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Wedding Planning 101 - How to Design a Wedding that Suits Your Personality

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How to design a wedding that’s totally you

Does the thought of a wedding theme make you cringe? Having a theme to your wedding doesn’t have to be cheesy, you can make it your own and use it as a helpful tool when picking out your wedding decor.

This is part three of my Wedding Planning 101 series - if you haven’t already, make sure you’ve checked out how to set your budget and where to start first.

Once you’ve learned how to be a budgeting queen, you’re ready to pick your theme. Either watch my nifty video below, or follow along and read the highlights. Happy Planning!


ANSWER ALL YOUR BIG QUESTIONS

You probably wouldn’t want to plan a winter wonderland wedding in June, so it’s best to get these things decided first, so you can plan productively.

These are some important things to consider before you can start to think about your wedding theme:

  • Where do you want to get married? In the countryside, in the city? A destination wedding?

  • What’s your budget?

  • What kind of venue would you like?

  • What’s your timeframe?

  • What season would you like it to be?

  • How many guests do you imagine being there?

All of these things affect the theme that’s likely to work best for your wedding, so once these are answered, you should start to see your vision and desired theme come to life.

LEARN FROM OTHER WEDDINGS

Although it can sound slightly judgemental at first thought, looking at other people’s weddings you’ve been to is a great start when thinking about your own. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to decor, but this is definitely a good way to see for yourself, in person, what you think works and what you think you’d have done differently.

To do this you should:

  • Think about all the weddings you’ve been to and what you liked (and perhaps even more importantly, disliked) about each one.

  • Have a read of some real wedding stories online and in magazines. Pay attention to the full story and not just the pictures. What is it about the vibe of that particular wedding that you resonate with?

Once you’ve done this, think about your favourite elements you have noted down from both sections and see if there’s any common ground. Are they all outside? Do they all have holographic accents? Were they all small and intimate weddings? Note down into your free guide any ideas or concepts that you see appearing again and again.

Visual inspiration gathering

My favourite part of this whole process is next, visual inspiration gathering. This step sounds just as fun as it is, look around for things that inspire you, regardless of price or practicality and just go wild!

If you’re struggling for places to gather your inspiration I suggest:

  • Pinterest (the most obvious choice). For this particular step I recommend making a “secret” board and going on a pinning spree. I suggest sticking with a 10 minute maximum on this, just so you don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t just stick to weddings either, anything goes here, as long as something about the image captures your imagination.

  • Books and Magazines - looking in real life printed media can be a nice break from your computer screen.

  • Look in your own house and wardrobe, are there any colours and textures that you go back to again and again? This can be a really great hack to getting to know your tastes as a couple.

  • Go window shopping - what colours are you drawn to time and time again? You can even visit DIY stores, fabric shops and places like IKEA (my personal happy place) for inspiration. This is also a great way to make sure your wedding is following the trends, should that be something that takes your fancy.

Make a mood board

This process can be a little tricky, especially if you find decision making difficult like me. The aim is to go through all your material that you gathered in the last step and pick only your very very favourite pieces. I’d recommend having between 10 and 20 pieces in total, although there’s leeway, the more specific you can be at this stage, the better.

Once you’ve chosen your final pieces, note down what they have in common and start to put together your mood board. Some of my tips for making a great mood board are:

  • Take it off of Pinterest and onto real paper. I recommend A3 size or bigger to really get your imagination going.

  • If you don’t want to cut up your treasured wedding magazines, photocopy/scan the bits you want to use. This means you can always donate them to someone else after the big day so they are not wasted.

  • Look in unexpected places. Paint chips, wallpaper samples, fabric scraps, anything that inspires you, pop it on there. Different textures really help a mood board communicate atmosphere.

Choose your wedding keywords

Your wedding keywords will help you a huge amount while you plan the big day. These are the words that you can refer back to when people ask what your wedding is going to be like. The more thoughtful and selective you are with your wedding keywords the more they will help you to find ideas, decorations, stationery and even the perfect suppliers for your wedding!

To find your wedding keywords I’d suggest you:

  • Set a timer for 5 minutes, look at your mood board and write down as many words as you can to describe what you see. Eg. Holographic, mustard yellow and millennial pink

  • Once the time limit is up, look through your list and choose the three words that resonate with you most in terms of your dream wedding. If you find choosing just three really hard, work backwards and cross out the ones that you don’t want first.

  • PRO TIP: when you think you have your three words, type them into search on Pinterest with the word wedding (eg. Holographic, mustard yellow, millennial pink wedding). If what comes up looks like your dream wedding then you are on the right track! If not, go back to your list and try again.

If you’ve made it to the end of these steps, you should now have the whole wedding theme package: a mood board, a colour pallet and the right keywords to help you on your journey in planning your dream wedding. Don’t forget to sign up for your free 5 steps to an extraordinary wedding guide below, and for bonus points, I’d love to hear what your three keywords are! Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram :) I can’t wait to hear about your wedding themes.

How to Make a Holographic Photo Booth Backdrop for Your Wedding

Wedding DIYs, Wedding Styling Tips, Videos, Wedding ThemesRachel WaringComment
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A photo booth’s always a winner at a wedding, right? If you’re looking for a way to spruce up a blank corner in your venue and entertain your guests, then this holographic backdrop idea is for you. Using fancy iridescent cellophane, a simple backdrop stand and some holographic card this budget friendly DIY will definitely be a talking point on your big day. Watch the video tutorial below to see how we did it:

DIY HOLOGRAPHIC PHOTO BOOTH

You will need:

  • A backdrop stand - or even a clothes rail would work.

  • Holographic cellophane (at least 15m)

  • Clear tape and double sided tape

  • Holographic card

  • A craft knife, or a Cricut machine

  • Photo booth props

  • A box to keep your props in

Step one: Gather your props

If you are the lucky owner of a Cricut machine, you could design and make your own props - or I can make some for you. Spoiler alert, the props in the video will be available to buy in the shop soon.

Don’t forget to grab a pretty box to display all your props in - lining it with holographic cellophane will help to bring the whole thing together.

Step two: cut some geometric shapes

Cut some large triangles and other geometric shapes from the holographic card using a craft knife and cutting mat, or with a Cricut machine. These work best if they are a range of different sizes and shapes, depending on how big your photo booth backdrop is going to be.

STEP THREE: SET UP YOUR BACKDROP

The best thing to do is to find a suitable place in your venue and set the backdrop up in situ rather than setting it up before hand and moving it around. We recommend a nice sheltered area without too much wind (ideally indoors) - otherwise you will have a holographic sail on your hands!

Set up your backdrop stand first and adjust it to fit your space. Then wrap the holographic cellophane around the stand, once around the front and once around the back, in sections until the full stand is covered. Tape into place with the clear tape.

STEP FOUR: ADD YOUR SHAPES

Use double sided tape to add your geometric shapes to the top of the backdrop, framing the edges.

STEP FIVE: Strike a pose

Grab a friend and some props, and you’re good to go. Bonus points if you have your own wedding hashtag, so that after the day you can relive those silly shots.

Did you like this video tutorial? If so, we’d love it if you’d share with your friends, and don’t forget to subscribe over on YouTube for more wedding DIYs.

Stylish Autumn Wedding Ideas

Wedding Themes, Wedding Styling TipsRachel WaringComment
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Can I admit something? I like Autumn way better than summer. So Autumn weddings naturally are kinda my favourites. But they can fall victim to clichéd decor ideas sometimes (scattered dried leaves down the aisle anyone?). That's why today as we approach the very best season, I thought I'd share some ideas for a stylish Autumn wedding. 

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Dried flowers and Pampas grass love. Photo by miesh photography found via Green Wedding Shoes

Try dried flowers and grasses

Pampas grass is a huge trend in wedding floristry right now, and I'm a big fan. It brings the perfect mix of late summer, early Autumn, harvest boho vibes that anyone would want at their wedding right? Dried flowers and grasses have the benefit of a gorgeous muted tone, which suits an Autumn / Fall theme perfectly. Also bonus points - you get to keep all your flowers afterwards because they last. 

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Copper paper buttonholes

Accents of copper suit an autumnal wedding down to the ground, and these metallic copper/rose gold paper buttonholes are the perfect unique detail. Simple and stylish looking with an industrial edge, these handmade buttonholes look particularly amazing with a tweed suit. You can get yours in the shop here

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A stylish and classy autumn wedding. Image by Samuel Docker, found via Rock My Wedding 

Seasonal fruit as wedding cake decor

Seasonal fruit like figs and berries give everyone those cosy Autumn feels, so why not adorn the top of your cake with them? Better yet, include them as part of your wedding buffet and pile rustic platters high with seasonal fruit and veg - this almost doubles up as decor too (until your guests demolish it all). 

  Wood slice and moss place cards , personalised with your guests names, available in the shop.

Wood slice and moss place cards, personalised with your guests names, available in the shop.

Woodland Wedding Vibes

Woodland weddings were made for Autumn, and whether or not you've bagged an actual forest for your venue, you can bring a little of the outside in with these wood slice and moss place cards. Personalised with your guests names, they get to keep a little bit of wedding day atmosphere to take home with them - so they'll always remember your big day (awwwww). 

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Hot chocolate bars are always a winner at an Autumn wedding. Image via. 

A hot chocolate bar

If you saw my post on DIY wedding stations, you'll know that I'm a  big fan of pop-up *anything* bars at weddings. I love how they can get your guests talking to each other, and where better to get to know one another than around some steaming hot chocolates with marshmallows. If you can think of a more cosy wedding idea then I would love to know (also if you are a fan of the hygge trend, you'll love this hygge wedding ideas blog post).

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Painted pumpkins add a touch of sophistication to an Autumn trend. Image via

painted Pumpkins

So I know I said I was anti-cliché, but there are ways to include pumpkins in your wedding without being cheesy. Spray paint them in mixed metallics and cream colours to bring a classy touch to an Autumn staple. Spray painted pumpkins can be used as table decor, or even just dotted around your venue to bring a little seasonal charm into your big day. 

I hope these ideas help you in your quest for a stylish nod to Autumn in your wedding. Do you have any other Autumnal wedding ideas to share with me? Let me know in the comments. 

How to Include the Holographic Trend in your Wedding

Wedding Themes, Wedding Styling TipsRachel WaringComment
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It's no secret that holographic weddings are my fave, but it can be a pesky trend to get right. That's why I thought I'd share some ideas today for ways to get some of that HOLO LIFE into your big day. 

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TASSEL GARLANDS

Everyone loves a tassel garland right?! You can pick these up all over Etsy, like this one from Party Pieces Co in a beautiful iridescent rainbow of colours. My favourite places to use a tassel garland are things like drinks carts, cake/dessert areas, or even as part of a wedding arch. 

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Wedding Wands

If you have tiny flower girls, these star wands are a way cooler option than flowers (am I riiighhhtt?) - just imagine them waving them around while they walk down the aisle, you'll be the most popular betrothed couple ever. These are available in our shop, and you can choose the option of cake topper or wand. And hey there's no rules, if you want to use these for your grown-up bridesmaids too, I won't judge!

 

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GLITTER STATION

We talked about our love of glitter stations in our last post, and they are yet again relevant here (when are they not?). The best way to get holographic vibes all over your wedding is to get your guests covered in it. Bespoke Bride has a great DIY to make your own glitter station here.

 

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SHOES

I mean..... these shoes!! If you prefer to be a bit more subtle with your trends, then a pop of holo shoe under your dress is perfect. 

 

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CAKE TOPPERS

Our holographic leaves cake topper is a solid favourite, but how about the iridescent arrow? This newbie was first seen in The Un-Wedding's UV Wedding Shoot (which I highly recommend you peruse, the photos by Jason Williams are so dreamy.) The arrow is not available on the website yet, but it's coming soooooon. 

 

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WEDDING STATIONERY

My secret fave, the holographic Save the Dates are the best surprise in an envelope for your guests. They are simple and to the point, perfect for the minimalist with a bit of sass. How much more detail do you need anyway when they are so shiny? Get your own set personalised here

 

So what do you think? Would you try out some holo love in your big day? I hope so! 

Not Another Ultra Violet Wedding Shoot - with THE-UNWEDDING

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 Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING

Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING

 Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING 

Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING 

Earlier this month I had the absolute pleasure of working on this insanely amazing shoot with an all star cast of fellow suppliers of THE-UNWEDDING Book of Love Directory. This week the shoot went live and you NEED to see it. 

The theme took Pantone's {slightly underwhelming} colour of the year Ultra Violet, and much like Melissa's well-loved upside-down heart logo, turned it on its head. To see the full shoot (which you simply must!) head over to THE-UNWEDDING and you can see the photos in all their glory there!

Also if you love a peek behind the scenes (I know I do...) then watch this video when you are done. 

 Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING

Photography by Jason Williams for THE UN-WEDDING

Full shoot can be found here on THE UN-WEDDING

Supplier Babes: 

Concept: Melissa Woods

Coordination & Styling: Ellie Kime

Photographer: Jason Williams Photography

Table styling, Props and Bouquet: Rachel Emma Studio

Hair, Makeup & Hair Accessories : Knot Your Average Bride

Bride's outfits: Poppy Dover

Bridesmaids: Maids To Measure

Cake: The Sparkling Spatula

Giant NeonsVowed & Amazed

Meringue Kisses Favours: Meringue Girls

Jewelry: Bloody Mary Metal

Venue: West Resevoir Centre

Models: BAME

Styled Shoot - A Celestial Wedding Theme

Wedding Themes, Wedding Styling TipsRachel WaringComment

It's no secret that celestial weddings are my jam at the moment. That's why I'm so excited to share this video with you full of sparkly cosmic wedding ideas. 

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THE DETAILS

Table Runners 

- The cosmic pattern navy runners are available to hire and make the perfect base to build up a celestial table display.

- I used a mix of foliage for the greenery runner: eucalyptus, ferns, monstera leaves and some others. Greenery is a great way to complement a celestial theme because it doesn't distract too much from the sparkly details - plus it can work out a lot cheaper than flowers! 

Table Decor

- Mixed glass bottles and candlesticks are always great for adding some interest and texture to a table. I have lots of these glass bottles and candlesticks in a mix of colours available to hire, feel free to drop me a message about availability

- Are you a fan of that crescent moon table name display? Me too! I have some similar available here if your tables are numbered, but I can also make some custom ones with your own table names too. 

- The constellation pattern place cards are a staple for a celestial wedding - you can find them here. 

Other Details

- The table plan is again dressed with some simple greenery and displayed on a grey backing board which you can pick up at your local art supply shop. Silver table plan cards are a custom design to match the place cards, and you can contact me if you'd like some of your own. 

- The starburst cake topper is a brand new design which will be available to buy soon! If you'd like to be one of the first to get your hands on one then pop me an email. 

- Copper and greenery buttonholes can be found here. 

I hope this sparks lots of celestial wedding ideas for you! Want more personalised advice for your own wedding theme? If you'd like to chat to me about styling your wedding, then hop over to my services page to find out more. 

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Footage by Homer Todiwala of https://www.mrtodiwala.com/

6 Hygge Ideas for Winter Weddings

Wedding ThemesRachel WaringComment
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I'm having a moment with winter weddings, and with the continuing popularity of the concept of Hygge (that scandinavian celebration of all things cosy and snuggly) it looks like the rest of the world is on board too. 

There are so many ways to bring hygge into your winter wedding day, here are just a few ideas.

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1. S'more Wedding Favours 

I'm in love with these S'more Love wedding favour kits by Custom Maed. S'mores aren't so much of a thing here in the UK, but we can toast a good marshmallow! Bonus points if you have an open fire at your venue for a group toasting session. 

2. cosy bridal outfits

There's no reason to freeze on your wedding day! My favourite thing to wear on any day is a snuggly jumper and big wooly socks, so why not carry that over into your wedding outfit? This shoot featured on Mr & Mrs Unique is so perfect, I highly recommend clicking through to see the rest of it!

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3. a Sparkler send off

What's more cosy and wintery than sparklers? Hand them out as favours and then gather your guests in a group for a beautiful moment later in the evening (not to mention a perfect photo opportunity - like in this beautiful wedding). These sparkler printables will help you with the favour bit. 

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4. night sky details 

Winter weddings are the perfect backdrop for starry night themed decorations. These personalised constellation place cards are one of my very favourite designs, and can be ordered here. 

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5. hot chocolate bar

This idea alone is enough to sell me on a winter wedding! Set up a warming hot chocolate bar, complete with artisan marshmallows and toppings - your guests will thank you for it. Or of course you could always trade the hot chocolate for mulled wine! 

6. Don't forget the candles

Candlelight is essential for setting a cosy atmosphere at your winter wedding. This post by wedding sparrow has some gorgeous inspiration. Find places in your venue where you can group lots of candles together for the ultimate hygge glow. 

 

If you'd like to see some more winter wedding inspiration, come and follow me on pinterest! 

Tropical Wedding Inspiration

Wedding ThemesRachel WaringComment
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Ok, I know tropical weddings have been a trend for a while, but let's be honest, we all still love that pairing of greenery and neon brights, am I right? There are so many ways to capture a tropical theme in your wedding decor beyond the golden pineapple and 2018 will see tropicana take on an acid bright twist. 

A tropical wedding theme can look great in a lot of places, but my favourite setting for style is in urban / industrial venues. I love the juxtaposition of lush greenery and bright colours in amongst harsh greys and brick. Old warehouse + giant jungle leaves + a neon sign? Winner in my book! 

 We all know I'm a big fan of a DIY pop-up bar, this jungle popcorn stand is a must for a tropical wedding. 

We all know I'm a big fan of a DIY pop-up bar, this jungle popcorn stand is a must for a tropical wedding. 

 You can buy these  tropical neon invitations  in my shop - the monstera leaf RSVP card is my fave. 

You can buy these tropical neon invitations in my shop - the monstera leaf RSVP card is my fave. 

 Hot pink and green are a match made in heaven in this  menu card!  

Hot pink and green are a match made in heaven in this menu card! 

  Monstera leaf place cards , but of the paper variety - no wilting for these bad boys. 

Monstera leaf place cards, but of the paper variety - no wilting for these bad boys. 

So what's your verdict? Are you all flamingo-d out? If you are a tropicana fan for the long haul, check out the tropical collection in my shop for some more inspo for your big day. 

5 Wedding Trend Predictions for 2018

Wedding ThemesRachel Waring
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I love this time of year because it's full of predictions and looking ahead into the year to come, and this of course includes wedding trends! 

A lot of the trends seen in 2017 will still be going strong throughout 2018. Greenery isn't going anywhere just yet, and that's good news in my book! But there are a few twists in store, so I thought I'd share some of my own predictions and favourites in the world of wedding themes. 

As always, take these trend ideas with a pinch of salt. It's your wedding, and I'm not about to promote any sort of cookie-cutting! It's just a bit of fun really to see what's popular, and often trends can really spark your imagination - you can take them or leave them. Whether you take stock in current trends or not, I would always encourage you to put your own spin on styling ideas to create a day that's unique to you.

In fact, I think this is so important that I even created a handy free guide for you, that will help you choose the right wedding theme for you.

With that being said, let's get into my favourite trends for 2018....

1. NEON SIGNS + GREENERY 

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We saw this idea coming into play in 2017, and it looks to be sticking around in a big way next year. Neon signs are huge in weddings right now, and they are a really cool edgy addition to your wedding decor. Greenery is the perfect backdrop to make these neon details really pop. Think big overgrown green walls, huge leaves and ferns to also bring in that tropical vibe that's also still going strong. 

How to work this trend:

Commission your own personalised neon sign to use as your ceremony backdrop instead of a wedding arch (you can get LED versions that are much cheaper than real neon) OR hire one from a company like Bag and Bones

2. CELESTIAL

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My personal favourite. This super romantic trend inspired by the night sky is set to be even bigger in 2018. Cosmic details, navy and metallic colour schemes, constellations, even celestial inspired jewellery and hair pieces; if it's astronomic, it's big news. There's also something a little art deco about this theme, and that's only another plus I think. 

How to work this trend: 

Go for starry details like these constellation place cards to add a bit of the night sky into your wedding table decor. 

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3. MILLENNIAL PINK

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Wedding trends usually take inspiration from interiors and fashion, and since it's been all pink everywhere in 2017, we're set to see a lot more of this muted dusty tone in weddings next year. I for one can't get enough of it, so it's a YAY from me. It's particularly successful in urban settings so that it takes on a bit of an edge instead of being too sickly sweet. 

HOW TO WORK THIS TREND:

Go for pink on pink in your wedding stationery, paired with simple modern fonts for that cool edge. 

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4. MOODY TONES

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This ones for the flower lovers, next year looks to be full of dark jewell tones, aubergines, maroons and blacks paired with rich textures like velvet. This opulent trend is not for the faint of heart, and the weddings that make the most of it will really go all out. But if pulled off right, it looks like this might be one of the most beautiful trends of 2018. 

How to work this trend:

Ask your florist to use jewell and berry tones with plenty of dark greenery, and also go for more flowing, overgrown arrangements rather than anything overly styled.

5. HOLOGRAPHIC

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Mermaid vibes are here to stay in fashion and interiors, and that means they will become more present in weddings too! Probably seen most appearing on stationery, holographic details are the ultimate in cool. There are so many ways to use this, from little shimmery touches to going all out with holographic fringe curtains and even bridal accessories. I personally hope this one sticks around for the forseeable future. 

How to work this trend:

Your save the dates are the first glimpse into your wedding style that your guests will see, so how about starting with a bang with these Holographic Save the Dates? 

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So what do you think about these upcoming trends? If you want to know how you can take ideas from trends and mould them into a unique vision for your own wedding day, don't forget to sign up for my free "Five Steps to an Extraordinary Wedding" guide

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Theme

Wedding Planning Advice, Wedding ThemesRachel WaringComment
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Is your wedding pinterest board confused?

If you are recently engaged, you might be already scouring the internet for big day inspiration and trying to pin down a theme. Now just a disclaimer about the word "theme" before we start....

Themes can get a bad reputation in the wedding industry sometimes, because the word invokes thoughts of super match-y match-y cookie cutter weddings with no personality, or novelty weddings that are basically a bit cringe. You might be put off by the word “theme” because it sounds a bit restrictive, or maybe even makes you think of a kids party.

I totally get it, you are complex people and don’t want your wedding to be put in a neat little box. But it doesn’t have to be like that. A theme is just the setting for telling your love story. It sets the tone and atmosphere for your day, and will go a long way to creating the vibe that you’d like your wedding to have.

If chosen well, your wedding theme can be your North Star in the planning process; keeping you from decision paralysis, overwhelm and silly last minute splurges. Choosing a wedding theme can actually save you time, stress and money.

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Ok now the disclaimer's out of the way, let's get into it...

Choosing a theme or style for your wedding can be hard work. Your theme is the foundation for all your ideas, it’s the basis of the experience of your guests and will ultimately affect how they remember the day. Having too many ideas can result in a completely directionless wedding where nothing looks as good as it could. Not having enough ideas makes finding accessories, stationery, decorations really difficult because there is TOO MUCH CHOICE. The good news is, I'm here to help you and I am a massive geek about this stuff. 

"A THEME IS JUST THE SETTING FOR TELLING YOUR LOVE STORY" - tweet it.

If you’re ready to find your perfect wedding theme then I have the steps for you all laid out here. I’ve also made a free workbook for you, so you can download that and use it to record your notes and ideas while you work through each step.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WORKBOOK

 Bride to be? These steps will help you plan your perfect wedding theme. 

Bride to be? These steps will help you plan your perfect wedding theme. 

STEP 1: ANSWER THE BIG QUESTIONS

There are some important things to consider before you can start to think about your wedding theme:

  • Where do you want to get married? In the countryside, in the city? A destination wedding?

  • What’s your budget?

  • What season would you like it to be?

  • How many guests do you imagine being there?

All of these things affect the theme that’s likely to work best for your wedding. You probably wouldn’t want to plan a winter wonderland wedding in June, so it’s best to get these things decided first. This would be a great time to read my post on the first steps to take when you’re engaged if you haven’t already ;)

 Personalised cake topper to reflect the theme of your wedding day.

Personalised cake topper to reflect the theme of your wedding day.

STEP 2: LEARN FROM OTHER WEDDINGS

There’s a lot you can learn from other people’s weddings, especially ones you have been to as a guest. It’s the perfect way to see how things work in real life practice, and also the reaction that they get from guests. To make the most of the lessons you can learn from other people’s weddings:

  • Think about all the weddings you’ve been to and what you liked (and perhaps even more importantly, disliked) about each one.

  • Have a read of some real wedding stories online and in magazines. Pay attention to the full story and not just the pictures. What is it about the vibe of that particular wedding that you resonate with?

What do all of these weddings have in common? For example, are they all outside? Do they all have industrial elements? They were all fun and like a huge party? Use your workbook to note down any details that come up again and again.

 Top tips on gathering wedding inspiration and making mood boards. Original photo by Jenna Kutcher.

Top tips on gathering wedding inspiration and making mood boards. Original photo by Jenna Kutcher.

STEP 3: VISUAL INSPIRATION GATHERING

Here comes the fun bit. Collect everything that you are visually drawn to in one place. You have my full permission to go wild at this point. Don’t think about budgets or practicalities for this stage, just look around for things that inspire you. Some great places to collect visual inspiration are:

  • Pinterest (the most obvious choice). For this particular step I recommend making a “secret” board and going on a 10 minute pinning spree. Don’t just stick to weddings, anything goes, as long as something about the image captures your imagination. I find this helps tame any perfectionist tendencies. You can always edit the board and make it public later.
  • Books and Magazines - looking in real life printed media can be a nice break from your computer screen.
  • Look in your own house and wardrobe, are there any colours and textures that you go back to again and again? This can be a really great hack to getting to know your tastes as a couple.
  • Go window shopping - what colours are you drawn to time and time again? You can even visit DIY stores, fabric shops and places like IKEA (my personal happy place) for inspiration.
 How to make a wedding mood board. 

How to make a wedding mood board. 

STEP 4: MAKE A MOOD BOARD

Now is the time to go back over your mountain of inspiration materials and be selective. Weed out your very very favourite pieces. What do they have in common?

A few tips for a great mood board:

  • Take it off of Pinterest and onto real paper. I recommend A3 size or bigger to really get your imagination going.
  • If you don’t want to cut up your treasured wedding magazines, photocopy/scan the bits you want to use. This means you can always donate them to someone else after the big day so they are not wasted.
  • Look in unexpected places. Paint chips, wallpaper samples, fabric scraps, anything that inspires you, pop it on there. Different textures really help a mood board communicate atmosphere.
 how to choose your wedding colour palette - image sources  1  /  2  /  3  /  4

how to choose your wedding colour palette - image sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

STEP 6: CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING KEYWORDS.

Your wedding keywords will help you a huge amount while you plan the big day. These are the words that you can always refer back to when people ask what your wedding is going to be like or what your theme is going to be. The more thoughtful and selective you are with your wedding keywords the more they will help you to find ideas, decorations, stationery and even the perfect suppliers for your wedding! To find your wedding keywords:

  • Set a timer for 5 minutes, look at your moodboard and write down as many words as you can to describe what you see. Eg. Bright, fun, colourful, monochrome, etc..

  • Once the time limit is up, look through your list and choose the three words that resonate with you most in terms of your dream wedding. If you find choosing just three really hard, work backwards and cross out the ones that you don’t want first.

  • PRO TIP: when you think you have your three words, type them into search on Pinterest with the word wedding (eg. Bright, fun, relaxed wedding). If what comes up looks like your dream wedding then you are on the right track! If not, go back to your list and try again.

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If you’ve made it to the end of these steps, YAY! Great work! You should now have the whole wedding theme package: a mood board, a colour pallet and the right keywords to help you on your journey in planning your dream wedding. Don’t forget to download your free workbook, and for bonus points, I’d love to hear what your three keywords are! Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram :) I can’t wait to hear about your wedding themes.

 Sign up for your  free workbook  to help you choose your wedding theme. 

Sign up for your free workbook to help you choose your wedding theme. 

Marble and Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration

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 Marble and copper wedding theme.

Marble and copper wedding theme.

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Marble and rose gold are a match made in heaven, the perfect blend of pretty and modern, which makes them a perfect pairing for a wedding theme. With complementing greys and blush pinks, this trend shouldn't be going anywhere anytime soon. My favourite way to style this look is to use a marble finish in unexpected places; have you seen marble cakes?! I can never imagine getting bored of them. 

 Marble and Rose Gold Place Settings.

Marble and Rose Gold Place Settings.

 Marble and Copper Table Plan Display.

Marble and Copper Table Plan Display.

 Marble and Rose Gold Wedding Stationery.

Marble and Rose Gold Wedding Stationery.

 Marble and rose gold menu card.

Marble and rose gold menu card.

 Marble and rose gold table numbers. 

Marble and rose gold table numbers. 

Celestial Wedding Inspiration

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I LOVE this theme! Taking inspiration from the night sky and astronomy, a celestial wedding theme can work wonders in many settings. With deep navy tones lifted by metallics and blush pinks, you can create a romantic atmosphere which would work perfectly whether your wedding is on a long summer day or a cold winter night. 

I'm so attached to the new products I've created this week for the 100 Days of Wedding Styling project that I'm going to add them to the shop as a new collection, which will be available to buy next week. The glittery starry backdrop is probably my favourite set-up of the project so far... What do you think? 

Time to start work on next weeks theme, which will be "Pink on Pink" - so up my street. Don't forget to follow along with the daily project posts on instagram @rachelemmastudio