What happens when a writer and a designer, two total perfectionists, decide to get married? There will be loads of details, which they will create themselves for the wedding… even if this means many sleepless nights, loads of take away food and altogether an awfully time-consuming job. But the result will be all worth it!!! When you see all the details coming together you just cannot stop looking at your work, feeling happy and content.
Look and feel
Our first step was coming up with a theme, a concept for the wedding. We wanted something, which really describes our relationship and us. The idea of telling Our Love Story came quite naturally and it worked like a spark for the whole creative thinking process. By beginning of September we had the basic idea and I remember spending hours and hours on research, searching for moodboard inspirations. Whenever I found a style, a colour or an atmosphere that I liked I organized the pictures into folders, so that later on we could choose together which ones we both like. I always had a thing for vintage accessories, clothes and decor and it fitted perfectly with the look-and-feel of the theme too. Regarding the colour scheme, pastels seemed to work best, but we waited for our decorator to get on board before we finalised the palette containing 5 colours (old rose, pale brick, faded turquoise, linen, pale gold). Later on, these shades also served as directions for the bridesmaids, groom mates, flower girl and pageboys when choosing their outfit.
Because the concept was strong and it defined our background very well the ideas at the exploration stage were very exciting. Ideas started popping one after the other. We could already see how the invitation will be the first chapter of our love story, forming a book. Then the story would continue at the wedding: the table numbers would be the further chapters. We wanted an intimate celebration, with our closest family and friends, those people who play(ed) an important part in our lives, in our story. And we wanted to include them as much as possible. While doing the seating we tried to organise our guests according to a particular chapter as well. Since for each table the story covered only two pages of text (one in Hungarian and one in English) we had a hard time to find a solution for how to put that in a book format…
Parallel to this we had a big question mark about the guestbook… at a later stage finally the two problems inspired one great solution – making mini guestbooks, which are empty except containing the relevant chapter in both languages. This way guests could leave their messages while enjoying the comfort of their own table, for example when waiting for the next dinner course. BTW by making, I really mean making… after finding book binders, who: A) were too pricy; B) could not bind-in a two-page text in the book; C) the books they offered came too thick, which we really did not need – Husband2Be decided to stitch the books himself. (And I was rather proud of him for this J). Since our love story followed a chronological order, our table, The Vows, was the last one. Having our lucky number (8) on the cover it also served as a unique ring pillow. The rings were tied with a rose and a turquoise string, and after our vows were said we put the handwritten cards as a memory of our promises. Then the book, Chapter 8, was put on our table so that our parents and witnesses would be able to leave their personal messages. Now when all the books are placed on a bookshelf the spines form the words „Our Love Story” and the date.
Staying on the book idea, H2B designed the seating chart as a table of contents, applied on an open book. Whilst as name cards we thought of making bookmarks with a personal note on them, which also served as a wedding souvenir for each guest. According to nationality the language changed, and their menu choice reflected in the colour coding of their individual, hand-made menu cards and bookmarks.
Whilst I was busy writing the chapters of our love story in Hungarian and English for each table, H2B spent his entire free time coming up with the design for the stationary. Our heart logo – forming a continuous string and being inspired by tying the knot – was applied on various surfaces from paper, through textile and even metal. On our invitations, name cards (bookmarks) and menu cards, we literally used a string, which complemented the vintage and rustic look-and-feel.
What do you think of our concept? And what are you favourite themes in general for a wedding? Looking forward to hear your opinion J
If you are interested in my favourite wedding moments click here.
Soon there is a post coming up about the bride’s and groom’s outfits and other accessories. Stay tuned! 😉