Post Engagement Checklist
First off, congratulations on your engagement! With so many stunning photos online, you may be wondering where to begin… it’s a lot (I know) but, I promise you this is the fun part! You and your fiancé get to choose the style of your wedding day, a style that uniquely represents you. My hope is that this blog post will help you navigate the vast world of wedding styles and help narrow down your perfect theme.
Let’s start with inspiration and where to find photos that stimulate your senses. From styled shoots on Instagram to trends on Pinterest /wedding blogs, the breathtaking images are endless! Take those images that jump out to you and create a Pinterest board or folder on your desktop of google screenshots/ Instagram regrams.
These images should describe: 1. The Atmosphere (and feeling associated with your wedding). Do you want people engulfed by your love story? Maybe you want guests to experience your love of the outdoors with a wooden wonderland themed wedding. 2. The Venue- Do you want guest sitting outside or inside? Are they in wooden chairs or padded Chivari? What details does your venue naturally lend to?, 3. Sight- What you want people to see when they enter your wedding? What will be guest’s first impressions? What will they remember? Do you want extravagant centerpieces so guests are drawn to the beauty at each table?, 4. Touch- How will you engage this sense?, You can enhance their experience with textured linen or extravagant flatware, 5. Sound, Will you have a DJ or band? Will there be sounds of the ocean crashing in the background during your beach wedding? Are there going to be crickets during a wooded reception?, 6. Activates and Amenities- Will you have lawn games, a photo booth, signature drink? Bathroom baskets? Bug spray for outdoor weddings? What can you provide to engage guests and make this night a memorable one?
Remember, when you’re looking through photos, not everything has to be wedding related. If you really like the color scheme of the sun setting over the ocean, use that as your color palette. If you love the clean cut lines of a modern interior designer, use this to create the overall feel of the reception space. I encourage you to be firm with your decisions and picky with your choices. If you want a fashion forward, clean cut, modern vibe I would steer away from romantic lace, bare cakes and flower crowns that capture a bohemian wedding. Rather choose statement piece like a sleek pantsuit, for your first dance, or bright white florals with greenery to create a cohesive look. This extends not only through your accent pieces but through to your venue as well. You don’t want to have a clean-cut, modern feel in a barn or outdoor venue; rather choose a venue with those modern touches incorporated into the architecture already.
If you’re still having trouble narrowing down inspiration, I encourage you to look at your local rental companies/vendors. From décor to linen, china and flatware, seeing available options and prices will allow you to view what is feasible in your area.
After you’ve created a cohesive look and vision for your wedding day, be sure not to overdo it with accent pieces. In this instance, less is more. Intentionally incorporate items that are in line with your style- items that describe your relationship. This day is a celebration of YOUR love, so be sure to have pieces that are genuine and authentic to you. For instance, if you met in Australia and have traveled extensively together, have a map as your guestbook or incorporate places you’ve been as the table numbers. Again, you want your guests leaving your wedding saying: “wow that was so them!”
Once you’ve settled on a style, I strongly encourage you to stop looking at new trends. Refer back to your initial list of inspirations- whether online, via local vendors or through your relationship- and avoid the temptation of adding/tweaking your vision based on new photos you see online.