I find so many brides that I work with have a lot of great ideas, but aren’t quite sure how to reign them into one cohesive style. I too had this problem. I find myself liking so many colors and styles that I wasn’t sure which way to go. After giving it a lot of thought I had to ask myself, what do I really want and what do I want to look back on in my wedding photos? For me it was easy…I’m pretty traditional, love all things romantic, soft and girly and I knew I wanted it to be formal. Next, I turned to my wardrobe for inspiration. What colors did I see most hanging in my closet? Black, white, lace embellishments and neutral beiges, golds, and pinks. I had to admit to myself I like things simple, timeless but with a unique twist. After having done this I felt confident I knew what style I would go for.
Picture this: a soft, romantic gown, lots of candlelight, fluffy flowers, and colors of white, silver and blush tones. I then started to browse the internet for inspiration. I researched flowers, décor elements, bridesmaid dresses, venues, wedding gowns, shoes, I mean everything! Sure enough I found a trend. I had saved way too many pictures, so I forced myself to go back through and pick my favorites. I always urge my brides to make inspiration boards. An inspiration board is a collection of photos of various wedding elements used to visually explain the style of your wedding. Seeing all of your favorite photos together will help you clarify the overall direction and vibe of your wedding. They’re also great tools to share with vendors like your florist and coordinator. You can make one in minutes through websites like knot.com and weddingwire.com. See below for one of my own :)
Establishing your wedding style first will then allow you to narrow down what types of venues to look for, the style of your gown, your wedding colors, what your stationary will look like and so forth. Find your style first and everything else will start to fall into place – I promise! Look for inspiration from stylemepretty.com, knot.com, weddingwire.com, etsy.com and various blogs from wedding professionals. Before you know it, you will be on your way to finding your wedding personality! Also, be sure to check our blog frequently for trends and creative ideas.