purple silver settings.jpgPHOTO: Her World Brides Sept – Nov 2015

1. Pick your favourites
Your wedding should reflect who you are as a couple, and your personalities. One way to inject your characters into the celebration, is to include your favourite things. Think colour, objects, countries, films, themes, or even the place where you head to for dates.

2. Set the mood
When choosing colours for your palette, think about the look and feel you want to have. Whether it’s a dreamy celebration (pastels), boisterous party (vivid hues such as orange, yellow, pops of green and fuchsia), or a sophisticated reception (silvery hues paired with icy blues or purples), choose a theme to anchor your vision on.

Alternatively, you can base your palette on the places you love (for instance, the obvious blue and white theme for a beach-side celebration, or Santorini-inspired one), or the place where you first met.

With flowers though, keep in mind the season you’re getting married in, as certain blooms are only available during certain times of the year. Unless you’re thinking of using blooms like orchids, roses, or hibiscus, which are available year-round.

3. Think out of the box (or plate)
Table settings aren’t just limited to the plates, chargers, napkins and cutlery. They involve other details such as flowers, candles, tealights, stationery (place cards and menus) and wine glasses. All these should come together to achieve a cohesive look, which can be done by having all of them in the same, or complementary colours according to your theme.

How you place all these things matter, too. If you’re having individually-placed favours, be sure to align them properly with all the other items, so it doesn’t come across as messy.

4. Look to inspiration
If you’re doing the set-up yourself (which shouldn’t be the case – see mistake #9, look to Pinterest or Instagram for ideas on how to put the look together beautifully.