If you’re like most women, you’ve been planning your dream wedding since you were a little girl. You know what colors you want, the style or theme, and the perfect location. Now the time has come to make your dream a reality, and you’ve begun the planning. You’ve sent the invitations, picked the food, hired a DJ or band, assembled your bridal party, said yes to the dress, tasted and picked the cake, hired a photographer, and written your vows. By the looks of it, you’re set to do this thing … but are you, really?
Planning a wedding is extremely hectic. When you’re spending all your time getting the big items checked off your list like the seating arrangements, often the little things can get overlooked. You know, the things that truly make a wedding special.
Sentimental touches at your wedding are reflective memories you’ve shared with family and friends along the incredible journey to this moment right here. Two families merge, and a new one is created.
Make sure your special day includes as many eye glistening moments as your make-up can allow. These little sentimental touches are what you’ll truly remember from your special day. Steal some of the best ideas from the brides who came before you; you won’t regret it one bit!
- If your mom saved her wedding dress, and you know no one in your family is going to wear it down the aisle, ask if you can use some of the fabric and incorporate it into your wedding. Use it as the wrap for your bridal bouquet, as your garter, or make a necklace pendant out of the fabric.
- The same can be done to add a piece of your father to your look. Use fabric from one of his old blue button down shirts cut it into a heart, and sew it into your dress. A perfect something blue.
- Give your mom a beautiful memory by hanging a picture of her on her wedding day on the wall behind where your dress is hanging, and have the photographer take a picture. Just be prepared for the waterworks after.
- For your dad, embroider a lovely message on how much he means to you on a handkerchief for him to carry during the wedding. With this gift you’ve got him covered if he gets a little weepy.
- Make it multi-generational by taking a picture of your grandmother’s, your mother’s, and your ring finger hands resting on your bridal bouquet. Similarly, have the groom and his paternal side take a photo of their collective hands linked up.
Your parents showed you what a happy marriage should look like, and their parents before them gave them the same gift. You wouldn’t be where you are if it weren’t for them, so be sure to include sentimental touches to show them how much they’re appreciated.
3 Ways to Include Lost Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day
For some, there may be loved ones lost over the years whose absence will be painfully noticeable on their wedding day. This can be incredibly tough. You would give anything to have them there, and while there is nothing you can do to change the circumstances, there are ways they can still be with you in spirit on your big day.
- For those of you who have a parent that has passed, use photo charms and attach them to some aspect of your outfit. Brides, a great one for honoring Dad is by dangling a photo charm on one of the heels of your wedding shoes. This way he can still walk with you down the aisle. For honoring Mom, add a beautiful photo charm of her to your bouquet.
- If the groom has lost one or more of his parents, or an important loved one he would like to memorialize on his wedding, add photo charms of them to his boutonnière, cuff links, or in a gold pocket watch.
- For grandparents or other loved ones lost, set up a decorative table filled with mason jars that hold photos of them inside.
8 Personal Touches for Just You Two
Add a few touches to your and your groom’s wedding day attire that holds special meaning for just the two of you.
- Embroider the date of your wedding into the hem of your wedding dress in blue, or add your new monogram to the veil.
- Every photographer captures the classic wedding dress on the hanger Make yours extra special by writing Mrs. [Insert your new last name] in calligraphy with the wedding date on the top of the hanger.
- Similarly, don’t forget to add some pizazz to your getting-ready clothes; add your new monogram or “future Mrs.” to your bridal robe.
- Personalize your shoes. Brides, add a charm to each of the backs of your heels, one that says and the other with your new last name. Grooms, add She’s and Mine to the bottoms of your dress shoes, letting the world know she’s taken now!
- Brides, give your groom a personal love note embroidered on a pocket square for his tuxedo; have a bridesmaid bring it in before he heads to the ceremony. It’s great way to say I love you before you meet him at the altar.
- Spruce up your wedding bands by adding the title of your chosen first dance song to the inside edge of your wedding bands. This will be a beautiful daily reminder of how amazing your wedding day was.
- Write each other love letters and exchange them in a space where you can’t see each other, but the photographer can snap pictures of both of your reactions reading each other’s beautiful words. A beautiful moment to look back on.
- In the weeks leading up to the wedding, each of you can write “Open Me When …” letters for future moments you two will share, such as your wedding day, first wedding anniversary, first child, ten-year anniversary, and so on. This is a sure-fire way to keep the love alive over the years and remind each other of how much you have always loved each other.
These are just a few of the many ways you can add beautiful moments and memories to your wedding. Personalized touches make your wedding uniquely yours. Find ways to not only shine a light on your mutual love, but also on the loved ones there to share the day with you.