Finding your wedding style

When you’re beginning to plan the design of your wedding, picking a unique and cohesive style probably feels like staring at a blank canvas and wondering what the heck to put on there! Some people are lucky enough to have known their wedding style for ages, in which case, this post probably isn’t for you. For those of you who are unsure where to start, we have some tips for how to inject your personality into your wedding design.

Ashley and Aaron combined a formal Catholic ceremony with a change-shoes, grab-a-beer and party park reception to create a casual and personal wedding day

Ashley and Aaron combined a formal Catholic ceremony with a change-shoes, grab-a-beer and party park reception to create a casual and personal wedding day

The main pieces of an over-arching wedding design are the stationery (see last week’s post), flowers, dress and decor. A good place to start is looking at your own world – what style is reflected in your home? What colors do you surround yourself with? Do you have artwork from a specific period that can provide direction? Looking within your own surroundings is a great tool because these are the items and styles you like to exist in, meaning you probably won’t get sick of them! Sure it’s fun to inject some of the current bridal trends, but you don’t want to get caught with a trendy wedding that looks out of date in a few short years, you want a wedding with photos built to last.

Shelly and Ryan chose a classic, elegant look for their wedding day

Shelly and Ryan chose a classic, elegant look for their wedding day

So start at home, then branch out. As you go about your day, snap a few photos with your phone that can serve as inspiration – come across some interesting typography at a local shop? Take a picture. Walk by someone’s beautiful front yard full of flowers that you can’t name but love? Take a picture! Can’t get enough of that room display at Anthropologie? Take a picture! Gather all these photos to fill out your inspiration board and help your coordinator and vendors find a cohesive style that works for you.

Lauren chose a glamorous dress to go with her glitzy Las Vegas wedding

Lauren chose a glamorous dress to go with her glitzy Las Vegas wedding

One major item that can really set the tone for a wedding is the dress. Start with your own day-to-day style, are you preppy, classic, trendy, outrageous, vintage, or none of the above? Use that as a place to start when choosing your gown; you want something you’re comfortable wearing, and comfortable looking at photos of for years to come! A vintage gown could mean you’re going for a vintage, classic wedding – and the dominoes of stationery, flowers, and decor can all fall from there. Chose something more risqué and out there? Then your wedding style might want to be eclectic and quirky to match.

Working with a coordinator can also help you sort all this out – if someone’s asking you the right questions, just talking out the answers can help you get an idea of a wedding style you hadn’t even thought of!