20 Personalized Wedding Ideas You'll Want to Copy
At its heart, your wedding is about you and your spouse-to-be. It's easy to lose sight of this important central theme in the midst of all the dress shopping, flower consultations, and seating chart brainstorming—but it's obviously paramount. Why, then, shouldn't you weave bits and pieces of you and your loves' interests, personalities, and love story into the design of your big day? After all, anyone can throw a wedding, but your history is one-of-a-kind, and it's certainly worth telling on your big day.
Enter the following personalized wedding ideas from real celebrations. From miniature sailboat table numbers that offer a nod to your childhood summers on the Cape to photo displays that showcase family wedding portraits of the past, these details all help inject moments of personality into your wedding décor. We were also sure to include a broad range of ceremony- and reception-related accents—think seating cards, ceremony backdrops, favors, and even desserts!—so you can choose where and when to make this kind of statement.
Whatever type of personal moment you decide to include, these all work to help your big day feel a little bit more like you. Whether you're looking for a way to show off your new last name, share a few personal, funny relationship facts with guests, or make your vows even more poignant, there's an example here to help even the most formal of weddings feel intimate. Click through the gallery to discover all of the creative ideas that are sure to make your own big day feel that much more up-close and personal.
Travel-Inspired Table Number
Are you and your future spouse avid travelers? Show off your wanderlust by replacing paper table numbers with a small calligraphed globe (we love this one, designed by The Knot In Italy). Make them even more personal by marking all the countries you've voyaged to in one color and your honeymoon destination in another.
Beloved Quote Backdrop
Some of the most intimate wedding moments happen while no one's looking—and in this case, where no one's looking. Make your groom's getting-ready session all the more personal by leaving a handwritten note on the sole of his shoe, complete with your anniversary date.
Mad Libs Advice Cards
Ask your guests to give you all marriage advice you'll ever need with this mad libs-style game. Simply set up a station with a sign (how cute is this one by The Idea Emporium?) explaining the activity. Just imagine how fun, personal, and touching reading the responses will be—chances are, they'll come in handy down the road.
Illustrated Venue Signage
You chose your venue because it spoke to you and your wedding vision. Why not include an illustration of the pretty space, like this one by The Wells Makery, on your wedding signage? Alternatively, consider adding a watercolor version of your new home or your beloved pup.
Make getting ready with your favorite girls, one of the most personal hours of the day, even more special by hanging their dresses on hangers inscribed with their names and your wedding date. They also double as special keepsakes that they'll actually use.
In Memoriam Notes
Not having a beloved family member with you on one of the biggest days of your life feels impossible. To honor their memory, consider tucking note cards into guests' napkins, asking them to take a private moment to think of that loved one. Including their favorite flower or herb is another added personal touch that will help you and everyone else feel their presence.
Hobby Table Numbers
Highlight you and your love's favorite pastime with hobby-inspired table numbers, like these sailboats designed by Table 6 Productions.
Looking to add a personal touch to your dessert table? Pay homage to the place you grew up by serving up state-shaped treats. Better yet, ask your confectioner to ice them with the state's official flower.
Scroll Wedding Vows
Exchanging vows is one thing; spelling them out on a scroll backdrop, like this one designed by Bespoken, so that they're an integral part of your wedding ceremony takes it to a whole new level. You'll literally be standing on these words as your officiant pronounces you wed, which beautifully symbolizes the bedrock of your marriage.
Last Name Lettering
Dress up your cocktail bar—how incredible is this greenery-covered piece designed by Mood Event and Flower Girls Hawaii?—by spelling out your new last name. It's a small but splashy way to make your event décor feel more like you and is sure to be one of the most-Instagrammed elements of the evening.
Pastime-Themed Place Cards
Travel Suggestion Cards
Whether you're both diehard adventurers seeking your next travel destination or simply crowdsourcing to plan your later-moon, a "Where should we go?" sign, like this one by Prim & Pixie, and accompanying postcards are a great way to inform future married trips—and learn a little bit more about your guests' favorite places in the meantime. Set up a cute mailbox to house their suggestions for an added on-theme touch.
Favorite Quote Sign
Is there a phrase that you and your now-spouse use on the regular? If he follows up your "I love you" with "Love you more," consider incorporating his response into your wedding signage. We love this geometric version from Letters to You, which perfectly showcased this personal sentiment.
Send guests home with a playlist favor that shows off both of your eclectic music tastes, or one that tells the story of your relationship through song.
Family Photo Wall
Connect your big day to the weddings of your family's past by setting up a shelved photo display. This poignant and personal touch is also something that Grandma is sure to appreciate.
Inside Joke Escort Cards
Escort cards don't have to be so serious. Make like this couple and guide guests to their seats with inside joke-inspired doodle-embellished notes that you can hand-draw on your own.
Illustrated Cocktail Napkins
Portrait-style illustrations of the two of you doing your favorite things (dancing, lounging by the pool, and perhaps most importantly, binging your favorite Netflix shows) are the definition of personal. Copy these newlyweds and enlist an artist (these portraits were done by Mike Gambriel) to help capture your likeness.
Polaroid Place Cards
A DIY project never looked so fun. Have a blast stalking all your guests for old photos and print them on Polaroid-style cardstock for the ultimate personal (albeit slightly embarrassing) throwback.