by: Lauren

So, I talk about details a lot. I mean, why shouldn’t I- it’s only my business name. ;) But the question that I’m sure many of you have, and what I also asked myself when planning my wedding, is how can you be sure that your wedding details are unique? There’s all this pressure to have a “unique” wedding now, especially with all of the awesome inspiration out there! I remember endlessly Googling “unique wedding ideas”, only to come up with things that were anything BUT unique- and that was 3 years ago! I can only imagine what it’s like now to be on the hunt for unique wedding ideas! However, the big question remains: what actually IS something that’s unique for a wedding?

Well friends, the answer to that question is… YOU! YOU are the key to all things “unique” for your wedding!

Thursday Tips: How To Have Unique Wedding Details! via TheELD.com

Photo via Brit Stewart Weddings

I’m always saying to make sure your wedding really reflects you and your fiance. I probably say it at least once a week, right? But I only truly and completely realized it yesterday while starting the design process for an inspiration shoot. And so, I thought I would share my thought process for designing wedding details, so you can also use the process to come up with your own unique details!

1. It all starts when you’re designing and envisioning your wedding. Don’t start with the time of year or the venue or colors. Start with your relationship- tell your story. Write down how you met, and your first date. Things that you and your significant other enjoy doing together- do you have a shared hobby or passion? What are some significant events that occurred throughout your relationship? Do you have a home together? If so, how is that home decorated? Pets? Favorite wine, beer, or food? What defines YOU and YOUR FIANCE as a couple? What is your relationship- and life- story?

2. Once you have your story, walk away from it for a day or two, and then come back to it. Read it over, and see what sticks out to you. Circle or highlight the things that you think *really* define your “relationship story”. THAT is what makes you two unique, and it’s also what is going to make your wedding unique. Create another list of those defining things about your story.

3. Using that defining list, you are going to design your own unique wedding. I don’t care if it’s that you’re both teachers, love paintball, or brew your own beer- ANYTHING can be used in your wedding if you put your mind to it! Pick a few of those things- these are the things that you will incorporate into your wedding. If you’ve hired a planner or designer, now you should share this list and your story with him or her- trust me, they will LOVE it!

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Photo by Studio222 Photography

4. Now is the time that you can start thinking about colors, style, time of year, etc in the design of your unique wedding. I’m sure something stuck out in your relationship story that will help you narrow your options down. A good place to start is of course your favorite colors- do you wear a lot of gray? Is your house decorated in nautical navy and white stripes with aqua accents? Let your life guide you. :) (And remember- your wedding definitely does not have to match a particular season or even your wedding venue. Don’t worry about that!)

5. Next, you are going to read this post about what details are. Take the list of details that I provided, and write down all of the details that will pertain to your wedding. And now, turn to your “defining list” and see which of those items will work best to translate over to the details! It can be every detail, or just a few- it’s really up to you and HOW you want your wedding to be unique.

I realize that much of this is pretty vague, but everyone has their own special, unique story, so I can’t exactly be super specific about everything. But hopefully these guidelines will help you in creating your unique wedding details! Or at least get you on the right path, and then you can work with a planner/designer to help you define and create the details! Planners and designers are pretty amazing at designing weddings- of course I HIGHLY recommend hiring one. :)

Thursday Tips: How To Have Unique Wedding Details! via TheELD.com

Photo via Simply & Forever

Brides, have you come up with any specific details that are unique to your relationship yet? Share your ideas with all of us- it could spark an idea for someone else!

[FYI, if you end up wanting help in designing your unique wedding details, I’ll be announcing a little something soon enough! You can always email me though and I’ll happily give you the “lowdown” early, or I can always refer you to an awesome designer in your area!]
 

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Lauren

Founder & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

13 responses to Thursday Tips: How To Have Unique Wedding Details!

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  1. Emmanuela Stanislaus - Precious Occasions

    I always love your Thursday Tips Lauren! I love the way you described how couples can find their own unique design. their personalities are truly what will make their wedding design different from others. thanks for sharing!

  2. Christie O.

    I totally agree with Emmanuela! And this is a particularly useful post. A unique wedding is not about “unique details.” it’s about YOU! Love it!

  3. OliverINK Etsy

    I couldn’t agree more. I see a lot of trends in weddings with some fun ideas but they still have to suit your personalities.

  4. Jill Ferguson

    Great advice! One of our couples, Lonnie & Jaymi, both educators, used their love for education and one another (Teaching is how they met) as inspiration for their wedding…http://tinyurl.com/6rpc5q9

  5. naomi

    Spot on as usual.. Details that are important to the couple are the meaningful details I like incorporating in the design of the wedding. It makes it that more memorable and everyone wants a memorable celebration.

  6. Amber Cleveland Lewter

    i love this post and plan to share it with my brides. As a planner it can sometimes be challenging to get inside the B&G’s heads and figure out what is unique to them. Your suggestions really give me a concrete way to do this. Thanks! BTW- my husband and I had an all outdoor ceremony and reception with 3 bonfires, it was totally “us”.

  7. Andi Diamond

    Great tips Lauren- thank u!! :)

  8. YesMyBride

    So many gorgeous details. Cake is very cool too!

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  11. Morgan L

    My fiancé and I have been together forever and just bought a house and dog together, and while we don’t have huge things in common, there’s little big things that’ll make our wedding unique and “us” like our shared love of classic rustic country chic, the outdoors, eating and drinking! Family is also very important and will be integrated everywhere from my mom making my wedding dress to my brother and uncle doing our food to our families coming together to create a circle or ring around us for our ceremony. We also want our dog to walk a bouquet down the aisle and are hand making centre pieces and details together- he’s a very involved groom and I love that.

  12. Morgan L

    My fiancé and I have been together forever and just bought a house and dog together, and while we don’t have huge things in common, there’s little big things that’ll make our wedding unique and “us” like our shared love of classic rustic country chic, the outdoors, eating and drinking! Family is also very important and will be integrated everywhere from my mom making my wedding dress to my brother and uncle doing our food to our families coming together to create a circle or ring around us for our ceremony. We also want our dog to walk a bouquet down the aisle and are hand making centre pieces and details together- he’s a very involved groom and I love that.

  13. Morgan L

    My fiancé and I have been together forever and just bought a house and dog together, and while we don’t have huge things in common, there’s little big things that’ll make our wedding unique and “us” like our shared love of classic rustic country chic, the outdoors, eating and drinking! Family is also very important and will be integrated everywhere from my mom making my wedding dress to my brother and uncle doing our food to our families coming together to create a circle or ring around us for our ceremony. We also want our dog to walk a bouquet down the aisle and are hand making centre pieces and details together- he’s a very involved groom and I love that.

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