By Guest Bride Blogger Madeleine Hill
With less than two weeks to go and almost everything in order, I’ve been focusing my wedding efforts on making the little stuff shine, from the guest book to custom vows. Here's what I have on my mind, plus a few last minute ideas for adding a personalized touch and making your wedding stand out.
Writing Your Own Vows
Writing your own vows can be challenging, but I think it makes a ceremony more intimate and allows you to tailor that special moment to fit your style. It will take some time to edit your ideas, so begin thinking about what you want to write several weeks prior to the wedding. Start by making a list or outline of memories, vacations, milestones or any important event in your relationship. Think about what it means to be married and how you will fulfill your obligations to each other as husband and wife. Write down what you love about your partner and why you want to marry them. Dream about what the future may hold. Sprinkle in any quotes, song lyrics, or poems that represent your relationship or love in general. Before you have your mind set on writing your own vows, make sure the officiant approves of your plan because some traditions stay rigid when it comes to modifying your ceremony.
Handmade Guest Book
If you have the extra time, make your own guest book, it is easier than you think! There are kits that provide all the necessary components (book board, interior pages, and decorative paper) to turn book making into an easy project for even the inexperienced crafter. We made our wedding invitations and were left with a surplus of supplies and paper, so making our own book was a great way to recycle our leftovers and tie in our wedding theme. Spruce up the typical guest book by adding photos, quotes, or inspirational sentence starters ("the first time I met you..." or "my favorite memory is...").
With our wedding budget slowly running dry, buying a new necklace to wear for the wedding was out of the question. Why not borrow jewelry from a friend or family member for a meaningful twist on "something borrowed." My mom has a treasure trove of antique jewelry that has been passed down through the generations and that was a great place to begin the search for the perfect wedding accessories. I borrowed a simple necklace and bracelet that were my maternal grandmother's, and am so happy I didn’t splurge on the jewelry I had been eyeing.
Inspired by Etsy
Etsy, an online community and marketplace for artists, has been a great resource for us to find affordable, handmade, and unique accessories for the wedding. Both my engagement ring and our wedding bands came from a jeweler we found on Etsy, and we were really pleased with the quality of the art, and the ease and timeliness of the transaction. Not only were the rings affordable, but they were also personalized to our taste and truly one-of-a-kind. This website for artists is also an ideal place to start looking for unusual save-the-dates, cake toppers, place cards, favors, jewelry, even stickers and labels. Just click on the wedding tab, and start your search.
Moss Covered Monogram
Replace tradition door adornments such as ivory bows or green wreaths with these moss-covered monograms. Buy the cardboard letter form at a craft store such as Michaels and attach green or Spanish moss to the outside with extra strength spray adhesive. Use a colored satin ribbon to hang it on the door and tie on some fresh blooms for the extra wow factor.