How To Make a Hidden Talent Work for Your Wedding
Okay so we already knew that
Prince Harry’s trilogy-engagement-ring-wearing girl was gorgeous, wickedly well-dressed, so, so smart, and one fierce and flawless feminist (oh yeah, at the tender age of 11, she wrote First Lady Hillary Clinton to complain about a soap advertisement that alluded to a woman’s place in the kitchen, NBD), but we had no idea she was also an accomplished calligrapher. No, really, to put some money in the bank when she first started acting, Meghan put pen to paper freelancing for a number of celebrity clients. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, yeah, she wrote their wedding invitations.
She always had seriously pristine penmanship, so why the hell not? Well, while we obvi know she and her red-headed husband-to-be won’t want for anything when it comes to their Spring wedding, it would be the sweetest thing ever to see Meg’s calligraphy featured throughout the day. And coupled with her love for
great quotes (peep her Insta if you want to get what we mean), there are endless opportunities for her to get crafty and creative, while showing off the stripes of her side hustle from many years ago. Meghan, meet wedding signage, wedding signage, you are OH-SO lucky to know this woman.
We can’t wait to see if Ms. Markle’s hallmark handwriting will be scripted into the day, but until then, it got us thinking… about how you can contribute to your own wedding in special ways.Read on to see what we came up with. And if you have secret talent or a very particular set of skills that maybe your fiancé doesn’t even know about, your wedding might just be the best place to let him or her in on it (your wedding guests, too, of course)! Unless that includes some titillating, Channing Tatum-style strip skills… hold off on that lap dance until the
wedding night and then make it rain with dolla dolla bills y’all.
Meghan Markle is kind of our muse for everything these days. #girlcrush is the understatement of the year. But we had no clue she was perfecting her calligraphy craft way before she had Princess Diana’s diamonds around her finger and a Duchess of Sussex title waiting in the wings. We can’t wait to see if she’ll work some of her decorative scribbles into the day, but as we wait, we’ve thought up some other great ideas to show off a hidden talent at your own celebrations. From mixing up a signature cocktail that your guests will be thirsting for way after the wedding, to putting the finishing touches on a gift that your guy will love from now till forever, these special contributions are everything.
make the cakeWould you shamelessly fess up to watching hours of Cupcake Wars, while simultaneously training your pastry eye and palette to know the differences between fondants and marzipans, swiss meringues and buttercreams? Do you put Duncan Hines to shame on the reg or have friends and family casually hitting you up to make them some sweets for their own events? If so. You best be breaking out those sweet skills for your wedding. Yes, having Ivy and Stone Cake Design decorating druthers would be nice, too, but your guests really just want the best-tasting cake at the end of the night. If you can bring the flavor, they’ll forgive you if your aesthetic is a little off (maybe ;)
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put that college bartending job to werkDid you bartend in college to bankroll your social boozing? Have you perfected the most amazing Manhattan that no one would question what you put into it? Is making the drinks for the evening your usual responsibility when #squadgoals are involved? Okay, so make your signature drink your little project for the wedding! Whether you come up with a killer his and hers drink pairing that makes all the in-house mixologists hang their heads in shame or make a great overall liquor game plan to bring the bar bill down, while still turning up, you can make all of those hours you spent serving Red Bull and Vodkas and making lit LITs count.
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get your wedding dream team in formation
Perhaps you’re an event planner IRL and can scout event venues in your sleep or tablescape like a boss, or maybe your day job includes some work in casting or creative direction. Well no matter what your curatorial skills involve, you can make use of them by assembling the most incredible wedding dream team ever. Vet those venues, screen those vendors like a champ with a checklist, and at the end of the day, you’ll take all the stress out of planning and totally blow your guests’ expectations out of the water.
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finesse those floralsWe give amateur florists MAJOR props, because while we can definitely spot a garden rose from a peony, we have noooo idea how to put together arrangements worthy of Putnam & Putnam. So, if you ever pulled the ‘in charge of flowers’ straw ahead of your sorority’s porch decorating challenge, and did a bang up job with it, or have become the go-to flower guru for your work wives, then you could probably make some magic with your own wedding flowers. Spend some weekends workshopping your bouquets, become a flower market maven, and you just might make your flower debut a blooming success.
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give your guy or guy a gift
Maybe you were an art minor in college or have sketched as a hobby over the years. Maybe you used to be in a band or could put poetic lyrics together like your Ed Sheeran. Either way, if you can put your closet talents to use, and surprise your hubby or wife to be in the process, we say DO IT. So if it’s a sketch of you in your dress that your love could hang in his or her cubicle or maybe a song that you can sing to her at your wedding, or right before the toasts, you will have your guests in tears and be making memories to cherish for the rest of your lives.
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