Planning your wedding is no doubt one of the biggest and most exciting projects you’ll ever take on. However, with so many details to think about, along with the sheer variety of styles to choose from, it can very quickly become overwhelming. When it comes to finding a direction for the big day, it’s crucial to turn to the right places for inspiration and ultimately plan a day that truly reflects you and your partner. Here are some tips for getting inspired and channeling your very own wedding style.
1. Let Other Weddings Inspire You
There is no better source of inspiration than other weddings, and if you’re fortunate enough to be attending one before your own big day, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some ideas. This doesn’t necessarily mean copying their color scheme or flower arrangements; rather, consider how the couple has chosen to express themselves, and how they’ve made the day personal to them. If you haven’t got any weddings in the diary, use the world of celebrity – magazines and tabloids are constantly covering Hollywood’s most glamorous nuptials. While these may not be based on quite the same budget, they should still spark some ideas in the early stages of planning.
2. Take Inspiration From Yourself
Whilst other weddings are great for generating ideas, it is crucial not to lose sight of your own personal style; what looks perfect on one bride does not necessarily suit another. Your bridal look should ultimately reflect you as a person, so put down the glossy magazines and look instead at your own wardrobe – and even your home. Despite being an unlikely source of inspiration, this is where your style truly resides. Your wedding dress is, of course, an exception from your everyday wear, but should incorporate elements of your own style nonetheless.
3. Host a Styling Night
No matter how many pictures we pore over, it’s impossible to know what really suits us without trying it first-hand. Hosting a styling night is one of the most fun ways to experiment with different looks whilst drawing on your nearest and dearest for ideas. Ask your closest friends to each come up with a theme – be it bohemian, glam or vintage – and spend the evening together creating each look with different hair and makeup styles. Take pictures of each look and use a Wedding Dress Studio app to virtually try on matching dresses. Even if you can’t settle on one theme, you will at least get an idea of the styles that suit you whilst ruling out those that don’t.
4. Gather Your Thoughts
From theme to venue to color scheme, the possibilities are endless, and staying on track is no mean feat. As a bride-to-be, you will no doubt find yourself flitting from one idea to the next, and back again. In order to stay focused, it’s essential to gather your thoughts and ideas as logically as possible, and an effective way of doing this is to create a scrapbook. Alternatively, if you feel more at home on the computer, you may wish to create your own virtual “look book.” Simply pick a domain name, set up a blog and document your journey online. For beginners to this kind of thing, it’s best to start with a domain check tool such as this one, to see if the name you want is available. Even if you prefer not to share it with anyone, the act of blogging in itself is an effective way to gain clarity and logic in the somewhat chaotic world of wedding planning.
5. Conceptualize As a Couple
It’s easy to get consumed by aesthetics and décor, and while this is all part of the fun, it’s essential to stay focused on the bigger picture. Your wedding day is about you and your partner, and should reflect each of your personalities as well as your life as a couple, so get together and ponder. Spend a day doing something you both love, be it an outdoor adventure or a romantic spa day, and use this as the basis for the big event.