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Top tips on how to personalise your big day, from Charlotte O’Shea

Top tips from Charlotte O’Shea, founder of the UK’s most popular wedding blog, Rock My Wedding 

Article from National Wedding Show web.

How do I personalise my wedding on a restricted budget?

1) The first step we would say is to consider the things that are most important to you both as a couple and to use your budget in these areas. If music and entertaining your guests is your number one priority for example then consider hiring a live act or DJ who’s repertoire is significant and is certain to get all of your nearest and dearest on the dance floor.

2) Have a look around your own home for decor inspiration, we often find brides have a certain “style” that is often present in their own interiors and you can of course use a variety of pieces for W-day, vases, pictures, table runners – anything that will serve as decoration and of course it will automatically be personal to you both.

3) As per above, when investing in decor pieces consider those that may be re-used in the home or for other events throughout the year.

4) There is nothing that says personalisation ore than DIY, although of course you don’t actually have to do it yourself (!), family and friends will be more than happy to assist in getting crafty. Invite your best girls for the afternoon and exchange tea and cake for their help in making simple paper goods such as place names.

5) If you want to furnish your guests with favours then something you have made yourself is the most personal way of saying thank you for attending your special day. We love edible items such as pots of jam or chutney, delicious home baked cookies or fudge.

6) Choosing your favourite menu items is a great way to personalise your big day for little or no additional cost, discuss with your venue caterer the option of serving something that may not be part of the standard offering, they should be more than willing to make something special such as your favourite dessert.

7) Some of the prettiest and most memorable wedding cakes we have featured on RMW have been either baked by a family member or a plain inexpensive supermarket purchase that has been lovingly decorated by members of the bridal party or the bride and groom themselves with fresh blooms or kitsch cake toppers that can be purchased relatively cheaply from on-line market place Etsy.

8) Champagne or wine is the most traditional choice for after ceremony drinks however cocktails or perhaps even something refreshing and non-alcoholic such as pink lemonade or elderflower cordial could be an option, don’t be afraid to make requests to your venue/catering provider. The way you serve the beverages can also be personalised, we love stripy straws in the colour scheme of your choice, summer fruits or even retro paper umbrellas in feminine shades of pink and lavender.

9) The table plan is a great way to personalise your W-day, name tables after places you have visited, your favourite books, albums – the list of options is endless. The way you style your table plan is also a great way of making your W-day unique and at the same time creating an eye-catching piece of decor. We love luggage tags tied up with string and displayed on make-shift washing lines inter-dispersed with family pictures and images from stag and hen parties.

10) Don’t underestimate the opportunities available at your local haberdashery, ribbons, lace and even wool is both budget friendly and simple to wrap around napkins, orders of service and even cutlery to tie in your colour scheme or theme.

11) A romantic rustic aesthetic continues to be popular and if you are considering this for your own celebration then there are many ways to personalise your day particularly in terms of florals. A mixture of all of your most loved blooms randomly bunched together in milk bottles or even tin cans (yes – really!) gives that perfect festival-chic look as well as being simple to achieve. Rather than hire lots of additional seating for their marquee some of our featured real weddings have used hay bales or a selection of mis-matched car boot chair finds, ideal for the theme and your purse strings!

For further inspiration and wedding day advice visit www.rockmywedding.co.uk

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