The Hitching Post
Being True – Choosing an event style or theme
As a follow on from my last post, Being True – Having Your Event Reflect You, this post delves a little more into the specifics of determining the event theme or styling that you will base all your event choices on.
You’ll need to come up with specific words that describe what you want, so you can explain it to others. This is not the time to be vague; make sure you take the time to get it right. Words like classic, elegant and modern by themselves aren’t specific enough for anyone to catch your vision.
- Do you and your partner love the beach? Spend every available moment on the sand or in the water, have special holiday memories of distant shores, adore a particular shade of aqua? Think about describing words like tropical, fresh, crisp, clean, ‘romance by the seaside’, cyan surrounded by the neutral tones of sand and cream, or the sunset shades of pink, purple or orange.
- Do you love watching black and white movies together? Were you born in the wrong era, love art deco, old world stars? Try some of these on – Old Hollywood glamour, retro, Audrey Hepburn, chic, Hitchcock, movies, Marilyn Monroe, gold, touches of red.
- Are you both city folk? Love bright lights, modern décor, flashy artwork, bold colours? Think about words like lush, illuminate, bold, modern, eclectic, and colours of black and gold with flourishes of magenta and malachite green.
Here’s a few more tips to coming up with a style that reflects ‘you’:
- Look within – think of things that reflect your ‘couple personality’ like places you’ve been, adventures you’ve had, pics you love. Use those special touches to convey your story, like using the names of places you’ve visited together as table names.
- Pinterest! When you find an image you love, of anything at all, pin it! You will start to find a theme be illuminated just by pinning colours, places, dresses, flowers, and images from other people’s boards that you love. For all my brides I setup a personalised pinterest page that we can share so we can both pin things that fit the style we are going for.
- Make sure your venue is a reflection of elements you already like. Don’t choose a modern new hotel ballroom for a vintage affair! You will have no end of confusion and clashes if your venue doesn’t suit your style.
Now you don’t have to have this all 100% set right at the beginning of your event planning! BUT make sure you take the time you need to work out what you really want and what reflects both of you, before you make really big decisions (like the venue). You want to look back on your event in 10 years time and think, “that was so totally us” rather than “OMG, what was I thinking?”.
Sonya of Heavenly Weddings is an Adelaide-based wedding and event planner with 8 years’ experience, who was born organised (just ask her friends). She loves to exceed her clients’ expectations, making sure every event is flawless – right down to the last little detail.
24/02/2017 / Kit Densley