The focus of today’s post is about how to style your wedding and we’ve included some styling tips to help get your creative juices flowing. As a wedding enthusiast, I’ve always known that styling a wedding is a far bigger job than just the visual look of the day and although this is the bit I love, I know that for some it can be the most intimidating part of planning. It can be down to the venue you choose, the music you love, the stationery you select, right down to your food and drink choices. Allow yourself the freedom to change your mind but make sure you talk these changes through with your trusted suppliers, they should be your “go to” and based on the number of weddings they’ve done they’ll know what ideas will work and which ones won’t.
So stay conscious that not all ideas will work into your overall style and be ready to accept you may need to let go of some things, no matter just how cool they look on Pinterest.
Here’s our guide:
Write down your top three ‘style’ priorities. Making a list of the things that are important to you and your partner will give you the end direction and get you thinking about your final vision for the day. For example, do you want to incorporate Parisien design because he popped the question in Paris? Do you both have a passion for acoustic music? Think through how you want the atmosphere to feel on the day.
2- Use Your Venue
Your location doesn’t need to dictate every aspect of your special day, but you should let it guide you after-all you loved it for a reason? If you picked your venue based on the idea of having an outdoor ceremony then don’t be afraid to take inspiration from the surrounding nature, or if the venue has a striking dark navy wallpaper then great, you have your base colour scheme!
3- Be Pinterest Savvy
Pinterest offers up so much great inspiration and is undoubtedly one of the best places to build your wedding style, but don’t get suckered into pinning images that don’t actually tie in with the overall style. A friend once told me to edit the caption on the pinned image and write why you’ve chosen it, it might only be the tiniest detail or that you like the colours within it, but this way, when you’re months (or years) down the line and looking back at the board you know exactly why that image was chosen in the first place!
4- Style Board
Creating a mood board is a brilliant way to keep your ideas together and get you and your other half inspired. It works perfectly as a reference point when making decisions as you go along and can be added to at any point along the planning journey. A style board is a great way of setting your colour palette range, don’t restrict yourself to simply three colours. Be bold and set a range of at least 8 or 9 colours and tones which all tie in nicely together. This allows much more flexibility and avoids creating a look that’s ‘one dimensional’. Your board will change and can be influenced by a number of things, including meetings with your florist, your photographer’s personal style or down to the bridesmaid dresses you bought in that summer sale.
5- Have No Themes
Personally, I am a non-believer in the word ‘theme’ when it comes to weddings. To me, it suggests fancy dress parties and kids birthdays. Trying to stick to a ‘theme’ when planning your wedding can give you unnecessary stress and sets boundaries which may make your wedding feel a little contrived. Whilst your home may look one way, modern and quirky or shabby chic, this doesn’t mean you have to choose this for your wedding. Lean far more towards a colour scheme to begin bringing together a style and use tones and textures to make the overall look more interesting.
All in all, it is down to you two, so try not to lose sight of that when immersed in the stages of planning. It really does start by writing down those key style priorities and letting everything else evolve and develop naturally over the period of time spent planning. Of course, if you do have any questions about styling, please do get in touch with the WedElf team and we’ll do our very best to help! Good Luck.