The Design Series Part 1 - YOU Are The Inspiration
Ask and you shall receive! Friends, today we are kicking off the design series and I am SO excited. This is an area where some couples seem to struggle and I get it, I’ve been there. The weddings you see here on our website, or on social media is something that came with time. Creativity is not a talent that I was born with, it’s something I’ve worked very hard at, and can’t wait to share what I’ve learned along the way. The best thing is, nothing is right or wrong. A coworker once joked about how an orange and camouflage colour palette would be impossible, but guess what? If that’s you, you better believe it’s possible! That’s what this series will focus on, learning how to translate elements of yourself into your dream wedding. First up, inspiration.
Before anything, there is a set of 16 questions that I go through with all my couples. The two most pertinent ones may surprise you.
1. What’s In Your Closet? Along with where you shop, this gives a lot of insight into your personal style. Can you often be found twirling around in a colourful mid length dress? This tells me that you’re probably fun and playful, both elements we may want to incorporate into the wedding. Do you prefer dainty jewelry or statement? This can affect the decor choices. Someone partial to dainty may be drawn to more subtle and timeless items, such as a clear votive. If you want to make a statement, it’s possible we’d implement something like ornate flatware, opposed to what’s provided by a venue. Or, it could simply be relevant to colour. Is your closet primarily white, grey, and blush? Well, it’s more then likely you’d be happy with that as a preliminary palette. What you’re drawn to on a daily basis is going to translate naturally into your wedding day design, and your closet is a really great source of inspiration to pull from. Below is an example of how this can be done.
2. How Do You Furnish Your Home? This is BIG. When you think about it, your photos will be hung in your home, which means you’ll probably want them to compliment what you already have. With that said, some couples don’t live in their ‘ideal’ situation, and we’re more likely pull from what that looks like instead. Now, if you had to define a style for either your dream or current space, what would that be? Is it something you could see translating well into your wedding? For me, I’m a bit eclectic - modern farmhouse with a touch of bohemian. This is definitely workable, but the biggest takeaway would probably be my preference to a neutral base. My biggest pieces, such as the headboard and couch, are neutral. Then, I like to add colour through pillows, books, art, etc. This means that my linen is more likely to remain either white, cream, or grey, and colour will be incorporated through the napkin, candles, and florals. If your wedding feels like home, that will really resonate with you, and also be warm and welcoming for your guests. Another example, below!
Other questions to ask yourself are:
What Adjectives Would You Use To Describe Your Wedding? This is going to establish the overall feel you want for the day.
What Are Your Favourite Smells? This sense is highly correlated with memories, and can add to the overall experience.
What Are Your Favourite Memories? Individual or together, these can be really impactful in translating your story throughout the design.
Part 2 is where we will dive into how Pinterest is best utilized in the design process, because it isn’t inspiration. I may start to sound like a broken record, but it is so easy to be lost in the vortex and come out feeling even more confused after searching for hours. It only shows you the most popular pins, which will leave your wedding looking like everyone else’s.
If you have a question, please comment below! This series has been created with you in mind, so if there is something you’re still uncertain about or struggling with, I want to help. Or, feel free to just say hi :)