Read Get Inspired Part 1 and see the different moodboards and inpirations the W@Wies used as pegs for their wedding.
And once you’ve decided on a theme, the creative juices would most likely keep flowing. There are practical and lavish ways to personalize and customize your wedding.
Here are our suggestions:
You can DIY.
If you have the resourcefulness and time, “Do-It-Yourself”. Some of our couples did their own wedding details.
Add your personal touch and theme on some of the stationeries, ceremony, and reception essentials and nice-to-haves.
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A reminders on DIYs though, you don’t want to stretch yourself too thin. See if your family members and friends can also help out or ask your coordinator and caterer if there are items they already have in storage.
“When planning to DIY, start early. Its better matapos siya earlier than to cram 2 weeks before the wedding. Make a checklist of what you are planning to DIY. If you’re not into crafts or arts, wag napiliting mag-DIY…hehehe!” - Cris(bride) ni Kim(groom)
“You have to decide if you’re going to spurge on it or not, may stylist ka ba o kaya mo na ng DIY? Remember hindi sa lahat ng panahon mas mura ang DIY, you would have to spend both time and money in making them so you have to be really sure and determined.” - Sonny+Joanna
To hire or not to hire an Events Stylist…
A bare and open space allows you to be more inventive, but may require major decorating. While a venue with a beautiful landscape may just need minimal styling or none at all. Most caterers have basic table arrangements and backdrop options included in their packages. You can opt for an upgrade or if budget permits, you can go all the way and let a professional do his/her magic.
As W@wies shared, they have lots of ideas but they need a reliable person who can execute those so that on the day, everything will appear organized and thematic.
“Yes, our stylist is also our florist & coordinator…it is risky to get one supplier to do all of these but I thought it’ll be easier for me so I don’t need to deal with different suppliers. I chose a stylist that has the same aesthetic as we do, so we need not worry about every single detail and trust that he knows our taste and the over-all look & feel that we are going for. He also know our non-negotiables such as colour restrictions, drapes, etc.” –Naz & Diana
But is it really necessary to have a theme? Heck, in the good ol’ days a plain colour motif is enough, right?! Putting the element of “us” in our weddings makes the preparations more inspiring and the celebration itself extra special and memorable.
“Having a theme means our minds and energies are focused to a particular goal. Our thoughts will be more collected and the overall look, more unified. It also means we have to stick to a certain look even if something more beautiful, more elegant comes up. I believe, the process of choosing and executing your theme will give you a glimpse of what it will be like when you guys are married na, like how the two of you will work together as a team.” - Sheena and Carlo
“Let’s face it, we girls tend to be indecisive when it comes to wedding details and practically everything. Haha! So the theme will keep us from getting distracted. You don’t want your wedding to be a hodgepodge of everything, right? With a theme, it should be easy to choose a color motif, get pegs for pre-nup photos, find decors for your reception, and even structure your program. Also, decide on a theme that you can execute without too much trouble.”
“It sets the mood of the wedding and it makes the wedding unique.” - Daniel & Bernadette
“Cost wise, having a theme also helps because it can set your gauge on how much you can spend for the look that you want to achieve. Also, it would be easier to talk to your suppliers so that they also know how to work on your big day.” - Mixie & Mitchie
“For me, a wedding with so many details is nice so long as coherence is maintained. Having a lot of designs that do not relate to each other is too much and too heavy. Don’t under estimate the beauty of setting a theme. A wonderfully executed theme will be evident on your wedding pictures. Having a theme also does not mean that your wedding will be expensive.” - Melvin and Caren
“Choose a classic theme na many years from now when you look back eh happy pa rin kayo that you chose that theme for your wedding. Put your own style. Don’t choose a theme dahil lang sa uso.” -John Neil & She-Ann
There are a lot of ideas out there but what works best is something that has meaning to both of you — one wherein you can tell your story, show your personalities, and share your passion to your families and friends.
And as we always say in W@W, “don’t stress on the small stuff.”. Enjoy the moment and just have fun! Happy preps!
(Overseas W@Wie since 2012, been in LDR and tied the knot in 2013; N@wie neophyte, and baby on the way!)