You’ll look back on your wedding day as one of the best days of your life, full of joy, celebration and friends. And after spending months of planning, you’d be forgiven for wanting every element of the big day to be perfect, and as unique to you as possible.
Organising a bespoke wedding lets you design your day to incorporate custom-made elements such as rings and decorations, making the whole affair that much more special to you and your partner.
Once you’ve chosen your wedding date, location and venue, there are many exciting ways to make your day extraordinary. Read on for some top tips on how you can stand out from the crowd by making your wedding as special as possible.
Customise your wedding ring
While your engagement ring is the first token of love and commitment that you and your partner have for each other, the wedding band signifies the whole loving relationship. And since you will be wearing it every day, choosing the perfect band is an important moment for you both.
Many couples are going the extra mile by customising their own rings. If you already have a dream design in mind, or want to tailor a band that previously caught your eye to be more “you”, then a customisable wedding ring might be your ideal option, right down to incorporating matching elements for you and your spouse-to-be. A wedding ring is one of the easiest parts of the day to customise. And by choosing different settings, bands and gems, it will be entirely unique to you, reflecting your individual personality and style.
Pick a wedding theme
Setting a theme for your big day is an easy way to help you settle on a colour scheme, decorations, and even the entertainment at the reception. There are many popular themes which you may well have seen at a friend or family member’s wedding, from a vintage feel with antique-looking decor, a more colourful whimsical colour scheme, or a rustic style decorated with string lights and mason jars.
However, no matter how much character these common wedding themes have, if you’ve seen them before, they’re not all that unique anymore! To really make your day special, pick a theme that’s based on something that you and your partner are passionate about, which can flow through every element of the reception, such as the venue decorations, flowers and food. For example, one couple opted for a Harry Potter-themed ceremony, with floating candle centrepieces, light-up wands and Hogwarts robes.
Create custom-made attire
Your wedding dress will be the one of the focal points of the ceremony, so it’s understandable that you will want it to stand out. With so many elements to play with, from shape, fabrics and decorations, you can order a custom-made wedding dress that is yours and yours alone. Having your wedding outfit made from scratch might be ideal if you’ve had no luck finding your dream dress, or want to show off your individuality.
By designing it yourself, your dress will be exactly how you want it, perfectly fitted to your body shape so you’ll be comfortable on your big day. You will get to work closely with a professional designer with an expert knowledge of dressmaking, and have your choice of different styles, fabrics and colours to bring your perfect dress to life. However, a custom-made dress does take at least nine months to design, so this will need to be factored into the planning process.
Choose unexpected entertainment
Wedding entertainment often consists of a DJ spinning party favourites long into the night, and while that certainly isn’t a bad option, having something different can make your reception all the more individual. When it comes to the music, some couples choose to have full orchestras or live bands perform at their reception instead. If this sounds up your street, consider what you like to listen to — if the pair of you enjoy rock music you could hire a rock band, or if you’ve opted for a black-tie dress code, follow that vibe with a jazz ensemble. And you don’t necessarily have to have live music either — you could hire a comedian to get everyone laughing, or have an acrobatic performance with fire-eaters, aerial acts and tightrope walking.
Design your own wedding drink
Add your own twist to the wedding menu by designing your own signature drinks. If you and your partner have a taste for tipple, design your own signature cocktails containing all your favourite flavours.
Many couples opt for ‘his’ and ‘hers’ drinks, or you could collaborate on a cocktail that represents your new shared life ahead. If you want your guests to get in on the act, you could even push the boat out a little further by offering a DIY cocktail bar, with your recipes of choice drawn on a chalkboard so everyone can get in on the act.