How to Mix and Match Your Wedding

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Your wed­ding is a time for cel­e­bra­tion. It should reflect the joy you and your part­ner feel as you begin a new life togeth­er. To cre­ate the per­fect day, take some time to think about the look and feel of its key ele­ments. Your wed­ding style begins with the look of your wed­ding par­ty and ends with the theme of your recep­tion.

Of course, you also don’t want to end up with a cook­ie-cut­ter wed­ding either. We know it’s a lot to think about, but with these tips, you can have the fun, sen­ti­men­tal wed­ding of your dreams and mem­o­ries that will spark hap­pi­ness in years to come.

Theme and Mood

Your wed­ding day is a per­son­al affair. The theme of the day should reflect your per­son­al­i­ties and desires. It should dis­play what you want to remem­ber about this time of your life. That’s why set­tling on a theme is so impor­tant.

You have a num­ber of dif­fer­ent options. You can have an out­door wed­ding that recalls a gar­den par­ty or takes place on a moun­tain­top. An indoor venue can have the ornate trap­pings of tra­di­tion, like a house of wor­ship or a mod­ern edgy feel, like an art gallery.

What­ev­er you decide, the indi­vid­ual ele­ments cre­ate the theme. Your col­or scheme, loca­tion and decor all come togeth­er to set the mood for the day. In order to cre­ate that right feel, have a look at col­or swatch­es. Vis­it venues and envi­sion the cer­e­mo­ny. Once you have this frame­work, move on to putting togeth­er the essen­tial ele­ments.

Venue for wedding in the evening.

Bridesmaids Dresses

The women who stand beside the bride may have diverse body shapes, heights, col­or­ing and style pref­er­ences. Co-ordi­na­tion in some respect is essen­tial, but does not have to come at the expense of com­fort.

Pick one ele­ment from the bride’s gown to car­ry through the brides­maids’ dress­es. This may be lace, bead­ing, or a spe­cial piece of embroi­dery. You can give the women a choice of dress­es, so they can pick the right cut (open or closed back), length, and even col­or. You can have the top or bot­tom con­sis­tent between women and have them choose the top that fits them.

Alter­na­tive­ly, you can nar­row down the dress­es into a small port­fo­lio and ask them to choose the one they like best. Try as much as pos­si­ble to make peo­ple feel part of the event, with­out forc­ing them too far out of their com­fort zone.

Keep in mind, too, that tra­di­tion­al matchy-matchy dress­es are not a neces­si­ty in the mod­ern wed­ding. Many brides are choos­ing to instead go the palette route and have their maids in dif­fer­ent shades of the same col­or. Or, by far the bold­est option, to have a mix of col­ors.

It’s what­ev­er you want for your wed­ding and what you want the tone of your wed­ding to be. What we mean by that is, if your theme is a lit­tle more bohemi­an alter­na­tive dress options work real­ly well for that, but a more for­mal affair is gen­er­al­ly tra­di­tion­al with dress options.

Bride and bridesmaids in alternative mix and match dresses.

Groomsmen Suits

The grooms­men also want to reflect the style of the groom. He may choose to wear a suit, tuxe­do or dis­tinct per­son­al attire for the day. He wants to stand out from oth­er mem­bers of the wed­ding par­ty as the groom, but not clash entire­ly.

Co-ordi­na­tion is impor­tant here, as well. The grooms­men should have a con­sis­tent look, match­ing each oth­er while also show­ing a con­nec­tion to the man at the cen­ter of the cer­e­mo­ny. Try for match­ing shoes and suits.

As for spe­cif­ic ele­ments, con­sid­er giv­ing the groom a slight­ly more upscale look than the rest of the par­ty. That might include a vest when grooms­men have none, a cum­ber­bund of a dif­fer­ent shade, or nice cuf­flinks. Exper­i­ment with col­or com­bi­na­tions and dif­fer­ent tie styles.

Don’t feel restrict­ed by col­or, though. It is not unusu­al to see a groom in a black tux, but grooms­men gray or one of sev­er­al oth­er com­bi­na­tions. This is a great excuse to get swatch­es and try out dif­fer­ent ideas. See our gallery for more grooms­men inspi­ra­tion.

Groom and groomsmen in Mystic Blue Peak Lapel Suits.

Floral Arrangements

Flow­ers and wed­dings go togeth­er like milk and hon­ey, but there’s no need to get hung up on a tra­di­tion­al cen­ter­piece. Work with your design­er to cre­ate an over­all col­or scheme and incor­po­rate flow­ers that are right for that aes­thet­ic.

Of course, wed­dings are also a time for mean­ing and sen­ti­ment. If you have a per­son­al con­nec­tion to cer­tain flow­ers, give them a place. If your part­ner brought you lilies on a spe­cial date or at your engage­ment par­ty, it may be the per­fect flower for the head table.

You can use green­ery to enhance your flo­ral arrange­ments, whether you have large blooms or more sub­tle, small flow­ers as table accents. A flower on its own might be stun­ning, but may look emp­ty with­out fur­ther nat­ur­al ele­ments to cre­ate the feel and look.

Flow­ers are a great way to incor­po­rate dif­fer­ent aspects of your col­or palette. Choos­ing tra­di­tion­al white and blush buds is a thing of the past (but still absolute­ly gor­geous, if that’s your aes­thet­ic). Con­sid­er includ­ing bright col­ors for a stun­ning and fun look that adds a lit­tle mod­ern flair to your look.

Bride with fantastic floral bouquet.

Table Settings

Col­or scheme is also essen­tial when you design table set­tings. Your recep­tion tables will reflect an over­all theme, whether that’s rus­tic, min­i­mal­ist, tra­di­tion­al or some­thing out-of-the-box. Your base col­ors could be blue and white, cop­per and oth­er metal­lic themes or spring­time pas­tels.

There are sev­er­al pieces to your table set­tings. There’s the table­cloth, if your theme calls for it, per­haps a table run­ner for the main wed­ding par­ty, sil­ver­ware, glass­es, plates and bowls. Try to assign a role for each piece; in oth­er words, don’t include three dif­fer­ent types of spoons if your occa­sion doesn’t real­ly call for it.

The table aes­thet­ic should con­tin­ue from the over­all theme of the wed­ding. If the bride wore an earthy, non-tra­di­tion­al wed­ding dress, so should the recep­tion hall have a sim­i­lar earthy theme. If it’s upscale and tra­di­tion­al, that should car­ry through.

Table setting option for wedding.

Finding Your Perfect Style on Your Wedding Day

After all that hands-on work cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful wed­ding, you may want to take some time for you. Relax at home — but still get some of those errands out of the way. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have on offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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