Now that you’ve started planning for your wedding, it’s time to figure out your wedding style. Numerous couples would consider choosing a wedding style as one of the most important initial decisions they make during the wedding planning process. Your wedding style will set the tone for your entire wedding day and help guide your decisions about everything from the venue and decorations to the attire and music.
With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide on a style that reflects who you are as a couple. With that said, here are a few tips and tricks that will guide your decision on a wedding style that suits you.
1. Consider your personal style
Your wedding style should be a reflection of your personal style. Whether you’re traditional, modern, bohemian, or somewhere in between, there’s a wedding style that suits your style. To identify your personal style, think about your fashion choices, home decor, and hobbies.
Do you prefer a classic and elegant style, or something more modern and edgy? Consider what kind of person you want to be remembered by: elegant, fun-loving, quiet, or outgoing. Do any specific characteristics come up when thinking about how others will remember you?
Once you have a better understanding of your personal style, you can explore wedding styles that match your taste. Some examples of wedding styles include,
- Romantic: soft lighting, pastel colors, floral arrangements
- Modern: clean lines, geometric shapes, metallic accents
- Bohemian: natural elements, mixed patterns, eclectic decor
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2. Think about the season
Seasonal weddings are great! They allow you to be creative and make a statement about your relationship.
Each season has its own unique characteristics that can be incorporated into your wedding style. Seasonal weddings can be fun, romantic, elegant, or traditional. It’s all about the mood you want to set for your ceremony and reception. For example, a fall wedding could feature warm, earthy tones and seasonal foliage, while a winter wedding may call for deeper colors, warm lighting, and a cozy, intimate atmosphere with snowflake decor. If you’re having a beach wedding in springtime with palm trees swaying in the breeze and flowers blooming on every bush around you then this would be perfect for a summery style.
Some popular wedding concepts for each season include,
- Spring: garden, floral, pastel
- Summer: beach, tropical, bohemian
- Fall: rustic, earthy, autumnal
- Winter: cozy, glamorous, romantic
3. Gather inspiration
Finding inspiration is an important step in planning your wedding. Look for inspiration that speaks to you and use it to create a unique wedding style that reflects your personality and preferences.
Social media, wedding blogs, magazines, and even your own personal experiences are great sources of inspiration. My top tip for all couples is to create a vision board of concepts and ideas that capture the aesthetic they’re going for. Pinterest and Instagram are great resources for collecting visual inspiration. This will help you visualize your wedding style and communicate your vision to your vendors.
4. Consider the venue and logistics
The venue and logistics can also influence your wedding style and vice versa. If you’re getting married in a ballroom, a classic, elegant style may be appropriate. If you’re getting married outdoors, a more rustic or bohemian style may be a better fit. Your venue can inspire the decor, lighting, and overall atmosphere of your special day. Keep in mind any restrictions or guidelines from the venue when planning your wedding style.
The date matters too! Your chosen wedding style should be beautiful but comfortable at the same time. Winter weddings should be warm enough for you and your guests, while springtime celebrations work best with a view of the blooms.
5. Think about your budget
Setting a budget for your wedding style is an essential step in the planning process. When it comes to wedding planning, you have a lot of options but your budget will likely dictate the scale and complexity of your wedding style.
This is where you begin asking the hard-hitting questions: How much are you willing to spend? Are these flowers that important to you? Do any guests need special arrangements or favors?
There are many ways to achieve your desired wedding style within your budget. You can prioritize certain elements of your wedding style, such as decor, entertainment, or even your honeymoon while cutting back on others. Some wedding styles are naturally more budget-friendly, such as a minimalist or DIY wedding.
6. Consult with your partner
Your wedding style should reflect both your and your partner’s personalities and preferences. Collaborating with your better half is a great way to create a wedding style that feels authentic to both of you. Discuss your individual styles and find ways to incorporate both into your wedding style.
You also might want to approach your family, friends, and wedding party, whose opinions carry extra weight during this special occasion.
7. Trust your instincts
Ultimately, your wedding style should feel true to you and your partner. Trust your instincts when making decisions about your wedding style. If you’re not sure about a certain element, consider whether it feels authentic to your style and preferences. If something feels wrong, try something else. After all, your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, so make choices that make you happy!
Choosing a wedding style is a daunting process but it’s exciting and fun at the same time. Whether you’re looking for a traditional wedding or something entirely different, there is no one right way to do things. You might find that the final product looks completely different from what you originally intended – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth making. Remember to have fun with the process and enjoy the journey leading up to your big day!