10 Tips for Developing Your Wedding Vision

Not only are weddings beautiful; they are also an opportunity to express your style and personality. They are a blank slate on which to create the celebration of your dreams. Assisting my couples design and develop their wedding vision is one of my favourite parts of being a planner. I l enjoy sitting down with them and hearing all their decor ideas, colours that make them happy, and desired unique touches to incorporate into their wedding. But where do you start when brainstorming ideas for your wedding vision? These 10 tips will get you started and on your way to a focused, pretty, and totally you wedding.

1. Begin with the venue. Take the colours, style, and architecture of your wedding venue into consideration when developing your decor scheme. Allow your venue to be the springboard for your vision, the background of your masterpiece, and choose to work with its vibe rather than against it.


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2. Write down 3 words. I suggest writing down 3 words that describe how you want your wedding not only to look but also to feel. Do you want your celebration to be intimate? grand? warm? fun? romantic? exciting? elegant? chic? personal? flowy? free? Beginning with 3 words encourages a sense of focus right from the start.

3. Look around you. Before diving into the world of Pinterest, wedding blogs, and bridal magazines, take a look around you. What is your style at home? What is your favourite piece of jewelry, most treasured object, or beloved piece of art? These objects will assist in discovering your style as well as what textures, patterns, and colours influence you most.

4. Get Inspired: I love to encourage the couples I am working with to look for inspiration all around them. Go to a flea market, take in an art gallery, explore the architecture of the city; the beauty around us provides hints and cues for developing a unique and personal wedding vision.


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5. Pinterest. Okay, now it’s time to pop on over to Pinterest and begin a board. You can either make it public or secret. There is a LOT of inspiration out there, so look for images that evoke an emotional response and really make you sit up and say wow.

6. You Don’t Need a Theme. I have to admit . . . I really don’t like the word theme when describing a wedding. I also think this can confuse couples. You don’t need a theme! Unless you want a Star Trek, Hoe Down, or Game of Thrones wedding . . . well then, yes, you do want a themed wedding (and all the power to you!). A wedding vision should have a focus, yes. But instead of having a theme, consider incorporating particular design elements throughout your wedding. This is a lovely way to make the decor look cohesive and clean without overkilling a concept.

7. Mix and Match. I often find couples saying something along the lines of “I love the rustic look . . . but I really love modern metallic . .. how do I choose?” Choose both!! You can absolutely have a rustic modern wedding. In fact . . . that is totally cool and unique. Don’t worry about matching every design choice perfectly. Embrace styles that may contradict one another. You’ll be surprised how often they do, in fact, complement one another.

8. Colour Confusion. Couples get this question all the time: “What are your wedding colours?” Just like a theme, I don’t necessarily think every couple needs a super specific colour palette. Allowing certain colours to inspire your wedding can help you identify your vision, but don’t get too caught up in making EVERYTHING match the colours you have selected. I like to help my clients create a palette that bring in many different tones, which again coordinate with one another, but aren’t overly matchy matchy.

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9. Make it Personal. Personal design choices are always going to mean more on the day of your wedding and curate a celebration that reflects you and your fiance. For example, perhaps your grandma owns vintage china with a pretty pattern that you can incorporate into the stationery. Maybe you grew up with a lilac tree in your backyard so you want to use the lovely bloom in your arrangements. Try taking design cues from the personal places in your life.

10. Embrace the Process. Designing a wedding is an organic process; it can’t all happen at once. The creative genius will come with time, but don’t try to force it. As the planning of your wedding evolves, so will the ideas, decisions, and a clear and fabulous vision for your wedding day.

By Certified Wedding Planner Alexandra McNamara

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