GRAND BLANC — Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. Although it may not seem like there are many opportunities to put your own stamp on the wedding, there are plenty of ways to do just that.
Cristina Everlein, owner of CC Events, has been helping couples plan and execute memorable weddings for 14 years.
“We always start with a color palette,” said Everlein, who specializes in wedding design, including draping, center pieces, linens and other design elements. Once a couple has selected a venue, Everlein said she gets to work helping them make the day as personal as possible. “I like to be different,” she said. “Let’s change it up so it’s more personalized.”
She said it’s the details and a couple’s desire to make the event “a really great experience for guests” that make a particular event stand out. Once a color palette and/or theme has been selected, Everlein said personal touches, including taking that theme all the way to the table numbers, is a great way to wow guests. Wedding favors or special items like a candy table or photo booth, which can also serve as a favor since guests get to take their photo with them, are another way to make your wedding memorable. “It gives your guests a really great experience,” she said.
Investing your wedding budget in a few key areas like food and lighting is another suggestion Everlein makes to couples. “You can change a whole mood of a room with lighting,” she said. A great DJ who understands your wedding theme can also help. Of course an outstanding photographer and wedding professionals like Everlein are also a wise investment for couples who want to wow guests, have a great time and enjoy the memory of the day for years to come.
Here are other ways to personalize your wedding:
Memorial table: Everlein said she is seeing a lot of brides and grooms create a memorial table at both the wedding and the reception. “(This allows) people they cared about or loved to be with them.”
Vows: Vows are one of the easiest ways to put a personal touch on your wedding. You can select the words you want to exchange during the ceremony as well as any readings during the service. Work with your officiant to narrow down particular phrasing or sentiments that fit with your vision of the wedding and relationship
Participants: Wedding party members fulfill certain roles during the ceremony, but they are not limited to those tasks alone. Consider asking wedding party members or other friends or family members to take on specialized roles in the wedding. They may be able to do certain readings, escort guests to their seats, light candles, or sing and participate in other ways.
Musical interludes: Choose music that connects with your personalities as a couple rather than selecting standard songs merely because they are the easier route. Work with the organist or other musicians and request that they perform or play musical pieces that you enjoy.
Candle lighting: Many couples like to incorporate candle-lighting components to their ceremonies. Lighting unity candles blends two families together into one in a symbolic way. Other couples choose different traditions, such as mixing two different colored sands in a new vessel, to represent the joining of two lives together. Everlein said some couples do a rose ceremony. You can consider these types of additions for your wedding ceremony or come up with your own unique tradition.
Contact CC Events at 810-577-8526 or visit www.cceventsllc.com. Find out more about CC Events and other local wedding vendors at the Genesee County Bridal Alliance Wedding Marketplace, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at The Captains Club at Woodfield, 10200 Woodfield Dr. Grand Blanc. Learn more at www.gcbaweddings.com.