If there is one wedding trends we feel good promoting it is ‘personalization’. In 2016, the top wedding trend surveys including The Knot called it. Personalized weddings would be one of the top wedding trends of the year and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Going far beyond monogrammed napkins & custom wedding hashtags, this new wedding trend sees couples putting more time, effort & creativity into their day than ever before.
As a company that produces wedding videos, we have the unique privilege of seeing these weddings from behind the scenes. From waking up to shutting the party down, these couples are bravely sharing pieces of themselves with their guests throughout the day. By sharing their unique passions & interests as individuals and as a couple, they are giving a bit of themselves highlighting for their nearest and dearest what makes their relationship unique and beautiful.
Being the curious sort that we are, we started to wonder what other BC wedding industry professionals think about this trend. So we checked in with some great local wedding vendors and asked them about their favourite expressions of creativity and personalization at weddings - and because we’re nosy, we also asked about their own big days!
A couple used to being behind the scenes at weddings, Bain & Christine of Fork & Knife Catering were anything but at their own wedding. Their personalities and passions were shared with their guests in some surprising ways.
Their wedding decor was largely glued, snipped & strung up by none other than Bain who, it turns out, has a secret obsession with scrap-booking. The pair also put their obvious love for food to good use and made their edible wedding favours from their favourite scent, lavender, by infusing it with sugar.
pssst - we have some DIY wedding favour ideas for you here.
Making sure that she stayed true to her inner songstress, Christine didn’t let the night end without grabbing the DJ’s mike karaoke style and belting out “Killing Me Softly” while their guests spontaneously provided back-up for this classic 90’s jam.
When we asked this food loving pair about their favourite personal touch at a recent wedding they worked, it came as no surprise that singing came up again ;) The bride at this wedding had a love for singing and was part of a choir. So, she decided to surprise her groom with her rendition of "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson. "When the bride sang to her groom, she had the entire room (including our staff) in tears” says Christine.
In the wedding industry for over 8 years, mother and daughter team Jenn & Barb of The Wedding Cafe in Kelowna are still surprised at all the ways in which couples personlize their wedding day, especially the ceremony. The two that stand out in their minds are the ones who came down the aisle on their favourite modes of transport. One couple on bikes and yet another on skateboards.
Jenn & Barb name one particularly West Coast wedding where the couple "asked guests to sign one of their old surfboards instead of a more traditional guest book." Awesome.
Over in Maple Ridge, Katrina of The Love Birds Wedding & Event Planning says in the over 90 weddings she's been involved in, she is convinced that guests want to see more of the couple - pictures, videos & lots of them! Now is not the time to play camera shy says Katrina. "Add photos to the welcome table, hang them around the space or show a special video to your guests between speeches. It adds your personality and energy to the space and to the day".
Another local talent, Breanne of ThistleBEA Your Wedding recently threw her own wedding with now husband Jim. As they threw a lego themed wedding, you wouldn't call them traditionalists, but that doesn't mean they didn't find ways to weave family history into their day.
Says Breanne, "I think my favorite memory overall, is the piñata! My parents had a piñata at their wedding and it was a tradition I thought was super fun so I asked my mom to make one for us, and it turned out AMAZING! We forgot a hitting stick so we ended up using a broom handle (until it broke and hit two of our guests, oops) then, I had a hammer stashed for unrelated crazy reasons, and my father-in-law and I must have been on the same wave-length because when I went to get the hammer from it’s hiding spot, he had already gotten it for me. After a good 6 or 7 hits at the thing with the broom stick and not much impact, it only took ONE good hit from me and the hammer to do maximum damage."
Not counting her own wedding to Jim, Breanne names her most recent wedding as one of her standout favourites for showing off not only the couple's interests but also their talents. Brent and Patrick bonded over movies & travel - like so many of us, right? Rather than just incorporating the names of the movies they watched or the places they’d travelled - these two took it to the next level. Says Breanne, “They used movies that had the name of a location (“When in Rome” “The Muppets take Manhattan” etc) and then they personalized the covers with images of them done to the same style as the original movie cover. It was really fantastic!”
Not only did this couple design the covers, Brent himself drew them all!
So, if you are planning your wedding and hoping to make it one to remember we have two pieces of advice.
2). Make a wedding video (because memories will fade but videos won't!).
Christine & Bain's Wedding photos: Jessica Balfour Photography
Breanne & Jim's Wedding photos: Jelger & Tanja
Brent & Patrick's Wedding photos: Breanne from @ThistleBEAYourWedding snapped this shot on her phone!