It can be a daunting prospect when you first start thinking about what you want your wedding day to look like. Everyone asks you what colour scheme you’ve picked and what the theme or style is. And if you’re not a particularly creative person, it can be pretty challenging to know how to build a ‘look’ or ‘design a wedding’, especially with so many options. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what you see in the magazines, blogs, and Pinterest, with the added pressure of your wedding being “blog-worthy”. But what exactly is blog-worthy anyway? Personally, I think when it comes to what your wedding will look like, you shouldn’t be influenced by what others have done, you want to make the day about you and your partner.
One way you can avoid idea overload and ensure the design part of your wedding truly reflects your style, is to have a creative wedding planner bring everything together.
When you book me to help you plan your wedding, the very first thing we do is get together for a design meeting. As well as discussing in further detail what you want for your venue, what’s on your wish list in terms of ideal location, size, accommodation needs, and vibe of the day, I also delve deeper into your relationship so I can really get to know you as couple. I ask your thoughts about weddings in general, your vision of the day, how you want to feel about the day afterwards, and likes and dislikes. But I also ask about your lifestyle: what’s your home like, your personal style, how you met, how your friends see you etc. This helps me build up a picture of not only what you want your wedding to look like, but also an insight into your lives, and that can help mould the wedding day into something that truly reflects you both.
If an in-person meeting isn’t possible then I’ll send you a short questionnaire which you can answer in as little or as much detail as you want, so I still get to know you both a little better and suggest ideas that are a good fit to your personalities, relationship and that tell your story. I really don’t believe in one-size-fits-all, which is probably why my clients are all very different, and they all booked me because getting to know them was my number one priority!
Pinterest + the Design Brief
Once I have a feel for what pushes your buttons, I go away and start pinning ideas to a Pinterest board that I share with you. At this stage, I’ll probably over-pin and even throw in the odd wild card, just to be sure we’re on the right path and you can let me know what you do and don’t like. From these initial visual ideas, I put together your design brief, including a choice of mood boards showing colour options, ideas on different parts of the day, and options on how you could do it e.g. types of seating, linen choices etc. By this stage we would have booked your venue so I can make sure the design will fit the spaces. I make suggestions on styles of stationery, cakes and flowers to give a taste of the overall style of the wedding, but I prefer not to dictate specific designs. When I recommend suppliers to you they will be ones I know can work to the brief of your wedding but still add their own flair, creativity and design ideas.
As we progress with the wedding planning I send the design brief to your suppliers to use as a starting point for their work and help us all stay on the same page. This way, there is a coherent vision for your wedding day, but one that is created by specialist wedding suppliers bringing their own expertise into the mix and that excel at meeting your needs.
Working with a wedding planner to design your wedding day is an exciting part of the planning process where you can truly let your personality and love shine for all your guests to see on your wedding day. Whether you have lots of ideas and want to be very hands-on, or know what you like but haven’t a clue how to go about translating that into a wedding, a professional eye can take the stress out of it. What’s more, having a wedding planner can really elevate the look and feel of the day to something that far exceeds your expectations. It’s more than just having pretty details, it’s about creating an ambience, and a personal experience that is truly unforgettable.
Next week I’ll be showing you how the initial ideas and moodboards translate to the final wedding day…
If you want help pulling together a wedding design that is uniquely you, get in touch and let’s have a chat about how I can help you: firstname.lastname@example.org