Imagine yourself looking back at your wedding photos five years from now, flipping album pages and scrolling through social feeds. It will either be a fond experience full of memories or a moment where you wonder what the heck you were thinking with the decorations, venue, and color scheme! This article will help you avoid creating a wedding style trainwreck. Many brides have a vision of what they want their wedding to look like, but at the same time, they may not know how to chisel down to a real style statement. You know it when you see it, but can you describe your style to your coordinator, your bridesmaids, or fiancé? Before wedding planning begins, set time aside with your soon-to-be-spouse and grab a journal or open a notes app. Answer the questions individually and then share your responses. Look for commonalities and make a note of strong opinions about any of the topics. Discussing why something is important to you will bring you both together on the details, and it’ll keep your vision clear (especially when a well-meaning relative tries to slip their vision for YOUR day). 1. Do you envision your wedding being outdoors or indoors? If you don’t have an immediate preference, look for an Oklahoma wedding venue with a flexible indoor-outdoor design with climate control options just in case the weather changes unexpectedly. 2. What do your ceremony and reception sites look like in your mind? Do you dream of an Oklahoma sunset wedding and a space that lets in a lot of natural light? Do you envision a lot of decorations or flowers? And how important is it for the wedding venue architecture to play a part your day? 3. What kind of “vibe” do you want your wedding to have? Try to describe it in two words. Like a casual barbecue, chic cocktail style, or formal sit-down dinner? 4. What kind of things are you drawn to? What is your personal style? It helps to look in your closet and around your home. What colors and fabrics do you see? Take note of any key signature furniture pieces or wardrobe staples you own. 5. Is there anything in particular that you *have* to have at your wedding? For example, milk glass, mason jars, bunting, etc.? (You’ll know if there’s something that you’ve always dreamed of having at your wedding.) 6. Is there anything in particular that defines your relationship? Perhaps a favorite hobby, a shared career, or a love for travel? Have those details show up on your wedding day in small ways – photos, centerpieces, or in your vows even. 7. How do you want guests to describe your wedding to their friends or on social media after the wedding? Taking an outside party approach and pretending you’re a guest can provide clarity on the style. 8. What do you NOT want to be associated with your wedding? For example, are there any undesirable colors, food selections, decorations, music choices, etc.? Knowing what you don’t want is a massive step to knowing what you do want.
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