Finding your style is where the fun begins. Once you have made some of the big decisions such as budget and guest numbers your imagination can run wild. When you know your style, you will have a clearer idea on where to start your venue search. Finding your style Is where your creative mind can sometimes go into overdrive and Pinterest will become your best friend, or worst enemy. Once you have spent some time gathering ideas, I recommend creating a beautiful mood board. Not only will this consolidate your ideas, but you can add samples of things like:
Bridal party colours
Ceremony aisle designs
There are so many themes you can choose when planning your wedding style. It is up to how creative you are. No matter which theme you choose the small details are what will transform the theme into your own style. Remember it’s your day nothing is set in stone.
Classic or Traditional Style
Think big white dress, long ceremony aisle, men in tuxedos or morning suits, formally seated dinner, flower girls, page boys, pale pink and white flowers and receiving lines. Depending on your cultural background this may also include cultural wedding traditions.
Contemporary Elegance Style
Still very formal but with a sleek edge. Think fitted gown, black and white, crisp edges, crisp white flowers, silver and white invites, silver centrepieces, chair covers with silver ashes, clean traditional wedding cake. Yet still all the formalities and traditions of the classic wedding.
Think of a time gone past, Gatsby, vintage cars, flapper dresses, jazz music, faux fur shawls, simple flowers, and cocktails. This style is ideally suited to a cocktail stand-up reception as mingling is a huge part of the vintage them
Over the past few years this style has become increasingly popular especially with home weddings. Think barn reception, hay bales, bonfire, smores, roasting marshmallows, outdoor games, bare tables, hessian, native flowers, rusted metal, festoon lights, outdoor dance floors, marquee reception, relaxed atmosphere, simple fresh locally grown food.
There is no more popular image in the wedding photography world than the bride and groom walking through the vines at sunset. This wedding style lends itself to flowing dresses, long summer nights, share platters, grazing tables, wine barrels, outdoor ceremony, festoon lights, greenery on tables and simple settings. The idea is to allow the location and the view to take centre stage and not overwhelm your space with too many elements.
Always a stunning setting but make sure you have a backup plan. Think white sands, flowing dresses, no shoes, fabric draped aisle, seafood dinner, casual, cocktails, stunning sunset. Most couples choosing a beach wedding tend to hold their ceremony on the sands if weather allows and then head to a reception venue overlooking the beach. You could also find a suitable area to install a marquee for the reception to keep the beach vibe going. Or perhaps even a destination wedding!
Another very popular style, like rustic but with a slightly more elegant vibe. Think nature, floral head pieces, flowing soft gown, wildflower bouquets, flowers everywhere, soft lighting, candlelight, fairy lights and chilled reception vibe. This style of wedding also lends itself well to a beach wedding or head to the forest for a unique setting.
Quite like a traditional wedding with far more bling. Think diamonds, white lights, white carpet arrival, lush flower walls, large floral centrepieces, chandeliers, gold, silver, rose gold, Hollywood, fireworks, elegant and opulent. The ideal theme for the celebrity couple or those wanting a true princess moment.
You can find even more tips and advice for finding your wedding style in our DIY Wedding Planning Kit. Of course if ever you are finding planning is just getting too much for you both, please reach out. We are here for you and want to see your dreams bought to life.