Wedding personalization ideas from our featured couples in April


It’s the start of another month (and another quarter, can you believe it???) so it’s time to highlight some DIY ideas and personalization tips shared by our featured couples in April!

1. If you’re having a beachside wedding, why not include a baptism on the beach? Jenn & Mike wanted to make their day of commitment even more special so they asked to be baptized on the beach. Not even heavy vertical rains and tornado warnings could stop them! The result was a very emotional and memorable ceremony (which also made for stunning photos).

Baptism on the beach wedding

From Jenn & Mike part 1: A Rainy Day Wedding and Baptism on the Beach, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

2. Have fun with your bridal party portraits! After the emotional beach baptism wedding (above), Jenn and Mike had a playful and quirky hula hoop face off!

hula hoop wedding

From Jenn & Mike part 2: The Varsity Theater Wedding Reception, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

3. Express yourself with color! Ashley didn’t wear a traditional white gown — she donned a blush pink dress and underneath, a frothy lavender crinoline.

purple colored crinoline

From Ashley & Tim’s Pink and Pretty Lakeside Barn Wedding, photos by Under Grace Photo

4. Rain threatening your outdoor wedding? Wear colorful rain boots / wellies with your dress!

purple wellies bridal gown

From Belinda & Tom’s Classic-and-Quirky-Chic Meols Hall Wedding, photo by Steven Rooney ofNatural Touch Photography.

5. Don’t limit yourself to hotels and gardens, you can get married in a place special to you. Erica and Barry had their ceremony at a motorcycle cafe because they love big bikes and they love the place.

From Erica & Barry’s Cozy London Motorcycle Cafe Wedding, photos by Hannah Webster of LifeLine Photography

6. Wear funky shoes that reflect your character! Carly bought these white wedges for cheap and had a local graffiti artist go all out on it. The result is a special, one-of-a-kind pair of shoes she can treasure for years to come.

artsy bridal shoes

From Carly & Jeff’s Hip-Meets-Chic Garden Wedding in Queensland, photo by Lakshal Perera

7. Alternative table number idea: photo blocks containing photos of places that are special to you and your groom.

photo blocks as table numbers

From Carly & Jeff’s Hip-Meets-Chic Garden Wedding in Queensland, photo by Lakshal Perera

8. Hold your wedding in an alternative and unexpected venue, like an indoor aquarium like Ashlyn and Adam did!

aquarium wedding

From Ashlyn & Adam’s Blue-Hued South Carolina Aquarium Wedding, photo by Richard Bell Photographers

9. … or a bookstore, as Kate and Sean did! The walls of classic, familiar books make for a warm inviting space which is perfect for an intimate celebration.

bookstore cafe wedding

From Kate & Sean’s Intimate Bookstore Wedding in NYC, photos by JBM Wedding Photography

10. Instead of getting a fancy limo, fit your bridal party into a well-loved truck. Rachel & Mitchell fit all 15 of them in Mitchell’s Ford F150!

bridal party in a truck

From Rachel & Mitchell’s Laid-Back Wedding with an Urban Edge, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

11. Blow-up guitars instead of bouquets for a rock and roll wedding would be awesome! These guitars were actually handed out by a DJ at Rachel and Mitchell’s party but they made for fun reception photos.

blow-up guitars for bridal party

From Rachel & Mitchell’s Laid-Back Wedding with an Urban Edge, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

12. Love a great burger? Have a burger bar at your reception!

burger bar wedding reception

From Kate & Dave’s Fun and Easygoing Cape Cod Wedding, photo by JBM Wedding Photography

13. Like rainbows? Wear rainbow-striped socks under your gown! The result is fun and whimsical!

rainbow socks bride

From Julie & Johnny’s Rainbow-Colored Rock & Roll DIY Wedding, photo by Studio Sequoia

14. Wedding favors don’t have to be fancy to be special. Simple, meaningful gifts will be much appreciated. Nancy & Casey gave out green apples wrapped in burlap adorned with a tea-stained piece of paper saying that a donation had been made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Nancy’s sister in law (who has Cystic Fibrosis).

apples wrapped in burlap as favors

From Nancy & Casey’s Modern Rustic Lingrow Farm Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

15. Your something blue doesn’t have to be fancy either! Nancy had her toenails painted light blue at the last minute and they turned out really pretty.

something blue painted toenails

From Nancy & Casey’s Modern Rustic Lingrow Farm Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

16. Make sure your guests remember your entrance! Alice’s groom Willy and their bridal party danced down the aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever”, as inspired by the wedding video that went viral sometime back.

dancing ceremony entrance

From Alice & Willy’s Spunky Red, Black and White Wedding, photos by Taken Photography

17. Have elements that are customized to you 100%. Kim and Julien’s custom trains-books-Brooklyn-Bridge wedding cake completely represented the two of them: Julien likes trains, Kim likes books and used to live in Brooklyn.

custom wedding cake trains books

The cake also featured messages written in edible ink from their parents to them!

wedding cake with messages from parents

From Kim & Julien’s Fun and Fabulous No-Rules Wedding, photos by Brett Alison Photography

18. For their bookstore wedding, artistic bride Kate the layout she designed laser-etched on wood cards which made for unique, personalized invites.

wood invitations

From Kate & Sean’s Intimate Bookstore Wedding in NYC, photos by JBM Wedding Photography

19. Include a tradition that means something to you. Kate & Sean are of Irish heritage and wanted to include a traditional hand fasting ceremony into their wedding which was also a lovely way to symbolize “tying the knot”.

handfasting ceremony

From Kate & Sean’s Intimate Bookstore Wedding in NYC, photos by JBM Wedding Photography

20. Comfortable shoes! Comfort seems to be the topmost priority when it comes to choosing wedding footwear, as evidenced by the growing number of Converse shoes / Chuck Taylors we’re seeing at weddings. This month alone we saw 6 weddings that sported this trend (last month had two). I know Toms shoes for the bridal party have become popular as well. What could be the next trend?

converse wedding shoes chuck taylor brides

Top photo: Rachel & Mitchell, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography / 2nd row, left: Alice & Willy, photo by Taken Photography / 2nd row, right: Kim & Julien, photo by Brett Alison Photography / 3rd row, left: Ashlyn & Adam, photo by Richard Bell Photographers / 3rd row, right: Julie & Johnny, photo by Studio Sequoia / Bottom photo: Jenn & Mike, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

* If you enjoyed this list, feel free to see all the personalize your wedding DIY idea compilations with real-life examples!

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2 Comments

  1. Some fab details there, certainly some great ideas to think about. Don’t forget though you don’t have to spend a fortune onl details to make your wedding look good. Often home made is the way to go…add that personal touch!
    Greta post :)

  2. Thanks for your tip Courtenay, I completely agree with you about not spending a fortune! A personal handmade touch is always best :)

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