You might well have dreamt of every element of your wedding from the age of 3, as you dressed up and acted out your role as the latest Disney Princess. But for many brides (and certainly for almost all of my clients) they aren’t so sure on every single detail and quite often struggle with the creative side.
You’ve only got to pick up a wedding magazine or immerse yourself in a wedding blog for five minutes to see lots of talk about wedding styling, design, colour palettes, décor and more. This might make your heart sing, and you’re never more at home than when indulging in a creative Pinterest session, but fear not if this is not you.
Here are our quick tips on keeping on track and producing YOUR wedding:
DON’T FORCE IT
Don’t feel the need to force a fully worked out design, theme or style if that is not you – let it develop naturally. We often find that the choice of venue provides a natural backdrop and it is so much better to go with it than to fight it and try and install something to a different look. Alternatively, there might be just one or two strands or things that you keep coming back to. It could be a colour, it might be an item you love, a font type, a cocktail, anything that inspires you and you love – that can start off a “theme” even if you don’t call it that.
SPEAK TO THE CREATIVES
There is no need to have it all mapped out and in fact it is far better to have a concept and vague idea and then allow the creative wedding professionals you chose to interpret and suggest specific ideas that work for that concept. I’m very proud to be amongst an amazing array of wedding professionals who are constantly coming up with new and fresh beautiful ideas for weddings – so many of my team of brilliant suppliers have taken the tiniest idea that I’ve extracted from my couples and we’ve turned it into something spectacular! Talk to your florist, cake designer, caterer and more and let them inspire you. I love working on behalf of clients to take a small concept and built it into something complete via a range of visual mood boards, drawings, proposals and even real life samples and mock up’s! Sometimes there is no substitute for actually seeing and touching!
MAKE IT YOURS
Don’t be afraid to ignore the trends, fashions and what others are doing. Just make it your own. The majority of our couples want a timeless elegant wedding doing things to a very high standard but not being over the top or flashy. That invariably means ditching some of the items you might see on a typical ‘wedding tick list’. Be bold and confident in your choices – ultimately a wedding day is a celebration of two very unique people and a celebration of their unique choices and personality. As the Oscar Wilde quote goes ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’.
Flower board: Brides Magazine // Heart balloons: Youkeun Oh Photography // Flower Wreath: Rylee Hitchner // Heart Shoes: Cynthia Brown Studio // Xoxo Macarons: Joseph and Jaime Photography // Meringue kisses: Food Recipes HQ // 65 roses: Jill Thomas // Love is delicious board: Leah Valentine Photography // Fireworks: Paul Johnson Photo // Flower on table: Our Labor Of Love // Big balloons and lights: Ruffled Blog // Flower candles: Roon and Beks via Flickr // Fortune cookies: Alchemy Events // Red table: WedLuxe // Parasol place names: Project Wedding // Heart sparklers: Paper Heart Photography // Pippa Mckenzie // Helen Cathcart