6. Here at Brides, we’ve seen our fair share of weddings—and with that, just about every wedding trend in the book. This isn't the time to worry about being corny or cheesy. Acknowledge the support you'll need from others. You have stuck by me through the best and worst and loved all that I am. If you have a favorite line from a movie or song that expresses your feelings, use it as a starting point. Be sure to include a handwritten note, a gift card to your favorite coffee shop or bakery, and something locally made—be it a bag of old-fashioned hand-cooked peanuts or chocolate-coated espresso beans. It's a tremendous undertaking, summing up your love, dreams, and promises to your partner in a few short minutes. Go after laughter. Instead of having waiters carry trays of champagne around, have them refill suspended platforms with the bubbly instead. We’re also into balloons and lanterns as bouquet alternatives. Go the extra mile and use leather luggage tags to hold the escort or place cards. Forget wedding cars! Thinking about writing your own wedding vows? These trials have pushed the boundaries of what we thought we could endure, and in the end, I feel more strongly connected with you in a resolve to get up and try again. Photo by Kate Headley, planning and designing by Pineapple Productions. Whether you're crazy about old-fashioned egg creams, Belgian waffles, or Philly cheese steak, ask your caterer about incorporating your faves into the menu. Show your florist photos of your mother’s bouquet so a florist can design a similar one, like this white ‘80s-inspired cascading bouquet. Consider incorporating custom artwork into your invitations and mementos. GIF photo booths are all the rage these days—just don't forget to share your wedding hashtag to encourage attendees to spread the #love. Give your bridesmaids something a little more untraditional to carry in lieu of bouquets. I vow to put your needs before my own. If you plan on serving food from different cultures, then an elegant buffet could be a unique way to satisfy a variety of palates. As your wife, I promise to love you with the same determination and confidence you've given me. Opt for something creative that reflects your theme, like a fun neon sign with a sweet love-centric slogan. While time-consuming, I cannot think of a better way to let each individual guest know how much you appreciate his or her presence at your wedding," Jackson says. It's not always going to be easy, so don't promise perfection. The ability to make your significant other smile and even laugh out loud during your ceremony will serve you well in your marriage. It's so much more interesting for friends or family to hear about your odd quirks and raw personal moments. For guests who don't drink, consider having a sparkling lemonade stand or even a sorbet cart. Also, for making me wait so long—I vow to make you wait on me getting ready for the rest of your life. Instead of displaying the menu on standard stationery, get creative and have it sprawled across plates, marble, or charcuterie boards in elegant calligraphy. We can’t think of anything sweeter. “You can vow to not only stick by their side forever but to also be the one to kill spiders whenever they creep their way into your home,” says Dent. Don't wait until the last minute. Embrace sentimentality. 2. Plan to have your vows written three weeks before your wedding. Top off your cake with an accent that complements the vibe and theme of your wedding. I promise to be the most dependable person in your life. Other confections to consider include a trio of macarons, a cupcake, a warm cookie, or gourmet chocolates. Trust us: You'll be thankful for the rehearsal when those wedding-day jitters kick in. For the reception, consider incorporating a neon sign with your wedding hashtag as a photo booth backdrop. Are you a wanderlusting pair with a travel theme? These greenery wreaths with statement flowers are absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. Set your skin with powder. Incorporate your birthstone in your tablescape for a special touch. A few areas to look to for inspiration as you plan your nuptials: Behold, 75 distinctive ideas—from catering selections to personalized décor to bouquet ideas—to put your own spin on. Display your family's heritage graphically—an Indian print, a clan tartan, an African kente cloth—on vases, ring pillows, stationery, even cummerbunds. Guests can schmooze and peruse during the cocktail hour. Stick to a single color (pink peonies, pink tulips, pink roses) or color scheme (jewel tones) to unify the look. Add a custom stamp of your and your partner’s first initials throughout the wedding for a personal touch. Anything that you get customized for your bridesmaids will also serve as a memento of your big day. Saya Photography Wedding Planner: Call Me Madame. Invite guests to take one on their way out. 2. "Don't be afraid to play with color, pattern, and shape," Jackson says. If you’re having a destination wedding or have a lot of guests coming from out of town, include a map of the area your wedding will be in with your invitations—after all, they’ll be spending the whole weekend there! I intend to love you, hold you, and grow very, very old with you. I vow to watch reruns of Gilmore Girls and Friends. Jeremy, you're the person I waited for and you were worth the wait. "The turndown service included a special note from the bride and groom and their favorite local doughnuts to be enjoyed as a late-night snack or morning treat," Jackson says. Perfect for adults and children, be the last player to keep the blocks standing to win. Order custom labels for wine and water to put your own personal stamp on libations. Secondly, don't forget to consider your guests! Overwhelming as it can be, it's well worth it: It's a chance to tell your story, give guests a peek into what makes your relationship tick, and share meaningful words with the person you love. This kind of absolute language is all but impossible to live up to. 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This couple had each of their favorite paintings printed on the menus. I may not want to admit it, but I even love your awful puns. "I love bold color, like a palette of jewel tones mixed with softer pastels. A close friend who is a great sounding board (and a pro at keeping secrets) is an important ally to have. 11. Is there a charity that's dear to you? 9. The only way to make sure everything sounds perfect is to hear it out. No problem if the groom is from a different country—think multiple tiers! —Dennis. There’s no denying the charm of a wooden sign or elegance of a mirrored sign, but everyone uses them. Hosting cocktail hour outside? "Your vows are a gift to one another, so don't share them ahead of time," Reynolds explains. “They can give you constructive criticism and help you improve your vows to make sure you really get that meaning across,” says Dent. In lieu of favors, make a donation in your guests' names; leave an explanatory card on each dinner table. I promise you that laughter will always be commonplace in our house. Pick an exit that best suits your style as a couple or wedding theme—a motorcycle for the edgy duo or a sleek tender jetting off into the blue for the chic and glam pair. Let him or her inspire your wedding décor. "Kristen, as the cliché says, you showed up when I was least expecting you. Jackson says. Set up stations of different lawn games—like croquet, badminton, and jumbo Jenga—around the cocktail and lounge area to give your guests some entertainment besides mingling. Another fun idea is to adorn apples or pears with personalized stickers that contain your names or a pun along the lines of "we make a pear-fect couple.". Vows aren't just cute anecdotes—they are a promise and serious commitment that you’re making in front of a whole lot of witnesses. "Devin Lee, it is impossible for me to put into words the passionate and infinite embrace you have on my heart. You help me to be the finest version of me that I can. Write your soon-to-be spouse a heartfelt message on their wedding shoe for a sweet surprise on the big day. You could even take it a step further by assigning a different genre to each table. I vow to be the man that you inspire me to be and the man that you deserve. Wear your grandmother’s wedding dress as a special tribute to one of your favorite people. Wear your wedding band and engagement ring on separate hands. Headley Lyons, Planning and designing by Pineapple Productions. 1. Compile all the song requests into a playlist and give it to your DJ for a variety of jams that guests will enjoy. Keep the explanations short and significant, and include them on the printed menu. Rent a Sno-Cone machine, popsicle bar, or ice cream stand and chill out! If you really want to get fancy, you could order mini etched champagne bottles as favors. Order prints with just a click. For one wedding, Pineapple Productions served maple bacon funnel cakes and strawberry chili cotton candy from a moving ferris wheel. Celebrate your Love Story at Las Vegas’ newest Clean & Modern Chapel. As much as your wedding is about celebrating your legal union with your SO, it's also very much about your guest’s comfort and enjoyment. Let it inspire your big day. I vow to love you and honor our commitment when we are near and far from each other. "The reality is all marriages have cycles of peaks and valleys," Honaman says. Design your ceremony seating in a circular fashion so guests can get a 360-degree view. “Yes, the focus will be on the words themselves, but the aesthetics matter, too,” says Dent. A round of "I Spy" or Bingo could also be played. I vow to stand by you in life's wonderful moments and when life is difficult. Take into consideration your perfect food day (breakfast through dinner, plus snacks and dessert). Display in your home—it's the ultimate keepsake. Give the backstory to any family recipes you're serving. A love that many waters cannot quench, a love that floods cannot drown." Another idea is to provide "a wedding welcome bag that includes everything you might need for the perfect cocktail hour or perfect day at the beach," Jackson says. Instead, choose a coffee table book covering a subject you love (like this one about historical Los Angeles) and that you'll want to display at home; guests can write on the photos or in the margins. A round of mini golf could also be an entertaining and fun way to kick off this new chapter in life. Another idea is to stack the dessert table with cookies frosted with your monogram or shaped like the numerals of your wedding date ("6," "20," "17") for a personal touch. The ageless quality of our images complements the energy of our films. Here are our top tips for writing—and delivering—your own wedding vows. 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