I'm Mallory, a wedding planner based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Traveling throughout Richmond, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. With a passion for weddings and an eye for details, I help create a personalized and seamless experience for you and your guests.
As wedding planners, we see a lot of different wedding design ideas. Whether it’s an idea our couples bring to the table or designs we’ve seen throughout the industry, we can’t help but have a few favorites. From colors and patterns to being mindful of your carbon footprint, our top 6 list really runs the gamut. Let’s dive in!
We are loving the philosophy of more is more! All the color, all the patterns, all the things. From place settings and decorations, maximalism is all about having fun with your day and piling on as many colors, textures, and patterns as possible. This can be achieved through larger than life floral installations, unconventional table configurations, and even pattern play. We love bold pattern choices incorporated into wedding day decor. Whether you’re adding a veil with floral details to your bridal look or adding a fun printed plate to your table settings, adding that extra “something” really makes it pop! You can also lean into investing in extra entertainment beyond just music. One of our weddings recently had an illustrator for guest favors – it was a hit!
Another example of a fun wedding design idea is dressing your bridal party in bold colors. We can’t get enough of the jewel-toned, mismatched bridesmaids dresses we’ve been seeing in weddings this year.
These over-the-top details make it a truly memorable day for everyone!
Statement decor is all about setting the stage. Doing so creates a thoughtfully-curated, immersive event design that transports your guests. From large scale backdrops to personalized dance floors, there are many ways you can use statement pieces to ramp up your wedding design.
Couple framing altars like this one will be a talking point and a focal point for the whole wedding. Going over-the-top is what you want here!
Whether they are floral or lighting, hanging installations take advantage of every angle. Utilizing the ceiling will add texture and layers to your wedding design.
Incorporating a retro vibe into your wedding design is super fun, super unique, and totally memorable. When you hire the classic band, mix in decade appropriate accent furniture, and use vintage-inspired fonts and graphics for your invitations and wedding signs, it’s easy to cultivate that vintage charm!
The most important part of a retro wedding is, quite arguably, the outfits. So you want to dress the part. Take the time to find a vintage dress or accessories to transform you and your guests to the 20’s or 70’s whichever era you’ve chosen. Also, let your guests know your theme and era because they may decide they want to dress up, too!
Also, get the car! Classic and vintage cars would add so much to this theme, and can fit right in with your exit at the end of the evening.
A monochromatic event is one where the design is based in one color and filled with the tones, tints, and shades of that same color. This wedding design theme tends to be more unique, elegant, and stylish than many others. Your wedding venue will be extremely important if you’re wanting a monochromatic wedding – and so is your wedding ceremony site! Take a good look around you before you choose your venue, so that it can fit into your monochromatic color scheme.
A common mistake people make when designing a monochromatic wedding is not taking advantage of layering. Make sure you incorporate a lot of similarly-toned neutrals and textures to keep it from becoming visually overwhelming.
Cottagecore wedding design has a hint of vintage, whimsical, romantic, and garden vibes all mixed into one. This kind of wedding works perfectly at a historic venue or a garden setting.
Florals can speak volumes with this type of wedding design. A perfect opportunity for wildflowers and floral crowns!
Twinkling lights, airy cotton linens and floral prints, and parasols all come to mind when thinking of Cottagecore wedding design. And while this aesthetic doesn’t necessarily celebrate a specific color palette, it definitely embraces plenty of pastels.
When it comes to your wedding table settings, think textured while also simple and delicate.
Sustainable weddings are becoming more and more attainable across the board. We love seeing all the different things our clients are choosing to do to be mindful of our planet!
There’s lots of paper involved when it comes to invitations, wedding stationery, and some wedding decor. Consider recycled or – dare we say – online invitations. Look for decor made from sustainable materials, like bamboo or recycled paper, and consider using potted plants or flowers instead of cut ones. These changes can exponentially reduce waste!
Go local with vendors and encourage guests to carpool or use public transportation. This will cut down on transportation emissions and reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint.
Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to go local with your food and choose a plant-based menu. Plant-based food has a smaller environmental footprint than meat-based options, so this is a great way to stay sustainable throughout the planning of your event.
When you are choosing a wedding venue, look for ones that have green initiatives in place, like solar panels and water conservation efforts.
By choosing eco-friendly options like these and being mindful of your impact, you can have a beautiful and meaningful wedding that’s also good for the planet!
At the end of the day, your wedding should reflect you and your partner. These kinds of wedding design ideas are just a practice of leaning into that! So even if a vintage vibe isn’t your thing, or brightly colored flowers as far as the eye can see isn’t on your vision board, hopefully you found something on this list that resonated and can help you figure out how to wow your guests through your wedding design.
If you’d like us to help you brainstorm your wow-factor wedding design ideas, reach out! We’d love to add another favorite to our list.