Caroline Gould, a Wedding Planner based in Suffolk, shares her tips on the little touches that can make your wedding unique.
One thing that my clients always tell me is that they want their wedding to be unique, they want it to be different to weddings they have attended. For me, every wedding is unique, and it’s the people involved that make that happen.
The majority of weddings have a few key elements, a ceremony, food & drink, dancing. Then there are speeches, a first dance, cutting of the cake, bridesmaids, groomsmen, rings. I could go on! The thing that makes each wedding different is the people involved – the more personal touches that are added the better, in my opinion.
Here are a few ideas to add some personal touches to your wedding (some of these are new ideas; some were used by my past clients):
- Create escort cards or a table plan with images of each guest with the bride or groom. It’s a great memento for each guest and can double up as a favour too.
- Think outside the box when it comes to table centrepieces - choose some favourite items or ornaments from your home or your parents’ home to include in the décor of the day.
- Get your family involved – in the past I’ve had a mother of the bride making homemade jam that was given to guests as wedding favours.
- One of my past clients had all of their table numbers as their favourite items from their local Chinese takeaway menu.
- A ‘generations of love’ table – images of the bride and grooms parents and grandparents on their own wedding days.
- A wedding programme (instead of an order of service) – introduce the key people in the wedding party, give your guests the running order of the day and any other key information they need to know.
Wedding favours are a way to give your guests a small gift to thank them for celebrating your special day with you. They can also double up as name cards. Here are a few suggestions in addition to the above:
- Miniatures of their favourite drink (ask them to tell you what it is when they rsvp)
- Personalised lip balms
- A ‘morning after’ hangover kit
- Personalised cookies (Check out ladybakewellpark.com for these)
- Lucky dip lotto ticket
- Personalised luggage tags (great for a destination wedding)
Pinterest, wedding blogs and magazines are great places to search for ideas. Also think about weddings you have attended as a guest, what things did you like and dislike – other people’s weddings are a great place to get ideas for your own.
About the Author
Established in 2009 and based in the heart of Suffolk, Caroline Gould Weddings has an established reputation as a highly experienced and passionate wedding planner. In 2014 Caroline was awarded best independent wedding planner in the East of England by the prestigious wedding industry awards, which recognises and rewards excellence in the wedding industry. In 2015 she also won the national title in the same category. Providing a bespoke package for happy couples on their big day, Caroline Gould Weddings offers both full and partial wedding planning, as well as on-the-day co-ordination to ensure couples and their guests are left with wonderful memories. Endorsed by many happy clients and providing extensive knowledge of events management, her ever-expanding client portfolio is testament to her hard work and passion for the wedding planning industry.
If you would like help planning your wedding, visit www.carolinegouldweddings.co.uk to find out how Caroline Gould can help. She offers a range of services from full wedding planning, including on the day co-ordination.