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There is so many design elements to think about when planning your wedding and your invitation

design can really set the tone of your wedding for your guests.

When thinking about the design aspect, looking at the overall design including Style, Colour and

the Season of your wedding is a good place to start. These three elements are going to be your

guide throughout your whole wedding so let’s break them down into more detail.


Perfect Design- Tip 1 Seasons

Obviously we know there are only four seasons in the year, but there are pros and cons to all of

these seasons! Choosing your season is a great start and already gives you an idea of what the

design of your wedding can look like.


Obviously the design is also affected by other aspects such as your budget, but hopefully these

pros and cons can give you a rough idea to get you started.


Summer is the prime time for weddings for many reasons, for example couples may want an

outdoor wedding, maybe their guest list involves a lot of children and they need it in the holidays or

they have many international guests that need the vacation time to fly to a different country. In

saying this, this leads to venues upping their prizes for this exact reason. As it is quite popular, the

availability of venues in the summer goes very quickly, so if you are someone that wants a

summer wedding, get that date in fast as venues can easily book up 1 - 2 years in advance and be

aware that it may be a little more than you priced for just because of the popularity.


Winter time weddings usually have a lot more packages available on offer. As it is approaching the

holiday season, many companies will have a Christmas or New Years packages for couples. It

generally is a little cheaper than the summer packages because it has more potential riskier factors

such as snow etc. In saying this, having a winter wedding could lower your guest list. Travelling

places can be harder for guests if they are in an area where it snows more, but also so many

families go on vacation at this time, so don’t be surprised if some of your guests can’t make it. This

season also involves a little more thought in terms of whether the bride is going to wear a long

sleeved dress to keep warm, will you need jackets for the bridesmaids etc. This is an easy fix but it

is a something that needs to be thought about.


Spring and Autumn are quite similar in terms of venues and suppliers, obviously they have different

feels and colour schemes etc but with the pricing examples and things you have to think about,

they are pretty similar. They tend to be slightly cheaper than the summertime and usually have

slightly more availability in terms of dates.


Perfect Design - Tip 2 Colours

Colours and seasons for the most part go hand in hand. I’m going to go through some traditional

colour schemes with you, but at the end of the day there is no right or wrong when it comes to your

wedding. It is your day and you can design it however you like.


Summer usually has a pop of colour to it - in this case you are thinking about hot pink or yellow, but

you can also swing that with some pastel colours in the midst too. Generally summer trends are

white and gold with a pop of colour, or black and white with a bit of colour too. Think of bright and

playful when it comes to colours for this season.


On the opposite end, when you look at winter weddings, they typically go for darker colours such

as navy blue, maroon, darker Christmas colours if you are celebrating a Christmas wedding.


Spring is almost similar to summer but you want to think of toning down the colours a little bit.

Think more pastel type of colours, your light blue, baby pink etc. But also uses more greenery

when thinking about your bouquet and other design elements.


Autumn is usually more oranges, reds etc. Think more pumpkin colours getting ready for

Halloween. Autumn usually has less greenery around and toning it down to get ready for winter.

As I said earlier, this is just a guide based on the trends in the industry now. This is by no means a

set rule that you must follow, merely just a guide to help you get started on your design journey.

The other major aspect you may want to think about is your floral arrangements. I highly

recommend speaking to your florist, if you are set on a specific flower or something you have seen

on Pinterest etc. this may impact which season and colours you end up using for your wedding. If

you pick a flower that is not available in the winter for example, you then need to make a decision

whether it is more important to you to have a winter wedding or have that floral arrangement and

colour scheme for your day.


Perfect Design - Tip 3 Style

There are 4 major style points that I want to go through today. Obviously these can be mixed and

blended as you wish but these are the four major ones that I want to bring your attention to.


Luxury

Simple and elegant

Traditional

Rustic


Luxury: this is more exclusive use of a venue, big castle type venue, lots of guests, lots of lights.

Think extravagant and royal!


Rustic: think barn style, lots of wooden elements, logs, urban earthy feel. Almost the complete

opposite of luxury.


Traditional: for this one you want to think like a standard church wedding, lots of whites and cream

based colours. Very classic with little use of upcoming trends from the industry.


Simple and elegant: this is a small intimate wedding, just for close family and friends. Not a lot of

extravagant lighting, at the moment these usually involve a hall or marquee for after the ceremony.

These have been quite popular since the 2020 pandemic - just having the important people

surrounding you to celebrate your special day.


Again, these are just the four styles I use to give you an example, your wedding could be a mix of

all of them, there is no set right or wrong for your wedding day.


These three design elements are going to give you a good start for designing all of those other little

things that are involved. But once you get an idea for these things, its going to make your process

a little bit easier and it gives you a clearer understanding to all of your suppliers of what you are

trying to achieve.


If you have any questions or what some specific advice please feel free to reach out and we will be

more than willing to help you.


Memorable moments

As you know with weddings, there is so many things to think about. From the big things such as saying I Do, to the little things like trying to find the perfect centre piece. Now every wedding has different priorities and because of this some things are more important than others. Recently with all the weddings I have been to, it has been so nice to see that every guest that has been invited to

the wedding has been thought about by the bride and groom. This is shown in the little things such

as the food. If someone close to you, maybe in the bridal party, a groomsmen or a niece or

nephew, is a fuzzy eater, asking your suppliers the question if you can get something special made

for them that you know they are going to eat. It is such a little thing and can be fixed by asking one

small question but it can go a long way to that particular guest. I am not saying you have to do this

for every guest, especially if you have a large guest list, it can be quite difficult to make sure every

single person is okay but at least looking at the general menu and making sure that you have a

Gluten Free option if that is applicable for you, can really go a long way.



Memorable moments

There are also a whole bunch of little things that you can do that will go a long way with your

guests at your wedding. Some examples of this includes, having a small game in the centre of the table at your wedding breakfast! This is great to keep little ones entertained but also fun for the adults as well! Recently a lot of couples have been having a game of picture bingo. Not only does it keep the kids entertained but it also allows the adults to take photos of different moments so that they have a collection of memories from the day! Its also a great way to have a variety of photos from moments that you didn’t even know were happening.




You want to make sure that everyone enjoys your special day as well as yourselves so taking the time to focus on all of these little details really will make a difference. From the tiniest of tasks like

making sure you have enough room on dance floor for everyone to see your first dance to making

sure that there is food catered to everyone. The last thing you want is to be thinking “Are my

guests bored? Is there anything that my uncle will eat?” etc. So try to get ahead of yourselves

before the big day.



Memorable Moments

This is also what a wedding planner is there for! To help you iron out any kinks that you may have

with these small details. With all the experience of a wedding planner, I’m sure they have stories to tell and can help prevent you from forgetting about all these little details. By making it for for you both, its also going to be fun for your guests! Im not saying that you need to go out and spend a whole bunch of money on something for everyone but maybe get a little creative and think outside of the box. For example, something as simple as a word search! These are so easy to generate online and it will give your guests something to keep them entertained while they are waiting for the food to be served.


If you have any worries or questions, your wedding planner is going to be your best point of

contact. They have experienced so many different types of weddings and have seen so many

things over their time. They would be more than happy to give you any advice or suggestions.

Don’t feel like you have to take all of their suggestions onboard but you never know what idea it

might spark for you to make it your unique special day. If you have any questions please feel to

reach out to us here at Sal Majik and we would be more than happy to help you out!

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Blending cultures and all the different traditions that these cultures bring is something that I

constantly get asked about. So I thought I would just scratch the surface of some of these here

with this blog!

In this day and age it is lovely to see so many cultures coming together for weddings however this

can lead to some concerns so thats what I am here to help you all with. It’s so hard to find the

perfect blend for every culture as you need to make sure all cultures are included as thats what a wedding is right? The merging of two families! However you need to find that perfect mix that both parties are happy with, you don’t want too much of one culture and not enough of the other. It is

important to both families that the cultures are represented equally, as you are two equal people

coming together.


Another problem that can arise is when it comes to the politics of the wedding. This can happen

when the families want so badly to have their traditions represented and seen and you have to

decide between the two. It can be hard to plan a wedding and sometimes this element can make it even harder. At the end of the day you need to remember that this wedding is for you! You both

need to be happy with the final decisions that are made, but you also need to make your families

happy. What I do recommend in this situation, is to talk to your wedding planner! Here at Sal Majik

we love to learn about all the different cultures! I have been lucky enough to have had experience

with blending cultures together in a wedding, and although there is so many more cultures that I

would love to learn about, I definitely have some insight into assisting with this aspect of the

planning process. This can be super helpful as you get an outsiders perspective, someone that is

outside of the family and doesn’t have that bias against either side, to aid in merging those

cultures.


An example of this that I have had insight into is a Jewish family and a Catholic family. For the

Jewish culture the chuppah, which is the nuptial canopy that creates a temporary sanctified space

for the Bride and Groom was an important aspect for this couple and for the Catholic family, it

created an ideal photo that she wanted for the album whilst symbolising the couples journey to a

new life together. This can be a lovely mix for this couple but once again every couple is different.

What I do recommend you do, is speak to both families and discuss which aspects are the most

important to each family that needs to be represented in this culture and this wedding. Once you

have done this, your wedding planner is going to be your next best option to make sure that

everyone is happy and that both parties are being represented equally.


If you would like for me to go into more details of specific cultures please do let us know!

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