Staging the perfect wedding is an art. The most successful events reflect the passion and creativity of those who design them. So how can you design your own wedding and give it the 'wow factor’?
Preston Bailey, a famous wedding stylist, wrote in his book 'Design For Entertaining' that: “Planning an event is a production: the venue and setting are the stage, the hostess, the director. If all of this leaves you at a loss at the outset – that’s where I come in!”
Like Preston, we are here to help and make it easier for you and help you to articulate your vision. We put you in touch with suppliers who can bring that vision to life. Your wedding needs to create an emotional experience and set a particular mood. Here are our tips on how you can achieve the most memorable wedding without a full time planner or large budget?
Look to mother nature for inspiration.
Look at all the wonderful things around you and try to draw ideas and creativity from them. Flowers are a wonderful source of inspiration. Their colour and effortless beauty will mesmerise even the most sceptical guests. Whilst they may only just be a part of the décor in the space, they can be used to completely enhance or uplift the room and should always be included in your design concept.
Perfect understated simplicity.
To keep a room simplistic can be quite the challenge but if but if done properly the overall look can be incredible. If you have a room that has busy walls and intricate roofs (such as an old ballroom) then look to work with what you have, rather than against it. We'd suggest you use primary colours to achieve this – think pure white, gold, silver colours for your decor and decorations.
Working with a monochromatic colour scheme is also a wonderful way to keep your event understated. Match it with crystal glassware and soft French tulips placed high in tall vases with long stemmed candles. This will create dramatic impact without overtaking. You want the effect to be simple and elegant.
Look for scent, colour and texture.
Knowing how to mix colour, texture and scent is a real talent. You have a combination of visual, physical and the unexpected. If you can look to incorporate all the senses into your wedding with things such as flowers, textured fabrics and beautiful emotive colours, then you'll have your guests instantly mesmerised. We wrote more about this in our article Styling With Scent, Colour & Texture.
Set the mood with lighting.
A mood can be shaped, crafted and moulded through lighting. Lighting is KEY and is something that all brides should put thought into. Preston Bailey once said that:
“Mood, is one of those words that can be used to describe both the emotional state of an individual and the exterior atmosphere. This duality and the connection between the two is what is crucial. What makes a mood so important is subtlety.”
This point really resonated with us. If decorated correctly your room will create a mood that will not only impress guests and but will put them into a happy space! The illumination level can play a huge part - light reflects on colour and texture and draws guests attention to areas you like and away from areas you don’t. It is also a terrific way to fill space (such as walls) that may be blank or uninteresting.
Professional lighting can include spot lights, up-lights, and gels. These usually need an expert to set up so it is important you liaise with them about your colour scheme so they know how best to tailor and position the lights. All your wonderful décor will go unnoticed without the proper lighting scheme.
The Wow Factor.
It doesn’t need to cost you a fortune to style your room. If you follow these key principles then you should have a wedding that will tantalise all your guests’ senses, put them in a wonderful mood and leave them with a spectacular memory of the night.
We recommend you pick up a copy of Preston Bailey’s Book ‘Design For Entertaining’. It is filled with incredible advice on how you can style your wedding and we’ve learnt heaps from that read!