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WEDDING BLOG

Ask the Expert – How to Choose Your Wedding Style

November 20, 2014 | nicole

modern wedding with LOVE marquee image by Sean Flanigan

We’re so excited to be joined today by exceptional wedding designer and coordinator Kate Whelan who is going to shed some light on how to choose your wedding style. When you close your eyes and envision your wedding, it might be incredibly clear, but for some, it can take more time to determine just the right style for your big day. Kate Whelan has extensive experience in helping recently engaged couples ask the right questions, check out the latest trends, and find inspiration for their ideal wedding style. Take it away, Kate!

colorful vintage fabric wedding decor image by Jana Marie

bohemian beach wedding decor image by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

Why Choose a Wedding Style?

I wouldn’t say that you need a specific theme – but a consistent aesthetic better helps convey your story to your guests. The small details that bring together the whole of your event create little memories that anchor your guests’ experiences. Your design isn’t just your color palette – it can be your food and drink, your tablescapes, your music choices, lighting and even smells.

black and gold wedding decor image by Jesse Holland Photography

fall colors wedding decor image by Kris Holland Photography

Helpful Questions to Consider

Where do you shop for clothes and home furnishings?
What are some of your favorite brands?
What are some of your favorite color combos (and which combos do you dislike)?
What is your favorite piece of furniture or art in your home and why?

purple and gold rustic wedding decor image by Ash Nayer

modern pastel wedding decor image by Nick Murray

Think About What’s Trending

Vintage and Rustic are two very popular styles this year. Classic elegance is making a huge comeback – our clients are very interested in designs that are timeless and less trendy. However, there are always unique ways that you can personalize a classic and elegant event without looking back and feeling that the design is dated or too trendy.

earthy organic wedding decor image by Sam Docker

pink and gold wedding decor image by Gleason Photography

Pick a Color Palette

Some clients feel as though choosing two colors and using very specific shades of them throughout creates too matchy-matchy of a look, where as some people very much love that extremely cohesive look. Some of our clients approach color in a completely different way – they opt to choose 3 to 5 tones to work with, for instance jewel tones, pastels, or bright pops of color that work well together. Sticking to a cohesive palette, no matter how diverse, really helps your eye be drawn to the design and again, allows it to be easily conveyed to your guests.

black and gold wedding style image by Sarah Culver Photography

whimsical wedding style image by David Guenther

Where to Look for Inspiration

Don’t use Pinterest to come up with unique ideas – Pinterest is a great place to gather ideas once you have a concept in place, but it can easily turn into a cesspool of recycled ideas over time. Turn to your hobbies as inspiration – we are constantly inspired by fashion, interior design, movies and music to create unique design aesthetics that are specific to our couples. You can make just about any hobby or pastime pretty if you work at it.

Thank you so much to Kate Whelan Events for sharing such valuable wisdom on choosing your wedding style. For more expert insight, learn how to plan your floral design.

xoxoNicole

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3 Comments

  1. I enjoyed the article very much and the sample photos were a great help. I would agree that one should not use pinterest as a source of inspiration. A wedding is a reflection of the couple’s taste and who they are and should be unique to them.

  2. Recreating a wedding idea and making it a reality is a very hard task. Whereas expressing your own styles and adding some personal touches to a wedding is a very different concept and can prove more achievable. I love when couples use their own lifestyle and use it as template for their big day. In the end it’s all about celebrating their life together and beginning of new chapter.

  3. Those tabile decoration are very amazing to see .

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