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Inject some personality into your wedding day

February 26, 2014
dsp By SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - Lifestyles Editor (sdunder@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

NOTHING IS more exciting for a woman than planning her perfect wedding day. Usually, the planning begins in childhood when girls play bride and pretend they're wearing a flowing gown, a tiara, and carrying the biggest, brightest bouquet imaginable.

The childhood dreams tend to dissipate pretty quickly, however, when adulthood makes a princess wedding seem unlikely.

But hold on - that's not true anymore. The only thing stopping you from having that princess wedding is YOU. By creatively using themes, accessories and even food, you can be a princess for a day and create the wedding you always imagined.

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One of the most popular trends in wedding planning today is developing and following a theme. Vintage and classic looks are back in style, mostly due to a popularity boost from the styles shown in the movie "The Great Gatsby." Couples who love the outdoors can plan a backyard ceremony decorated with wood, leaves and other items to give a rustic, outdoorsy feel. Camoflauge is also a popular theme - and some couples even carry the theme to their guests, requesting they dress in proper period or theme attire.

Accessories can make or break your overall look. There are many options available, and sometimes, your most creative option is to combine accessories for a one-of-a-kind look that suits both your personality and the overall feel you wish your wedding to achieve. Even something as simplistic as the cookie table can be filled with food to compliment your theme.

Other ways you can infuse your own personality into your wedding include:

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The only thing stopping you from having that princess wedding is YOU. By creatively using themes, accessories and even food, you can be a princess for a day and create the wedding you always imagined.

- Incorporate any ethnic customs or traditions your family may celebrate, like special dances or speeches. This keeps the ceremony uniquely you while paying homage to your heritage.

- Forgo the traditional guest book and have your guests sign the matte of a giant photo frame where you'll place your wedding photo. When you hang your wedding picture in the frame, you can remember all your guests and the fun you all had that special day.

- Get the guests involved in the musical choices by asking them in their invitations to write the names of three favorite songs. You can compile a list and and ask your DJ or band to play some of the more popular choices at the reception.

- Skip the bouquet toss (let's face it - not many single ladies look forward to being put on the spot), and instead give your flowers to the couple married the longest, or choose someone who has inspired you the most and give the flowers to her.

- Provide recipe cards at the cookie table filled with family-baked treats.

- Did you see something at a wedding that you want to do at your own? Customize it for your wedding - imitation is the most sincerely form of flattery!

Many couples strive to make their wedding a reflection of their personality. It begins with choosing colors and themes, and then blossoms from there. This bridal guide hopes to help spur your creativity on different ways you could customize your wedding to make it the most festive, memorable day of your life.

 
 

 

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