Designing and styling your wedding is no small task. Every detail that goes into planning your wedding contributes to the overall picture of your ceremony - from the color of your plates to the choice of chairs. We’ve previously shared tips on how to budget for your wedding. Now, with a budget decided on, we've gathered some tips for styling your wedding!

1. Decide on a Color Palette

Different color combinations can evoke vastly different emotions, which makes your choice of color palette incredibly important for setting the tone of your ceremony. The colors you choose should guide your decision making for every other aspect of your wedding - from flowers and centerpieces to bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos for the groomsmen.

You can start by thinking about which colors you and your partner gravitate to the most. You might prefer lighter, softer colors while your partner prefers darker, bolder colors. A combination of both is great for creating contrast, as a dark or medium-toned color can bring the lighter colors to life.

Or, sometimes it’s even easier to decide on one color together that you both love, and then choosing complementary colors to pair with it. Having one central color and two to three complementary colors is ideal, however some wedding stylists advocate for as many as nine complementary colors and tones to bring your wedding to life.

You can anticipate green being a must-have color after seeing it in the royal wedding photos. You could incorporate greens into your bouquets, wedding party attire, or with small accents in the overall decor.

2. The Rule of Odds

When it’s time to group decorations and centerpieces together, remember the rule of odds. Odd-numbered groupings are more visually stimulating than even-numbered groupings, as odd numbers create more visual tension and interest. This visual interest will resonate with your guests, and create a lasting impression. Numbers of threes or fives are the usual go-to, however feel free to experiment, it’s your big day!

3. Make the Venue Work For You

Even the most perfect wedding venue can have its flaws. You may love the high ceilings, but loathe the carpet. Or you may love the natural light and structure of the venue, but have an issue with the wallpaper. You don’t have to let a small detail in your otherwise perfect venue derail your wedding planning - all it takes is creative thinking and styling to draw attention away from what you dislike.

Creating oversized floral arrangements and beautiful ceiling decorations can draw your guests eyes upwards away from the underwhelming carpet. Display boards can help to cover the disappointing wallpaper, and a combination of bold colors and eye-catching, intricate centerpieces can draw further attention away from the walls

You can look for ways to make any prospective venue work for you by overlaying your wedding design choices onto photos of the space using a mood board.

4. Stick to a Theme/Motif

Some wedding designers have moved away from sticking to wedding themes, as they feel that a theme can often set boundaries for what’s possible in styling the wedding. However, having a theme, or motif, helps to ensure consistency in the details of your wedding and bring your design choices together.

For example, if you were planning a rustic wedding, maintaining that theme in your wedding invitations, wedding dress and tablescape will tie your wedding together from beginning to end.

5. Lighting is Everything

Just like color, the lighting of your venue is an important factor in creating the overall mood and tone of your wedding. Light can be used to highlight special areas or capture attention in the same way that your choice of color can.

For example, spot lighting on signs, wording or artwork can draw focus. Candle-lit lanterns near walkways and entrances can make it clear how to move about the space. And back-lighting a display can create an interesting halo-effect.

Finding ways to utilize light in interesting ways can elevate your design and styling choices and take your wedding to the next level.