Planning Your Wedding Style

January 14, 2011

One of the areas I absolutely love about being a wedding planner is design.  Planning your Wedding Style or creating a wedding style is key to a beautiful cohesive experience for you and your guests.  The time you and your groom spend in the beginning considering your style will result in money saved because you won’t be tempted to purchase every cute wedding item you see in the local craft store.  More importantly, defining and Planning for your Wedding Style will result in the wedding of your dreams that expresses your personality.

Do your homework

How do you start?  I encourage couples to spend time alone talking about their vision and what’s most important to them.  Write out adjectives that describe you as a couple and adjectives that describe the experience you want on your wedding day.  Consider what you already enjoy as activities.  Do you travel?  Are you adventurous?  Are you foodies?  Movie Buffs?  Fitness enthusiasts?  How do you spend a Saturday night?  Do you long to stay in and snuggle or are you dying to check out the newest restaurant or club in town?  What unites you as a couple that you want to share with your guests?  Do you share the same faith?  Attend the same college? Were you high school sweethearts?  Love of the same sports or favorite team?  How about the love of all things Chocolate or Coffee because your initial dates were at the local coffee house? 

Collect Images

Once you have these conversations look for photos online or in bridal magazines.  Collect lots of images and you will start to see patterns emerge.  You can even create an Inspirational Board.  Style Me Pretty has a great tool to build an online inspirational board. 

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2009/08/19/using-our-inspiration-board-builder/

There are labels of wedding styles that exist currently:  Traditional, Modern, Vintage, Old Hollywood, Green Weddings, Trendy, Glamorous, Retro, Simple Elegance, Romantic and more.  Don’t worry too much about labeling your style because these words may not define you.  It’s fresh to take elements from existing styles and add a twist to create your own Distinctive Style.

Consider Color

Always consider color when Planning your Wedding Style. Color is actually the easiest tool to express your Wedding Style.  Analogous colors are compatible colors that have a calming effect.  When you think of analogous colors, picture the colors of a sunset or the foliage of Fall leaves.  These colors are next to each other on the color wheel.  If you want a bold statement for your wedding style you may be drawn to Complementary colors that are vibrant and give off energy.  Once you decide on your color scheme use design principles to keep your look cohesive and intentional – repeat a color at least 3 times and group items in odd numbers.

Planning Your Wedding Style will allow you to focus in on only the selections that will express your love story.  Future posts will expand how Your Wedding Style will be demonstrated and experienced.  Have fun discovering who you are and remember it’s your wedding, so tell your story!

Love and Hugs,

Deborah

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