So if not already, one of the most common questions you will get asked all the time when planning your wedding is ‘What is your wedding colour?’. For me I don’t really feel picking one colour is the best way to go. If you first sit and work out the atmosphere you want to create and what emotions you want your guests to feel on the day, then you can work back from this. Then with the help of colour psychology work out a palette of 4 to 6 colours that work together simultaneously and effortlessly give the feel and emotion of your dream day. I am going to have a colour psychology expert guest blogger soon to help you understand all the emotions each colour evokes, let me know if you have any questions you wish for them to answer.
So once your theme, colours overall feel of the day is decided it is time to start the time consuming and sometimes challenging job of finding the most perfect furniture, table linen, glassware, crockery, signage and so much more. Don’t get me wrong this can be enjoyable and satisfying task but it does take time and patience. A big decision is whether to buy or hire your items, this is personal preference, but a lot feel they will save money by buying and setting up themselves. I just try to remind couples you are not just paying for the hire items you are paying for the stylist's time to design, source, set up and collect these items for you. A good way to decide is to choose what is more important to you saving money or time? If the later then I recommend you get a stylist as designing, sourcing, styling and clearing down a wedding is a lot of hours of work especially if it's your first time.
A good way to break down your styling needs is to break it up into each area and then break up all the different items you will need for this area. Lucky for you I have designed a styling checklist which you can download and print for free below, availible at the bottom of the blog.
So first up you will have your ceremony area. You need to consider if it is in a separate building, if so do you have time to move items over to reception or will it need its own set up, if not in a church will you need chairs? Your ceremony for me is the important part so I like to work with you to add your personality and I love a focal backdrop to frame you saying your vows, after all all eyes will be on you. Then you may have a cocktail hour, do you need styling for this room?
Reception area, now this can be broken down into cake area, top table, guest tables and entrance area. You may also have to rearrange items again after your meal to make way for your all night party. I love to make a feature of the cake, think about a unique way to showcase it with furniture, backdrop or create a full dessert area.
I always get my couples to think about their top table as a VIP table, so add extra special touches like charger plates, coloured glassware and cutlery. Limiting it to the top table is also a great way to save money but still having the added luxurys. So think about the things you will need: chairs, chair accessories, tablecloth, table runner, candlesticks, candles, stationery, charger plates, glassware, cutlery, flowers, etc.... writing the list out will really help you get an understanding all the little details that are needed.
The guest tables I design as a scaled back version of your top table. I do still feel it is important to think about each setting as that this the best way to add personality and make a guest feel special. I suggest sitting at a table with your tablescape set up to help you invasion what each guest will see, I believe the little details are more important than bigger and better centrepieces. I also encourage my couples to have a unique table plan/entrance area as this is the first glimpse your guest get of your reception and it is the perfect place to be able to stamp your own personality.
Get stuck in to my checklist below and if you need any help or have any question send me an email, I am always happy to talk all things wedding styling.
Free Styling Checklist