You said yes, you’re ready to begin the next adventure with your fiance, and you cannot wait to dive into wedding planning, but the task of identifying your style can be overwhelming. It seems that wedding design inspiration is endless, and you’re unsure where to begin. Let us break this seemingly daunting task down for you into a manageable process.

There are two ways to go about determining your wedding design style:
Path A: You can identify your style, then let that guide your venue and wedding date selection. Path B: You can determine your wedding date and venue and work in your style based on a few parameters the date and location set.

Either way you begin, identifying your design style should be at the forefront of your wedding planning checklist.

Wedding design style is comprised of key elements: color, texture, and mood. Your chosen style will affect several key areas in wedding planning: attire, floral, decor, stationery, and overall atmosphere of the event.

1. Define Your Aesthetic

First, envision the overall aesthetic for your design and the impression you want your guests to experience at the wedding. Reflect on your tastes, interests, and lifestyle as a couple. Your relationship and interests are unique to your celebration. Your guests look forward to celebrating you and want a peek into your character. For example, if your families are in ranching, then a more rustic style would complement your celebration...so feel free to pull in those cowhide rugs and farm tables. Be true to you!

To help you get started, here are a few classic and trending aesthetics defined.

Bohemian: Boho wedding vibes will be prominently displayed in bridal and bridesmaids attire and decor styling. Bring in unique floral accents and textures. Think organic and inspired by nature.

Photos by: The Tarnos

Rustic: Rustic weddings typically tend to be more relaxed and laid back celebrations. Key style elements will nod to the outdoor lifestyle incorporating natural wood, burlap, mason jars, and wood slabs into the decor.

Photos by: Holli B Photography

Modern-Industrial: Key features include raw textures and materials such as exposed brick or ductwork, iron, copper, and other metallics. Venues tend to be a blank canvas with sharp lines.

Photos by: Redeemed Productions

Glam: These weddings tend to be extravagantly decorated and more formal in attire and flow of the event. Think black tie, uplighting, embellishment, shine and sparkle, and dramatic focal points.

Photos by: Holli B Photography

Garden-Romantic: This style is a beautiful blend of glam and bohemian aesthetics. Incorporate fresh greenery, delicate, feminine florals, warm candlelight, and pull those elements together in a polished timeless color palette.

Photos by: Aaron Snow Photography

2. Get Inspired

Once you’ve identified your style, begin browsing for inspiration before making any further planning decisions or purchases. Seek out sources of inspiration that showcase real weddings as opposed to styled shoots. This will help you accurately envision your plans based on how elements have been executed by others. When you browse real wedding inspiration, you’ll be able to determine if a particular style element that you love will actually fit into your seasonal, venue, and budget parameters.

Here are a few great sites that allow you to search by style, season, and color palette:

Brides of OK

Style Me Pretty

Brides Magazine

June Bug Weddings

3. Use Helpful Tools

You know what you like, but maybe you just can’t seem to make a cohesive vision board. Tools like Coolors, a color palette generator, can help you find stunning transition and accent colors to complement a color you have in mind. When your wedding Pinterest board becomes cluttered and overwhelming, seek out sites like Moodboard to see how everything you’re attracted to fits together so you can keep your vision streamlined.

4. Be True, Not Trendy

Finally, take pause before diving into a trending style. If you’re particularly infatuated with a trend, envision looking back to your wedding photos on your 10th, 20th, and 40th anniversaries. Be confident that the trend speaks to your unique style and isn’t just your latest obsession of things that are buzzing around glamour world. If you’re looking for a middle ground, consider bringing trendy elements into accent areas such as accessories, stationery, favors, or bridal party gifts, or incorporate the trend into other wedding events like bridal or engagement portraits, the bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner.

Happy planning!