“Whether you break the mold or go traditional, planning something special is all about customization,” says Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store that sells save-the-date cards and wedding invitations. The following are the top customization tips for couples soon tying the knot:
Pick a theme
A theme brings unity to your affair. Choose one that’s aesthetically appropriate for a wedding, and complementary to the venue. Whether you go with rustic chic or urban minimalist, your theme should express your style and inform your planning decisions on everything from food to music.
Tell your guests with style
Informing your guests of the big news is the next step in planning your wedding. Do it early with a unique save-the-date. It’s easy to customize the look and feel of your invitations when you order through an online stationery store such as www.minted.com.
Liven it up
Even if you can’t spring for a 10-piece band, live music is an ideal investment. A live musician (or an exceptional DJ) will liven up the party by tailoring music on the fly based on guests’ requests and the shifting mood of your party.
Commandeer a special space
Shun the standard hotel conference room. Many hotels offer gazebos, verandas and other elegant rooms. Or opt for a non-traditional venue such as a museum or art gallery. Your photos will last a lifetime, so pick a space worth remembering.
Serve sensational food
Ask your favorite restaurant to cater your event. You might not get the fondue fountain or ice sculpture you always dreamed of, but food brought in from your favorite steak joint or Thai spot will make for a unique and tasty feast.
So before you say “I do” to your loved one, say “I do” to a special day that’s all you.