It’s Valentine’s Day! But more importantly, I’m getting married in 2 months. Wait. . .I’m getting married in 2 months?!?!?! This whole wedding thing is starting to get very real (and exciting, of course). My fiance Sam and I have tried to make our wedding day uniquely us. Our family and friends know all about our hobbies, our quirks and our unique personalities, so we feel incorporating such tidbits into the special day seems appropriate. The other day I was thinking of ways I could incorporate my love of running into the festivities and a post idea was born.
Let’s talk about all the little ways to incorporate a little running into your wedding day!
When it comes to incorporating running into your wedding you can go big or incorporate small touches. It’s up to you.
Let’s start big. When we think of running and weddings, you probably think of that couple that gets hitched during the marathon. If you’re going to do something like that, you need a runnable dress. And have we got one for you!
The famous Oiselle Runaway Bride Wedding Dress:
Custom designed and made in Seattle, Washington, a bride who fancies this dress gets her own personal consultant and in-person fittings. The first of its kind, a bride could literally race a 10k to the alter with its moisture-wicking material. It includes a ring pocket, a bouquet holder for those elegant flowers, and a fuel belt that’s camouflaged underneath to keep the ensemble looking elegant while serving in practicality.
For my wedding, this is a little too over the top. If you’re like me and want a traditional walk down the aisle, you might consider going with small touches.
So, how can runner gals like us splash our passion of running into one of the most special days of our lives without going over the top? Luckily, with the expertise of Miss Salty, who herself incorporated some adorable little running touches into her wedding, I was able to garner a couple of ideas (that I may or may not have to incorporate to some degree – love ya, Salty!) But I also list a few that are uniquely Ginkgo. We’d love to hear your suggestions, too!
1. The Pre-Wedding Run. While a full on group thing will be too much, I’d like to take a run that morning to clear my mind and get my blood flowing. Plus, it would be a good warm-up for my evening dance moves and a stress reliever for the minor(!) pressures that surround such a day. I really don’t think I could go wrong squeezing in a few miles before getting my Starbucks and up-do with all my girls.Salty told me she did a fartlek with a friend early that day and it was just what she needed to be fresh and ready for her big day!
2. The Intimates- So, originally, I was going to go with a lace blue thong from Victoria’s Secret bedazzled with “Bride” on the bum, but I’m thinking I might incorporate a cute runner one instead (Oiselle should make bridal rundies to go with their wedding dress!).
3. The Grand Exit - Who needs birdseed? Who needs bubbles? How about: COWBELLS! Yes, just like at a race, when exiting the church, have your guests congratulate you by ringing loud and clear. If that doesn’t get your blood flowing…check your pulse.
4. The Pics- Instead of feeling staged and corny, go with candid. Heck, be like Salty and her cute Mister and let yourself run with the wind! Let the photographer capture you in your most natural setting; in our case, running. So absolutely adorable, I almost teared up at this one.
5. The Toast – Before the heavy celebrating begins be like Salty and hydrate your guests with a Gatorade toast. My favorite is blue, which would coordinate perfectly with our centerpieces anyway!
6. The Table Numbers - Have you run 23 marathons and happen to have 23 tables at your reception? Why not recycle them and make each table a marathon or a number corresponding to your race bib number? Or you could use race photos or medals too!
7. The Snacks – We as runners know how important it is to fuel the body with healthy energy. By midnight, some may have been dancing for a good 3 hours! It’s time to snack a little snack. Honey Stinger waffles or chews would be a great parting gift. Yum! But you could use any of your favorite running goodies.
How did you incorporate your love of running into your wedding day? Got any other ideas to share?