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