August 20, 2019
5 tips to design your own wedding! As a photographer, my eye is hyper trained for all things beautiful. And in the many years of taking pictures and designing my own parties, I’ve come up with a trick or two. After just designing a bride’s wedding last weekend, let’s see how you can incorporate some high end design elements without hiring a designer of your own.
1- It all starts with the invitation. View it not an accessory but as the the grounding elements. Browse your favorite invitation sites for inspiration. (I like Minted and Shine Wedding Invitations) Scroll through and pin what jumps out at you, what immediately grabs you, what makes your heart stop. Now, look at those suites and see what about them grabs you. What exactly about them you’re gravitated to. Is it soft and romantic, modern and edgy? What do they have in common? There is your wedding design.
This is the best way to start without having a design board done for you. Because now you can create one around this invitation. Does the invite suite have gold foil? Fantastic! Incorporate gold lettering throughout your wedding (signage, table numbers, candle holders, vases…) Does it have an elegant, ethereal typeface? Wonderful! Use soft, full, flowy tulle on your bridesmaids dresses in a pale pastel. Continue on in the same way with each other design element on the invitation suite until your design board feels complete. The little things matter here- even the paper type or paper edges! Paying attention to detail is rule number one of design.
2- That being said that doesn’t mean taking the invitation and replicating its design everywhere. Tip number 2 is: don’t be too literal! If the invite or design inspiration has palms, think of what is palm inspired (nautical stripes, oars, deep blues) – harmonizing the look is not necessarily matching everything.
3- Use contrast! Good design like food (think sweet and salty- chocolate covered bacon, crunchy and smooth- a Snickers bar) relies on both complementary colors and contrasting elements. Got a lot of metallic going on? Think about where you can add some softness with some satin. Got lots of solid fabrics, add some texture somewhere! A good designer understands contrast, texture, pattern, and the color wheel.
4- Now, stick to it! The biggest mistake that brides make is getting lost on their journey. Make that mood board inspired by your dream invite and every time you make a design choice match it! Don’t get distracted by other equally beautiful wedding styles. Having a ballroom affair? Keep the rustic wood signs and boards at bay.
5- Finally, relinquish some control! Let your vendors do what they’re best at. They see it all and have their fingers on the pulse. If you know you need gold accents let your florist select vase options that fit that theme and choose among his/her selections! He/she may come up with something you never thought of.
Most of all remember that at the end of the day you are marrying the love of your life, the one that makes you smile chiffon, tulle, matte finish or not and that the day will be beautiful because you are there and he/she is there to meet you at the end of that aisle!
Happy planning and leave any questions in the comments below, I’d love to help!