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Wedding Design: How to Develop Your Vision

Earlier this week I wrote the first post of my new series “A Wedding Planner Weds” which talked about how Jordan and I have developed our own wedding design and how we are staying on budget. Today I want to share how you can design your overall theme and tone and ways to implement the details without sacrificing your budget or your ideals. (Or you could just send me a message and I can work with you one-on-one- shameless plug).


Wedding design

Developing your ideal wedding design vision.

The first thing I have clients do, is to pick 5 adjectives that describe how they want their wedding to look and feel. I have a list we go through together to really get down to the heart of my clients wants and needs. On your own, you can pick 5 adjectives you can reflect back to throughout your planning process to ensure you’re staying true to your vision.

Examples: Romantic, fun, upbeat, slow, large, lively, etc.


What are your hobbies? What does your home decor look like? How can you incorporate “you” into your wedding?


Think about what details you can incorporate based on how you currently live your lives together. I know this isn’t always easy for non-visual people, and some find it hard to translate those details into wedding design. (That’s where I come in!) My advice is to think simply. Do you love to be outside in nature or do you prefer to be inside and cozy? Maybe you prefer inside and cozy and therefore a late fall or winter wedding would be well suited for you. What are ‘cozy’ elements you could add in to the wedding? I think of blankets, and warm drinks. Wood burning fires (maybe you can light some incense to create that scent). Candles would mimic the flames of a fire. What textures can you use? A heavier linen would be perfect for later in the season.  Do you see how one small piece of something you love can inspire a whole lot of inspiration?

Staying on Budget

Deciding what your priorities are is the first step to ensuring you don’t have to make sacrifices with your budget. If your heart is set on a 5 course meal with wine pairings, but you aren’t able to afford that for a 200 person wedding, invite less people or have a dinner with just your immediate family and wedding party and the next day throw a wedding brunch. If you really want to invite 300 people, but you can’t afford a sit down meal, throw a cocktail event with canapes and charcuterie. Think about what you want and then don’t be afraid to break “the rules” when it comes to your wedding. In fact, there are no rules when it comes to planning a wedding because quite frankly, it’s your wedding and you can do what you wish with it.

What do you plan on incorporating into your wedding design to make it feel like “you”? Are you having trouble with your budget? Are you able to think outside of the box and welcome the untraditional? Let me know in the comments below! If you need help with your planning and making your vision come to life, send us a message with the contact form below!

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