Wedding Design: What is a wedding designer?

January 11, 2019

Hi, Happy 2019! who gets to say I get married this year?


So I get lots of questions about what I do, how I compare to others and my packages. I call myself a Manchester wedding stylist! I do still resonate with this title and will carry on offering styling services but as my skills and passion have developed I am pulled more towards the design aspects of events. You will see during 2019 I will be making some changes to my business and pushing it in the direction I wish to head. 




For most planning their wedding everything is all new to them. They come across all these terms they just have no ideas what they mean, wedding planner, stylist, designer and venue decorator. I find a lot couples see me as a venue dresser so get caught up on the items I am providing. Couples get use of all my items they need. As they are booking me to style their day and not just turn up with hired items and go before anyone arrives my focus is not the items it is the overall style and design. My items are there to help bring the vision together but my main focus is designing a day that is perfectly you. 




This is part of my reasoning to shift toward event design, I feel it is clearer for couples and is a truer reflection of what I do. So why event design and what does it really mean? 


“Event Design is the creation, conceptual development and staging of an event using event design principles and techniques to capture and engage the audience with a positive and meaningful experience. ” 


S. Brown 2013


For me any event but especially weddings is about creating an experience. A carefully planned, well thought out wedding allows you to control the feelings and experience of your guest. Yes a focus is on the look of the day but that is to set the scene, it is then important to tie in all other elements creating a unique experience the guests will remember forever. I think of it like telling a story and walking your guest through each chapter or playing out the stage version right before their eyes. 




One thing I hear a lot, I mean a lot! ..... is, but will the guest really remember what colour the napkin (or insert any small item) is? No, I hope not! that is not what it is about, picking all these key elements so they effortlessly marry together and not stand out is the aim. They may not notice the matching grey linen napkins and tablecloth but am sure they would notice the harsh bright white nylon ones you may pick because well, no one really notices the napkins anyway do they!




The design process starts at the beginning, from your first choice which is usually venue and photographer. Picking the right style venue that is practical but you also love is key to the whole design process. Then, making sure you choose the right photographer to capture every moment just how you envisioned it. Every choice you make big or small plays a part in the over all experience of your guests and the memories you and they will have forever. You only do this once right? let's make sure you look back on it in 10 years time with the same love and devotion you will feel for your other half on the day!




If you have any questions or just want to chat about your wedding plans then I am always happy to talk, send me an email at





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