Today’s guest post comes from Weddings by Kennedy, a full-service wedding planning company in Austin, Texas! I love their examples on how to make a wedding all about the couple — check it out below!

You’ve found your soul mate, best friend, and permanent plus one and now it’s time to start planning the wedding! Some of our favorite, and most memorable weddings, are the ones that showcase the couple’s personalities; what makes them great, and why they are such a perfect match. Trying to incorporate what makes you and your special someone one-of-a-kind may seem daunting, so we’ll show you where to start and how some of our couples have made their big days uniquely their own.

As it happens, the best place to start is at the beginning. Reflect on your background, where you came from, and family traditions that are near and dear to your heart. Maybe you are proud of your strong Polish background, like one of our brides, Kari. We recommended some delicious Polish cuisine and traditional Polish music during her cocktail hour to represent a little bit of her heritage. American’s are famous for being a melting pot of races and traditions so don’t be afraid to represent where you hail from.

See more examples of personal weddings after the cut…

Now that you’ve given your guests a taste of who you are as individuals, it’s time to represent who you are as a couple. Think about your common interests, things you love to do and how you met. One of our favorite twosomes, Dotty and Scott, enjoyed running marathons together, so we suggested they ditch their formal kicks for running shoes for the big exit. They loved the idea of running headlong into their future together.

Every couple has a personality, whether you’d describe your partnership as artsy, adventurous, fun, or laidback. We love helping our couples find ways to express their personality in unexpected ways. Take one of our artsy couples, Jessica and Reagan; they love music and wanted to share it with their guests without dousing the invitees in a playlist loaded with only the couple’s favorite tunes. So we printed some of their favorite lyrics on fans and koozies they offered as wedding favors.

For many couples, their pets are like their kids, and more and more are including their furry friends in their weddings. One of our lovely brides, Lauren, wanted to incorporate her cuddly canine, Millie, into her big day, so we created a signature drink in her honor, the “Millie Rita”. We also gave dog treat favors with Millie’s picture on them to guests to bring home to their pups.

While most of your guests know how you met and have heard the proposal story, incorporating details about these crucial moments is fun for everyone. One of our couples, Megan and Anthony, met on when Anthony decided to “wink” at Megan, and luckily she winked back. We thought adding the phrase “it started with a wink” on the invitations was the perfect way to detail how it all started.

As for incorporating the proposal, our very own Amy Short’s proposal happened on a hike with her now husband, Stephen, who had scribed inside jokes and sweet comments on rocks throughout their hike. While Amy was taking in all the sweet nothings, Stephen took a knee and asked her to be his. The proposal was so sweet and creative Amy wanted to integrate it into her wedding day. We suggested that she take the motif and write inspirational words of love and happiness on rocks to be used surrounding her centerpieces. The detail was an adorable nod to the moment that bonded them and to Stephen for his creative proposal.

Weddings are a special time for the couple, but also for family. Those who have lost loved ones can really feel those losses during the wedding planning process and during the big day itself. Honoring those who’ve passed on is important to many couples, so finding creative ways to remember is something we enjoy doing. One of our brides, Stephanie, had lost both sets of grandparents and wanted them to be present when she said “I do”.

Instead of simply displaying photos in a frame, we placed pictures of her grandparents in a heart-shaped locket and wrapped it around her bouquet, so they would be with her down the aisle.

Whether you showcase your personalities through an all-out theme or just through little touches, make sure you give your friends and family a taste of why you are made for each other. The union of two hearts is a special time, and we believe that honoring yourself as an individual, and as part of an everlasting team, makes for a deeply memorable wedding. Remember that no detail is too small to show what makes your love great. The most important thing is that you show it!

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