You’ve just got engaged, and now, it’s time for the whirlwind of planning that follows. But where do you start? How do you get your wedding to reflect the story of you and your new fianc? Luckily, there are several ways to customize your wedding. From decor to cuisine, there’s no wedding element that can’t be customized.CuisineCuisine is the easiest way to represent you and your fianc’s tastes. One of the most popular routes is providing meals that highlight your cultural backgrounds. Offer traditional dishes from your home country: like shepherd’s pie from England or curry from India. Another option is replicating meals you like to cook for each other. If it is your Friday night ritual to eat burgers, offer them on the menu. In-fact, you could offer a burger making station with all the best toppings. Not only does the burger bar touch on something you and your fianc share, your guests will remember it, too.Escort and place cardsIf you’re planning a themed wedding, escort and place cards are a great way to tie in that theme with your dcor. Furthermore, they open the door to creativity. Instead of traditional numbers, why not try place names? For a beach wedding, you might name your tables after beaches you and your hubby have visited together. By slipping the cards into shell holders, you’ve completed your beachy look.If you don’t have a theme or you’re not offering a seating plan, you can still have table cards. Try placing smaller versions of your engagement pictures or did you know facts on each table. Whichever option you choose, you’re telling the story of you and your new husband.Cocktail HourWhile it’s only an hour long, a lot happens during that pre-reception party. One way to make for a great cocktail hour is with a signature drink. Have bartenders serve up a drink that matches your wedding style. Maybe a “Citrus Kiss” for a spring wedding or a “Caribbean Breeze” for a beach wedding. If you want to be more original, name the drink after your proposal or first date. By following any of these ideas, you could add napkins with printed messages to your guests. Try napkins with your cocktail recipe on. If you offer a uniquely named drink, provide napkins printed with the drink’s story.As far as food goes, a recent trend is to serve comfort dishes as hors d’oeuvres. Maybe fried mac and cheese balls or fried pickles? You could even do miniature grilled cheese or PB and J sandwiches. The options are endless.
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