While there are a lot of traditional elements to many weddings, there’s no written rule that says your wedding can’t be as unique as you are. Weddings that result in the most lasting memories often contain a thoughtful blending of tradition and personalization, and each wedding should be a true reflection of your unique story.
Weddings aren’t just a party you host for your loved ones; they should be a journey you take your guests on that tells them more about who you are, how you fell in love, or what makes you tick as a couple. For instance, if you love to travel, have your guests sign a globe rather than a guest book. If you met sky diving, perhaps a venue like Messina’s at The Terminal, an art deco New Orleans airport-turned-event-venue, would make a great statement.
Customization is All About You
From the flowers you choose to the venue you select to the clothes you wear, your wedding should be like your fingerprint—truly your own. From how you invite people to how you exit your venue at the end of a beautiful affair, all should be carefully considered to help ensure your wedding is unlike any other. The famous Second Line is a popular New Orleans tradition that can be customized to make it all your own. Symbolizing a new beginning for the married couple, the Second Line Band leads the bridal party and the guests from the ceremony to the reception.
Start with Customized Invitations
Wedding invitations don’t have to follow any specific format. Back to the travel theme, your invitations can be designed to look like a passport if you love to travel. If you both love horseback riding, you can have your invitations engraved onto leather. If you’re really into vintage and mid-century modern, elegant calligraphy on parchment can evoke a vintage feel. Whatever design you select can be translated into other items you’ll need that day, including signage, place cards, menus, and cocktail napkins.
Greet Your Guests with Welcome Gifts
Choosing where to hold your wedding also says much about who you are. Let’s say you met during Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street. Getting married in The Big Easy would be a perfect choice for you. If you’re hosting a destination wedding in New Orleans, you can incorporate the city into the boxes, bags, or baskets awaiting your guests’ arrival. Items you could give include a bag of Café du Monde beignet mix, a Fleur de Lis bottle opener, some Mardi Gras beads, and some pralines to satisfy the sweet tooth in Crescent City style. It’s also a nice touch to include a city map and a New Orleans travel guide. Larger destination weddings often last several days, so craft a multi-day itinerary to help guide your guests through the whole experience.
Your Catering Menu Should Also Tell a Story About You
Serve food at your wedding that you and your partner love to eat. For the wanderlust couple, choose ethnic cuisine from your favorite travel destination. Sports-loving couples could opt for more casual fare like sliders and fries with gourmet dipping sauces, oyster shooters, and craft beer stations. Likewise, those that love gourmet food should opt for an equally sophisticated catering menu. Some of our most popular New Orleans destination wedding menus include delicacies such as seared duck breast atop a grit cake with Satsuma marmalade or blackened redfish over corn maque choux risotto cake topped with green onion aioli. We can help you customize the menu to be whatever you’d like it to be.
Incorporate Your Fur Baby into Your Special Day
Few things are cuter than a golden retriever carrying the rings down the aisle tied to his collar, a pug wearing a bow tie and vest, or a lab posing in its owners’ wedding photos. There are many ways to incorporate your pet into your wedding beyond just dressing them up and letting them walk down the aisle. They can stand at the altar with you, and you can illustrate them in signage and even name a signature drink after them. Lucky’s Lavender Collins, anyone?
Don’t Be Afraid to Ditch Traditions
Remember, it’s your day. If you want your favorite song to play as you walk down the aisle, or you want to wear jeans and cowboy boots instead of a dress and tux, do it. Not having something borrowed or something blue will not doom a healthy relationship. The number one rule is that there are no rules when planning your special day. (tramadol)
How Can We Help Make Your Wedding Uniquely You
Messina’s Catering & Event has been crafting unique weddings since 1961, and we would love to help you plan the perfect custom wedding for you and your beloved. We can also recommend the ideal venue, wedding planners, florists, photographers, and more to make your wedding unforgettable for all the right reasons. To learn more, visit MessinasCatering.com.