There are few things more gratifying than seeing a couple’s wedding perfectly reflect their personalities, tastes, relationship, and love for one another. For these do’s and don’ts for making your wedding personal, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to help you to figure out ways to make your day special.
Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire.
1 | Do Incorporate Elements of Your Heritage
A beautiful and simple way to personalize your wedding is to pay homage to you and your fiancé’s heritage. This touch will also make your friends and family feel more at home and involved in your day. For one of our past events, we incorporated a Mediterranean tea station with desserts, a nod to the couple’s Lebanese background.
2 | Don’t Name Tables After Cities
It’s wonderful if you’ve lived or traveled to tons of cities but this does not need to be showcased at your wedding. This has been done many, many times. A great way to inject a similar sentiment is by crafting a menu that reflects a favorite city’s cuisine. If you used to live in Austin, serve tacos, or if you love traveling to New Orleans, serve beignets as a late night sweet!
3 | Do Incorporate Things Special to the Couple
The welcome gift is a wonderful place to personalize. For a New York wedding, we filled the bag with favorite NYC-made truffles, Momofuku cookies, a subway map, and a book about the Big Apple -signed by the bride and groom! For another wedding, we got moonshine from our client’s hometown of Tennessee. Family and friends love these subtle (and tasty!) attentions to detail.
4 | Don’t Try and Have the Décor Match Just One Person’s Personality
Your wedding day is for both of you so try and incorporate both of your personalities into the décor. One of the most romantic and visually stunning weddings I’ve designed and produced was for an amazing couple where the groom was super edgy and the bride was a total girly girl. The contrast between the dark elements the groom favored and the light, airy elements the bride favored, created the most breathtaking visual and reflected them both perfectly. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your individual styles!
5 | Do Serve Guilty Pleasure Foods Late Night
Late night treats are always a big hit! Often times my clients will serve a more traditional meal at dinner but afterwards will bring out the great, late night food. Yummy dishes like personal pizzas, mini cheeseburgers, and tacos are always big hits and much to their guest’s delight.
6 | Don’t Be Afraid to Use Your Monogram or Couple’s Silhouette
A custom monogram or silhouette, if done tastefully, can be used subtly throughout the wedding process. From the save-the-date and wedding invitation to the menu, dance floor and cocktail napkins. One-of-a-kind elements like monograms and couple silhouettes will be treasured by the couple, family, and friends long after the big day.