Deciding on the look and feel you want for the biggest day of your life isn't necessarily a simple task. You want your wedding to be gorgeous, but you also want it to feel like it's a fit for you. That can be challenging, particularly when you're surrounded by so many ideas it's becoming more overwhelming than inspirational.
Want to uncover your true sense of style and pinpoint the look and feel of wedding that's perfect for you? This week we've teamed up with the lovely ladies over at the Wedding Playbook Magazine to bring you some pretty unmissable advice on finding your style.
Take on these tips and you'll be well on your way to defining your very own perfect style of day (and developing a consistent vision, start to finish).
Always make sure your style reflects the priorities for your day. In fact, every decision you make should relate back to what's most important to you overall.
The best way to decipher what your priorities are? Try our 'top ten' exercise - think about what you and your partner's top 5 'must haves' and 'must avoids' are. For example, if a relaxed atmosphere is one of your 'must haves', it might cancel out traditional styling or a grand ballroom.
Draw inspiration from a wide range of places. Wedding blogs and magazines are a great place to start, but there are other sources to consider. Look at your home style, your favourite cafe, nature, architecture, furniture, festivals.... be creative! Inspiration is everywhere.
connect the dots
Analyse your Pinterest boards and look at the links between each of your selections. What are the common threads running through your images? Are many of your pins featuring natural materials and textures? Do most have clean , modern touches? Slowly you will start to see some themes emerging.
Don't stress too much about trying to narrowly 'label' your style. Plus, it's helpful to avoid feeling constricted by your chosen style.
For example, there are hundreds of interpretations of 'vintage' and yours might be more retro while someone else's might be a little industrial. You can also combine two styles to create something unique - contrast can be beautiful!
Work with (not against) your venue. While some contrast can be great (think rustic barn meets soft, pretty blooms), trying to compete with or change the nature of your space is not. Select elements that enhance and complement your surroundings (it will be easier, probably more cost effective and have much more impact).
The biggest mistake brides make is forgetting who they are, what they love and what inspires them every day and (instead) copying what everyone else is doing for their wedding.
Your perfect style can only be achieved when you express yourself in an original and personal way that's true to you.