Not sure how to bring all of your gorgeous wedding design ideas together? We totally get it.
Between wedding shows, magazines, blogs and Pinterest, there is a TON of inspiration out there. Wedding design can be so daunting and is an area of the planning process many brides struggle with the most. Keep your cool over peonies and place settings as we show you how to have fun (yes FUN) with your wedding design (and save you a few pretty pennies along the way as well)!
Annmarie Swift PhotographyPinning Down Your Pinterest Board
The first step in wedding design is making sense of that Pinterest board you have been swooning over since before you said YES to forever. In most cases, Pinterest boards are a beautiful mess of mixed messages and inspiration. Before you start booking your dream team to execute the wedding of your dreams, you need to lay the groundwork for your design. Is there a consistent color palette, theme or vibe amongst your pinned images? Find the common thread and weed out the rest to keep things fresh and cohesive.
TIP: Be sure to check out the "suggested pin" area next to your Pinterest board for additional inspiration that is in line with your vision!Sandra Aberg PhotographyMastering Your Mood Board
Now that you have made sense of your Pinterest board, it's time to put those ideas into a mood board to help translate your vision to vendors. First, pull out color palettes, patterns, and fonts from your favorite images. Then, curate your board down to 10-15 images your design vendors will love you for.
TIP: Don't be afraid to bring several styles into your mood board! The perfect balance in event design will include a mix of contrasting styles (whimsical with industrial, rustic with romantic, etc).Booth PhotographicsBreaking Down Your Budget
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when planning your wedding is booking vendors before breaking down your budget. Before you jump into what you want, you need to prioritize what you can actually afford to avoid disappointment. You will find that floral, paper, and rentals dominate your design budget, so be sure to find the magic number for each of these three areas. Once you have the budget set, you can present to vendors (along with your perfected mood board) to make collecting proposals and quotes a snap.
TIP: Be sure to work with your vendors to make your vision work within your budget. Remember that your vendors are experts at what they do and may have alternative ideas for an even more gorgeous outcome.Love & Light Photographs
Remember that event design is a marathon...not a sprint. Take your time and evaluate all options, but don't overwhelm yourself with too much inspiration. Once you've nailed down the details, stop fussing, trust your instincts, and get ready to ooo and ahhh on the day-of.
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Jennae Saltzman is based in Minneapolis, MN and is the owner of Blush & Whim Wedding Planning + Event Design. She was recently named one of the TOP 10 Wedding Planners in the Midwest by Martha Stewarts' sister company, MyWedding Magazine.