My husband and I recently celebrated surviving our first 6 months of marriage! Life as a married woman has blessed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined, but there are days where I still reminisce about being engaged (the wedding planning, seeing all the details come together, and watching the image in my head come to life).
For some (including myself), planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Knowing all the tiny details when asked can be hard to answer, imagine, and be sure upon. I can’t tell you how many times I made a decision and second-guessed it. How was everything going to ‘come together’, ‘match’, ‘balance out’, and ‘portray the image in my head’? The answer is: it just will(.)
If you’re in the middle of planning your wedding and need some tips on rounding-out all the details, take a look at my lessons-learned and good luck!
Pick a color palette & stick to it: Some are torn between color palettes for the first half of their planning. I’ve seen friends go back-and-forth, resulting in ‘details’ being lost/overlooked from day 1. Though I struggled myself, my first firm decision was the palette. My reasoning behind this is simple: colors portray completely different feelings and emotions. If you’re imagining a romantic wedding, the color blush (or comparative muted tones) may immediately come to mind. On the other hand, bright colors may infer a ‘fun-time wedding’. Colors also portray different ‘styles’ or ‘themes’. Again, if planning begins before the colors are picked, these feeling-style-theme details will be lost in translation. For my wedding, I initially set the palette of:
soft pink-romance, cool-tone greens-earthiness, gray-neutral, brown-woodsy, silver-metallic
Together, these colors immediately made me think of ‘nature’ (leaves, elements of wood, etc.) with a little ‘glam’ (sparkle) and ‘romance’ (loose and wispy flowers, flowing fabric, etc.).
Incorporate your feeling-style-theme: Now that you’ve picked your palette, and consequently your feeling-style-theme, you’re ready to incorporate it into the details. Here I applied my palette + ‘nature’ theme into the stationary. I just loved how the pop of metallic and leaves were used to introduce our nuptials with all our friends and family!
Tie the details together: Be sure to incorporate these details into each element of the planning process. From stationary to attire, from ceremony site to table tops, make sure to add a touch of that personality into each component for a seamless outcome. As you can see-not only did I use leaves on the stationary, but I placed them in my attire in the form of a hair comb. I also used a braid board during the unity ceremony, which was again incorporated into all of the girls’ hair, as well as my own. My comb had delicate pearls which I mimicked by gifting my bridesmaids with a pearl necklace to be worn the day-of. And remember those gorgeous invitations…they seemed to reappear in the form of cocktail/dessert napkins (including color and font type)-but also in the cake-topper. Over the ceremony was a huge handmade fabric chandelier that had little siblings around the bar area and matching wreathes were placed on the receptions doors and newlywed chair-backs. Let’s not forget my absolute favorite though! If you look closely, you’ll notice that my bouquet, groom’s shirt, and ring-bearer’s bowtie all matched.
Let me know your thoughts and questions, as well as how you use these tips for your big day!
pc: Woodland Fields Photography