It’s time to get personal! As you know, we specialize in creating deeply personal, well-styled events. People ask us all the time how they can build a celebration that is unique, beautiful and genuinely reflects who they are as a couple. The truth is that it is a very organic process that is super hard to pin down. Because every couple is different, the design process for each wedding varies as well. However, in order to help as you work through this process, today we are sharing a bit of a guide on steps to take and things to think through in order to make a day that truly is all your own…
Step 1: Create an Overall Design Plan!
For clients who have yet to secure any solid thoughts on what they want in terms of a design, the very first think I do is create a Pinterest Board for them and ask them to get to work. Pinterest can be your best friend here, trust me! I simply have them pin things that they like (easy as pie!). Once I see the kinds of, colors, textures, lines and motifs they are drawn to, we discuss what I am seeing from a design point of view. From there we craft a formal style guide with a mood board that serves to drive the aesthetic direction of the wedding for all designing vendors involved. Whether you are working with a designer or flying solo, my advice to you is to create a guide that will focus your event design from beginning to end.
Now that an overall design is in place, it is time to get working on the details! This means thinking through the various design mediums we have available to us. We work with our clients to determine initial ideas for flowers, linens, lighting, graphic design, printed items, rentals and more! There is a plethora of ways for you to make your designing details individual to you, and we’re here to help our couples take advantage of each and every one of them!
Step 3: Personalize It!
It must be said that this is the most organic part of the wedding design process, and therefore the hardest part. When planning a day that is all about you, don’t just copy something that you have seen on Pinterest or a blog that you like. We take pride in producing weddings that genuinely reflect your style and personality. Even if the overall style and genre is similar to something you’ve seen before, it should feel different… it should feel like you! The way of succeeding in this is to bring out who you are as a couple and what makes you distinct. What can be personal for one event likely won’t have the same effect in another couple’s wedding. I know, it is hard! Don’t worry; we are here to lend a hand throughout this not-so-easy process. There is no cookie-cutter way to make your wedding individual to you, but that is why they are so magnificent! With that being said, here are a few areas prevalent in almost every celebration that you can work to customize in order to achieve personalized perfection:
Cuisine & Booze
Whether it speaks to your heritage, or it is simply what you like to eat on your birthday, be sure to choose food that you like to eat! If you’re a foodie, let your guests know it! The same goes for your cocktails. Picking signature cocktails that reflect your taste helps your guests feel like they are having a drink with you!
You’re likely going to spend at least a portion of your wedding on the dance floor, so choose artists and styles that you genuinely enjoy dancing to! This is a great chance to tell a musical story, which means choosing music that shows who you are. Most people remember to select music for their ceremony and dance-set, but thinking through music for guest arrival, cocktail hour and dinner will give you a chance to showcase music and styles you love that might not be the best for dancing!
Send your guests home with something that is special to you. Choose to mark your guests’ presence at your day through a non-traditional guestbook project that reflects somewhere you’ve traveled. There are countless details in which you can choose to give a nod to your backgrounds, cultures, traditions, hobbies, and overall vibe.
Signage & Table Names
Wedding signs, whether they are functioning as a necessity or an aesthetic detail, can not only serve a function, but can also do wonders to bring out your overall wedding feel. Does your wedding have a Parisian feel to it? Use French words throughout your menu and signage to seal the deal. Have a fun, lighthearted feel to your wedding? Choose to use cheeky and upbeat phrases throughout your wedding signs! Hosting a black tie affair? Be formal and sparing with your wedding paper items. These are things that are going to be utilized no matter what, so why not make the most of it? Have fun with it! Take your tables for instance… Name your tables after something that means something to you. Cinema themed wedding? Choose to name your tables after classic flicks. Have a wedding with a tropical feel? Use fab locations after which to name your tables! The possibilities are endless. Unless you are having a truly formal fete, don’t waste this opportunity to showcase who you are as a couple by just using numbers (unless of course you run out of time, and then let this go and enjoy your day).
The key to personalizing your wedding is to be intentional. Take the time to make choices that serve to reflect your sense of style and personalities.
Make sense? If not, have no fear. In our next blog (Part 2 of this series), we will be sharing examples from some of our real couples and how they worked with Step 3 of our guide to customize their celebration!