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3 Tips For A Cohesive Wedding Style | Magdalena Studios

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Planning your wedding can feel like an infinite process with endless details to keep track of. Once you’ve pinned down the essentials of your venue, there’s still table settings, bouquets, favors, dresses, and plenty more to contend with. But even with all of this to keep track of, it’s still entirely possible to have a cohesive wedding. These three tips will help you ensure that every element of your event flows together seamlessly.

1. Keep your colors consistent.

Using a consistent color scheme is one of the simplest ways to add cohesion to your wedding. Early in the process, you’ll want to nail down a color scheme that’s consistent with the overall look you’re hoping to achieve. Choosing a monochromatic color scheme may make your life much easier, but it’s certainly possible to have a cohesive design based on multiple colors.

Once you’ve made this decision, resist the temptation to stray from these colors! You may think that changing the tone of your table runner won’t matter, but it’s very easy to introduce clashes if you aren’t careful. You will even want to pay attention to neutrals and metal tones so that you don’t have too many extra colors floating around.

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2. Develop an inspiration board with your favorite ideas.

All that pinning and clipping you’ve probably been doing can actually prove to be an important part of establishing a cohesive vision. Even better, it’s fun! To make the most of these finds, you should organize them into some type of inspiration board. An inspiration board can take virtually any form. You might prefer something physical, such as a cork board, notebook, or binder, or it could be entirely digital via a platform such as Pinterest

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Curating Your Board

The key to an effective inspiration board is to curate it. At first, you’ll likely add all sorts of gorgeous ideas and fun DIYs. As you get further in the planning process, though, you’ll need to carefully cut down to the images and ideas that truly represent your vision. Some items to consider keeping include:

  • Color palette, including ideas about how you will incorporate the colors into your decor.
  • Menu ideas, including how you want the food to be presented.
  • Floral arrangements. You may not have images of the actual arrangements at first, but you can certainly have ideas even before you meet with a florist.
  • Decorations, including table settings and larger decorations for the venue.

Once you’re finished, ask yourself if the board looks unified according to your theme and color scheme. If not, consider removing or reworking the elements that don’t fit.

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Showing Off the Board

Once you’ve created the board, you shouldn’t keep it to yourself! Show the board to your wedding planner and bridal party, at a minimum, to make sure that they understand your goals. You might also show the board to vendors so that they can help you accomplish the perfect look. 

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3. Use details thoughtfully to support your overall theme.

The theme of your wedding doesn’t have to be extremely literal. You might find inspiration in anything from a decade to a film style to more traditional event planning materials. No matter what, though, you’ll want to have some overarching vision to guide your decisions on smaller details. Once you’ve picked this theme, think about ways to weave it throughout every aspect of your wedding.

Even the smaller details of your wedding design can be used to support your theme. For instance, it’s easy to overlook the printed materials such as programs, menus, and place settings, but these materials are trivially easy to theme simply by keeping the fonts and colors similar to what is used elsewhere in your decor. This can do a lot more for the overall cohesion than you might think.

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One important detail that you might not immediately consider as part of your theme is the lighting. Being mindful of lighting prevents any harsh, artificial glare that might clash with otherwise soft details. Consider incorporating natural lighting wherever possible, based on your venue, to avoid diminishing your careful theming. As a bonus, natural lighting can make you shine in your photographs.

With these three keys in mind, you’ll be well on your way to an immaculately themed reception. For more information about how I can help you capture your perfect wedding, get in touch with us today.

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