Being Inspired By Your Wedding Venue

Looking for inspiration? Click through our gallery of 10 amazing weddings for more ideas on how to be inspired by your wedding venue.

Inspiration for your wedding can come from many places – online resources or pretty pictures, personal experiences and memories, perhaps your favorite colors. But as you’re collecting ideas for your wedding, the one place for inspiration that should not be ignored is the venue itself.

We asked The Day’s Design owner Shelby Lynn to talk us through how she helps her clients be inspired by what their venue has to offer.

How should your wedding feel?

Close your eyes and imagine your guests’ reactions as they first see your wedding. What do they feel? Relaxed, sophisticated, happy? Now think back to your very first venue visit – what made you choose this venue and how does the space make you feel? If these sentiments are in line with one another then your mission has been accomplished, but if not, you might have to work a little to make your venue bring these emotions to life.

Pay attention to the small details and be inspired

Think about creating an overall ambiance and pay attention to the small details in the venue. While you may not think little features like curtains or carpet colors matter, they will be noticed even if it’s only subconsciously. Be inspired by the pattern on the wallpaper, the pictures on the walls or the color of the lounge seating.

Often outdoor environments are seen as a blank canvas, catering to any event from black tie garden parties to rustic, backyard barbecues. But a woodland locale is very different from a winery or seaside setting. Draw inspiration from the colors of the trees in the background, the wildflowers blooming at your feet or the stones washed up on the shoreline.

Be purposeful in selecting your style and colors

To make the overall day feel purposely planned and cohesive, be selective in your style and color palette.  If the venue has an old world charm, wrought iron and stoneware accents will work perfectly. An old warehouse or loft space pairs perfectly for those seeking a more industrial style. Or a gorgeous Georgian style mansion with traditional details, such as burgundy drapes and gold chandeliers, is the perfect setting for jewel-toned celebrations filled with brass accent elements. Additionally, remember that colors themselves evoke certain feelings so don’t forget to take that into consideration when you’re trying to set the mood for your day.

While you may have thoughts about the general direction you want to take your color palette and style before selecting your venue, be open to making small changes and additions to ensure the overall design makes sense.

The day should be a reflection of you, it should be emotional and full of joy and reflect upon you who are not only as individuals, but as a couple.

Photo: Rylee Hitchner | Florals: Sarah Winward

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07.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas

Colorful Wedding Flowers: Inspired by the Dutch Masters

Many brides struggle with the concept of bringing bold color into their wedding design. Concern of going too primary, looking too casual, or simply not knowing how to tie together their bold choices are all valid thoughts, so we’ll let these images make a simple suggestion for you: bring in the color with your flowers. These designs were created by students attending the Little Flower School, taking inspiration from a 16th century painting technique made famous by a group of artists known as the Dutch Masters.

Love this style? Be sure to check out more florals inspired by the Dutch Masters here.

More from the photographer, Holly Carlisle Photography:
“Learning new things is such an dynamic emotional experience. It can make you feel many things at once. Inspired and excited. Vulnerable and frustrated. Both intimidating and exhilarating. It’s not faint of heart. It takes courage to cast aside your fear of failure and try to delve into a new practice that you don’t fully understand. I loved being able to document these students learning from Sarah Ryhanen and Nicolette Owen of Little Flower School Brooklyn. I admired their tenacity and courage and was so impressed with their work. I hope these photos will inspire you to pursue learning something new. 

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07.02.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Romantic Spring Bridal Portraits

With summer officially upon us, it’s bittersweet to look back at the fleeting beauty of spring. Because we know there are many of you who love those slightly chilly spring days, we wanted to share this romantic bridal portrait session from Christine Donee Photography. There are so many things to love here — the bride’s amazing hair is an obvious first choice. With two bouquets that uniquely celebrate the colors and freshness of spring, and two amazing lace dresses, we couldn’t be more in love.

More from the floral designer, Jessica at Ellamah:
“Spring is one my favorite times of the year because in the midst of change there is so much promise. However, it is also fleeting and can be quite consuming with so much happening so fast. With that in mind this shoot was inspired by this abundant time with the desire to take a step back to enjoy the environment before it flees again. With soft and ethereal gowns against lush scenery and soft light, Christine Donee captured the essence of this season with anticipation of what lies ahead for the coming year.”

Photography: Christine Doneé | Floral Design: Ellamah | Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty | Jewelry: Carla Caruso |
Lace Gown: Romantique Claire Pettibone from The Dress Theory | Silk Gown: Rue de Seine from The Dress Theory | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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07.01.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Restaurant Wedding in Washington, DC

We knew we wanted to share Torrance and Sam’s elegant Washington, DC wedding with you as soon as we read their beautiful words and saw these gorgeous images from Preferred Vendor Elisa Bricker Photography. The couple intentionally planned their wedding in ways that allowed them to celebrate their families and their heritage. They also designed a simply lovely day, incorporating some DIY elements (those adorable welcome boxes!), beautiful flowers by Once Wed Preferred Vendor Mallory Joyce, and a killer dress. Read on for more from Torrance!

More from the bride: 

“My husband (!!) and I worked hard to make family the centerpiece of our wedding.  Dumbarton House, where the ceremony was held, is just two blocks away from the Georgetown rowhouse where my great-great grandparents were raised.  On our walk from the ceremony to Sequoia restaurant, where the reception was held, we walked past where I had lived as a Georgetown student and the church where my grandmother was baptized.  Everyone worked so hard to make our wedding happen.  My husband’s parents planned and hosted a fantastic rehearsal dinner at F. Scott’s, family and friends generously helped us build the bridesmaid bouquets, and my sisters did a great job reading Robert Fulgham’s ‘The Union’ during our ceremony.  My parents honored our Norwegian heritage by finding traditional Norwegian wedding spoons for our cake-cutting ceremony.  These intricately hand-carved spoons are connected by a chain, all of which is symbolically carved from a single piece of wood. Our favorite part of our wedding day was taking a step back during the reception and watching members of both of our families talking, laughing and dancing together.  It really made us feel like our two families had become one big family!

My dear friend and bridesmaid, Briana, helped me build welcome boxes for our out of town guests.  In each one, we included a handwritten card, a Washingtonian welcome guide to the city, celebratory champagne, some favorite snacks, a map of our wedding weekend events and a Carry on Cocktail Kit.  Building these boxes was an effort to make each guest feel welcomed and appreciated. The process was so much fun and so rewarding that Briana and I have since co-founded Teak & Twine, a partnership dedicated to creating beautiful gift boxes for weddings and events.”

Photographer: Elisa Bricker | Ceremony Venue: Dumbarton House | Reception Venue: Sequoia Restaurant| Bride’s Bouquet and Reception Flowers, and Planning: Mallory Joyce Design | Hair & Makeup: Ave 42 | Bridesmaid bouquets: The Bride | Dress: Romona Keveza, RK 5402 | Calligraphy and Wedding Welcome boxes: Teak & Twine (the bride) | Band: Sam Hill Entertainment, Another Level | Lighting: The AV Company | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Transportation: A Touch of Class  | Getting ready Hotel: The Graham Georgetown | Wedding website: Riley and Grey | Invitation Suite: Paperless Post and Paper Source | Map from Invitation Suite: Pleasantly Paper on Etsy

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06.30.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog