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Who doesn't love gifts, especially when you know you're going to love every gift you receive? An easy way to personalize your wedding day is to customize your wedding registry. You can start by hand-selecting each item, from things you want to stuff you actually need. Don't feel like you need to add items on your registry that you'll never use, or even worse, you don't even like. If you and your significant other love to cook, focus on things for the kitchen - there are enough gadgets for all your guests to choose from. If you love to be outside, focus on those patio purchases. If you love to travel, explore, stay active, choose non-traditional wedding gift items like camping gear, workout equipment, or luggage. You may also want to choose a registry that offers multiple stores and websites to be listed all on one list (I mean, who doesn't love Amazon!) rather than sticking to one or two retailers. Your registry can also include activities or spa treatments that you can redeem on your honeymoon.
It's safe to say that Austin is a hot destination location for weddings, and for most couples, at least a handful, if not more, of their guests are from out of town. Welcome bags are a super easy way to personalize your day and showcase Austin as your wedding location, especially for all of those out-of-town guests. Gather up some of your favorite things, unique items that represent you, your fiance, and your city, and start filling up some goodie bags to welcome your guests to your wedding weekend. Add your favorite snacks, favorite drinks, sports-related items, music, "Keep Austin Weird" souvenirs, anything and everything you can think of!
Similarly, do this with party favors - think of something special to send your guests home with that will help them remember your wedding. There are many classic options: honey or jam, candy, chocolate, shot glasses, bottle openers, wine glasses, matchboxes, succulents, and polaroid pictures. Whatever you choose, it's just one more way to personalize your day and make it stand out from the rest.
The Officiant & Wedding Party
Who you choose as your officiant and wedding party can really set the tone for your wedding day, specifically the ceremony. Some couples have decided to select officiants they've known beforehand, such as family members and friends. Having an officiant that knows you personally can bring a unique and cherished element to the ceremony (rather than having a complete stranger marrying you).
Those who stand up by you as a couple can speak volumes as well - these are going to be your biggest fans, your ride or dies, your tribe. The wedding party comes in all sizes, ages, genders, and backgrounds. You can even choose to incorporate your furry friend into your big day. Here's an idea - forget the young flower girls and ring bearers and encourage grandma and grandpa to be a part of the ceremony instead.
The Stationery & Signage
The Bar & Signature CocktailS
Almost just as important as the food menu is the bar menu. And because Austin has so many dedicated beers, wines, and brands, the bar is undoubtedly an effortless way to bring your personality forward. Most venues in the Austin area allow you to bring your own alcohol. This option will save you money and give you the ability to bring exactly what you like to drink. You can hand-select all offerings on the bar and take it a step further by creating signature cocktails (heck, you can even name them) that are specific for each newlywed. Have a whiskey tasting station or pass out frozen cocktail popsicles to guests on the dance floor. Bust out the mason jars or the custom wine glasses, and get creative by customizing the bar napkins with your monogram or fun facts about you two! Alcohol - because no great story started with someone eating a salad!