How to make your wedding more personal to you.

Just got engaged and don’t know where to start? Been planning for a while but feeling a bit downhearted? Whether you are just starting on your wedding planning journey or you are well and truly in full swing, Tying The Nott are here to help!

If you are reading this then the likelihood is that you want to step away from required traditions and make the day really about you as a couple. But how? you ask, here are just a few ways you can make your wedding day more bespoke to you.

Tailor your ceremony using a Celebrant

Is the traditional Church ceremony just not for you? Want something that really represents the joining of you both as a couple? Whether you want giggles or tears during your ceremony, make it something both you and your guests to remember with a personalised ceremony using a celebrant. They are becoming ever more popular in the UK and they are there to find out more about you as a couple and using their expertise create a ceremony that really represents your wedding day. This can be anything from hand fasting to broom jumping. They will be able to explain the process and calm any nerves on the day.

One of our awesome Celebrants Star Ceremonies in action.

One of our awesome Celebrants Star Ceremonies in action.

Craft something other than a hangover at your hen/stag do

Want to invite a parent to your hen or stag do? Don’t drink? Want to do something more productive than drinking away your cash? Alternative hen and stag do’s are becoming a really great option for a day to get excited for your wedding with family and friends. Craft something for your wedding, or just make something silly, it is something which can be tailored to your interests and it is something you will actually have memories of…

Curious? offer alternative hen or stag do options for those craftily minded.

Curious? offer alternative hen or stag do options for those craftily minded.



Find a Unique and flexible Venue

Some standard venues have up to 4 weddings in one weekend! They might also restrict you bringing in outside suppliers making options to customise your day to your taste limited. Instead, maybe choose a non traditional wedding venue which has unique features or is a blank canvas for you to add your own touches to your day. There are a whole number of unique spaces opening up their doors for weddings, from huge industrial buildings to small and intimate spaces. From museums to farms, make sure to expand your search to find a truly unique backdrop

The National Space Centre really is a venue that is ‘out of this world’… (sorry, couldn’t help it)

The National Space Centre really is a venue that is ‘out of this world’… (sorry, couldn’t help it)

Don’t buy your wedding outfit off the rack

So yes, buying ready made can be cheaper and easier but if you want something designed for your specific shape and style then bespoke is the way to go. Not as expensive as you might think, there are a whole host of designers out there who will listen to your requirements and make an outfit that is just right for you. Whether it is a stunning flowy gown, sharp suit or anything in between there are some very talented people out there ready and waiting to help you with your outfit of choice. If you do have to buy your main element off the rack, customise it with unique shoes or accessories.

Who says you have to wear white? A stunning outfit from Fiona Elizabeth Couture.

Who says you have to wear white? A stunning outfit from Fiona Elizabeth Couture.

Find novel ways to entertain your guests

Whether we like it or not, guests can be a tricky part of wedding planning. Whether this is feeding them, working out where they sit or keeping them entertained. There are so many forms of entertainment which can help make your day really special and fill those gaps when something else is going on such as photos or food prep. From Fireworks to a, video games, to a magician. Pick something you will enjoy as well as your guests.

Roy Bond demonstrating his tricks with clear success here.

Roy Bond demonstrating his tricks with clear success here.

Include something in your bouquet or buttonhole which you can keep forever

The rise of the fabric bouquet is nothing new, people have been experimenting with alternatives to the traditional floral arrangement for a while now. Whether you opt for buttons, felt, crystals, or charms there is a non floral option to suit you. If you want flowers think about having them preserved after the big day to cherish forever. If you do go for flowers, there is always the option of going for homegrown too!

A lovely shot of the sparkly offering of CRZyBest bouquets!

A lovely shot of the sparkly offering of CRZyBest bouquets!

Move away from those expected photograph poses.

Whether you choose to pose for your wedding photos or you prefer your photographer to capture the moments as they happen, think about how your photos can help to show who you are as a couple. Whether this is capturing that favourite part of the venue or your silly couple habits, don’t be afraid to talk this through with your photographer before hand to make sure you look back on your wedding in a way that reflects your day as you want it to be remembered.

Can you feel the love with this shot from Caroline Goosey?

Can you feel the love with this shot from Caroline Goosey?


Bring your own style to your venue with a stylist

So we are not talking about any old styling here of course. Many venues will offer you a small selection of decorations to choose from. Want lego, want skulls, want flamingos and balloons? Select a few special elements to work on yourself but a stylist who understands what you want is invaluable to help you create a space that reflects you, but also leaves you time to enjoy the time before your wedding too!


Why shouldn’t you have a little fun with your wedding decorations? From That Black and White Cat

Why shouldn’t you have a little fun with your wedding decorations? From That Black and White Cat

Go more casual with your food and drink

If you want a more relaxed vibe or your absolute favourite dish or glass of something at your wedding then don’t be afraid to bring in something specific. From the rise of the pop up bar to the street food revolution, embrace the huge range of other options for wedding food out there!

From coffee to beer and Prosecco (as well as some sweet treats) Boxed Drinks has it covered

From coffee to beer and Prosecco (as well as some sweet treats) Boxed Drinks has it covered

There are just a few ideas here on how you can add that unique and personal touch to your big day. All images are curtesy of our amazing suppliers lined up for Tying The Nott 2019!

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