Your wedding will be one of the most important events in your life. So, shouldn’t the big day be as unique as you? Here are 6 creative ways to personalise your wedding day that truly reflects who you are.
6 Creative Ways to Personalise Your Wedding
1. Carry an heirloom with you
Historically speaking, “something borrowed” meant a bride was supposed to borrow the happiness from someone who had a long, successful marriage. To add sentiments to the tradition, brides borrow something from a person who inspires them.
As a sentimental piece, take your family heirloom such as your grandmother’s brooch or her veil. You can accessorise your bouquet with a brooch or use a dupatta as your veil. Jewellery is another great heirloom piece. The beauty of a South Asian wedding is that it involves lot of jewellery, so see if you can incorporate a piece that has been given passed down to you.
Remember, heirloom items do not necessarily have to come from a female. A dad’s cuff link or even your grandfather’s handkerchief would make a very beautiful heirloom piece to include in your wedding. A tie could look beautiful wrapped around your bouquet, for example. If you are that edgy bride who decides to wear a suit or a jacket, what about borrowing something from your dad or grandfather?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to “something borrowed”. Take the time to be creative and have fun with it!
2. Mix and match
So you have your favourite piece of jewellery but it doesn’t match? Don’t worry. Long gone are the days where a bride needs to match head to toe! The most important thing to remember is to express your sense of style in a cohesive way.
Although the finish of your jewellery should be somewhat similar, it never hurts to mix and match. For instance, South Indian brides usually wear pure gold jewellery or classic temple jewellery, while North Indian brides on the other hand, opt for polki and kundan. If you love both styles, don’t hesitate to pick one from each. For instance, chunky kundan or polki earrings that are gold plated can look stunning with a South Indian temple necklace.
I love how the bride Karishma Jhalani (below) mixed north and south jewellery and the beautiful rich fabrics used in each of her clothing pieces. I also like how south Indian matha patti style has been paired with kundan necklaces in the Harper’s Bazaar feature (left).
Mixing and matching also gives you an opportunity to mix your “something borrowed” with a new piece. Play around with the pieces before the wedding day and see what works.
3. A few words go a long way
Express your sentiments and emotions in a unique way. Add a personal touch by getting your beautiful shoes painted with special message for your better half. Once your big day is over, you can keep them on display in your home!
These Figgie painted shoes are my personal favourite. Get your name, wedding date or even a cute message painted. If you are looking for a gift for your bridesmaids, customised shoes are perfect and a great talking point even after the big day.
4. Take care of your bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids play an important role in your wedding so don’t forget to take good care of them! If you are planning on gifting your bridesmaid something special, clutches are great options.
Fill the clutches with your bridesmaids’ favourite chocolate, lipsticks along with a personalised thank you message for them. The clutch is also a perfect way to skip out on a bouquet.
5. Don't make it a numbers game
Guests aren’t just a number at your wedding. Rather than numbering your tables, why not label your table with important dates or year in your life. It is a great way to share your fondest memories with your guests.
You can also name your tables after your favourite places, books, animals or even things that are important to both of you. How about including lyrics from your favourite songs or inspiring quotes to the table number?
6. Keep it true to yourself
Are you a non-traditonal bride? Do you have a quirky style? Make sure your wedding outfits reflect who you are. There is no need to conform on your personal style on one of the most memorable days of your life. If you hate wearing heels, don’t. Walk down the aisle in your flats, sketchers or even hunter boots!
This isn’t the day to try something new or go out of your comfort zone. All too often, I’ve seen brides opt for trends, rather than focusing on expressing their true style. There’s enough to stress about on the day, much less feeling you’re out of your skin. Go for classic beauty, unleash your personality or add some colour if that’s who you are. You’ll feel a lot more confident being yourself and will always remember the day for making it your own.