Organising your big day

Today we’re bringing back our monthly Mews Style Report feature where we’ll be talking absolutely anything and everything to do with your wedding over the coming months. We want to start our feature looking at wedding styling in general. How using texture and colour boards will help you on your inspirational journey towards the big day!

The subject of weddings is vast and for those of you trying to organise a wedding on your own it’s often difficult knowing where to start. If you’re lucky enough to have a wedding planner and/or stylist do your research thoroughly and choose wisely. The internet, wedding magazines, wedding blogs and fairs are wonderful for ideas and inspiration but sometimes you can have inspiration overload……knowing where to start and how to pull all your ideas together can be quite daunting, often a little confusing. Well the Mews Style feature and our weekly style and inspiration boards are here to help…… so let’s get you started?

The Mews Bridal

As soon as the all important wedding proposal has happened what is your first thought going to be? Surely the dress…..the all important dress! If you reading this you’ve more than likely found us at The Mews, either in Clifton Village or Notting Hill where we have amazingly talented stylists, based in both boutiques, offering professional help and advice on your dress, veil, shoes and accessories…….in fact the entire look for your special day.

The Mews Bridal - Inspiration Board

So you’ve found your wonderful Mews gown, bridesmaids and flower girls are sorted….next stop wedding ceremony, wedding reception venue, catering, drinks, cake, entertainment, transport, photography, flowers, ceremony and venue styling, the rings, budgets……the list is endless. Research, organisation and an awful lot of patience is the key to working your way through the list above. Choosing a ceremony and wedding reception venue isn’t difficult, it will eventually come down to personal choice on the location, guest numbers, and budget. Once you’ve chosen your reception venue they will be able to advise on catering, drinks and possibly entertainment and music. More often than not a good venue will have a tried and tested list of preferred wedding suppliers which you should take advantage of and explore.

The Mews Bridal - Inspiration Board

Once you’ve organised your ceremony and reception venue it’s time to start on the finer details of your day…….For some of you it will be easy and all fall into place…..you’ve decided on colours, themes and styling ages ago so it’s just a case of putting together the finishing touches. If this isn’t you and I’m guessing this will be the majority of you reading this article today…..let’s make things easy……inspiration, mood and style boards are the only way forward. They will help you visually with colour, textures and ideas, bringing them together and allowing you to see if they actually work for you.

Generally, most real weddings lack the kind of detail you would see in a styled shoot for a magazine. A good photographer will always look for as much as detail as possible. It makes for pretty subject matter and his/her final wedding album will be slightly more interesting. If you make a comparison between a real wedding and a styled shoot, which we see featured in all the wedding magazines and blogs, the shoot will usually have detail overload. In a shoot you will normally see great scenery, pretty amazing venue, beautiful people, a huge amount of detail/subject matter and lots of textures…. plus a talented photographer to capture all this amazing beauty. We’re not saying that your wedding should end up looking like an over styled shoot for a magazine but it’s the little details that do get noticed by your guests on the day.

The Mews Bridal - Inspiration Board

We’ve put together examples of boards produced for a wedding last year. These blush pink and ivory boards are pretty things the bride particularly liked, including her favourite designer, flowers, dress and shoe style, cakes, desserts, drinks and other little details she wanted to see at her wedding. The final result looked pretty much as we had planned on the original boards…..Both the bride and groom were over the moon with the look of their special day….many a happy tear was shed!

If you want to start using boards to organise your favourite wedding details our advice would be to start with collecting images on Pinterest. Once you have a collection of wonderful images you can download the app Photo Grid or something similar which will allow you to incorporate your favourite images into a collage…..it’s as simple as that.

Happy wedding planning from all at The Mews!

Join us weekly for more great inspiration and don’t forget our style report at the end of each month where we will discuss wedding style in depth!