How to Approach The Design of Your Wedding Without Falling Down a Pinterest Rabbit Hole

How to Approach The Design of Your Wedding Without Falling Down a Pinterest Rabbit Hole

Olivia Tinsley
Feb 11, 2016
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When it comes to deciding on the decor for your wedding day, Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. It’s rich with inspiration, but the amount of options can become overwhelming. One click on a “rustic place setting” pin leads to ten other tablescapes and then ten more. The process continues until you begin to question Pinterest’s definition of “related.”

Do I even want a rustic wedding? You’ll begin to ask yourself. What does rustic really mean, anyway? Before you get in too deep, remember that your wedding day is, first and foremost, a celebration of you and your partner. Sure, it’s nice to have a trendy wedding, but what’s more special is a celebration that showcases your personal style.

Here are a few guidelines to start you on your path to discovering the wedding design that’s fit for you:

Look Around You

Take note of how your living and work environments are decorated. Do you strive for the simple and modern or opt for older pieces with personality? Is your cubicle brightened up with bold colors or toned down with neutrals? To dig a little deeper, pay special attention to the other places where you spend the most time. Then, try to pick out what elements of the spaces appeal to you. Do you feel at home every time you see the exposed beams of your favorite industrial-style coffee shop? Maybe a warehouse wedding is calling your name. If you stroll a little slower past the florist’s shop on your way to work, consider a garden party with plenty of flowers. When you start to look a little closer at the places that please your eye, you’ll better understand your aesthetic. Once you do, lean on that aesthetic to guide you through the many decisions of the planning process.

Consider the Season

Your favorite months have a lot of potential to inform your wedding design decision. Whether it’s the sparkle of the lights during the holidays or the rich, earthy tones of the leaves in autumn, the season of your wedding is sure to shape the style you envision. However, there’s no need to feel limited by seasonal decor norms. None of your guests are going to complain if pumpkins are missing from your October wedding.

Common Threads

To make the special day even more special, allow the things that bring you and your partner together to inspire your wedding design. Is it your hobby of hiking or a shared dream to travel the world? It could be something as small as classic film you love to quote or as big as a fondness for the ocean. Your wedding design should excite you, so look to the things that you both love to spark your creative vision.

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