Every bride wants to stand out and ensure that her wedding leaves guests talking…in a positive way, of course! Today’s brides seem to be accomplishing this by coming up with one-of-a-kind ideas that are truly unique and set their wedding apart from a more traditional affair. Personalized touches can be incorporated in just about anything, from the décor to the food and every element in between.

Check out these 2012 summer wedding trends that are making waves with brides across the country:

Personalized Rings

Brides and grooms have been engraving the inside of rings for years. The trend these days are to inscribe your favorite 140-character Twitter phrase or even make up a tweet style message for your betrothed—hash tag and all. Take the personalization a step further and have yourfingerprint engraved on the inside or outside of your partner’s band.

Outstanding Invites

The first impression you will make on your wedding guest is the invitation. Consider sending wedding invite boxes, bottles, maps or interactive cards to set the tone for your shindig.Locally, we recommend Pink Poppy Ink, KB Design and {Interprintations} for various wedding invite customization inspiration.

Designer Décor

If want your interior design elements to stand out, think about updating low quality décor to high-end furniture choices. Think metal chairs, bistro style chairs or even luxe sectional couch-style lounge seating. These types of furnishings will elevate the feel of your event and ensure a chic atmosphere.

Table Props

This trend takes the idea of a reception table centerpiece to a whole new level! Imagine incorporating unique details like figurines, statues, fruit or books for a stylized feel.

Distinctive Linens

Couples are ditching solid colored tablecloths for options with more personality. New developments in tablecloths include men’s suit fabric, liberty and mid-century style prints.

DIY Desserts

Some brides and grooms have stepped away for the traditional multi-tiered cake and decided to institute do-it-yourself dessert bars or stations. Guests can customize their own cookies, brownies, s’mores, tart or otherwise with frosting, sprinkles, fruit and more.


Interactive Save-the-Dates

Break away from the traditional postcard and send something engaging and playful. What better way to announce your upcoming wedding than by scratching a lottery-style card, revealing the special date?

Non-Flower Bouquet

There are lots of flower alternatives for your summer wedding. From fabric to buttons, sheet music paper, felt or pinwheel blooms, there is no lack of creative options to help you make a statement.

No matter your wedding style, traditional or trendy, consider hiring an event or wedding planner to aid you in your arrangements. You may also want to take a look at Snappening’s venue search to determine the best location options for your wedding.

What do you think of these 2012 summer wedding trends? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter! For even more wedding day inspiration, check out our Wedding Designs board on Pinterest.