pallets, and patterns, and themes--oh my!

Narrowing down all of your inspiration can be a task in and of itself. With so much input being hurled at you--whether it was solicited or not--it's hard to chose a style that fits you the best, and let alone that you like the best. Places like The Knot, Pintrest, and Style Me Pretty are great resources for inspiration but still are quite overwhelming. Even magazines are hard to sift through. There is a time and place to clip, cut, post, save EVERYTHING you see and like when it comes to your wedding style...but alas...at some point you and your betrothed will have to start narrowing down your ideas. 

A summary style guide is like a map, guiding and simplifying decisions. 

A summary style guide is like a map, guiding and simplifying decisions. 

My best advice, is do things in steps. Don't try to figure it all out at once. As you look through all of your pins, cut-outs, and scraps of inspiration, invariably similarities and repeat ideas will pop up and stand out. I like using this method to narrow down my true likes because they are objects and images and colors that a person—without knowing—keeps coming back to. It's really like letting your subconscious decide. When you match up your chosen inspirations with any pre-decided information, like season/date, location, you can join the items and start to form your master wedding idea, theme or direction (ex: winter wedding, winter woodland, pinecones for motif and your main image). The best part, is once you've settled on a direction, stick to it and use that as a personal style guide to keep your planning on theme and on track. A simple way to impress as a host, is to be consistent in design and theme, and make it into a complete, packaged experience. Happy planning! 

Once fonts, colors, objects, and themes are decided, building the collateral becomes much easier. 

Once fonts, colors, objects, and themes are decided, building the collateral becomes much easier. 

Cheers,  

TBU

 

Side note/tangent:

My other bit of advice, which is easier for some than others, is to truly go on this journey together with you fiancé. Your other half may not be interested at first, but find an angle that engages then. A wedding is the joining of two  people—not one and their parent or one and their own ideas—two people, preparing to start their lives jointly together. It's most important, at least I believe, that the wedding equally represent both parties getting married. Besides, the wedding is just the beginning, after the cake is cut, marriage can truly start.