Your wedding venue will be THE most telling indicator of your wedding theme. A beach side resort, a rustic farmhouse in Mississippi, or the Waldorf Astoria in New York are very different venues in terms of decor and design, all beautiful in their own distinct ways. Because the venue is the largest aspect of your wedding in terms of physical aesthetics, you’ll want to match your ideal theme with the space you plan to host your big day.
There are as many different styles and themes for weddings as there are personalities of engaged couples. They range from minimal to extravagantly elaborate, outdoors / indoors, beach, countryside, chic, grunge, and endless different options.
Once you’ve secured a venue, it then becomes easier to plan the remaining details of your wedding. You’ll want your dress to match the event space – (ie. a boho chic dress would fit perfectly with a relaxed and casual environment).
It’s great to save your inspirations on Pinterest boards that you can then share with your wedding vendors – the event producer, the florist, caterer, and numerous other vendors involved. Nothing conveys and communicates a vision as much as a photo. The more photos, the better as long as they follow a similar theme.
If you’re not sure what kind of wedding you want to have, you can always run ideas by your friends or an event stylist for ideas and input. Narrowing down the colors of your event to a few, maybe 2 or 3, is also good to continue continuity.
Now that you have an idea of the direction that you’re going in, this will help you to decide on your wedding invitations. My good friend and graphic designer, Hannah McMahon, refers to wedding invitations as the precursor to your event. It’s the first thing your invited guests will see that’s introducing them to your wedding day so you’ll want to put some thought into this. Giving your guests a fun and interesting sneak peek to your wedding that reflects your style and your story is always a fun part of the invitation design process.
One of the weddings I planned was for a couple who were both avid runners. The way the future groom proposed to his fiancee was by taking her on a running route that later spelled out “Will you marry me?” on a GPS tracking device. When they got home and mapped their run, these words were spelled out on the screen and she enthusiastically agreed. Because they wanted to incorporate this into their invitations, I created custom invites that had the exact words from the map that was used to propose.
In design, whether it’s interiors for your home or fashion for your closet, and especially for your wedding, I always recommend adding things that reflect your personality. Unique and personal touches that tell pieces of your story. The evening is an unforgettable lifetime event surrounded by your closest family and friends who’ve come together to celebrate you!