Much of the stress surrounding the wedding day for many brides involves the constant need to make the celebration unique. Oftentimes, brides take to Pinterest boards and word-of-mouth to find the best ideas, but they lack an overall cohesive design or feel for their day, making these projects seem a little like a jumbled mess come wedding day. The good news is that many options exist for customizing your event that seem neither cliché nor a silly waste of money. In fact, these options are downright timeless and are even less stressful to tackle with the help of a certified event planner!
I reached out to Camille Parker, Event Manager at Memphis area wedding planning company Cheers Event Planning, to get her take on five popular areas to customize with regard to your wedding day. See what all she said below!
1. Set the tone for your wedding with custom wedding invitations.
Camille states that many brides and grooms opt for pictures on their save the dates, and even more custom options for their actual wedding invitations. She adds that this is such an integral part of creating a customized feel to your wedding that you need to invest in making it amazing. We couldn’t agree more.
At Cheers Event Planning, event managers and assistants frequently attend appointments with brides at custom stationary shops to help them choose a design that will flow perfectly with their overall theme. They even can arrange for a calligrapher to personalize both the inner and exterior envelopes of your invitation.
2. Get personal with your wedding guest favors.
In one of my earlier posts on common wedding favor blunders, I noted a lack of personal meaning as one of the key mistakes brides often make. However, these days, brides are recognizing that their weddings really are amazing parties because their guests make it so…so thanking them with a personal gift is only befitting!
“[Personal wedding favors] are more common now. In fact, giving something personal as your wedding favor is becoming a trend,” Camille details. We’re not surprised at all!
3. Tie your guest tables together (figuratively speaking) with conversation pieces that highlight who you are as a couple.
This can be anything from photo albums or individual pictures of you two in different stages of life to themed tables documenting where you want to go in life.
Camille details that she’s seeing this a lot with the table centerpieces themselves, whether they’re short or tall, floral or not. “The whole idea for couples right now is to be creative and simply showcase themselves,” explains Camille. She went on to detail that classic candlelight is obviously still a popular addition to the décor options, but having different levels of items on each table also is a big deal now. “Aim to surprise your guests!” Camille instructs. We love this idea!
4. Use lighting, music, items you love, and specialty décor pieces to set that truly custom feel for your wedding.
Everything about your celebration – from the music to all other sensory aspects – should ultimately fit together like a puzzle piece for your guests. Understanding this, consider opting for specialty lighting to set the ambiance of the event, using your wedding colors or monogram on the walls, and definitely choose your music well.
Camille states that aspects like this, especially the monogram, all contribute to your ultimate goal: branding your event! She even details that personalized pieces like custom pillows on lovely lounge furniture are a big hit at weddings, adding that ice sculptures are even making a comeback in the Memphis area. “They make for wonderful pictures!” she exclaims. She went on to add that they’re also fabulous conversation pieces for your guests. Furthermore, string trios and quartets are perfect for setting the mood, and they can often play contemporary tunes. Just check! Finally, Camille details that animals are playing bigger and bigger roles at weddings, so consider bringing in your lifelong friend for the ultimate in a customized celebration.
5. Bring your favorite food and drink into the meal selection at your wedding reception.
Your food and drink selection at your wedding reception play a huge role in bringing guests to that next level of party bliss. This means a custom menu, custom wedding cake design, custom napkins, and possibly even a signature cocktail to serve guests!
Camille describes that this is probably the biggest and most popularly customized aspect of Memphis weddings. “There are no simple menus,” she explains. “Everything is either personalized by the couple or given a ‘signature’ flair by the wedding caterer.” Camille goes on to add that many bars are customized, and even food trucks are becoming popular for events. From food stations to adorably personalized groom’s cakes, the whole idea surrounds an overlying need to personalize the event with the bride and groom’s own creativity.
Camille Parker has worked in events and weddings since 2010. She joined the Cheers Event Planning team in Memphis in July of 2012 as business manager for Krista Robinson, the owner of Cheers boasting seven years in the industry. Cheers Event Planning offers Full Service, Design, and Weekend Coordination, but they also customize all of their packages based on the clients’ needs, vision, and budget.
“I do sincerely believe that we go above and beyond with all of our clients,” details Camille. “We are very accommodating and very friendly, which is important in an emotion-based service industry. We have been praised by all our past clients for going above and beyond, having a ‘seamless’ evening (never the awkward pauses), for being reachable and approachable, and for being people they could just connect with and have a relationship with. We have incredible relationships with our past and present clients and we are so grateful!”
The Cheers Event Planning team includes certified event planners who are always excited about learning the new trends in weddings and events to make sure that your celebration is breathtaking at every turn. Their expertise and guidance will make sure you don’t stress during the most important day of your life!
Images provided by Camille Parker via email.
First image courtesy of SW Productions.
Second and fourth images courtesy of Snap Happy Photography.
Third, sixth, and tenth images courtesy of Starlife Studios.
Fifth image courtesy of Marcie Maxwell.
Seventh image courtesy of Kelly Ginn Photography.
Eighth image courtesy of Caylan Vanaman Photography.
Ninth image courtesy of Kevin Barre Photography.