If you visited us at the National Wedding Show in London or Birmingham this year, you might have noticed some beautiful boutonnieres adorning our suits and jackets (you might have spotted them in our lookbook too). The designer, Rachel Emma, also creates bespoke stationery, decorations and other big-day details, so we asked her for her expertise on how you can create a cohesive look for a truly stylish wedding day.
Gone are the days of picking one colour for your wedding and just matching your tie to the bridesmaids’ dresses. Wedding design in 2017 is more about creating an atmosphere than sticking rigidly to a colour scheme.
As a designer in the wedding industry, I work closely with couples to realise the details that make their weddings so special. Here are a few tips I always share with my clients to help you use your wedding details to create a cohesive scheme.
STATIONERY IS IMPORTANT
Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests get into the style of your wedding, so you can use this as an opportunity to set the tone of your day. For example, metallics are set to be a big wedding trend again this year, so you could choose gold foil stationery to compliment this look at the very beginning of your wedding planning.
KEEPING THE WEDDING PARTY COHESIVE
Buttonholes are one of the most useful elements to bring your wedding party together as a whole. Bridesmaids’ dresses in copper and rose gold tones are really in at the moment, so why not reflect this in your buttonholes so that the groom and groomsmen compliment the ladies? Don’t forget, fresh flowers are not the only choice for buttonholes: paper flowers, dried herbs, feathers and succulents all make great alternatives.
Use the traditional pieces such as place cards and favours to add to the atmosphere of your venue. For example, wooden place cards with moss would impress your guests and bring an authentic feel to a woodland wedding.
DESIGNED TOUCHES IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
It’s the small touches like a cake topper that ties in with your table names that really make the difference in a cohesively styled wedding. The more little thoughtful details you can include, the more you are contributing to the atmosphere of your wedding as a whole.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOUR WEDDING IS ABOUT YOU
The most important thing that your details should do for your wedding is to tell your guests something about you as a couple. Taking inspiration from trends is a good way to start, but make sure that your personality shines through and you will be on to a winner.
Rachel runs her design business, Rachel Emma Studio, which focuses on making beautiful details and environments for weddings and happy days. She loves helping couples let their personalities shine through on their wedding day, which is the driving force behind everything she does. Follow her on Instagram @rachelemmastudio or visit rachelemmastudio.com