5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding (Without blowing the budget!)

Triple B founder Bridgette Bartlett shares wedding planning tips!

Earlier this month, Triple B joined forces with the lovely bridal boutique Soliloquy right outside of Washington, D.C. for a fun afternoon of trying on stunning wedding dresses by the likes of Kevan Hall, awesome gift bags and champagne. I shared some wedding planning tips with attendees and since the feedback was so positive, I felt it was only right to extend the information to those in the Triple B audience who can benefit from it as well. Check it out!

1 – CENTERPIECES – Think beyond flowers (which of course are lovely but say very little about who you are as a couple) and consider incorporating photographs, movies, books or even your favorite travel destinations to your reception tables. These make for great conversation starters for your guests. One caveat: Avoid adding all the items mentioned on one table less your wedding begin to look and feel like a random variety show.

2 – TOASTSExperts like David Tutera agree that this is one of the most neglected elements to make a wedding more personable – and it is free! Be sure you and your new spouse take time during the reception (a few minutes each is plenty) to speak from the heart. And don’t be afraid to insert a bit of humor into your speech.

I'm hoping to create my own spiked purplish punch to serve at my fall wedding! My fiance and I are thinking of fun names.

3 – SIGNATURE DRINKS – Remix a tried and true cocktail or throw on your mixologists hats and create your own specialty drink(s) and then give them fun names that speak to you and your sweetie.

4 – OFFICIANT – If you’re not having a religious ceremony, ask a loved one to be your officiant. Someone who personally knows you both will bring a sense of familiarity to the nuptials. Fun fact: It is free to get ordained online through the Universal Life Church.

5 – DO YOUR GUESTS A “FAVOR” – Who says you have to give your guests wedding favors? Buck tradition and nix them if you and your partner feel the need. However if you’re still anxious to gift your guests with favors, think beyond candles and books of matches. Fans that also serve as programs or even a culinary treat using a trusted family recipe are options that can be considered. A brief handwritten note attached to the pastry, hot sauce — whatever you and your sweetie decide on — explaining where the recipe originated will let your guests know that genuine time and thought went into selecting your favors.

And don’t forget to use Tie the Knot Tuesday couples as inspiration for unique and budget-friendly wedding ideas!

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  1. Avatar Erica J. says:

    Thank you for the centerpiece suggestions.

  2. Bridgette Bridgette says:

    @Erica J – You’re welcome!

  3. Great ideas! I bet couples mean to say something at their reception in front of all their guests but forget to because there’s so much going on with all the hoopla of the day. I’m glad I’m reading this because now I’ll make sure my fiance and I don’t forget to say our speeches!

  4. I just attended my dear cousin’s wedding this past Saturday and he and his wife must have been reading Nae’s poll about naming the tables or had advance copy of this post!. While there was a petite flower centerpiece at each table, they were named according to the movies they love. I was seated at ‘Gattaca’ and were were next to ‘Hitch’. A favorite line from the movie was printed on a little movie poster placed on the table, giving the guests something to talk about during the quiet moments. This was also tied in with the favor- a small box with flavored popcorn inside. Unfortunately, there was so much going on that they, too, forgot to make a little speech. Even so, it was so much fun that I really didn’t notice that until I got home.

  5. Bridgette Bridgette says:

    @Anon – I’m glad this post proved helpful to you!

    @Ronda – Your cousin’s wedding sounds fab! This Tie the Knot Tuesday couple used movie titles for their themed reception tables as well: http://blackbridalbliss.com/2010/10/19/tie-the-knot-tuesday-kelly-bryan/

  6. Love it! I’m coming up with some ways to personalize my wedding right now…lots to do before the Big Day:)

  7. Avatar Zenobia Hatcher-Wilson says:

    Enjoyed reading about all this modern stuff. I look forward to my next wedding invitation!


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