What do you want for your wedding day? Do you want it big, white, and fancy or down to earth and intimate? Everything would really depend on what you want and what your budget would allow you to do. While everyone’s suggestions will all sound good, take note of these seven things in order to end up with a wedding that’s all about you.
Step 1. Think Big
- What do you see?
- Big (everyone you know) or small (close friends and relatives)?
- Outdoors or indoors?
- Home or away?
- Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or all-out glam?
- Fancy, casual or somewhere in between?
- Spring, summer, winter or fall?
Step 2. Gather and Save Inspiration
- Spend some time checking out bridal magazines, books, blogs and real wedding photos.
- Don’t limit yourself to browsing just the obvious sources—something as unlikely as a wallpaper pattern or a pretty perfume package design can spark an idea.
- Collect your ideas on an inspiration board.
Step 3. Figure Out the Formality
- How fancy or casual do you want to go?
- The setting of your wedding can also dictate the vision — a beach wedding calls for a more laid-back vibe, while a ballroom may require a more classic and elegant wedding.
Step 4. Narrow in on Your Style
- The more specific you get with your vision, the easier it will be for you to choose your details.
- Instead of stopping at “glam,” decide whether you want art-deco glam or old-Hollywood glam.
Step 5. Pick Your Colors
- Color is a unifying factor between all your wedding elements, from the invitations to your bridesmaid dresses.
- Take a look at a color wheel to determine which shades you’re drawn to.
Step 6. Master the Motif
- A motif is the last flourish that can tie together the overall look of your wedding.
- Make it show up anywhere from the invitation to the cake.
Step 7. Don’t Forget the Vibe
- Remember that the theme obviously affects the look of your wedding, but it can also set the tone.
- An evening wedding in a gilded ballroom meant to conjure the Roaring ’20s will ramp the chic quotient up a notch; while a clambake on the beach will have guests kicking off their shoes and enjoying a beer right out of the bottle.