Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wedding Style: Three Reasons Why You Need to Know Yours

You have style, you have grace and no one wants a perfect wedding more than you. I know. I've been there, too.

But there is more to a perfect wedding than choosing pretty colors and buying a beautiful ballgown. A perfect wedding aka, a stylish wedding, is one where all of the components come together to tell a story. Your story. Your love story. So get ready to choose the style of that story and plan the wedding of your dreams.

Not sure what your wedding style is? No worries. has a fun, interactive quiz that will help you discover if you are a Roman-inspired romantic or a blushing Bohemian bride. IVillage has a wedding style quiz as well, or you can visit My Jean M and take their quiz. Heck - take ' em all-the more you do, the more ideas you will have to help you envision your ideal wedding style.

Go ahead and take them now. I'll wait.

All done?

(That was quick!)

So now you have a better idea of what your wedding style is ... but you might still be wondering WHY you need one. So, I will help you out. Here are THREE reasons why knowing your wedding style just might save your wedding.

1. Narrow Your Focus

I think one of the first things brides should do (after all the brainstorming and idea-gathering) is to decide on the style of their wedding. Why? Because it will save your sanity. You have seen the abundance of choices available to brides, right? It is downright mind-blowing. However, once she has selected her style, her options become more narrowed and she can focus in on the choices that best suit her.

For example, if you are a casual couple and you want your wedding to reflect the style of you and your future "Mr.," then you won't even have to look at the cakes that are topped with gold glitter or Swarovski crystals.

Knowing your wedding style will help you eliminate odd-fitting options and help you make the best decisions for your wedding.

2. Keep it Together

When I was planning my wedding, I read about a bride whose main responsibility at work was planning parties. She had a host of experience and envisioned throwing the wedding of a lifetime for herself and her future husband. However, she couldn't focus her options and the end result was a hodgepodge wedding she was ashamed of.

Her mistake was choosing everything she liked and not considering how-or if-the elements blended.

Knowing your wedding style will help you make wise decisions. As you progress in the wedding planning stages, continue to look back at your quiz results or make notes about the style you and your groom have chosen. This will help ensure each choice you make fits in with your overall style idea.

3. Set the Tone

Ok, I am from Texas so maybe this is just a southern girl thing, but how many of you have ever received one of those cute, laid-back, ultra casual wedding invitations (you know the type, like the ones with Precious Moments kids kissing or sitting on a bench wearing a cowboy hat) and assumed you would be attending a casual wedding?

I know I have.

You can imagine my surprise at showing up and seeing the bride in an elegant slim-fitting dress and the bridesmaids in long formals, with a full dinner and night of dancing following the ceremony. They just don't together.

Knowing your wedding style will help you set the tone of your event so your guests will know what to expect.

Do you have a style for your wedding? If so, what is it? How did you choose your style?

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