One thing about the wedding industry is that trends and popular styles change quickly and frequently. From our experience, it's always a constant collaboration of what has been happening in home décor, personality, and custom touches. It is those last two that make it special - but the big question is where do you even start with finding inspiration?
Wedding Planning and Hashtags
Instagram: Wedding Inspiration and Trends
Let's be honest, there are always two sides to everything, right? With wedding planning, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. So before you get lost scrolling for hours seeing the same thing, or nothing close to what you want to see here are a few tips for you.
Pros: Instagram trends tend to be more up-to-date, relevant, and unique. You're able to search by keywords, and specific areas or follow your favorite professionals to inspiration. You can also follow hashtags so that they will start to show up on your feed and over time change your discovery feed to more "on style". Another big plus is something we mentioned in the last episode - following local event design and rental companies so you not only get inspired but you have a local place who carries it already.
Cons: Instagram is not a chronological platform (right now - they keep trying), 8-9 hour life, things tend to get buried and you feel as if you’re scrolling for ever if you don’t catch it as soon as it’s posted. That makes the whole stumbling upon awesome inspiration a little more difficult and means you need to take the step listed in the pros to find all the great ideas.
Pros: TikTok is bringing unfiltered, authentic personalities and inspirations to your phone feed and we love it! Couples can both show and tell you exactly what they did, where they found it and what not to do all in under 7 seconds. Professionals are giving you inspiration from set-ups and decor while also providing a sneak peek to behind the scenes. Clearly, from our podcast name we are big fans of that already! Just like instagram it’s easy to save ideas to different areas to keep organized.
Cons: While they still make updates and changes the platform can be really tricky to navigate and find content. Hashtags are less likely to help you find inspiration and sounds are so random with videos that you can’t always count on it being a helpful tool either. Most small businesses are just getting on the platform so it is more difficult to find and follow that type of profile.
Pinterest: Boards and More
Pros: Almost everyone has a Pinterest board - especially when it comes to wedding details. That means you have countless options to search through with lots of twists and unique spins. All it takes is simply popping in those right words and your screen is full of beautiful images! One thing we talked about in the episode is a under utilized way to use this to your advantage. Typically when you find an image you like you pin it to your wedding board and scroll down to see similar options. We have two quick tips for you though next time you find something you love.
Camp Themed Wedding for Mr. and Mrs. Kamp
Every little detail of this day was unique, beautifully executed and oh so perfect for this sweet couple!
Wedding Colors: Rust, Terracotta, Navy with Gold and Wooden Accents
Photographer - Karina Danielle Photography
DJ/band - Matt Brooks
Caterer- Back Forty Smoke House
Videographer- Bouquet of Fireworks
Rentals - Honey Do Event Rentals
Gown - Sundays Bridal
Florals - Lilies and Co Florals
Hair and Makeup -Get Pretty Gals
The wedding details - from rings, invitation suites to the bar signage and small décor.
First looks are not only for the couple - this first look with the bridal party was such a sweet moment!
There is nothing sweeter than watching our couples, their family and friends enjoy an amazing day - and we are so honored to have been a part of this day!
Hidden Costs from Venues: Everyone's Worry
Trust us - we completely understand but here's the thing... Our team, our owners and our hearts are to keep all our cards on the table. What it really comes down to most of the time is not that the venues you are looking at are "hiding" costs but that you just don't know what to ask to get all the information. How would you know though? This planning world is a whole new ball game, so we're here and prepped both this blog post and our podcast episode (you can listen in over here) to help you navigate this new world of planning and skip those pesky little surprises from the start.
Because of all of this, we have had countless tours with couples saying that they are canceling their contract with another venue because of the additional fees, misunderstandings, and tricky wording… That's not fair to anyone ESPECIALLY a couple starting their life together. So we are swooping in like super(wo)man to save the day.
Now, again it's our experience that venues are not trying to be malicious or sneaky. Some of these additional fees or charges are actually really common or, in some cases, required by law. So there is no need to get upset about these additional charges, it is just very helpful to know all of these additional prices before signing a contract and getting surprised by it later on. The best thing to do is always refer to your contract, because odds are - all the info you need is in there!
Some of the most common upcharges or hidden fees with wedding venues are:
We are all about incorporating something that is special and not what most would think of as traditional wedding touches.
I get it though - planning a wedding takes a lot of creativity, a bunch of time, and a bit of thinking outside of the box. Simply put, it’s exhausting to even try to think of unique and fun touches after you’ve planned and covered all the basics.
Another great example of turning normal décor into a unique experience is the trend with lounge settings. Every style of event, from outdoor garden vibes to elegant and even industrial modern are putting its own twist on this. It’s allowing guests to enjoy something so expected (seating) in a new and above-and-beyond way to connect, fellowship, and create memories with others in attendance. Picture a reception with assigned seating - how much networking or visiting with family do you think is expected? Versus an outdoor area complete with couches, chairs, and tables coordinated to the style and colors perhaps paired with an outdoor bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.
So take some paper and pens on your next date night together and take 5 minutes to each write your own answers to the questions below:
As I was doing research for Episode #09 on Behind the Party Podcast I did a quick google search for “Wedding Themes” and to my surprise, I saw countless articles using the terms “Wedding Themes” and “Wedding Styles” interchangeably. In my opinion, and based on how my brain has started to categorize wedding terminology after 5 years in the industry, I view Themes as an overarching aspect of your event.
Wedding Theme Examples:
Halloween, Disney, Garden, Day of the Dead
Whereas style is more about the visual aspect of your event. The personality of a wedding, and almost like picking a style for your home.
Style Examples: Modern versus vintage, elegant and black tie versus a casual evening
From our team discussion, we determined that we all believe that not all couples need a wedding theme. However, a wedding STYLE will always help with your vision of the day, so we definitely recommend always having a style in mind. A style will also help you and your significant other's vision and personality not get lost or left behind in the chaos of planning!
If so, Amanda has made a list of questions to ask yourself to help you determine the perfect style for you and your partner! Grab your partner, ask these questions, and discuss and answer them!
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