Getting married is, of course, about celebrating your love and commitment. Although weddings are steeped in tradition, having one doesn’t mean you need to feel like you’re in a previous century.
Modern ceremonies can incorporate everything from pop culture references to non-religious vows. Your celebration should feel special—a great way to do this is by incorporating the things you love best!
We’ve rounded up six ways to personalize your wedding in ways that are totally unique and modern. Scroll down for ideas that might work for you!
Own Your Colors & Theme
While the venue you choose influences the overall feeling of your wedding, the colors and theme you select make a huge impact. For example, if your favorite color is blue, represent it in your wedding! Or maybe you’re in love with a tea party theme because he proposed in a garden. From Star Wars to engineering to cupcakes—whatever your passion is, incorporate it into your décor and make the celebration truly your own.
Signature Food & Drink
Gone are the days of the standard, multi-tiered wedding cake. (If you want one, of course you can have one—anything goes!) Whether you envision a table filled with desserts or a donut bar, your favorite treats can find a place at your wedding. This goes for meals, too—it’s fun to serve family dishes instead of picking random courses from a caterer. Signature drinks for the bride and groom are trending, or you can feature seasonal foods and drinks. Pumpkin spice lattes, anyone?
Social Media or Unplugged
Some couples create a hashtag to collect photos from their guests, particularly from the reception. Other couples prefer to leave the work to professional photographers and videographers, so their guests can enjoy living in the moment. The decision of whether or not to allow cell phones is entirely personal. Connected weddings better include absentees and encourage sharing on social media. Unplugged ceremonies focus on in-person experiences and keep photos exclusive. Your call.
Dress To Impress
These days, what you wear at your wedding is up to you. While religious traditions hold an honored place in wedding ceremonies, wedding gown designers have created gowns for every style. Big trends right now include full skirts, removable layers, off-the-shoulder necklines, and exotic laces. Keep in mind that a room full of people will be watching—but your dress doesn’t have to cover every inch of your skin, either. Choose a gown that makes you feel beautiful, comfortable, and very much like you.
It’s the little things that count. A sparkly belt, stunning shoes, a pretty clutch, or a silky shawl will make a big difference on the big day! Wear your favorite earrings, or maybe pin on a family heirloom such as a brooch. The point of something old and something new is not to fulfill superstitions, but to incorporate personal history into your wedding ceremony. Also, coordinating a pretty veil and headpiece will really make you feel like a gorgeous bride.
Ethical & Sustainable Choices
From flowers to dresses, it’s easier than ever to know exactly where your stuff comes from. Modern weddings are all about positive choices: hire local businesses, order organic food, or gift eco-friendly favors. Reduce pollution by providing group transportation for guests. Order invitations printed on recycled paper (or go paperless). Consider asking for donations to charity on your registry. The giving-back trend focuses on doing good for the environment and your community.