How to Choose Your Wedding Style | Tips from an East Coast Wedding Planner
What’s your wedding style? This is one of the first things you’ll need to figure out when you start planning your wedding. The style you choose will dictate nearly everything about your special day from your venue to your wedding colors to the food you serve and the outfit you wear.
One of the easiest ways to find out what wedding styles are trending is to hop on Pinterest or Instagram and search all things wedding. However, the trending wedding styles might not be for you. And that’s ok! Making sure your wedding represents you and your fiancé as a couple is more important than it being a “trendy” wedding. Read on for everything you need to know about how to choose your wedding style.
Think ballroom, ball gown, and all your friends and family coming together under warm lights to have a ball. The classic romance wedding style is a timeless and traditional wedding vibe. It doesn’t adhere to the trending aesthetics. Classic wedding venues include banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, or outdoor gardens. With a soft, warm color palette, these black-tie events are adorned with roses, peonies, lilies, or other traditional wedding flowers.
You may choose to honor your heritage or cultural background through your wedding style. Cultural weddings are a unique blend of wedding traditions and cultural traditions that create some of the most elaborate celebrations. You can incorporate cultural wedding customs relevant to you and your heritage. Cultural heritage style wedding venues include places of worship (oftentimes specific to a culture’s religion), historic or landmark buildings, hotels, or outdoor gardens. The aesthetics of cultural weddings depends on the cultural norms and traditions incorporated into the event.
Do you want your wedding to be the party of the year? Are you inviting multiple VIP guests? Are you looking to wow your guests with crystal chandeliers that sparkle with the fabulous detailing on your dress? Such a lavish, opulent wedding may sound over the top for some but for others, it is the wedding style of their dreams. The perfect luxurious wedding venues include Gatsby-style mansions, high-end yacht clubs, and rooftop venues with city views. With jaw-dropping décor, elaborate floral arrangements, and high-quality food and beverages, this wedding style is keen for the most glamorous couples.
Think clean lines, white and neutral tones, sharp edges, and a silhouette wedding dress that hugs your curves in all the right places. The modern edge wedding style includes all this and more. With a minimalist approach to wedding décor and a focus on simplistic elegance, this aesthetic is considered high style. Edgy wedding venues include modern museums, industrial lofts, and high-end nightclubs or restaurants.
Bohemian weddings are typically inspired by Mother Earth and incorporate natural colors and florals, such as pampas grass. When everything comes together, boho-chic weddings give off a woodland fairy feel. They are perfect for couples looking for a whimsical yet romantic aesthetic. Boho chic wedding venues include many outdoor spaces, such as mountaintops, valleys, desserts, and vineyards. With neutral colors, a light and flowy wedding dress, and a free-spirit couple, boho-chic evokes a mystical and enchanting environment.
Think rustic farmhouse. Seriously. The perfect wedding venue for this wedding style is an old barn, schoolhouse, ranch, or vineyard where your cowgirl boots come in handy and don’t look out of place with your wedding dress. The rustic farmhouse style incorporates décor elements such as mason jars for some homemade lemonade, organic produce for cocktail hour, and wooden signs written in calligraphy. For a perfectly rustic, yet chic wedding style, incorporate some classy, romantic elements into the distressed feel like white floral arrangements and chandeliers or drooping fairy lights.
All you have to do is search “weddings” on Pinterest to see that the top trending wedding styles in 2021 are boho chic and rustic farmhouse with vintage elements. These have been trending for a while and for good reason. They truly are beautiful and romantic. However, they aren’t for everyone.
At Antonia Baker Experience, we help our East Coast couples find styles that work for them. This often includes luxurious, glamorous, and modern aesthetics. Even with COVID having us adjust to micro weddings, we “go big” with the décor so that even the smallest of weddings are the most spectacular in terms of style.
With all of these amazing options for your wedding, how do you decide which one is for you? Consider these 5 things:
The season in which your wedding takes place doesn’t necessarily dictate your wedding style, but it can help you determine some of the details. For example, winter weddings typically have a dark, rich color palette that works well with a classic wedding style and indoor venue.
Similarly, your wedding location and venue will play a role in your wedding style. For example, if you have your heart set on marrying at your home church, you can solidify your venue and then work with your wedding planner to help you choose a style that works with the existing aesthetics.
Arguably the most important factor in choosing your wedding style is to consider your personal style. Your wedding should be an extension of you as a couple, so it’s important to choose a wedding style that fits your current style. Stay true to yourself, so when you look back at your wedding photos in 20 years, it still feels like you.
If there is a wedding trend you definitely want to be incorporated into your décor and design, you can build from there to develop your overall wedding style.
There is nothing wrong with researching what other couples have done for their wedding and collecting your favorite design and décor elements. Then, take all of your inspiration and show it to your wedding planner. Together, you can determine the best wedding style for your most special day.
At Antonia Baker Experience, we know all of the best wedding venues and vendors in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. We can take your wedding ideas and help you develop the perfect wedding style for you. Then, with detailed planning and coordination, we will bring your wedding vision to life and have fun while doing it. Let’s start dreaming up the perfect wedding style for you today!