You may have spent a lot of time fantasizing about your wedding throughout your life, but that doesn’t mean that you know exactly where you should start when it comes to your wedding decorations. After all, it’s not just about the decor, it’s about the overall ambiance that you create. Finding the right aesthetic for your big day is something that takes careful consideration and it depends on a lot of factors that won’t be determined until you find a date and location. Once you have those two major questions answered you will be able to start working out the rest. The main thing you want to remember is that the vibe of your wedding has to be a clear reflection of your personality, and it also has to reflect the bond that you have with your fiancé. From there you want to use all of your five senses. Here is how to start planning your wedding decorations.
1. Choose your color palette
The first and most prominent sense that we use is our vision, which is why your color palette is the first detail that you want to tack down. Choosing a color palette will be completely dependent upon your wedding date, because this is a very seasonal matter. Think about what kinds of flowers, plants and produce are in season during the time of your wedding. These organic elements will help you to determine which colors will be best for creating your palette and from there, the rest of the wedding decorations will start to fall into place. In general, you want two main colors, and then one or two colors for accenting details.
2. Choose your flowers
Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you want to think about your flower arrangements. This is all about finding the right aromatic feel for your wedding. If you are planning a spring wedding, then you will have a lot of flowers to choose from within just about any color palette. If violet is one of your main colors, then you want to smell all kinds of purple flowers, from violets, to lilacs, to freesia, to lavender. If you are having a winter or fall wedding, you want to think about cold weather flora, like roses and baby’s breath, poinsettias, cherries, tulips, carnations, Southern magnolia leaves, and gray-green eucalyptus pods. You can also garnish your arrangements with romantic aromas, like cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh pine. Your wedding decorations should always be seasonal.
3. Choose your cuisine
Choosing the food is one of the most exciting parts, but also one of the most difficult. Of course, your budget and the size of the guest list is going to dictate the menu quite a bit, but you also want to think about the rest of the themes you’re incorporating. Again the season should play a big role in the type of food that you serve. If your wedding is taking place over the summer, then you might want something grilled or barbecued, corn on the cob, and fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe. It’s always best if you can look at the produce that is in season and then choose a cultural cuisine that feels appropriate.
4. Choose your music
In addition to having a band or DJ play at your reception, you are going to need some music playing before and during your ceremony. It’s important to think about how this will tie in with the vibe and the feel that you are curating with the food, the flowers arrangements and the color palette. All of these elements need to support one another, so that everything feels cohesive. The food that you choose is often a good indicator of what kind of music you want, because there is inevitably a cultural choice that you will need to make. If you are serving Spanish food, you may want a band that plays tango or flamenco music. Just make sure that it all feels like it is a reflection of you and your fiancé.
5. Choose your textures
Last but not least, you want to think about all the materials and textiles that you will be using for decoration. Do you want delicate textures like chiffon, silk and tulle, or do you want thicker textures like doily, crochet and tweed? You also want to think about your tables and chairs. Do you want shiny lacquered wood, raw reclaimed wood, brass, plastic, etc.? The season, the color palette and the location will help you to answer all of these questions and more as you put the finishing touches on all of your wedding decorations.