Weddings are the one day almost every little girl dreams about. The flowers, the dress, the cake…all pieces of a meticulous puzzle that culminate this perfect day. But how do we create this picturesque day? How do we weave together each intricate design to create a flow that represents us and our marriage to be?
I went through this exact journey a few years ago and learned so much from the process. I learned how to mesh styles, colors, and the theme so that they would flow together seamlessly. So here are a few great tips for you to help inspire your wedding day design.
Examine what you both love to do as a couple.
The first thing you want to do is sit down as a couple and examine what you love together. For example, some of our favorite hobbies include traveling, eating exotic food, antiquing, drinking coffee, and lying on the beach. Choosing one or two of these favorites will help you to create an overall theme. After you’ve chosen the theme, incorporate some of your other favorites into smaller accents.
You can break the day up into groups that include color scheme, textures, ceremony location, decor, food, and guest gifts. I’m going to walk you through how we used our favorites to make each group flow perfectly together. Our two stand out favorites were antiquing and travel. We used these to create a blueprint that blended all our favorites into one amazing design.
Once you’ve chosen the two favorites for your theme, look at the colors that surround the items. We started by using the “antiquing” favorite for our color scheme. Now what exactly does that mean? We focused on the soft and delicate colors that surround an antiquing adventure and used them in our design palette. This meant soft pinks, pale tans and creams, gold, charcoal grey, and sepia. Instead of the traditional two colors everywhere you turn, this full color wheel danced delightfully all over the day.
When I say texture, I’m talking about the materials that will make up your design. You want to choose textures that accent the theme. The antique feel was also how we wanted to approach the texture of our wedding. The different ways we incorporated this was by using lace, tulle, satin, chiffon, painted wood, and candlelight. The combination of textures brought a soft feel to our wedding design with a classic touch.
This is where you can pull out one of your smaller favorites. Did your list include hiking, the lake, a farm? All these are fantastic ideas for wedding locations. For us, we incorporated our “lying on the beach” favorite into this part of the design. We got married right on the beach in front of our reception spot. This needed to tie into our antique feel as well so that it didn’t feel random. We added soft vintage couches at the end of the isle, a wood mantle for the ceremony, and varying sized candles that decorated the bottom of the mantle. This allowed our love of the beach to engage with our antique style. You can use multiple styles as long as there is something to blend them together.
When designing your decor, you want to pick up your other major theme of the day (if you’ve chosen one). This is where we moved into our “travel” favorite. Again, to tie it into our color scheme and feel, we gave our travel decor a more antique design for fluidity. We started by arranging different colored antique lanterns as our table centerpieces. Each with soft flowers flowing from them. This gave us the antique feel. Then we named each table after a country we had either visited or still want to visit. That helped the antique feel flow with the travel. Moving into the welcome area, we used a vintage sepia map as a guest book as well as an antique suitcase for our card box. The design was complete with a vintage window pane holding our seating chart. Being able to layer you favorite items will help the style for the day blend together smoothly.
Yet again, a perfect place for you to pull in one of your smaller favorites from your list. Out of our’s, it was an obvious choice to use our “exotic food” favorite. And where do you eat exotic food? When you travel of course. So this made tying our food into our travel theme super easy. Instead of a traditional buffet, we decided on four food stations that each represented a different country. We then had the stations offer traditional options from that country to each of our guests. Again, pulling in one of the smaller favorites into the larger style of the wedding.
Your guests’ thank you gifts can allow your creativity to shine. Here is where you can use the last smaller favorite you’ve written down. We love coffee and wanted to make sure we used it somewhere in our day. We also didn’t want it to seem like a random touch. So to alleviate this problem, we purchased coffee from multiple countries and designed brown bags with burlap bows for them to be given in. This allowed both the antique and travel themes to round out the look. It is easy for you to tie in all your favorites if you get a little creative in the delivery.
Getting pushed into a traditional color scheme and theme that did not allow my husband and I to express who we were, was not for me. By listing a few of your favorites and finding ways to intertwine them, you can have a beautiful color scheme, theme, and style for your perfect day. This will be a day you never forget, so let it fully represent who you are!