For all the time it takes to plan a wedding, including the countless hours spent perusing Pinterest and pinching all the best decor ideas, one thing that separates a perfectly planned wedding from the all the rest is incorporating your initials into the decor.
A wedding is all about the two of you, so it only makes sense to personalize your big day by adding initials throughout the decor, wedding favors, and paper goods.
Tip for couples on a tight budget: avoid the dreaded wedding favor that have your initials and wedding day splashed all over. We aren’t talking about grandma’s edible cookies either. Time and time again we hear stories about initialed decor items that end up in a junk drawer, or worse the garbage, as a complete waist of money for the bride and groom.
If your wedding budget allows you to hand out personalized koozies and they’re something you really want, go for it. Otherwise, think twice and save your cash. Sometimes DIY wedding favors are just what guests really need.
Over the years we have come across many fantastic ways to incorporate initials in your wedding decor and we are sharing them with you today! Here are some ideas that inspire us.
Initials in Wedding Stationery
1) Wedding Invitations
Stationery like a save-the-date card is the first thing that your guests encounter from your big day. And sometimes it is an item that they even end up keeping or framing. Start off your union of coming together by including initials either on your wedding invitations or save the dates.
Initials on Wedding Signs
2) Direction Sign
If guests are new to your venue area and its a little confusing to reach, put up helpful directional signs that point guests in the right direction. Adding your initials lets guests know they are heading to the right wedding.
Monogram Wedding Attire
3) Monogrammed Dress Label
Want a beautiful way to not only add your initials, but also add a little something blue to your big day? We love the look of this monogrammed dress label.
4) Monogrammed Veil
A monogrammed veil may not be for everyone, but I do like the artistic way that a design like the one below can really personalize your veil.
5) Monogram Dress Hanger
These monogram dress hangers make beautiful thank you gifts for the wedding party as well as yourself.
6) Monogrammed Button Down
We’ve seen a few of these perfect personalized shirts on brides in real weddings over the past few years. They are a stylish way to get ready on your wedding morning.
7) Monogrammed Garment Bag
Don’t forget a beautiful place to store your gown and accessories. Make it your very own by adding initials.
Monogrammed Ceremony Decor
8) Oversized Moss Covered Letter Wreaths
Turn a boring church door into something more with your own initials. Afterwards, have someone take them to the reception and place on the dessert table or other appropriate area.
9) Barn Wedding Letters
Turn a shabby barn building and make it your own with these fantastically large letters.
10) Aisle Runner
A customized aisle runner can be a unique way to make your wedding decor budget count, as you take those first steps together as husband and wife!
11) Personalized Handkerchiefs
These hankies share similarities with the personalized koozies we talked about above. They may be useful for your day of, but are they heading to the junk drawer after the wedding? You may want to think twice about handing them out as favors. Instead, craft one just for yourself and your girls. Either way, these hanky’s will come in handy for any tearful moments.
12) Custom Ring Box
One item that has its moment in the spotlight during the ceremony, has to be a ring box. Why not make it special with your initials?
13) Backdrop Sign
A backdrop sign is such a focal point during a wedding ceremony. Add custom initials to your ceremony backdrop and then re-use later as decor at the reception.
14) Carve Initials in a Tree
Carving your names or initials into a tree could make for a fun idea after the ceremony and show ever lasting love. It goes without saying that you should only do this on your own property!
Posing with Initials
15) Initial Wedding Banner
This burlap sign would not only make for cute wedding decor, but makes for the perfect engagement shoot prop.
16) Gold Balloons
Nothing says party quite like over sized gold letter balloons.
Monogrammed Reception Decor
17) Guest Book Table
Into board games? Go ahead and display your initials on the guest book table or gift table using these large scrabble tiles.
Whether it be a craft store or Etsy, you can easily find all sorts of big and small letters to place around your wedding site.
… on a ladder
… near the guest book
… near the escort cards
… or best of all place letters on the bride and groom’s chairs
Speaking of seats, why not include a cute customized monogrammed pillow for the bride and groom?
19) Drop Box Guestbook
Personalize a drop box guest book a little by adding initials to each wood round.
20) Monogram Mugs
Not only would these make darling vases on a guestbook table, these mugs are useful long after the wedding.
21) Marquee Lightup Initials
From the sweet heart table to the bar, putting your initials in lights is pretty swanky and eye catching. The best part, you can re-use them for home decor!
22) Monogram Initials Wood Cutout
An elegant monogram wood cutout with initials can perfectly frame the head table.
23) Cocktail Napkins
When its time to hand out the champagne and canapes, use personalized cocktails napkins.
24) Initial Wedding Coasters
Another option is to hand out customized coasters at the bar.
25) Monogrammed Favor Bags
If you need bags for favors, buy ones with your monogram on them — simple and sweet!
26) Custom Initial Stamp
For the DIY lovers in the crowd this ones for you. Grab a custom initial stamp and go to town on your wedding decorations, invites, or wedding favors.
27) Cake Topper
We’re always better when we’re together! Personalize a cake topper (like the one below) with your initials to make it that much more special on your big day!
28) Initials On the Wedding Cake
Work with your baker to create a cake that is truly yours by adding initials.
29) Wedding Favor Cookies
Thinking of handing out cookies as wedding favors? Try baking them into the shape of your initials.
30) Dance Floor Decal
Never overlook the dance floor as an opportunity to add your initials.
31) Initials in Ice Sculpture
If there is extra room in your wedding budget for a work of art, an ice sculpture like the amazing piece below is sure to grab everyone’s attention.
32) Sparkler Sleeve with Monogrammed Matchbooks
Definitely the ultimate wedding favor for a magical send-off … sparklers!
We hope that this list has inspired you to celebrate your wedding day with your initials. What other ways are your thinking of incorporating initials into your wedding?