We often hear the term ‘hopeless romantic’, and some people will cringe. It is sort of a badge of honour that some will wear proudly, but to others being described as a hopeless romantic can have a negative spin. Why does wanting a romantic wedding make you hopeless?
If anything, it makes you hopeful!
The idea of romance should never be hopeless, and instead, we would like to think of romance as both inspiring and empowering. We have put together our list of great ways a modern bride can proudly be a romantic, with these unique ideas that create special moments.
Your wedding, almost more than any other day of your life, should be about you. It should also be about what you (and your partner) want, and what tells your story as a couple.
Many brides, however, make concessions about their wedding day because they are afraid of offending someone, or they are worried about what somebody will think.
If you are a hopeless romantic, we say, now is the time to be loud and proud about it. The greatest aspect of being a modern bride is that right now we are becoming more empowered and more courageous to stand up and make our worlds, and lives, the way we want them to be.
You want your wedding day to be hopelessly romantic? Do it! And don’t just do it half-hearted, throw your whole heart into this one incredible day.
Whatever you want, you rock it! Don’t let other people affect the decisions about your day, because you might end up regretting any concessions you make now for the rest of your life.
Do you feel like you should lose weight to fit into a designer wedding gown, but you and your partner are already pretty happy with your womanly curves? Ditch the diet, keep your curves, and rock whatever gown you want.
Do you have a short partner who wants you to wear low heels, but you have fallen in love with a stunning pair of stilettos? Wear the heels you want, and sashay up the aisle like it’s nobody’s business.
Does your mum want you to include your second-cousin Elspeth in your bridal party (who you can’t stand) when you really want to include your best gym buddy (who just happens to be a guy)? Do it! Have your bridesman and include the people YOU want and who will make your day the least stressful and most fun day that it can possibly be!
And if you are a romantic, and you really want special gifts and one-of-a-kind gorgeously schmaltzy moments throughout your day, you should have them!
No more hopeless romantics – just loud, proud, empowered romantics! It’s your day, and (fingers crossed) you will only ever have one wedding, so do it your way.
Unless you are a religious or traditional bride, why not take this opportunity to write your own vows and really make your day unique? Make promises to bring cups of tea in bed, always kiss each other hello, bake chocolate chip pancakes every birthday – it’s all about you, so tell it in your words and make it personal.
This idea looks beautiful in your wedding photos and is something you can keep forever (and even pass down through your family). Even modern brides get gooey over the idea of their new married name; this way you can get a treasured keepsake hanger with this name on it forever more.
More than a few couples have had this idea, but we think there can never be too many cutely-named alcoholic drinks in the world.
As a hen’s night idea, why not have your girls learn to make cocktails, and you can invent one each for you and your partner in the process. Then give them cute names and hand them out to guests on the wedding day either before or after the ceremony.
Romantic weddings are all-inclusive – no longer just a grown-up free zone. If you have children who are important to you, then include them. For many couples, they already have a furbaby – absolutely include him too.
Even if you didn’t want your pup there on the day, you could incorporate a super-cute picture of him into your invitation, or get an original figurine made of him to top your cake.
Weddings are a happy occasion, but they are also a day full of love and celebration with the people who mean the most to us. If you have a special person who has passed away and you just know they would be there in spirit if they could, this is a way to make them a central part of such an important day.
These beautiful memorial charms can hang from bracelets or bouquets, or be made into tie clips or cufflinks. What a sweet way to commemorate someone special and create a keepsake you can treasure forever.
Following a little in the footsteps of Meghan Markle who had a personally embroidered veil, requesting your own special motif be embroidered into your veil is a wonderful way to really make a statement.
From your initials to a symbol that means something to you personally, arrange to have a signature veil crafted just for you.
Guest books are a lovely way to look back on your day and reflect on the treasured moments. These mementoes are more important than ever when the day goes so fast that you barely remember who was there.
But guest books are coming into their own, with weird, wonderful and OTT options galore – why have a basic book when you can do so much more?
Alternatives include signed Polaroid photos that guests can peg up at the reception, buying a giant antique atlas that guests can sign, or even getting them to write messages on pieces of a custom-made jenga or jigsaw puzzle guest book!
If you are a romantic at heart, this day is the day to own it! For more lovely ideas for creating unique and special memories and romantic moments for your wedding, check out our store.