farewell fiancé! chats to guest bloggers and the ever-so inspiring team at Georgeous Occasions about how to create the most beautiful theme-less wedding.
More and more we are encouraging clients to embrace their own personal style as the ‘theme’. A wedding should be an extension of you and bring together layers and elements of your loves. I know it is a lot easier said than done but try not to overthink it. Break rules. Do not follow trends. Do not worry about the perfect colour palette. Don’t match the invitations with the guest book.
As we touched on in the last piece, Creating the ‘Wow’, when it comes to styling you really cannot start giving thought to the overall look and feel of your wedding until you have the space. The space will be the driver of almost everything that follows. Some spaces need next to no styling so be careful to not ‘overstyle’. If you really struggle with this part call in the professionals (this is why we have a business!) or a creative friend to help you brainstorm. Rather than a theme, approach the styling as an overarching mood and never lose site of it being reflective of you as a couple.
Once you know your space, have a look at your home and the pieces you have collected throughout your life. You might find some triggers here that you may want to introduce in your wedding day. Perhaps there is a colour that makes your heart sing, or a material (e.g .crushed linen) you see more than others. Consider using pieces from your home in the wedding. Your hall table may make the perfect signing table or your rug in your bedroom the perfect piece to stand on when you say “I do”.
Bringing together all the elements can seem like a bit of a monumental task so we have compiled a little cheat list of things to consider, but not overthink…
- Cutlery, crockery, glassware – look at the options and consider a feature water glass or plate. Look for inspiration at home. How would you set the most beautiful table for your friends? Do not forget the linen. A shiny polyester can let down everything else down. Look for alternatives even if the budget can only stretch to a napkin alternative.
- The place cards and menus. Outsource if this is not your strength. Consider different textures such as wood, tiles, stone and linen.
Oh the flowers… find a florist who gets you and who you have complete trust in. Stick with the seasons and flowers you would buy for yourself. Discuss what vessels they are in with your florist. Give thought to the any sentimental attachments to flowers. The first bunch you were given by your husband-to-be, or the flowers your Grandmother grew in her front garden.
There ideally needs to be something (can be as simple as the venue) that is a bit of a Wow… something that is memorable and potentially your favourite part of your ‘look’.
Do not forget your menu and drinks will play a significant part. What you serve sets the tone. Again, remember there are no rules. Serve what you would serve at the dinner party of all dinner parties. Discuss the presentation of food, interactive elements and staff uniforms with your caterer.
Little details scattered throughout the day are what makes your wedding yours. Perhaps love letters for each guest or paper crowns for when the party starts. Have fun with the details. Break the rules.
Remember, above all else – keep it authentic. Keep it about you. Oh and the husband-to-be of course.
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