As a Wedding DJ & Master of Ceremonies based in Arizona, I’ve been to a lot of weddings—and that’s an understatement! Over the years, I’ve noticed that I remember some weddings more than others. So, I began to ask myself, “What made these weddings stand out?”
In the end, it wasn’t about the budget, the venue, or even the décor. It was about the people. I remember the weddings that really allowed me to feel like I was a part of their love story—no matter how small a role I played. Even though I only knew those couples for a short time, their weddings had a way of telling their story to the world.
Finding a way to incorporate your love story in different aspects of your wedding is important. You don’t want your wedding to look like anyone else’s, and personalizing your wedding is the best way to truly make it yours.
Below are some of the most creative ways I’ve seen people incorporate their love story into their wedding. Enjoy!
1. Make the Most of Your Vows
This is the moment where you stand in front of all your friends and family, and declare your commitment to one another…and they definitely will sit and listen. Make the most of this captive audience! Talk about the moment you first met, the moment you knew you loved each other, any other milestone the makes your relationship special.
Don’t go overboard and spend fifteen minutes each on vows, but make them special, and make them personal. Your loved ones can’t truly celebrate with you unless they know what they’re celebrating. This is why it’s so important to incorporate your love story into your wedding day. It’s the culmination of everything you’ve been through together, and you should be able to celebrate it with everyone.
2. Don’t Ignore the Programs
Many couple don’t utilize the programs to their fullest potential. It isn’t just a piece a paper detailing the events of the evening, it’s a blank canvas for you to get creative with. Incorporate your love story by including a timeline of important milestones, or a blurb telling your loved ones about the proposal. There’s no limit to the number of ways you can make your wedding program special.
3. Showcase Photos
Using photos of you both together is another great way to incorporate your love story into your wedding day. Yes, it’s been done. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great way to give your friends and family a sneak peak into your lives together. Instead of just reading or hearing about your love story, this is the perfect way to really help them visualize it. Even the silly selfies you take together can tell a story.
4. Have Fun with Table Names
Like the programs, table names are also often ignored when it comes to incorporating your love story into your wedding. Why use regular, boring table numbers when you can do just about anything else? You could use the dates of important milestones in your relationship, name the tables after your many dogs, or even use the names of locations that are special to you. The possibilities are endless, and it’s amazing how playing with table names can get guests talking.
5. Serve Your Favorite Foods
If mac & cheese is your favorite food, serve it. If you love breakfast dinner, I’ll be the first one “egging” you on. Everyone goes with chicken or fish solely because they feel like they have to. Food has so much personality, and many couples go with traditional options that say nothing about their own preferences. That said, there’s no shame in going traditional if that represents you. I’ll always encourage you to do what makes you happy.
6. Include Special Memories in Your Favors
Not all couples decide on handing out favors, but for those that do, why not make them personal? “Special” doesn’t have to mean expensive, it could just mean “special to you.” Incorporating your love story into your wedding is more important than handing out the small soaps and champagne bottles that guests have come to expect. Simply adding your initials doesn’t make an item “yours.” A special memory, however, does. This is your last chance to remind guests why they’re there, don’t miss it!
7. Personalize Your Soundtrack
Okay, I may be a bit biased here. I am a Wedding DJ & MC after all. Despite this, I firmly believe that a soundtrack is the perfect way to incorporate your love story into your wedding. Maybe start the night off with the first song you danced to? Or choose a beach-themed song if you met at the beach? Create a timeline. Have some fun with the lyrics. Use music to tell your love story in a subtle, yet still meaningful way. This is your chance to get creative!
Still interested in the ways you can incorporate your love story into your wedding? Check out this Wedding Wire article!
Can you think of another way to personalize your wedding? Let me know below!