Photo: Nicki Metcalf Photography
Weddings are much different than they used to be and there is a lot more to them than simply the timing and logistics. Most couples of our generation are as concerned with making their wedding their own as they are with creating a meaningful event for family and friends. I am seeing more and more brides that want the groom to be reflected in the wedding just as much as she is (a move I am all in favor of!). But often times, clients come to me with little design sense and a left operating brain and wonder what they can do. There are many ways to go about making your wedding a reflection of both your unity and individuality such as: the ceremony, the type of food and drink served, the time of year, the music played, the activities planned, and more. But there is another way to make your wedding uniquely yours outside of the practical and necessary, and that is through design, decor, and aesthetic.
Toward the end of last year, I decided to start offering design packages to clients as an experiment. I wanted to see if there was a need for wedding design in our market and I also wanted to gauge potential client's interest in it's benefits. I have found that more clients than I originally expected have wanted assistance in this department. We creatives often take for granted the way we think and forget that some people utilize a completely different side of their brain (you know the people that can do math in their head without needing 18 calculators and will probably figure out how to save our environment). Wedding design packages are great for the super organized bride that wants to plan the wedding herself but is in need of a little extra help pulling the aesthetic together or for the busy bride who simply does not have time. There are lots of benefits in booking one of my design packages and today, I would like to share some of those benefits with you.
Photo: Nicki Metcalf Photography
Determine Client's Style
I have worked hard at creating a unique process for determining each of my couple's individual and collective styles. There are several different stages to this process, but it is a highly valuable part of my work. The results give me a starting point for our time together and also help me to cater my concepts to each couple. I can't tell you too much on how the process works (a gal can't give away all her secrets can she?) but I will tell you that is a way for you and your partner to work together as a team and it is fun!
Custom Mood Boards
Once I determine your style and tastes, I then set out to create custom mood boards. I have a background in graphic design and use some of my design software to pull together a custom "look" for your wedding. You will then select the board that is your favorite and we will tweak it until you end up with something you love. Once you have your final board, this will be your inspiration for all your wedding planning decisions going forward. This concept will help you in determining bridesmaid dress colors, suit options, floral selections, linens, stationary, decor pieces, and so much more. You can pull your board up and refer back to it at any time through each decision making step along the way!
Another benefit in having an event designer is their ability to connect you with vendors that fit within your aesthetic. Once we have your mood board finalized, then I can pull out my list of vendors and connect you with the ones that best suit your design needs and your budget.
Interactive Pinterest Board
The Pinterest Board is a key component of the design process. I will manage the board for you and will pin images that fit within the style we have created. You then have an opportunity to interact with the board by leaving comments, "liking" images, or pinning images that you find while you are scouring Pinterest on your lunch hour (okay while you are supposed to be working on that long overdue TPS report but same difference). The Pinterest board is also something you can share with other vendors or your bridal party to help them understand how to work within your style.
Depending on what package you select, you may also receive some design consultations. During these consultations, we will go over suggestions for how to pull in decor pieces and where to go to find the best deals. In addition, we will talk about how to work with your different vendors to bring your look together. We will discuss linen selections, centerpieces, place settings, guest book options, and more. Finally, we will create a mock up of your ceremony and reception site for you to use as a guide going forward.
Photo: Shalese Danielle Photography
Some packages come with modified planning services like a wedding planning timeline creation, budget assistance, a custom day-of itinerary, and access to my professional event planning software.
So hopefully this gives you a little more insight into my design process and what I offer to my clients. To see examples of some of my past design work that has been featured on national lifestyle and wedding publications, head to the sidebar on the blog. To schedule a complimentary consultation or to learn more about Maggie's Misc, visit the link below and fill out the contact form.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy planning!