.

 

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By: Stefania Sainato
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    "Transformer" Dress

    Believe it or not, the photos above feature the same exact dress! "Transformer" wedding gowns allow you to showcase different looks for the ceremony and reception (without having to purchase a second gown). Look for a style with a detachable skirt or chic overlay.

    Search for your dream wedding gown!

    Photo by Alan Melconian/Deja Vu Studios via Bridal Reflections

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    Mom's Dress: Revisited

    Mom's wedding gown has sentimental value, but most brides prefer to wear a dress that reflects their own personal style (and doesn't have shoulder pads from the '80s!). The perfect compromise: This bride had a seamstress cut out the beaded flowers from her mother's dress, and she applied them to the bottom of her own veil.

    Read about a bride who wore a 127-year-old wedding dress.

    Photo Credit: Krista Mason Photography

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    Mom's Dress: Revisited

    Photo Credit: Krista Mason Photography

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    Mom's Dress: Revisited

    Or, wrap the bouquet handle in the same fabric as your mother's gown. This bride chose to honor her grandmother by incorporating her dress fabric and a pendant that she gave to her for the wedding day.

    Photo Credit: Desi Baytan Photography

  • Hidden Message Close to Your Heart
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    Hidden Message Close to Your Heart

    Sew a secret message onto the underside of your gown—only you'll know it's there, but it will add a sentimental touch to your bridal ensemble. This bride cut fabric from three generations of family members' clothing into the shape of hearts. They were sewn into her dress so that she could "carry their hearts" with her.

    Check out more ways to honor lost loved ones.

    Wedding Planner: Jen Stiebel/SoCo Events

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    Hidden Message Close to Your Heart

    Photo Credit: MK Loeffler Photography

  • An Ode to Their Profession
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    An Ode to Their Profession

    Personalize your photos, song list, or even the way that you're introduced into your reception with a nod to you or your husband's profession! Wear each other's firefighter jacket and hat, military beret or doctor's lab coat. Whether you choose just one element—a scientist could serve cocktails in miniature beakers or name them after chemical compounds—or go for a full-out theme, it will make your wedding that much more meaningful to you as a couple. 

    Photo Credit: Kiss the Groom

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    An Ode to Their Profession

    This back-to-school wedding gets an A+ for its execution and attention to detail.

    Photo Credit: Tim Tab Studios

  • Did You See the Back of That Dress?
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    Did You See the Back of That Dress?

    When it comes to real weddings submissions, we're suffering from a major case of whiplash—who could blame us with a back this divine? Whether the posterior of your dress is plunging, embellished, or in a keyhole shape, there's no better way to shock and awe guests as you walk down the aisle.

    Check out more of our favorite dramatic dress backs here.

    Photo by: Pat Dy Photography/Dress by: Veluz Reyes

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    Did You See the Back of That Dress?

    Photo Credit: Paul Barnett

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    Did You See The Back Of That Dress?

    Dress by Pnina Tornai. Browse more gorgeous styles from Pnina Tornai here!

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    Did You See The Back Of That Dress?

    Dress by Stella York. Browse more gorgeous styles from Stella York here!

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    Photo Within a Photo

    No wedding album would be complete without a shot of your gown in all its glory before you slip it on. It's resplendent as is—the light streaming through the windows casting a magical glow—but we've noticed more brides are adding mementos in the background. Add a blink-and-you'll-miss-it family photo, childhood keepsake, or other fun surprise.

    Check out another adorable photo-within-a-photo here.

    Photo Credit: Zenobia Studios

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    Photo Within a Photo

    Photo Credit: Vanessa Joy Photography

  • When in Doubt, Say It With Your Shoes
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    When in Doubt, Say It With Your Shoes

    In this Up-themed wedding, the couple wrote their names on the bottom of each other's shoes, in a nod to their other favorite Disney film, Toy Story. Take a cue from Woody and pals by scrawling a love letter for your sole mate.

    Photo Credit: Randi Marie Photography

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    When in Doubt, Say It With Your Shoes

    Squashing those "last chance to run!" jokes, once and for all. You're welcome.

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    More Showstopping Accessories

    Your wedding is the one day in your life that you can wear a veil—we say go for it! From dramatic mantillas to quirky-vintage birdcages, it pulls together your whole look.

    Find the perfect veil for your personality.

    Photo Credit: K&K Photography

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    More Showstopping Accessories

    This bride's necklace stole the show. If your gown is on the simpler side, style it with a dazzling crystal belt, chandelier earrings, or a thick cuff to add visual interest. (Dainty jewelry is just as lovely, but we're talking "unforgettable" here.)

    Find accessories that fit your venue.

    Photo Credit: Cory Ryan Photography

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    More Showstopping Accessories

    Don't forget your groom's accessories! This Southern gent's personality shines through his patterned bow tie. Black-white tuxedo shoes and personalized cuff links would also be memorable—choose just one. You don't want to cross over into kooky territory.

    Photo Credit: Alisha Crossley Photography

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    Creative Jewelry Shot

    After springing for shiny new wedding bands, you'll bet they'll be part of your wedding footage. Photographers are coming up with crazy-inventive places to put your rings, including on your iPhone, a miniature picket fence (we kid you not), a Christmas tree, and more.

    Photo Credit: Kessler Photography