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Style School | Defining your Wedding Design

Your wedding design is so much more than just all the pretty details that comprise the decor of your wedding – design is also a mood, feeling and personality that you give your wedding day! If you’re stuck between deciding one design style over the other for your big day, or if you’re unsure how to mix two styles together that you love, we’ve got all the insight from Chancey Charm Weddings to help you in the process. From looking at your own personal fashion sense to starting the design planning by selecting a venue to creating a mood board, this lesson in style school is sure to answer any questions you may have about defining your ideal wedding design! Scroll to read all of the expert advice from Chancey Charm Weddings for when it comes time to define the design for your wedding day. Happy planning!

Photos // Divya Pande

Style School | Defining your Wedding Design

What tips do you have for couples who are not sure about what design style suits them?

Start by looking at your home and personal fashion aesthetic. If you love J.Crew, colonial-style homes and a French toile pattern, you’ll likely love a classic wedding style – while a couple who loves wide brimmed ranchers hats, West Elm and corded pillows might find that a bohemian aesthetic resonates with them. These are some of my most favorite ways to start defining a couple’s personal wedding style! We can come up with more creative and personalized design ideas using images from your own home than we can from a Pinterest image you want to recreate. 

For couples who embrace two different styles, where do you start in creating a visually cohesive design?

I recommend starting with your venue. You can really go one of three ways:

  1. Get a venue that already melds your styles. This route can be more difficult as it immediately limits your options or may not even exist yet.
  2. Choose a blank slate venue and make it your own. This route gives you the most freedom, but often requires the most financial investment.
  3. Choose a venue that fits one style and select a majority of the decor to fit the other. This route may be the path of least resistance, but takes a careful editing eye to ensure a cohesive final product. 

After a venue, I think it’s important to hire a designer, whether it’s a planner, florist or full-service design firm. Having a professional to guide you through the process of ideating, editing and selecting your decor will result in both a smoother process and more personal confidence going into the wedding weekend!

From rentals to fashion, what makes a successful design mashup?

For me, a successful design mashup requires a great color palette, a commitment to the concept, and a careful editing eye. Your color palette will set the tone and help to blend the styles. Committing to the concept will build cohesion and create a unique look. But, both need a careful editing eye to refine and avoid a kitschy final design!

What are your tips for creating a mood board?

My mood board secret is keeping half or more of the images non-wedding specific. During the mood board phase of design, I want to get more at the heart of what you’re looking for from your wedding. What textures do you love? What home decor do you think reflects your style? A mood board is meant to invoke a feeling. A great team of vendors can use this feeling you want to invoke (warm, welcoming, organic, chic) and conceptualize a vision that goes beyond what you might have seen online. 

A special thank you to Skylar Albritton from Chancey Charm Weddings for sharing her insight on defining your wedding design! Visit Chancey Charm Weddings’ Brides of Houston vendor profile to see all the incredible services they offer for your celebration. Cheers!

Other Local Vendors: Adorne Artistry, Wink by Erica, Chancey Charm Weddings, Divya Pande Photography, Leap Frog Productions, The Petaler Floral Co, Arts by Aaron