10 Personal Touches for your Ceremony

Your ceremony is arguably the most important part of your wedding day – it’s when you and your fiancé officially become a married couple! So, don’t let your ceremony fall flat. Incorporate some of these personal touches to make your ceremony uniquely you!

0662a7ba801c0b816b4b44121e223cb41. Create A Wedding Time Capsule : Creating a wedding time capsule can take a couple different forms, but the purpose is to bottle-up the excitement and feelings that exist on your wedding day and be able to re-visit these memories at a later date in your relationship. Some couples create a wine box. For this wedding time capsule the couple writes love notes to each other, brings a bottle of wine and seals these items into a box at the ceremony. Then, on an important anniversary or during a rough patch in the relationship, the couple can open the box, drink the wine, read the letters, and remember why they entered into the union.

Other couples ask their close friends and family to write letters showing support, giving advice, or telling stories of the relationship that are then sealed into the box at the ceremony. No matter what is included in the wedding time capsule, creating one is a very personal touch to add to your ceremony.

2. Tell Your Love Story : Every wedding ceremony should be different, because every couple is different! Get to know your Officiant before the big day, and make sure they are willing to tailor their message to fit you as a couple. A great way to make your ceremony personal is to ask your Officiant to tell your love story. Adding little tidbits and funny stories really livens up a ceremony and makes the guests feel included in the couples’ relationship. Some Officiants who want to go the extra mile interview family and friends about the couples’ relationship and add little quotes into the sermon.

b0c92635a128dda1ae44ab962c2cf9c63. Create A Unique Unity Ceremony : Creating a custom gesture to symbolize the union between you and your partner makes your ceremony unique and can be completely tailored to fit you as a couple. For example, if you and your fiancé are big beer drinkers, you could have a beer blending ritual at your ceremony. For this symbolic gesture you and your fiancé pick your own favorite brews of beer. Maybe you like a lighter brew and your fiancé likes a heavier, fuller brew. Then at the ceremony, the Officiant can describe how the properties of each brew relates to your separate personalities. Then, you combine your brews into one container making a completely new beer and taste your creation. Also, the beer can be served to your guests in bottles with custom labels as a wedding favor.

Another example would be to plant a tree together at your ceremony. You and your fiancé could work together to plant a sapling into a big pot to symbolize planting your relationship and both promising to help maintain a healthy, loving relationship. The list of ideas is endless, just make it completely unique to you and it will surely be a personal touch to your ceremony.

4. Add Family Mementos : Including family mementos into your ceremony is a great way to incorporate loved ones, living or passed, into your day. This idea is completely personal – perhaps you have a bible that has been passed down through your family, or maybe you have your great grandmother’s candlesticks that could adorn your ceremony space. Anything that is important to you and your family would be a great way to add a personal touch to your ceremony.

ef2245a0605db354e8ef59262d120dcd5. Make A DIY Ceremony Backdrop : A fun way to make your ceremony personal would be to incorporate a do it yourself project into the space. The focal point of your ceremony is you and your fiancé, so why not create a beautiful backdrop to frame the two of you. Your guests will be wowed by your crafting skills and the backdrop will be incredibly personal because you created it with your own hands! Click here for a list of easy DIY ceremony backdrops.

6. Have A Communal Blessing Of The Rings : A great way to involve your loved ones in your ceremony is to have them bless your rings. Attach your rings to a pouch or put them in a decorative box and pass them to your wedding party or your family members in the front row. Your friends and family can hold your rings and pray over them, offer good thoughts and wishes, or simply warm the rings before they go onto your fingers. This symbolic gesture instills your family and friends’ support for your union into the rings that you will be wearing every day for the rest of your lives. Limit the communal ring blessing to family members in the front row or just your wedding party standing at the altar with you. You don’t want the rings getting lost!

ba2ec0d063a5611c2cd6c577628e8b4b7. Write Personal Vows : Writing a personal promise to your fiancé and reading it aloud in front of all your guests is about as personal as it can get! Although writing vows can be daunting, it really makes your day unique and intimate. Guests love hearing personal vows because it really shows the love you feel for your fiancé. Adding a little light-heartedness or a personal joke between you and your fiancé into your vows is a great way to add personality, especially if guests are starting to get teary-eyed!

8. Do Something Different For Your Readings : If you are not religious, or if you want to switch up traditional wedding readings, have something personal, rather than a bible verse, read at your wedding. Again, you can completely personalize this idea to fit what matters to you as a couple. You could have someone special read a poem, or a love story, or song lyrics, or a letter from a close family member, or anything else that has meaning for you. Your guests will love seeing a new take on an old wedding ceremony tradition!

10641136_930071863674465_252011841799834285_n9. Make The End Of The Ceremony A Celebration : After your Officiant pronounces you as a married couple and everything is official, let the celebration begin! Provide your guests with noisemakers and give them something they can throw in the air, such as confetti, rose petals, rice or even beach balls! This is the moment everyone has been waiting for, so make your trip back down the aisle memorable!

10. Personalize Your Wedding Program In Unique And Creative Ways : Wedding programs can be a great way to keep your guests entertained before the ceremony begins, so let your personality shine through in them. You could transform your program into a newspaper and have a spread of ridiculous articles featuring you and your fiancé. Or, you could transform your program into a wanted ad, featuring each member of your wedding party with their own mug shot and funny description. Or, you could air on the romantic side by including poems and love stories about you and your fiancé. Either way, your guests will love this personal gesture!

This is your day, so make it completely personal to fit you as a couple!

Keep calm, and plan on! ~ Your favorite Assistant Event Coordinator, Rose

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10 Ways To Make Your Wedding Fun!

A big congratulations on your engagement! Now comes the fun part – planning your perfect day. On the list of wedding “do’s” and “don’ts”, a big “do” is making your wedding enjoyable for your guests. Add a few of these ideas to ensure that your wedding day is a blast!

a2ec1e718b671573a81fbab189120436Hire a Food Truck for a Late-Night Snack: Looking for a sure-fire way to excite your guests? Bring in a food truck for your late night snack! Your guests will be ready for a little more food after dancing and drinking and you don’t want to send them home with an empty stomach. Click here for a list of food trucks in the Denver area.

Leave Advice Cards on the Dinner Tables: This is a great way to get your guests involved in your celebration and a great way to get some valuable marriage advice from your friends and family! On each advice card give a prompting question, such as, “What should we name our kids?” Or, “What makes for a successful marriage?” Don’t be afraid to incorporate funny questions!

20bdb5bb2ab960ff5b028b5659208d67Think Beyond Cake… Dessert Bar: Spice up your dessert by providing a wide selection of sweet treats. In other words, go all out and have a dessert bar! Include a variety of goodies to satisfy any sweet tooth, such as: donuts, cupcakes, brownies, s’mores, candies, truffles—really anything you want. Your dessert bar can double as wedding favors if you include goodie bags/boxes at the station so your guests can take some treats home.

Serve Adult Treats: A great way to kick off your reception party is to serve adult treats, aka spiked treats! For a summer wedding, alcoholic shaved ice would be a refreshing way to get your guests in the mood to dance. And, for a winter wedding, hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps will keep your guests warm and happy.

e0700ebbad24267821ebed366db84dc3Add an Element of Surprise: A great way to entertain your guests is to keep them on their toes. You could surprise your guests by bringing in wild entertainment, such as a circus act complete with fire blowers and contortionists. Or, you could wow your guests with a choreographed performance by you and the groom (and the whole wedding party if you want to go big!). Your surprise could be simple and sweet, such as a serenade from you to your groom—this one is great because it surprises your groom too!

Place song request cards on tables or include “song request” on your RSVP card: Advice cards and song request cards are great icebreakers for guests sitting at the same table—this prompts guests to share their advice and song choice and makes for a fun atmosphere among guests. With song request cards, your guests will be encouraged to get out on the dance floor if their song or a tablemate’s song comes on!

1457705_736538823027771_66186845_nIncorporate Family or Regional Traditions/Customs: Incorporating customs or traditions into your wedding makes your celebration unique and personal and may be something that your guests have never seen before. If you don’t have any family traditions or cultural customs, try to incorporate something that is meaningful to you and your groom. This could be a symbolic gesture such as blending sands at your ceremony or it could be something playful such as having your dog be your ring bearer. Anything that adds a personal touch to your ceremony or reception will make the guests feel more connected to you and the groom.

515cb1eb96a87f6519dc22a27093327cProvide Transportation: If you want your wedding to feel like a party to your guests then make sure that you provide transportation after the reception. This way your guests will be able to let loose and enjoy a few cocktails without having to worry about driving home.

Relax and Have Fun: If your guests see you smiling and having a blast, then they will do the same. You have hired highly experienced pros to handle the details of your wedding, so let them do their job and relax! You set the tone for your celebration, so get out on the dance floor, laugh and let loose!

fec463c0be91ba3c0ad44954c41fb02cPick an Interesting Reception Site: Are there any museums, gardens, historical sites, zoos or city monuments that you love? If so, see if they hold private parties! This is a great way to keep your guests entertained. They will be able to explore their surroundings during cocktail hour and if they need a break from dancing they will have something to keep them occupied. Therefore, the party will last longer!

Keep calm, and plan on! ~ Your favorite Assistant Event Coordinator, Rose

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Ready to Pop – Katie’s Baby Shower – 11.30.13

Event : Baby Shower
Theme : Ready to Pop

Guests of Honor : Katie and her growing belly (baby Graham)
Event Date : November 30th, 2013
Hosts : Sarah Ansley (from Ansley Event Design) & Katie’s Mother – Maryann
Location : Hidden River Club House in Parker, CO

What We’ll Never Forget :
>Katie is my sister-in-law, so it was an honor to throw a baby shower for her and my soon-to-be nephew, Graham.
>I gave Katie a whole list of themes to choose from and she chose ‘Ready to Pop’.
>We used a bunch of balloons, buttons, themed-food, soda ‘pop’, etc. to carry out the chosen theme.
>It was so fun using AED’s wedding decorations to create a stylish, unique baby shower.
>We used an old window frame and shutters to display baby pictures of both Jeff (dad-to-be) and Katie – showing just how cute Baby Graham is going to be.
>We had onesies custom-dyed to match the events’ colors and we hung them from the fireplace mantel.
>Guests were asked to paint a letter block so that Graham would have a whole set of ABC blocks to help decorate his nursery.
>We played a game called ‘Guess the Baby’ and asked guests to bring a baby picture of themselves. Each guest then had to decide which baby was which guest.
>We also played a game where we broke the guests into 4 teams. Each team had to pop their set of balloons, get the letter out of the balloon and spell a word. It was hilarious watching them all try to pop their balloons the fastest.
>Each guest went home with a ‘pop’corn favor, including a shower pouf, bubble bath, a small bottle of champagne, a scented candle and more.

Thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for taking these amazing pictures and capturing the memory of the day for forever.

Click here to see more pictures from the shower.

shower-Desktop-0002Clusters of balloons lined the walkway so guests
knew exactly where to go for the celebration.

shower-Desktop-0013As guests arrived, we asked them to take a ‘selfie’ and write a note to Graham. We would then later assemble a scrapbook full of the pictures and notes for
Graham to enjoy.

shower-Desktop-0004Each guest wrote their name on a mason jar to use for the day as their drinking glass.

shower-Desktop-0014One of my favorite decorations – a balloon wall!

shower-Desktop-0023Food was displayed on 2 of our vintage tables in trunks and on pedestal plates. Katie’s Mother-in-Law (my Mom) made a fabric wall to cover the opening from the kitchen into the event space. We made individual letters to spell out ‘Let’s Eat ‘Til We Pop’ for the vintage window frame behind the food. And, we used ‘pop’ themed food, such as popcorn, lollipops, gum balls and more.

shower-Desktop-0008shower-Desktop-0025shower-Desktop-0018Love the custom-dyed onesies we ordered from an Etsy seller.

shower-Desktop-0020Guests were asked to decorate a letter to complete Graham’s ABC block collection.

shower-Desktop-0054shower-Desktop-0024Adorable cupcakes! They tasted delicious too.

shower-Desktop-0058shower-Desktop-0016Each guest went home with a little shower-themed treat.

shower-Desktop-0042The Dad and Mom-to-be

Again, thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for capturing the event!!

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