Your Cheat Sheet for Creating Your Wedding Crest

The newest way to personalize your wedding day is actually centuries old.

Heraldry: It’s not just for the aristocracy anymore! Hand-painted in lush watercolors, a custom crest is our new favorite way to commemorate the wedding day. “It’s an incredibly personal way to tie your love story, shared interests, and wedding details into a piece your family will keep forever,” says Baltimore-based Poppy & Scooter’s Jessica McSweeney, whose work appears below. Feature your crest on your wedding stationery and website, then frame a print for the wall at home.

The Essential Elements

1. Local landmark 2. Your initials 3. Reminder of your first kiss, proposal, or other significant moment 4. Flowers from a favorite city or country 5. Your wedding date and location

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.