10 Ways to Inject Personality Into Your Wedding Details


personalized wedding details

Last week I compiled 20 Non-traditional Ways a Wedding Ceremony can be Personalized. Today, for the last part of our annual wedding recaps, I’ve listed down 10 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Details, inspired by the couples we featured in 2013. Let’s go!

1. Express yourself through your attire — or in this case, your shoes.

hand painted wedding shoes

This bride’s shoes were hand painted customized shoes.  If you can’t paint them yourself, you can hire a designer — or ask an artistic friend — to decorate it for you.

From Vaso & Tim’s Intimate Alternative Chic Wedding and Photo Shoot, photos by Mike L. Photography

comic themed wedding shoes

This bride decoupaged her favorite comic book pages onto her shoes herself.

From Erica & Rob’s Sci-Fi, Comic Books, and Video Games-inspired DIY Wedding, photos by Victoria Sprung Photography

2. Concoct your own refreshments.

craft beer as favors

You can even design the labels for each of them as this couple did for a personal touch. “My husband and his best man have been brewing beer over the course of the past four years. To make the wedding special, they decided to brew the beer for the wedding. They did 250 bottles of 5 different beers.”

From Melissa & Steve’s DIY Travel-themed Wedding with a Rose Ceremony and Personal Craft Beer, photos by Rachael Foster Photography

3. Design details to reflect your profession or passions.

button boutonierres

This architect couple added a little hard hat and ruler  to the groom’s boutonniere.

From April & Manny’s Modern, Chic and Artistic Architecture-themed Wedding, photos by Joel H. Garcia Photography

superhero wedding cufflinks

The groom made the Superhero boutonnieres out of little action figures and picked matching cuff links for the groomsmen.

From Steph & Derek’s Casual, Cozy and Crafty DIY Wedding in Santa Monica, photos by Imagine Photography

4. Can’t decide on a theme? Make it a conglomeration of things you like.

leopard print candy shoppe wedding

The couple loves music and sweets, and the bride adores leopard print so guess what their theme was?

From Kirstie & Liam’s DIY Leopard Print Sweet Shop Music Themed Lochside Wedding, photos by Borja Prada Garcia

geeky weddings

This couple loves sci fi, comics, and video games. “We named our tables instead of numbering them after various locations in our favorite games and movies (Hyrule, Millenium Falcon, Aperture Science).”

Erica & Rob’s Sci-Fi, Comic Books, and Video Games-inspired DIY Wedding, photos by Victoria Sprung Photography

halloween save the date

The bride and groom are big fans of Halloween and movies, but didn’t want a horror movie wedding.  “We decided to use the late October date and have a costume party instead of a rehearsal dinner.”

From Sara & Wallace’s 1920s-inspired Silent Film-themed Wedding, photos by Kickstand Studio

steampunk wedding

“We met online, using screen names that reflected some of our interests: steampunk for him, birds for her. As we dated, we shared those interests through literature, travel, and outings. When it came time to plan our wedding, we had fun with it by incorporating some of those elements that had helped intertwine us throughout our relationship. Between the clothes, the hats, the cake, and small accents like gears and peacock feathers, we found a way to put our personal touch on the wedding, tying it in to the journey that had led us here. ”

From Amber & Michael’s Intimate and Intricate Victorian Steampunk Wedding, photos by Innamorata Photography

5. Or let your choice of venue decide your theme.

vitnage cars wedding

“The location pretty much gave us the theme with the vintage cars. ”

From Emily & Andy’s Chic, Modern and Bright-hued Chicago Wedding, photos by Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

6. Tired of the usual cake and sweets spread? Here are examples of Wedding Dessert Buffet Alternatives:

sweet an salty wedding candy bar

This couple added ‘salty’ options to incorporate a true happy hour feel upon arrival. They served as their appetizers/snacks for the performance during the ceremony. 

From Becky & Benjamin’s Whimsy-and-Detail-Rich Old World Circus-themed Wedding, photos by Sweetness and Light Photography

pretzel bat

“The candy “bars” have been quite popular so we went a different route and did a Gus’ pretzel bar.”

From Alicia & Stephen’s Shiny, Sparkly and Spunky Teal and Pink Wedding, photos by Conner Photography

popcorn station

This couple had a colorful popcorn bar which they served in plastic pails and shovels to match their beach wedding.

From Patti & Shawn’s Sweet Sun-Kissed DIY Tropical Oasis Wedding, photos by Concept Photography

goldfish biscuit bar wedding

“We wanted the details to represent who we are, so we included our favorite books as a part of our centerpieces, a Pepperidge Farm goldfish bar in honor of our favorite snack.”

From Laura & Dan’s Fun & Funky Willowdale Estate Wedding, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography

candy bar wedding

This couple’s candy bar featured specially hand-picked treats.

From Nerissa & Kevin’s Bright and Happy DIY Wedding with a Dash of Superheroes, photos by Chicks That Click

7. Not much for tradition? Here are new spins on classic wedding customs.

bar wedding portrait

Instead of the classic couple portrait, this couple posed for a fun and quite different shot to reflect who they are. “Stephen works at a bar right by the church so we walked across the street and we took a quick pic of him behind the bar serving me a shot.”

From Alicia & Stephen’s Shiny, Sparkly and Spunky Teal and Pink Wedding, photos by Conner Photography

tunnel run wedding

This couple did a tunnel run up to the cake cutting. “So many times the cake cutting gets lost in the shuffle, but this tradition brought everyone out of their seats in an inventive way from the dance floor to the cake service.”

From Ashley & Andrew’s Sweet, Casual and Low-Key California Ranch Wedding, photos by AzulOx Photography

wedding pie

The couple prefers pie to cake so…

From Megan & Oliver’s DIY Detail-Rich Victorian Steampunk Wedding, photos by BG Productions

first dance video game wedding

In this video game themed wedding, the couple’s first dance was the routine in Just Dance 3 to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

From Chris & Mike’s Fun Blue, White, and Glittery Video Game Wedding, photos by De Nueva Photography

mid-century dinner style wedding

The couple patterned their reception after a mid-century dinner party. “Jesse and I love throwing dinner parties for our friends–decadent, multi-course affairs that last for hours. It was a no-brainer, then, that we wanted our wedding to have the feel of one of our intimate fetes, kicked up a notch or five. ”

From Becca & Jesse’s Cozy and Fancy Mid-Century Dinner Party Wedding, photos by Yaritza Colon Photography

8. Inject some fun into your bridal party photos.

basketball bridal party

A spontaneous game of bridal party-basketball ensued as they walked around to find spots for photo opportunities so the photographer took the chance to take some awesome shots.

From Kathy & Andrew’s Cool and Casual Stockroom Raleigh Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

bowling wedding party

This couple had a bowling party at their wedding… which made for really cool bridal party group shots.

Heather & Steve’s Epic Eco-Friendly DIY Wedding (with a Bowling Party!), photos by Kristen Schueler Photography

9. Think of ways to “spoil” your guests and they will remember your wedding fondly.

caricature artist wedding

The couple kept their guests in mind throughout the planning process. “They wanted their family and friends to feel completed spoiled. From the trolley transportation that towed them from place to place, to the caricature artist, to the favors distributed throughout the day and evening, their guests were happy campers. ”

From Sarah & Kevin’s Creative Crafts-filled Corks and Cameras Wedding, photos by Paige Winn Photo

10. Baby and Family Photos work wonders in making an event feel intimate and personal.

diy wedding centerpiece

In this wedding, each table had a different centerpiece arrangement consisting of old books, antique bottles, lace doilies, votives + a childhood photo of the bride or groom.  

From Shannon & Rob’s DIY Evergreen Gardens Wedding, photos by Melisa Draper Photography

festive colorful wedding

The bride made a little wedding newspaper with stories about each of the wedding party that she wrote, and some of her friends wrote funny stories about them that were added in, as well as the story of how they met.

From Tracy & Marius’ Festive and Colorful DIY Wedding in South Africa, photos by Liesl Basson

Did this roundup inspire you to come up with your own unique wedding themes+ personalize your own wedding details? Feel free to share this list with your fellow brides!

*  For even more funky wedding ideas, check out our Personalize Your Wedding archive.

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One Comment

  1. I love it when details are personalized, it gives any wedding a fun touch!

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