6 ways to make your wedding day extra special

Make your wedding day stand out from the rest with our expert tips for personalizing your nuptials.

By Jen Kirsch

How to make your wedding day extra special
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When it comes to planning a wedding, many people tend to take a traditional route and yield to parental pressure and family expectations.

But the day you say "I do" should be one of the most exciting days in your life, so it's important to realize it's OK to be flexible with all aspects of the wedding planning and to customize the occasion to your needs.

Andrea Lown, the co-founder of smartbrideboutique.com, offers six tips on how you can plan your wedding to best represent your relationship and the personalities of you and your fiance.

1. Choose an inspiring venue
Lown was married in the library of the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, Alta., a place that had special meaning to both her and her husband, however she understands that not everyone has a meaningful location to say "I do." Still, she stresses the importance of finding a venue that stands out for you and your partner.

"Through decor, lighting and planning, any space can become inspiring. Visualize the vibe, theme or flow you want your wedding to have and pick a venue that fits," she advises.

2. Choose your wedding music wisely
Yes, your wedding day is supposed to be all about you, but you also want your guests to have fun.

"When choosing your music, make sure to inject a healthy portion of songs that both you and your guests can groove to. Then throw in your grandparents' favourite tunes to get them on the dance floor, too. You'd be surprised how the other guests will get inspired," says Lown.

"Whatever you do, don't leave your music choices to the DJ. Paint a picture for him or her of how you want your reception to go and make specific 'play’ and 'don't play’ lists."

3. Plan your wedding menu

Tasting all the menu options is certainly a perk of wedding planning, but it's important to look past what will be on your plates.

Spend some time thinking about how you want the food to reflect your personalities and the way you regularly entertain, says Lown. When you host a party, does everyone end up standing in the kitchen nibbling away on snacks or do you suddenly realize you’ve been sitting around your dining table well into the wee hours?

"Plan your food around how you normally like to entertain, whether it's a stand-up cocktail party where guests can mix and mingle, a formal sit-down dinner or long family-style tables that encourage conversation with other guests," she says.

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