You’re inundated on Pinterest, at bridal shows, and through Instagram of lush flowers and luxurious tablecloths, and of visions containing farmhouse tables with string and candlelight. Some of these weddings are 100% real, while others are styled to show how you can pull different design elements together to create a cohesive look. And while some of these ideas and inspiration can be out of budget or scope for your event (say, cascading peonies from candelabras in the fall, when they’re at their most expensive, or eloping with your closest friends and family to a hilltop church in the Ozarks), you can without a doubt be just as skilled yourself in creating a cohesive and flawless design, and having your budgetary cake too.
Start with your venue, and then the time of year. Your venue is going to act as the canvas for the rest of your wedding, and whether your using print outs of images and putting into a binder or using Pinterest, always start with a few images of your venue to start giving you a feel of what the setting of your wedding will be like. In Louisiana for example, the weather can play a huge factor into the formality and style of an event, so making sure you keep a track on what the averages for the time of year you’ll be married at (and if you can, the temperature for the time of day) will help in the long run. This will help with formality of guests and the bridal party’s attire too!
If you can get your hands on a fabric swatch, get it! How a dress or linens look online can be completely different in person, especially if you’re looking to combine colors and tones with different textures. Obtaining swatches and samples of what you may want is critical, and well worth the couple of dollars to get in order to achieve the look you want (and it’s always great to have some on hand for vendor appointments).
Make sure that when you're looking at vendors that you see and save samples of their work. Having a few samples of your vendor’s work is important, not only in having to assess who you would love to have, but knowing that they have done the style you’re looking to achieve in the past. Examples of a photographer’s editing style, the different paper styles of a stationer, a planner’s published works, or having examples of menus (or what the food will look like) from a prospective caterer can all reflect on the overall look of your wedding.
When creating a look and feel, include all the parts relating to your wedding day. Often on design boards you’ll see dresses, hair styles, flowers, and how to break down budgets; rarely will you find readings or prayers, or timelines you can follow or build off of. When creating your curated look, include these in your arsenal, as the timing of when certain events take place will affect set up and breakdown, the hours of photography and videography, and can be further tailored around how long you have your venue.
Want to see a board showcasing all these elements, and give you a starting point to curating? Check out our sample Louisiana Saturday Night | A Curated Look on Pinterest. We created this board specifically in how to show clients what it means to have a cohesive, final look, and make use of such boards when working to create customized events. By making sure all aspects relating to your event are addressed, you'll guarantee that the look is cohesive and reflects on the style you and your new spouse have.