Up close and personal
Personalised has become the buzzword of the moment and no less in the world of weddings. At a time when there is so much choice, so many social media channels to browse (don’t even start us on how much of your day can be spent on Pinterest in the planning stages) and the will to have the best day ever, people are definitely turning to personalisation as a way to make theirs a wedding that stands out.
This can be quite an easy thing to achieve in certain areas, like invitations, styling, your actual ceremony or even your favours. But how do you bring this into your accessories for the day?
Sentimental touches like a piece of jewellery can be a great starting point. Always consider if you have anything you would like to use – a single piece of jewellery from a grandmother can be incorporated in for a real personal touch. It does not have to be an expensive antique – it can be costume jewellery if it means something to you. The same idea can be applied to any of any headpieces or garters too.
Using the actual material and tulle from family members wedding dresses and veils are other wonderful ways to personalise. We looked after a bride last year who had a wonderful bag full of her mum’s 1970’s wedding dress, a huge tulle veil and even her dad’s christening shawl and she worked on ways she could incorporate this into her look. Obviously, most of us do not feel we can rock a true vintage wedding dress or veil and body shapes have changed, so repurposing is a big part of the process plus it is making your wedding greener with re-using treasures items of days gone by.
Consider upcycling brooches or hair slides with some sparkles and use these on your veil to go with your show stopping dress
Incidentally, the Christening shawl we mentioned above was tricky, it was so delicate and old and so the bride decided to make this into a ring pillow and beaded onto the embroidery work on the shawl to update it slightly and attached some ribbon ties to keep the rings safe. This has made a fabulous keepsake.
Of course, you may want to go a little more direct with how you use a precious heirloom. Our bride chose to wear her Mum’s original wedding headpiece from the 1970’s as it teamed fantastically well with her simple halter neck dress. With a bit of tender mending, and the addition of some creamier lace pieces the tones of 1970s ivory (which tends to be a bit whiter) it blended well with her dress and modernised the headpiece completely.
But what if what you want is literal personalisation? Your name and date etched in time forever. There is a myriad of gifts out there that allow for this now. Our lucky wedding horseshoes are a long-standing tradition that are making a big comeback alongside this rising feeling of sentiment and can be personalised with names and dates of your wedding. Why not hang your horseshoe in your house afterwards as a lasting memento, bringing luck into your home, or if you own a horse, why not use one of their own shoes?
These are just a few ideas of how you can make your day so much more personal, we would love to hear from you if you take any of them, email [email protected] with your details.
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