Witty Wedding: Personal Touches for Your I-Do's

Looking for some wedding inspiration? Here are four trends from wedding and event planner Martina Stritesky that will add some personal flare to your special day.

Photo courtesy of Bobbette and Belle.

Photo courtesy of Bobbette and Belle.

In a world where Pinterest is Queen, and arguably a digital wedding deity, it’s just too easy to go online looking for instant wedding inspiration. While I always encourage White Bow Events’ (WBE) brides to help narrow down their options online to figure out what they like (and for that matter, what they do not like), I tell them it’s even more important not to copy exactly what you see, but to tweak and recreate so it’s perfectly just for you. Remember: this is your moment! Below are my favourite new wedding trends that I incorporate for WBE’s happy couples and that you too can use to customize your special day. We promise it will leave your guests oohing and awing well after the last champagne glass has been sipped away.

eaf15fc4b1c063996cd5b180ce198e04Branding your Wedding

Monogramming is a gorgeous & easy way to bring in a custom wedding look that is personal and entirely unique. Its hard to miss how special this looks and how it can POP, when intertwined in your event decor. Weave custom monogram work throughout your reception – from dinner menus to cocktail napkins to even the desserts. Simple touches, such as these gorgeous cookies from Bobbette & Belle, to big touches such as monogramed floor or pool lighting. Monogram work can also live well past your wedding, such as for your thank-you notes & home decor. For gorgeous & entirely made-to-order work, I love working with Camm Design ( I even had them create a very special logo for my upcoming wedding in Palm Beach, which I cant wait to share post-wedding!

Custom Fabric

customfabThis is by far one of my all-time favourite ways to add a personal touch. Want your guests to be left speechless? Custom fabric will do the trick. SpoonFlower ( is THE place to go get this done – quickly and the best part yet, inexpensively. Spoonflower does everything from fabric to wallpaper to wrapping paper to decals. Use it to personalize pillows, photo-backdrops, guest favours and throws. One of the best ways I’ve seen Spoonflower fabric used is for invitations themselves (photograph shown). Wow your guests from the start by sending your Save the Dates or Invites made entirely on a beautiful cloth handkerchief. It’s as simple as uploading your art work and waiting one short week for your custom fabric to appear on our doorstep. Voila!


Go Vintage Shopping!

It dosen’t matter if your wedding is luxe or more DIY, there is always a way to incorporate vintage finds into your unique wedding days ideas. Hit the local flea markets for treasures in the months leading up to your wedding or, better yet, ask your and your fiance’s family – such as grandparents – if they have any unique trinkets & family heirlooms that can be used as caketoppers, sweet-table props (such as old family photographs), or used in the centerpieces themselves. Wedding in the winter? Add an old sleigh you used as a child as a prop for example. I love adding vintage brooches to bridal bouquets that personalize a bride’s flowers and also add a hint of family-tied sweetness. Vintage scores are one of a kind and all you.



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Rehearsal Dinners & Next-day Brunches

If you are hosting a rehearsal dinner or after-wedding brunch, let the formalities go a bit and let your guests personalize their spots with a bit of Arts & Crafts. I love these sweet chalkboard runners from Pressed Cotton (that even come with chalk) that lets your guests sip, eat and draw all at the same time. You can draw each-other portraits, doodle memories from the night before or even write eachother love notes. Their large chalkboard boxes can also be used to write table number or the night’s menu on with added floral decor.