There are many ways to define your wedding style, from the reception site to the season and the time of the day, so you'll want to begin thinking about those now. For Example, if you love the idea of having an evening reception in a grand hotel, that may dictate a more classic, elegant, or old-world style. On the other hand, if you're drawn to a sleek new art museum, you may want to complement that space with a modern, minimalist look.
The setting of you nuptials can also dictate the vision: a beach wedding calls for more laid-back, seaside vibe, while a ranch wedding has a more rustic feel. In all this make sure you're not forgetting your own personal style and the type of atmosphere that best speaks for both you and your fiance.
To make your like a bit easier here I am going to list the most common wedding styles for you to have a definition of:
-Preppy chic. At a yacht club or country club. Bright but classic colors. Playful motifs like lobsters, nautical elements, and seashells.
- Glamorous. In a ballroom or grand hall. Jewel tones, laquer, metallics, and lots of sparkle.
- Elegant. At a museum or estate: simple but pretty decor with personalized accents.
- Classic. At a country club or historic building or maybe even a mansion. Timeless, traditional in colors and decor.
- Modern. In a loft or gallery space. Sleek, minimalist decor that emphasize clean lines and textures.
- Romantic. In a castle, or a botanical garden. Lace, pastel, flowers and candles galore.
- Rustic. On a ranch, or a mountain top, or a winery. Nature-inspired decor and seasonal colors.
- Retro. At a hip hotel or restaurant. A throwback to a different era. Playful details, bright colors, and bold graphics.
- Artsy Chic. At a posh gallery or wareahouse space. South beach inspired decor with a black-and-white palette and mirrored accents.
- Beachy. In a beachfront setting. Nautical or tropical elements, blues and greens.
- Vintage. At an estate or winery with old-world charm. Lace, muted colors, antiques, and whimsical details.
Incorporate a theme
The more specific you get with your vision, the easier it will be for you to choose all your details and convey your ideas to your vendors. Don't stop at "glam", decide whether you want "Art Deco glam" or more of an "old Hollywood glamour", for instance. Or if you are envisioning a garden party, think about whether you want an English garden party or a rustic country kind of garden party.
In all this, once again, just make sure, whatever the theme you choose, that you choice meshes with the formality you have selected (to read about wedding formality levels click here).
Aside from having a gorgeous event, also you want to chose a theme that shows what makes you, you. Whether it's your ethnic background or your shared love of books, art, etc.. Your wedding should reflect both of you, and that means sometimes having to compromise. However, choosing one concept that applies to both of you doesn't mean incorporating two completely different things. If you are a musical lover, and your fiance dies hard for football, is awesome, but trying to mesh the two ideas together can resolve into a pretty weirdly disjointed affair.
Be strategic with your decor, and don't brand every details with your chosen theme. Even a vintage style wedding can go from elegant to grandma's attic, you're not careful. The last thing you want to do is force a wedding theme too much to end up trowing a costume party.
Pick the color palette
Color is another unifying factor between all your wedding elements, from the invitations to your bridesmaids' dresses and table linens. Your wedding colors can inspire your wedding style, help create the right vibe and even be used as your theme.
Look into magazines, art galleries, paint stores, Pantone books and find color combos and shades that you like.
Keep in mind the season and the mood of your wedding. Though yellow may be your favorite color, it might not be ideal for an evening wedding on New Year's Eve. Light pastels and barely-there hues like blush might be pretty in spring but can look washed out in fall and winter. Dark colors like burgundy work well in fall and winter but are best reserved for accents if you're having a summer wedding.
Choose your wedding day, then think about the colors most commonly associated with that season. The most obvious way to add color to your wedding is with flowers. Get familiar with the different types of flowers and the colors they come in before choosing your palette. If you want an all-blue wedding, your bloom picks will be more limited than if you go with a pink celebration, and the season will also influence the colors and types of flowers available.
Remember to consider your venue's decor, or lack of it. It will effect your choice, so consider the hues and the palette already present on the scene. For example, lime green and hot pink won't work at a country club with navy and maroon carpets.
Most couples choose one main color and an accent color, or two equally prominent complementary colors (colors that are directly opposite on the color wheel), for a bright contrast. But you could also choose an analogous scheme by putting together three colors that fall side by side on the color wheel, to bring out the subtle nuances of one color family.
Sticking with two or three colors will keep the look coordinated. The easiest way to choose is to nail your signature color first. Pick one general color, and then think about shades and tints or other colors to accent it with. Now choose an accent color, but don't let the two colors compete with each other. In other words: decide which color is going to be the show stopper, and which will play the sidekick in every scenario.