Take a sweet photo just for your mom and dad, and surprise them with a framed version after the wedding. Photo Credit: Jennifer Wilson Photography. Photo Credit: Bend the Light Photography. Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios. Photo Credit: Sequins and Candy Photography. Photo Credit: Blink of an Eye Photography. Photo Credit: Emma Case Photography. Photo Credit: Jeremy Beasley Photography. And before you leave the ceremony with your new husband, remind your dad that he's still an important part of your life with a goodbye kiss.
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Photo Credit: Longs Photography. Photo Credit: Katelyn James Photography. Before you get dressed, your photographer will likely want to get a few shots of your dress on a hanger. Make sure your hanger is wedding-worthy! Don't forget about your getting-ready clothes, too. We love this monogrammed button-down, complete with the wedding date on the cuff. Photo Credit: The Preppy Life. Photo Credit: Emilia Jane Photography. Make your wedding shoes extra special by having a hand-painted design added, like these by Germany-based artist Monika Maier.
Photo courtesy of Schuhnique. Write a hidden message to your groom on your shoe. Or, ask your bridesmaids to each write a good luck message to you before you walk down the aisle. Photo Credit: Randi Marie Photography. Photo Credit: Soul Echo Studios. This bride received a handmade handkerchief from her mom, made using an old hankie from her father and embellished with lace from the bride's christening gown.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Weems Photography. If your father passed away before the wedding, attach a photo of him to your shoes so that he can still walk you down the aisle. For a more hidden tribute to your deceased relative, add a locket to your bouquet. Only you need to know what's inside. Gather photos of your guests who can't be with you on your wedding day, and display them inside mason jars for a unique twist on a photo table.
Put that message in a bottle, and have it delivered right before the ceremony. Exchange love letters in a location where your photographer can capture both of your reactions together, but you won't see each other. Photo Credit: Dianne Personett Photography. Spend some time in the weeks leading up to your wedding writing a series of notes for your spouse-to-be, to be opened at particular times like on your first anniversary, after your first fight, or when your first child is born.
It's a wonderful way to memorialize how you're feeling at a time when you can't imagine being more in love with someone. Photo Credit: Simply Kierste Blog. Photo Credit: Brendon Pinola Photography. Scent is one of the most powerful memory triggers. Choose new fragrances just for your wedding day, and when you wear that perfume or cologne afterward, you'll immediately be transported back. Photo Credit: Pickerell Creative.
Photo Credit: Still Life Photography. Use a chalkboard and snap a fun secret message for your groom right before you walk down the aisle. Photo Credit: Snappy Shots by Bev. Make it even more meaningful by using the brooches of your nearest and dearest. An easy way to gather the pieces: Ask your MOH to include a note about your brooch bouquet with the bridal shower invites, inviting any guests who'd like to be included to bring a brooch with them to the shower. Photo Credit: William Innes Photography. Make your escort card display more personal by including photos of all the married couples attending your wedding.
Photo Credit: Gray Photography. Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography. Honor your guests who traveled from far away to be with you on your wedding day with this fun sign.
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Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Photography. Have a loved one who can't make it to your wedding? Show that you're still thinking of her on your big day by texting a photo with a personalized sign. She'll be so touched that you took the time to give her a special shout-out! Photo Credit: Julian Kanz Photography. Photo Credit: David Schwartz Photography.
Snap a precious photo of you and your flower girl, and save it to give to her on her own wedding day! Photo Credit: Bobby Earle. Photo Credit: Genevieve Leiper.
Photo Credit: Waller Weddings. Photo Credit: Gambol Photography. Photo Credit: Katy Hall Photography. Give each of your bridesmaids a clutch with a sewn-in message inside. After the wedding, they'll think of you every time they use it. Craft a custom box for your wedding rings; not only will it look adorable when your ring bearer carries it down the aisle, but you can use it to hold your rings long after you say "I do.
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Instead of having your guests toss bird seeds or flower petals as you leave the ceremony, toss something meaningful to you and your family — this couple used wheat from the groom's family farm. Photo Credit: Solar Photographers.
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Photo Credit: Ashley Photographer. You can also include your love story and all of the must-know details of your big day on one oversized poster. Photo Credit: Kellie Kano. Photo Credit: Mustard Seed Photography.
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We love this fun way to help guests get to know the bride or groom better! Create personalized cards with five fun facts about him for the bride's guests and five fun facts about her for the groom's guests. Create a signature drink that appeals to both of your palates, and name it a portmanteau of your names. Put the reasons why you love each other on display. After the wedding, hang these in your bedroom for a daily reminder of your love for each other. Photo Credit: Casey Fatchett Photography.
Or, take a more homespun approach by creating a garland of paper hearts with reasons why you love each other. Display it above the dessert display or near your guest book. Give your dessert table an even sweeter feel by hanging a photo timeline of your years together above it.
Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography. Are you both bookworms? Gather your favorite love stories, and create an arch to stand under during your ceremony. Photo Credit: Rubin Photography.
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This groom, wearing the kilt of his family's tribe, used his grandfather's sword to the cut the cake. Photo Credit: Brawns Photography. If you and your guests are religious, a signed Bible makes a wonderful guest book. Ask each guest to sign next to their favorite Bible verse. Have one of your engagement photos broken up into a puzzle! Each guest can sign a piece of the puzzle, representing that they make you "you. Ask each guest to sign a scrap of fabric; compile all of the pieces into a one-of-a-kind quilt that you can proudly display in your new home together.
Photo Credit: Daniel Kim Photography. Place a booklet on each table with a prompt that guests can answer.
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