The world of wedding planning is as vast as can be. From choosing a venue to selecting a caterer to hiring a photographer, there’s plenty of steps involved. And, because each couple is as unique as their love for each other, there certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to wedding style.
Choosing an overall aesthetic for your big day will help you and your partner in navigating the rest of the choices needing to be made for your wedding. Deciding on a wedding style you love can help to determine the look and feel of your ceremony and reception, along with steering you toward an answer for some of the more specific décor elements for your day. Whether you love clean, sleek lines and subtle hues, or you’re dreaming of elaborate tablescapes with plenty of color, there’s a style to fit every couple’s wedding dreams.
Ready to dive in and find the perfect style for your upcoming wedding? Take this quiz to find out!
You’re celebrating your love, so why not really lean into the romance?
Who It’s Perfect For: The couple obsessed with charming details, stunning florals, and soft, beautiful lighting.
Why We Love It: A romantic wedding style is a perfect opportunity to go all out on fresh blooms.
How to Make It Your Own: Incorporate plenty of flowers into your decor. Put them in your altar backdrop, line the aisle, and add in big centerpieces or hanging arrangements. A romantic aesthetic can fit with any color palette, whether incorporating soft pastels or going for a dark, moodier option with deep purples, blues, or even black.
Hoping to keep things simple and chic? A minimalistic approach may be the ideal solution.
Who It’s Perfect For: Those who love clean, sleek lines and geometric shapes. A modern wedding is a style for those who want to keep things minimal, while still putting together a beautiful design.
Why We Love It: We love the way a contemporary look can be kept simple, while still incorporating meaningful touches.
How to Make It Your Own: Ditch the serif fonts on your invitations, bring acrylic touches into the mix, opt for a bold, contrasting color scheme, and plan your party at a unique location such as a restaurant, museum, or industrial building-turned-contemporary venue.
Hoping to make your guests feel like they’re right at home? A rustic wedding is ideal for bringing sweet and sentimental elements into the mix.
Who It’s Perfect For: Those who love the outdoors, stunning natural landscape backdrops, and informal settings.
Why We Love It: The beauty of a rustic wedding is that it can be dressed up or down to any level to best match you and your partner’s preferences.
How to Make It Your Own: Choose a dreamy outdoor location, a farm or barn venue, or a space featuring plenty of brick. Incorporate handwritten elements, string lights, and unique dessert alternatives. Don’t be afraid to plan options a bit more out-of-the-box, such as an eclectic tablescape or feature locally made goods in your welcome bags or favors.
Looking for a stunning, natural look? There’s no such thing as too many flowers with a garden-style wedding.
Who It’s Perfect For: A garden-inspired wedding is perfect for those who have been dreaming of an abundant outdoor wedding.
Why We Love It: We love the way a garden-style wedding can be planned in a stunning natural venue such as a greenhouse or botanical garden, or even the backyard, to truly utilize the organic surroundings as your décor.
How to Make It Your Own: This style can be a bit more laidback with al-fresco dining, unique food stations, and maybe even a backyard game or two. Incorporate pretty pressed flowers in your invitations, escort display, and even your signature cocktail. Adorn your tables with light, bright linens and mini bud vases, and add a cascade of blooms to your cake.
Can’t get over the dreamy look of a black-tie affair? There’s nothing wrong with sticking with tradition!
Who It’s Perfect For: The couple who wants to honor tradition.
Why We Love It: We love the way a traditional wedding can still take on a huge array of color palettes to match any season.
How to Make It Your Own: Host your reception in a classic ballroom or a large decked-out tent. Work with your caterer to plan a proper, seated dinner. Incorporate timeless elements such as your new monogram, an all-white wedding cake, and create a beautiful moment with your first dance.
Few things are as beautiful as a day spent by the sand and sea. Bring elements of the ocean blue into your big day.
Who It’s Perfect For: Those whose favorite destination is walking along the beach or watching seagulls by the sea.
Why We Love It: A nautical vibe can be pulled off with tasteful details, without going overboard.
How to Make It Your Own: Integrate beautiful hues of blue and white, with even a pop of green or yellow along the way. Stripes are a classic pattern to play into a nautical style, but watercolor elements can elevate the look even further. Commission a handpainted invitation suite, incorporate simple florals into your bouquet and décor, plan a delicious menu featuring local cuisine, and tie in clever seashell elements into your escort display, place settings, or even as a cake topper.
Want to go over-the-top in the best way possible? All that glitters is gold, and it can be all yours!
Who It’s Perfect For: The couple obsessed with sparkle and shine.
Why We Love It: You can plan for your big day to be as elaborate as you want. Go big or go home, right?
How to Make It Your Own: Incorporate metallics or jewel tones, and bring elaborate floral arrangements into the mix. Add in elements of marble, plenty of candles, and maybe even a hint of gold sequins along the way. Don’t forget the bold, show-stopping cake to make a statement!
There’s plenty of inspiration to pull from the roaring ‘20s or even the beauty of the Victorian era, and bringing those elements into your wedding can be the perfect way to make it your own.
Who It’s Perfect For: The couple obsessed with a vintage-vibe or a specific period back in time.
Why We Love It: The beauty of sticking with a classic, neutral palette with a pop of gold.
How to Make It Your Own: Start with a simple color palette, and then add pops of dusty rose, moody maroon, or even marigold can certainly make an appearance. Send out calligraphed or handwritten invitations, incorporate a wardrobe with lace, and consider bringing antique furniture in the mix to serve as seating for your guests and even your altar. Incorporate an elaborate bar, paired with a tablescape decked in romantic linens and tall tapered candles. Don’t be afraid to incorporate sweet, family traditions along the way.
Want to be a little more playful with your wedding style? A whimsical approach may be the best bet for you.
Who It’s Perfect For: This is the ideal style for the couple who loves spontaneity and who’s just fine with going with the flow.
Why We Love It: The opportunities for pops of color and fun additions to the day are as plentiful as can be.
How to Make It Your Own: Don’t be afraid to go at it with an open mind and a love for color. Incorporate fun elements such as ribbons, streamers, and even balloon installations. Add plenty of pops of bold color from colored glassware on your tablescape to floral arrangements packed with bright blooms. Ask your baker for a colorful watercolor motif on your cake, or incorporate a unique alternative to a wedding cake, such as a stack of rice crispy treats or an elaborate candy bar.
Love natural materials, bold looks, and a wanderlust vibe? Then a boho style might be your match.
Who It's Perfect For: The couple that's always going on adventures around the globe.
Why We Love It: It's a great way to play with texture, color, and incorporate fun touches.
How To Make It Your Own: Take this opportunity to bring your world travels together in one place. Curate pieces from artisans, create some cozy and cool floor seating areas, and add in a few eclectic touches to bring on a fun touch to the event. Of course, don't forget to incorporate some great greenery, florals, and even dried pampas to your decor.