7 Ways to Weave Your Love Story into Your Wedding
One of the things I love about my job is the hundreds of love stories I’ve heard over the years, all the twists and turns a couple takes from ‘how we met’ to ‘I do’. No two relationships are the same, and every wedding should be just as unique as the love it celebrates. That’s why it’s so special when a couple successfully weaves their love story into the fabric of their wedding day. It’s a great way to give your guests an insight into your lives together, while also personalizing your wedding details. From choosing a venue that reflects your relationship to writing heartfelt vows, there are plenty of ways to make your special day even more meaningful and memorable. Read on for a few of the best ideas.
The Stationery. Your wedding stationery is one of the first things your guests will see. It will set the tone for your big day. Your stationery offers a wonderful opportunity to reference your history together. Work with a designer to incorporate motifs that are meaningful to you. For example, they could reference your hometowns or states, where you met, the things you love doing, places you’ve traveled together, your pets, etc. Another idea is to incorporate a custom illustration of the two of you. Or, instead of going the route of visual references, you could have your designer create a typographic invitation that tells a summarized version of your love story!
The Venue. When selecting a venue, try to pick a location that reflects your relationship. For example, if you and your partner share a special place, like the one you had your first date, then why not choose that as your wedding venue? How about a family home where you’ve made special memories together? Or a venue that reflects your shared occupation or hobby?
The Menu. The food that you choose for your wedding is a great way to tell your love story. Food is so often entwined with our memories of travel and celebration. So if there’s a special dish that represents a milestone in your relationship, why not include it on the menu? It doesn’t have to be fancy – even if your first date was at a burger joint, you could serve mini sliders during cocktail hour! Food is also a great way to incorporate your families and cultures, which is also often an important part of your love story.
The Wedding Favors. The wedding favors are another great opportunity to weave your love story into the day. Consider items that tell a story. For example, if he proposed in Capri, you could gift everyone a mini bottle of limoncello. Or if you met at Christmas, you could have mini ornaments as your favors. Whatever you choose, consider including a small note with the favors that explains the meaning to your guests, or have your MC tell the story for you.
The Music. Just like food is often part of our special memories, music often plays a big role in those relationship milestones. Pick songs that you and your partner have shared special moments to and incorporate them into the day. It doesn’t just have to be your first dance either. For example, you could use a classical instrumental version of a popular song to walk down the aisle to. If you really want to push the boat out (or if one of you has musical talent), you could consider writing your own song that tells your love story and have it performed during the ceremony or reception.
The Wedding Vows. Remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston promised to split the difference on the thermostat and always make a favorite banana milkshake? Your vows are the most special part of your wedding day and should be a beautiful and personal reflection of your relationship. If you don’t feel comfortable writing your own vows, you could choose a poem or reading that reflects your love story.
The Table Names. You can also use the tables at your wedding reception to tell your love story. For example, special places you’ve visited together, inside jokes that you and your partner share, or milestone dates. It’s a great way to make your guests feel even more included in your special day.
Your wedding day is a chance to celebrate your relationship. Weaving your unique love story into your wedding day will make it even more meaningful and memorable.
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