Brides to be…Are you planning your wedding for later this year or perhaps 2020 and beyond? One of the enduring elements of your much anticipated BIG DAY will be your choice of wedding decorations. Perhaps you are wondering where the heck you begin? No problem! The team at Words To Glow will give you some of the key elements to help you kick start the planning process of organising your special day.

Creating a coordinated wedding décor plan – where do I begin? 

The date is decided and the wedding venue is booked. The wedding venue will be a huge influence on the style of your wedding decorations. Obvious reasons such as the décor, size and layout of your wedding venue will dictate the chosen decorative pieces to a degree. 

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1. Make Notes and Prepare

Once booked, go back and visit your venue with a notebook and pen. Note key measurements of your room dimensions where you can. Take lots of pictures and record key aspects of the décor that may influence your future planning decisions. For example, does your room have a very distinctive or bold carpet, wall colour or pattern? Or is it pretty much a blank canvas for you to adorn with any chosen colour scheme or décor? Bold venue decors whilst distinctive may call for simple and pared back floral arrangements. For example, the use of a singular colour to avoid clashing décor.

Perhaps you are hoping to incorporate a large decorative piece such as a wedding backdrop or some light up signage. Check out the room dimensions as this will be vital. Record key measurements to understand if your chosen hire item will fit in with your other wedding décor.

*Remember to check with your Wedding Coordinator if the venue has any rules in place in regards the contracting in of outside suppliers and wedding décor hire. Certain venues, such as properties of historical influence will have strict do’s and don’ts when it comes to preserving the integrity and structure of their property for others. This may or may not include limitations on the use of things such as certain electrical equipment, smoke machines, naked flames etcetera.

Brainstorm for success

Sit down and brainstorm ideas with your husband to be and even your bridal party. How do you wish to coordinate your wedding theme? A popular and enduring choice includes weddings planned according to the season. Other options include a chosen colour palette, a location e.g. a garden party theme, or simply, by style (vintage, industrial, rustic, romantic, etc.) 

2. Follow the latest trends

Brides who love to follow the most recent trends may wish to look towards the recently announced Pantone Colour of the Year 2019. The Pantone colour charts traditionally influence everything from fashion to home décor and in recent years, its influence has even infiltrated the wedding business. Pinterest in 2019 is awash with Pantone’s colour of the year – Living Coral.

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Not for the faint hearted bride, Living Coral is certainly no shrinking violet. This orange-golden hue is a vibrant, bold colour. It is described by Pantone as “sociable and spirited”. However, I do believe it is a fab colour for summer 2019 weddings. It brings forth images of sunshine and will certainly add warmth and vibrancy to your wedding décor. As a carefully chosen accent colour, it could really pop! From your wedding flowers to the ribbon sashes on your chivari chairs, it certainly is a style statement.

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3. Wedding Flowers – do your research

Wedding flowers are central to your wedding décor and a tradition that has stood the test of time. However, besides your venue and wedding dress, the cost of floral arrangements can quickly sky rocket. Be mindful of your budget. Set a limit for spending on this area from the outset to avoid spiralling costs. 

Secure a reputable and recommended local florist as soon as you can. A good florist will get booked up months, even years in advance. Share your thoughts and scrap book images with your florist early on in the consultation process but be aware. There are undeniably beautiful images of floral arrangements on the key social media sites, however, these can often be extremely costly to make. Research the flowers in season and see if you can incorporate these into your arrangements to reduce cost instead.

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Floral arrangements for the wedding breakfast have certainly evolved over the decades. The traditional table centrepiece remains strong, however, many brides are now choosing to opt for slightly more eclectic floral pieces. Modern floral arrangements feature other design elements to add depth, texture and interest to the eye. Today’s weddings feature flowers entwined with natural elements such as driftwood and twine. Modern industrial accessories such as reclaimed copper piping, geometric laser cut table settings are popular. The look is then complete with an array of different candle arrangements to add depth and height. Tealights, pillar candles, floating votives create interest and envelope tables in soft, romantic candlelight of course.

Floral Arrangements and Hanging Flowers

Where a strict budget is not an issue, there has been an increasing trend to decorate the ceiling of your wedding reception with beautiful hanging flowers. These eye-catching flowers conjure images of ‘A Midsummer’s Nights’ Dream’ and romantic stories of old. The use of hanging flowers over the head of your aisle or over your top table lends a dramatic and decadent feel to your occasion.

Wedding Floral Hoops

Wedding decoration all the rage at present are floral wedding hoops. Use wedding hoops to great effect in a number of locations around your venue. Hang them high to draw the eye upwards and create a sense of drama. You can use them as fab table centrepieces with hanging votives suspended from the hoop and adorned with an abundance of foliage and flowers.

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*Do remember, if you are having a separate church ceremony, you need to factor in floral arrangements for the church as well. Floral arrangements for the top of the aisle at the very least will be required. However, not every bride now chooses to have a bridal bouquet or corsage/boutonniere arrangements for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. If you are a traditionalist in this sense, this also needs to be factored into your wedding flowers budget.

4. Balloon Installations & Arches

Increasingly popular over the last few years, wedding balloons and contemporary balloon garlands is a trend that is here to stay. There is such a wide choice of balloons creations available. Bubble balloons are increasingly popular. They are simply gorgeous filled with confetti or choice of coloured feathers. Alternatively, the stunning metallic orbs with stunning tassel garlands are beauties that can really add that extra dimension to your wedding décor. 

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The creative bride can opt to combine the balloons in a beautiful balloon arch over a key focal point. Drape the balloons over your cake table or your choice of light up letters. You can even intertwine them amongst some fabulous floral arrangements. Combined with a beautiful wedding backdrop, balloons will create a definitive impact and a perfect focal point for wedding photography.

Words To Glow are delighted to now work in partnership with locally based and highly respected, The Party Company. With images of our collaborative work coming very soon, our next blog post will cover our partnership in further detail and provide more information in regards to the work we jointly aim to undertake.

5. Wedding Props & Signs

An enduring element to today’s weddings is the use of bespoke wedding props and signage. Originally used as a way of effectively signposting your guests to and from different locations within your venue, modern day signs now come in all shapes and sizes.

Today’s couples are increasingly creative with their use of wedding props and signage. An increasingly popular décor item is the use of metallic hoops. A metallic hoop decorated with lush greenery and foliage, featuring laser cut wedding phrases is a simple and cost effective way to add a sense of timeless style to your top table.

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Wedding props are of course, now used to great effect in wedding photography. Gone are the staid, formal group shots traditionally gracing wedding albums up and down the country. Modern wedding photography is all about telling the story of your special day. Wedding props such as wedding balloons, sparklers and giant letters are a bit of light-hearted fun, and add a touch of romance too.

Order some bespoke wedding letters for hireand create further opportunity to put your own unique stamp on your wedding day. Increasingly, couples are choosing to think creatively when it comes to selecting their choice of light up letters. Letter lights in a couples’ newly married surname remain popular, but recent times have seen couples opting for slightly kookier phrases to add to the mix!

6. Wedding Backdrop or Ceremony Arch

The wedding backdrop or ceremony arch is a newcomer to the wedding scene and has become increasingly popular over recent years. Wedding arches and backdrops available today can be made of natural wood and greenery to rustic wood and metal. Some backdrops even feature vintage Edison lighting and are adorned with your choice of floral arrangements. This décor can be as simple or as ornate as you choose.

Many backdrops available now feature romantic wedding signage to enhance and personalise your décor further. For example, here at Words To Glow we have a choice of two wedding backdrops for hire. Each backdrop is available to hire with a range of beautiful phrases such as ‘To The Moon & Back’or ‘It Was Always You’.

Need more help?

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