Most brides want to personalise their weddings and inject her and her fiancés personality into it, these days you can almost personalise every detail of your wedding! But how far should you push it?
Artisan Simon Grew is the jeweller and designer behind August + Pemberton and late last year launched a fully interactive website allowing clients the opportunity to custom design their own Mokume Gane wedding rings. He offers his advice to you on how to personalise your wedding so that your personality is elegantly weaved into your celebration without you having to break the bank.
Simon: " Everyday we hear about another product that can be completely custom fit, custom made or custom tailored to suit your every desire. Marketers have tagged this as The Personalised Economy, where buying something meant for the masses just isn't good enough anymore. From custom designed Converse sneakers to your very own brand of muesli, the sky is the limit with what the consumer can create through a few swift clicks of the mouse.
This is old news in the wedding world! Brides and Grooms have been seeking out ways to put their own stamp on their special day for years. Non traditional wedding vows have given way to specialty wedding songs crooning about the couple. A little imagination goes a long way to making your wedding as beautiful and personal as possible.
Before you go all out, there are a few things to think about! It's pretty easy to go overboard and customize everything on your wedding day, which can be lovely but pretty threatening to your bank account! Consider making a list of priorities of what is really important to personalize. Is it your wedding vows? That's an easy one! What about hand written calligraphy place cards? Or custom designed cufflinks for your groomsmen? Make a list of the things you love, and stick to it. A few personal touches throughout your wedding will look beautiful, thoughtful and mean a lot more than breaking the bank.
With customization comes responsibility. If you want to customize any element of your wedding, you need to make sure that you give clear directions to your wedding vendors about what you are after. Building an open relationship with your suppliers and outlining clear expectations will help to make sure that what you order is what you get. Customising any part of your wedding will rely on great working relationships and realistic expectations as to what you can expect to receive and them to deliver.
Finally, if you are ordering online, make sure that you read the fine print! Delivery dates, shipping rates and other things can be tucked away in the fine print, and cause a misunderstanding. Ask about the company's return policy, and ask for a sample if you aren't sure. Any reputable company will be willing to stand by their product and help you make your decision.
Adding personal elements to your wedding is the surest way to make your wedding day a special event to remember.
August + Pemberton is an independent jewellery workshop in Paddington. Established in 2006, Simon has been offering custom designed fine jewellery to a select clientele, resulting in the seamless fusion of design and craftsmanship. Bespoke Mokume is the latest development in Simon's world of jewellery. This fully interactive website allows clients the opportunity to custom design their own Mokume Gane wedding rings.
Check out the ring I just designed for myself!
You must have a go - very fun!
Thank you to Simon for your fantastic advice.
If there is one thing you should personalise for your wedding - it should be one of the things you will take away from the day and wear forever!
Have a great weekend all!