Take a moment to think: what do you picture when you think of your upcoming wedding?
You see the people you care about, smiling and having a good time, of course.
You see the setting of the venue that you’ve chosen, in just the right time of day.
Do you notice the welcome area? Do you see what’s on the tables? What about the menus, the flowers, the decorations on the walls?
The truth is, choosing your venue only brings your vision halfway to life. The other piece of the scene is your wedding’s style. A style helps create a feeling in your belly. Before spoken words share memories, a style brings your guests to a certain place in your heart.
Start by calibrating your preferences. Scour Pinterest to find inspirational images.
What ends up on your pinboard might have elements of many styles, so it's important to think about how everything will come together. I’ve developed 11 wedding styles that help put common preferences into a cohesive vision. You’ll see them below. Look them over and single out one or two that speak to you the most about the atmosphere you’d love to create at your wedding.
Next, start the hard work of translating that vision into a collection of items--both created and acquired--that come together to create your overall feeling. Knowing what to include, and where to put it are two big pieces of the process.
This step is not to be underestimated. Turning your vision into a collection of items that decorate your venue can be difficult. It’s hard to know where to buy things. It takes time to create unique items you can’t find. It’s tempting to use items that are readily available but off-theme.
It's easy to get in over your head with decor when there are other things to worry about. That's where I come in. I can take the hard work off your plate and bring your vision to life. If you’d like help at any point with this, talk to an event stylist like myself at RockPaperSquare. Together, we’ll develop your vision into a style guide, create an itemized plan to bring it to life, acquire and prepare the decor, and then make it all happen on the day of. (I can talk you through how this might go, if you’d like. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.886.7065)
Here’s a look at some ways your wedding can create the feeling you dream of for your guests. For each style, I've called out three venues around town where I think it would shine.
A modern take on the garden party, Eclectic Garden brings bold colours and geometric shapes to table settings and decor. Flowers are bold & fresh and fabrics are textured. Great for venues that blend nature with civilization.
And flip through the pinboard to see more images and links to related photosets:
Playful, open, and fresh, Fiesta Feast Fantastico brings your party to life with bold colours and shapes. Throw a cucumber slice in your drink and watch the smiles spread from table to table as everyone loosens up and embraces the moment.
Balance the grandeur of castles with the colour and play of a fiesta at places around town like:
The pinboard has more colour where that came from!
Minimalism meets celebration. Modern Elegance is for lovers of new. Take firm angles, binary colours, and innovative designs, and arrange them nicely with accent colours and uncomplicated decorations.
Keep clean lines by matching up Modern Elegance with a public space like:
To use this style as inspiration check out the board:
Free your heart and capture the magic of camp by treating your guests to a getaway for the day. Glamping combines elements of roughing it with the wonder and whimsy of tents, trees, and group activities. The word is a combination of “Glamour” and “Camping”. Because who doesn’t love a good s'more!?
Pitch your tent at a venue with beautiful outdoor environs, like:
Inspired by the roaring twenties and the decadence that came along, Art Deco recalls an aesthetic where utopia was just around the corner. Pearls, brass, and gold gild the classic fabrics and favours. Prohibition is over, but we don’t need to part with the wonder of this era.
The look would go well at places like:
Rustic Elegance evokes a little bit of country, a little bit of Park Avenue. Revive this charmingly simple style that has a passion for pretty by using porcelain and crystal, roses and upholstery.
While flexible, it’s well-suited to country settings such as:
If you like Rustic Elegance, let’s talk about incorporating it into your celebration.
Traditions endure for good reasons. Traditional Classic uses soft palettes and textures like pearl and lace to evoke the dreams of weddings you’ve had since childhood. Bring out the beauty of your venue with the class of intricate, yet understated, decor.
Traditional decor enriches the flavour of storied premises:
More pins to explore:
It’s a sunny spring day with no wind. You lay out a blanket under the willow tree. The birds hop between branches in the orchard. Then, in the golden hour you retire to the sunroom for tea amongst the bouquets of wildflowers picked in the garden.
Find a lush getaway that puts you and your guests at ease. You might consider:
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Geometric shapes and stark contrasts, Architectural Modern is an embodiment of form following function and design being in the details. Focus the feel of your event with fewer decor distractions. Add succulents to the greenery for an architectural pop, and possibly try a new take on an old tradition.
The modern look goes well in public spaces and newer hotels:
More inspiration in the pinboard.
From beaches to rooftops with views of the inlet, this is our look. Colours are washed with salt water, just like the driftwood accents. Use natural materials and nod to nautical inspiration.
West Coast Modern is at home by the ocean:
A masculine, urban, retro style. Industrial combines brass and wood, concrete and exposed light bulbs. Refine this style with dark toned flowers and moody lighting. Brick, iron, and oak are some of Industrial’s favourite surroundings.
Local venues that would capitalize on this look:
Hopefully this has coloured the picture in your head of how you’d like your wedding to look.
I love taking part in the styling process; it can add so much to the success of a wedding. Consider hiring me as an event stylist to bring your wedding’s style to life. I typically help in one or all of the following ways:
develop your design concept by producing an actual style plan to reference
create new custom elements to suit your concept
hunt down, acquire, and prepare decor for your event. I become the main point of contact for your team of vendors
execute the style on the day of your wedding
Which style speaks most to you? Mention it when you share this page.
If it’s not quite planning time for you, or you already have a stylist, I would love it if you shared this post. I’d bet your engaged friends would appreciate it. Hey, maybe you’ll recognize one of these styles at their wedding.