Twenty-three years ago, when I got married, you picked you wedding colors and that was it, my colors were peach and silver by the way. Now you need colors, a theme, a style etc to make your wedding the “event” of the season. In a lot of ways this is a wonderful new trend.
The weddings of the 80’s and 90’s were pretty much the same, and as a church vocalist I attended a lot of weddings in that era. The colors varied but most weddings included a church ceremony and either an elaborate ballroom reception or a smaller church hall reception. Those seemed to be the only choices.
Now you can have any theme or style you want for your wedding. Things have come a long way and I think my grandmother would pass out if she knew people were serving barbecue at their wedding reception! A wedding should reflect the couple who is getting married and no longer has to fit a rigid stereotype. I think we can thank television, especially David Tutera and the Internet, especially Pinterest for such a swing in wedding planning.
Why You Should Choose a Wedding Style
- Direction-It is easy to go overboard with wedding planning, especially where decorations are concerned. If you know your style it is easier to make decisions.
- Cohesiveness-If everything from your venue to your flowers to your decorations all say “Hollywood Glam” then everything feels right because it all belongs together.
- Communication-You will be able to communicate to your vendors much better if you can speak in their terms. If you tell your caterer you are having a rustic outdoor wedding they shouldn’t pitch you an elegant filet mignon seated 4 course meal because it doesn’t fit.
Choosing Your Wedding Style
Your wedding does not need to be “themed” but choosing a style helps keep you on track with your planning and decorating.
- Know your budget. It is difficult to plan an elegant black tie wedding on a $5000 budget.
- Who are you? Are you a trend setter? Modern? Sophisticated? Laid-back? Country? Rustic? Quiet? Your wedding should reflect who you are, not what others think you should be.
- The possibilities are endless, but don’t get overwhelmed. Pinterest has been a huge help in planning Aaron and Summer’s wedding but it can be overwhelming if you let it. It is a tool, with a great search feature so use it wisely. Search terms like “rustic wedding”, “beach wedding”, “elegant wedding” or “modern wedding” and scroll through and see what style resonates with you.
- If you are still having trouble deciding search Pinterest by wedding color. It seems some colors suit certain styles better than others. Search “blue wedding”, “peach wedding” etc and see what unfolds before you.
Summer and Aaron are having an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception. The theme is rustic chic which will include mason jars, chalk boards and wooden pallets. Did your wedding have a style? What was it?