By Krystel Tien, Couture Events
First Things First: Establish Your Theme and Style
Pick a theme and carry it throughout the entire wedding. Create an inspiration board to help keep everyone on the same page. Narrow down your color choice; be specific; and choose a pantone color. Then, bring that color to all of your vendors. If all of your vendors are seeing the same inspiration boards and pantone colors, your design will come together flawlessly.
Whatever you are dreaming, it can happen! Do something different, think outside of the box, and make sure that every detail has you in it. Every detail from place cards to shoes should reflect the couple, theme and style of the wedding. Take the time to search online and look through wedding magazines — there are a ton of options out there. Keep your eyes and mind open and you will be surprised how many new ideas you can come up with. Have fun and take chances, this is your day! Let your creativity shine!
Hire a Wedding Designer
Your wedding designer will help you create the atmosphere for your wedding. They will work with you on colors, décor, flowers, rentals, and other personal touches that will tell your story through the design. If you are inspired by where you met or by your favorite colors, your designer will weave that into a cohesive look and feel. It is your wedding designer’s job to create something unique and different that your guests will talk about for years to come. Many brides are using Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. While being a wonderful tool, it can’t give you a cohesive look that is unique to you. Having a wedding designer will ensure that you have a beautifully styled event beyond your imagination.
There is a lot to keep track of for your special day and being organized makes all the difference. Create a binder and keep everything in there: receipts, inspiration boards, contracts, etc. Having everything organized will reduce stress and you’ll know exactly where to go to find what you need when you need it! Also, create a checklist! Having a list of everything you need to accomplish will help you feel on top of things and quickly see what needs to be done. Plus, there’s nothing like crossing things off the list as you go and seeing all of the progress you’ve made!
Think About Your Guests
What ambiance do you want to create for your guests? While this may be your special day, you cannot forget about your friends and family who have traveled and spent their time to come celebrate with you. Make this an opportunity to thank them for their love and support in your relationship. Have them participate in your wedding day with a creative guest book, photo booth or delicious midnight snacks. A lounge area where guests can take a quick break from dancing and catch up with one another is always a big hit.
Enjoy Your Day: From Beginning to End
“Keep Calm and Carry On.” Don’t let the wedding get the best of you, don’t get stressed out over the little details, and ENJOY the planning process. A big trick to this is to hire vendors you trust! If you trust your vendors, on your wedding day you can sit back, relax and enjoy every moment of your special day. Nothing goes perfectly as planned, and that is OK. Keep your smile and remember that this is about the love and commitment you are making to your spouse. Don’t let the stress of your wedding make you forget about the wonderful marriage you have to look forward to. Keep calm and soak it all in – it all goes by in the blink of an eye.
Featured Wedding Vendors:
Photography | Teale Photography
Coordination | Couture Events
Floral Design | The Little Branch
Venue | The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Linens & Rentals | Signature Party Rentals
Invitations & Wedding Day Stationery | Minted
Catering | Iva Lee’s Catering
Cake | Sweet & Saucy Shop
Ceremony Entertainment | The Villa
Reception Entertainment | American Events Network
Videography | Amari Productions
Makeup | Beauty by Melina
Bridesmaid Dresses | Rent the Runway
All photos courtesy of Maya Myers Photography.