So you’ve already set a date, maybe even picked out a dress, chosen a theme, told the bridesmaids what dress they’re to look pretty in – just not prettier than you on the big day. Now what? There’s the programme and guests to finalise, flowers to pick out, and a lot of other things running around in your mind.
Can you picture it yet? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. From deciding what food to put on the menu and even to the music you’ll walk down the aisle to, weddings are particularly stressful, particularly to the bride. I’ve had clients who nearly wished they could just elope to escape all of that stress.
But let’s get real – half the fun of getting married is all the stress and clamour that goes into planning it. We all have a love-hate relationship with making sure everyone gets there, wears the appropriate attire, and actually matches with the motif and theme. That’s where we come in – we make sure our floral arches or floral walls match your theme, so you’ll have one less thing to think about.
Wedding décor – or any décor for that matter – is not something just anyone can be good at. However, with the right set of tricks, anyone can create a breathtaking setup for their wedding without too much effort. Want to know how? Read on.
Pick a colour motif.
This is pretty much a given and the first thing you and your groom should decide on. Your colour motif will translate to what the bridesmaids and groomsmen will wear, what flowers you’ll pick, the design of the cake, the invitations – everything. And while you can’t expect to have everything matching, the set of colours you want for your special day will tie all the elements together. Make sure to pick the main colour you want for your theme, and then pick a contrast for that colour that will set it off and make it shine. Blush pink, for example, could use a hint of gold to make it more alive. Brides who want seafoam blue should think of pairing it with a brighter colour like a hint of mustard yellow or notes of cherry red. The key is to pick colours that set each other off and not clash.
Pick a theme.
Your theme is the vibe you want your wedding to have. You can opt for elegant classic, whimsical bohemian, chic minimalist, or perhaps laid-back country. You can get as creative as you want and as personal as you want. I’ve even worked with a bride who opted for a travel-inspired wedding and ordered a cake that looked like piled-up suitcases. It was odd, but beautiful nonetheless.
Your theme is something you and your groom should ideally decide on together. You’ll have more fun that way. Find something you both like or something that you bond over.
Pick out an arch shape and size.
Now that you have your colour and theme, you can decide what type of arch you want for the wedding of your dreams. Many brides prefer the traditional arch, while some are now venturing into more uncommon shapes and sizes. I’ve seen brides opting for a minimalist chic look, experimenting with bare, geometrically-shaped arches that perfectly matched their overall theme.
While the shape and size of your arch may not be the most important aspects of your décor, getting these elements right can help tie your entire theme together.
Pick your ideal arch add-on.
What you put on your arch depends heavily on your colour and theme, and even your personal family traditions and religion. Some families prefer the traditional types of cloth, some prefer flowers, and some really don’t have personal preferences. The most common nowadays is the floral arch or a floral wall, with an abundance of vines and flowers that provide the perfect backdrop for a lifetime of happiness and commitment.
For a floral arch, you can choose the kinds of flowers according to the colours you’ve picked out. You can even opt for paper flowers in the colours that match your bridesmaids’ dresses. If you’re the adventurous type, why not put paper planes or paper wheels on your wedding arch? Another thing to consider is matching the design of your wedding arch with your invitations. This should be consistent in all your visuals, since you’ve already decided on the colours and the theme beforehand. It’s all up to you. After all, it’s your big day!