When you’re choosing details for your wedding, it can be tricky to get things to fit together in a way that is harmonious without being matchy-matchy. You don’t want to take your inspiration too literally and do the same thing for every individual piece, or it will all be a bit much. So how can you make it work?
One of the best ways is to define the ‘type’ of wedding you are having. Is it a formal affair or more of a casual shindig? This is the most important distinction you can make. Obviously this is a spectrum: most weddings are somewhere in-between or striving for a particular aesthetic. If you’re completely in the middle of things, it’s just a matter of finding a combination of formal and casual elements that fall within your colour palette and stylistic preferences (Bohemian? Gothic? Whimsical?). Ideally, though, you should have some idea of whether your wedding is more formal or casual.
Let’s look at formal and casual weddings, what they entail and how to choose details like wedding invitations and wedding flowers that fit.
A formal wedding is usually a black tie occasion and tends to closely align with tradition and etiquette. The ceremony might be held in a church or in a top tier hotel, function space or ballroom somewhere like the Windsor or The Grand Hyatt. The bride is usually wearing a very formal white ball gown with a veil.
When it comes to wedding flowers for a formal wedding, tight bouquets are the perfect option. Tightly-bound bunches of flowers are usually considered more formal because they are much more intricately woven together and require a skilled florist to put together. For an extra formal feel, talk to your florist about using roses or other traditionally popular wedding flowers in a colour palette that suits the occasion.
For your formal wedding invitations, think about the print type as well as the design style. High end print options like letterpress and foil stamping are perfect for a formal occasion, since they just exude luxury. Usually it’s best to stick to a simple, minimalist or typographic design to let the premium materials speak for themselves.
Casual weddings are usually less tied to tradition than formal weddings, focused more on reflecting the personalities of the couple getting married. They tend to be fun, playful and often have a party atmosphere. They may take place in someone’s backyard, in a local hall or function space, or on a beach. The bride might be wearing a short cocktail dress or a gown that isn’t the traditional white. The bride and groom might walk in together, make up their own vows, or do other things that break with tradition.
Fun, colourful bouquets are perfect for a casual wedding, since they bring a hit of personality to things. Loose bouquets with a whole range of different flowers included are usually the choice of casual brides. If that sounds like you, talk to your florist about your options based on the season. Other casual brides choose to pick their own flowers and put together a small sprig of greenery tied with a ribbon to carry on their day.
Casual wedding invitations usually comprise colour, fun design elements and patterns. They might use funny or witty wording, or include other personalised elements. Often casual wedding invitations are digital prints or printed on wood or kraft paper for a rustic look, but with the right choice of design letterpress or foil stamping can work just as well.
Whether your wedding is casual or formal, it’s the details of your planning — like wedding flowers and wedding stationery — that makes all the difference to ensuring the overall look and feel of your big day is right.
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional who loves words and drinking cups of tea.