Magazines such as Wedding Celebration offer a wealth of fantastic in-depth advice on how to successfully style your big day, but here are some of our hottest tips to get you started. First, your most important task is to select your theme. This is the decision that will guide all your choices, including colours, stationery, your gown and bridal party attire, location, decorations, photography, flowers, cake and so on.
Some couples choose a theme that represents a key aspect of their lives together, others let the season or a special location guide their style, and yet others opt to celebrate with a theme that’s rustic, urban, musical, vintage, romantic, Hollywood, 1920s, or whatever else inspires and delights them. Your next item on your list is to select a colour palette – and the colours you choose should work well with your theme. For example, although black, white and silver is an ideal combination for a sophisticated city style celebration, it wouldn’t be appropriate for a relaxed rustic themed wedding.
Once you’ve settled on your theme and colour palette, you can begin to put together your mood board or styling scrapbook – and we cannot stress strongly enough the importance of creating one of these two items. Include in your book or on your board fabric swatches, inspirational pictures, stationery samples, colour samples, and so on.
You’ll find that your board/book will help you to combine the elements you like, discard what doesn’t work, and after the big day, will make a wonderful keepsake of this exciting pre-wedding style planning period. Now that you’ve hit your styling stride, start work on your stationery.
Depending upon your budget, you may opt to include save the date cards, invitations, RSVP cards, envelopes, order of service booklets, menu cards, place cards, and favour tags in your stationery suite. However, no matter how few or how many items you choose, or whether you hand-make them or have them professionally printed, they should all reflect your wedding day theme and colours.
With your invitations in the mail, now’s the time to start hunting for wedding day props and decorations. These have become an important feature of modern wedding celebrations. Ebay, Etsy, opportunity stores, bric-a-brac and collectables shops, homeware stores, and garage sales are all great places to look for treasured items that will add a touch of pure magic to your special day. Of course, you will need to keep your theme and colours in mind as you search for these special pieces.
And now let’s move on to two wedding day scene stealers: your flowers and your cake. Although your floral options will depend largely upon the season, it’s important to discuss your theme and colour palette with your florist so that they can offer advice on appropriate bouquet and floral decoration colours and styles, as well on the blooms that will be available. The same rules apply to selecting a cake. While flavour choices can be more flexible, to create that chic, seamless look, your cake style and its decorative elements should match perfectly with your colours and theme.
And finally, finding the right photographer for your special day is critical – so choose a photographer whose portfolio matches your wedding theme. So if you are planning a formal, black tie affair for instance, a professional who specialises in a relaxed photojournalistic style is probably not the right one for you.
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