The wedding industry has seen a tremendous evolution in the last several years, with “cookie-cutter” events making way for ultra-customized celebrations meant to dazzle guests with every last detail. Brides and grooms alike are constantly seeking new ways to give their guests an experience they can’t have anywhere else, and the best way to do that is by incorporating their own personalities into the event itself- after all, no two couples are the same.
With that, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to put a personal spin on your events in 2017:
Make the Menu Special
Utilizing the menu to customize a wedding is one of the most effective and easiest ways to blend a couple’s tastes. Honor traditions with family recipes like grandma’s famous biscuits. Or create a one-of-a-kind fusion menu full of the couple’s favorites, like French-infused Moroccan dishes or a Mediterranean/Indian feast will not only thrill the couple, but will effortlessly elevate the celebration and add a more extravagant feel.
Dessert is another great place to show off the to-be-weds’ personalities. A multi-flavored cake filled with the couple’s favorite flavors, like chocolate and strawberry or lemon and red velvet adds a whimsical touch. Some choose not to have cake at all, and instead opt for dessert stations with pie, cookies, and ice cream--complete with toppings the couple chose.
Turn to Specialty Flowers
Blooms can be a unique way to add something special to a ceremony and reception. Pairing together the couple’s favorite flowers in stunning bouquets and centerpieces will certainly have the to-be-weds smiling, but why not take it to the next level?
Hanging blooms from the ceiling to create a vertical garden will not likely have been seen by any guests before, while elaborate arrangements in ornate silver and gold vases will without a doubt make a statement. When choosing florals, pick ones that are indicative of the couple’s personalities and make sense with the rest of the decor and theme of the event.
Another popular option among brides is to add a personal item to their bouquet to keep close to them as they walk down the aisle. It can be anything from a late relatives cherished brooch to the earrings her mother wore on her own wedding day. It’s a simple way to really make a statement.
Develop the Decor
Decor is the most versatile aspect of any wedding, because it is inherently personal to every couple. There are no rules, since it’s entirely dependent upon their tastes.
Lighting is an easy way to customize any event and will instantly add a more luxurious tone. Options from the gamut, from lining the aisle with hundreds of votive candles for a romantically themed wedding to using a custom-patterned dance floor that creates a romantic backdrop at the reception.
Tailor-made signs that are displayed throughout the event with favorite quotes and homages to the to-be-weds will have everyone smiling and can be used as a fun ice-breaker. When it comes to decor, the options are truly endless.
No matter the theme, the price, or the design of a wedding, it will be made more enjoyable and memorable with the couple’s unique touch included in the celebration.
Fabrice Orlando is the CEO of Cocoon Events Management Group, a luxury event planning company based in Marrakech, Morocco, that specializes in high-end weddings and special events worldwide.