Incorporating Alma Mater into your Wedding Day

With so many couples meeting in college, it’s no surprise that brides and grooms often want to reference their alma maters on their wedding days. Whether you’re a Wahoo, Hokie, Duke, or Ram, you can pay tribute to your college in a variety of creative ways. Other options at UVa include the many gardens along the Lawn, the Colonnade Club, and the Alumni Association’s Alumni Hall.

1. The Campus (or Grounds) Wedding

The ultimate way to make your alma mater a major part of your day is to have your ceremony, reception, or portraits on the college campus. Our own UVa Chapel is so popular that couples have to put their names into the UVa Chapel reservation system a full year in advance of their weddings to secure their date.

2. Collegiate Sweets

Showing off your college through a spectacular grooms cake or beautifully decorated cookies is extremely popular these days. Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations created these incredible Rotunda and Scott Stadium groom’s cakes:

And Kelly Trout of One Creative Cookie has baked so many incredible cookies that reference colleges.

Decorated Cookies Alma Mater

3. The Surprise Guest

If you want to really see your guests surprised, have their beloved mascot, marching band, or a capella group show up at your reception. We’ve seen impromptu renditions of the school fight song break out at wedding receptions when guests realized the mascot had arrived. It’s a truly unexpected moment that will be remembered long after the bouquet has been tossed!


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