So you've been to one or two weddings by now, and your parents have been to hundreds (and like to share every detail). But what if you want to make your day a little more reflective of your personality? Read on for our suggestions.
1. Tell a story with the style of your invitations
Whether it's the tale of your courtship, the proposal story, or as one couple bravely mapped out, their projected time line of milestones until their wedding day, clever typography can make a beautiful keepsake of your love story.
2. Take a snap of the two of you for save the dates
Pose with cue cards, or perhaps printed T-shirts sporting the date, in the right location - say, your local bottle shop for a winery wedding or on a ferry for a nautical theme. It's fun and inspirational.
3. Mark the spot
For destination weddings, hand-draw a map of the location with a few hand-picked tips for great coffee or a picnic spot in the area.
4. Fancy dress
Be creative in your dress code and inspire your guests with a directive to source cloche hats for a 1920s' wedding or something rose coloured for a ceremony in a rose garden. 'Dress-ups', if done well, can make for fab photos.
5. Put your stamp on it
Australia Post has a facility for uploading photos or other images onto stamps, so you can stick a pic of yourself or a motif from your wedding onto an envelope and send it off into the world. See stamps.com.au
6.Don't like fruitcake?
Don't have it! Choosing a dessert that you both love injects fun into a reception. Think strawberry ice-cream, brownies, trifle, a stack of vintage cheese wheels - whatever makes you go mmmm.
7. Food can be entertainment
Try a snow cone machine for a summer wedding, or what about roasted chestnuts in the winter, a fairy-floss machine for a tent or marquee event, or a fresh sashimi station?
8. Do away with the bouquet
We won't say to carry a parasol, but what about giving your maids decorative lanterns, posies of ribbon - whatever you fancy.
9. A sweet hello
A place setting that doubles as a take-home gift is a sweet touch, especially when it's homemade jam, a book or a treat made with love.
Theme songs aren't limited to parents or to brides and grooms. Why not introduce each member of your bridal party with their own theme song, whether it's soppy or just silly.