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12 ways to personalise your big day

Looking to put your own twist on your wedding day? It’s easier than you think…

You and your partner aren’t the same as every other couple, so why would you want your nuptials to be a cookie-cutter clone of other weddings? Maybe you’ve already started planning how you’re going to personalise your big day, or perhaps you’re on the hunt for new ideas that make you want to shout ‘I do!’ Either way, you’re in for a treat. We’re all about couples putting their own spin on their wedding day – be it writing your own vows, creating a special hashtag or customising your bomboniere. So to give you an idea of all the ways you can make your day unique, we’ve made a list of 12 of our favourites. Prepare for some to become your faves too…

When you want to put a ring on it

Your wedding band is arguably one of the most significant parts of your big day. A custom engagement ring is the first way you can personalise your wedding bling, and the next step is to follow that up with a bespoke wedding band. Larsen Jewellery offers an exclusive Wedding Ring Experience, and this is your opportunity to design your partner’s band with the help of an expert jeweller. It’s not overly time-consuming either, with the entire process taking between four and five hours. “Any diamond setting or detailing will be done by us after the day, but if you simply require two plain bands you can take them home with you on the same day,” says Nicole from Larsen Jewellery. “We also provide champagne, a light lunch and the images of your experience on a disc.” For something truly unique, Larsen can also arrange for wedding bands to be engraved with your or your partner’s fingerprint.  

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For sharing the love with your leading ladies

If you’re like us, you’ll already have a soft spot for monogrammed anything – it’s the perfect way to, quite literally, put your own stamp on things. Monogramming your leather goods makes them one of a kind – a bit like your wedding day, right? A monogrammed bag or clutch is an incredible gift for your bridesmaids and is something you know they’ll be able to use again and again. It’ll also remind them of your day (and the amazing time you had) every time they use it. For the boys, think a stamped cardholder, luggage tag or travel wallet. Hit up The Daily Edited to suss out the products you think your besties will love… and get ready to be tempted into buying something for yourself too. 

To give your guests something you (and they) love

The sky's the limit when it comes to custom wedding favours. Sending your guests home with something that’s a reflection of you and your partner is a perfect way to make your day true to your personalities. So get ready to put your thinking caps on! Tea-loving couples can give test tubes filled with loose-leaf tea (like these ones from Custom Favours) or even create their own bespoke tea blend. Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Whip up a batch of jam or chutney, pour into small glass jars and attach handwritten tags. Keen cooks could fill jars with all the ingredients for your signature brownies or cake. If you’re not a baker, think about having cookies made and topped with printed fondant, or go one step further and order custom cookie cutters. Yum!

Another idea we love is a DIY teacup candle. Pick up vintage or printed teacups from op shops and markets, and fill with candle wax (you can buy this online or from candle-making stores) and essential oils. Add a wick and you’re done! You can also buy candle-making kits online. You’ll need some graft and dedication to make your own candles, but the pay-off when your guests find out about your DIY project makes it worth it. 

Keep your smallest attendees smiling

Looking for a way to keep the children on your invite list occupied during your reception? The search stops right here. A custom colouring book will have your youngest guests (and even the young at heart) grinning like happy little Vegemites. You can organise a colour-in only book or take it one step further with an activities book (check out Styled by Stephanie on Etsy). These books are filled with different activities, including word searches and scrambles, colouring-in pages and games of I Spy. Your names and the date of your wedding can be printed on the book cover. Other customisations may also be available.  

When the boys want something bespoke too

Many brides and bridesmaids have their dresses custom-made, so share the bespoke love with the boys too. Much like a wedding dress, a custom suit will make any groom or groomsman feel like a million dollars. Wearing something that was made for you (and only you) is special. Suit guru Oscar Hunt has a knack for impeccably tailored suits, and says the difference between a suit made for a groom or groomsmen versus a suit you’d pick up off the rack is all about the fit. Every element, from the fabric and cuff size to lapel style, is made to what the groom or groomsman likes. Oscar Hunt fitters will also take a groom's physical build into consideration, and that means there's no chance of a jacket sitting too snug across the shoulders or trousers that graze the ankles.  

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To guarantee you sip in style

Keep your guests hydrated by serving up your favourite cocktail after your ceremony. If you and your partner can’t settle on the one drink to serve, why not serve both of your favourites? You could have one sweet and one tart, one blended and one straight. Dress the drink trays up with cute chalkboard or wooden signs to let your guests know which drink belongs to who. Cheers to that!

For a collection of fridge-worthy happy snaps

Creating your own wedding hashtag isn’t just something for the social media savvy; it’s a great idea for couples wanting to make the most of their guests’ Instagram and Facebook feeds. Having your own hashtag will make it super easy to build a second collection of wedding photos – like all those candid moments you or your photographer might not have seen. You won’t have to print out the photos yourself, either. Cue Instathat, the Instagram printer you’ll want to hook up to all your social posts. The Instathat team will link your unique hashtag to the printer, which will print out every snap uploaded with the hashtag. Use the printouts for a cool guestbook, as place cards, or encourage your guests to take them home as a memento of the night.

A crowd-pleasing sweet treat

Yes, this is a thing  sweet tooths, rejoice! Custom M&Ms could be the stuff of a chocaholic’s dream. These sugar-coated morsels are available in a smattering of colours, so you just need to pick the shades that match your overall look (you can choose up to three). Then, you can opt to have each M&M printed with a graphic or some text, like your names and the date of your big day. Images can even be stamped onto the surface. Add bowlfuls of your M&Ms to your dessert buffet, place them around your reception space or bundle handfuls into mini jars or drawstring bags. And yes, you’ll want custom M&Ms for every event you hold from now on.

To top your cake

Your cake topper can be personalised in a couple of ways. A classic option is to have figurines made in the likeness of you and your partner. You could opt for cartoon-like characters or more realistic figures; you could be doing something goofy or quirky that sums you up as a couple or you could go with a tried-and-tested side-by-side pose. Another option is to have your names (either your first names or your Mr or Mrs titles) laser cut out as your topper. If you don’t want your names, you could also have a quote or phrase cut out – whatever works for you!

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When you can't get enough of laser cut

Take your place cards up a notch by swaping folded cards with laser cut pieces of wood, paper or acrylic. Laser cut has become a huge wedding trend in the last year, and one of our favourite ways to make the most of it is with your place settings. Your guest's names are cut from a material of your choosing (you can get colours to match your overall look too) and the final product is then set at each guest's place, on a napkin, against a plate or on the tablecloth. 

For putting an actual stamp on your day

How do you let everyone know it's your day? A custom stamp, of course! Arrange to have your own rubber stamp made with a message or graphic of your choosing, and prepare to go to town. Start by stamping your save the date cards or invitations, and then move on to other stationery, including menus, thank you cards, wedding favour tags, table numbers and orders of service. If you want to be super fancy, think about buying a swanky wax stamp too.

To really make your mark

From cufflinks and hip flasks to bottle openers and pendants, engraving something instantly adds a personal touch. You can engrave almost anything, whether it’s something you and your bridal party will wear or something you'll use as a prop or decoration. We love the idea of engraved place settings, menus or bomboniere. Choose from something simple, like your names and wedding date, or add a personalised message. For your bridesmaids, you could gift them engraved bracelets or necklace charms, while the groomsmen could receive money or tie clips. 

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