A Guide to Wedding Planning Lingo

How many times do you see the terms “Theme” and “Concept” used when describing a wedding, aren’t they the same thing? And what is the difference really between a “Wedding Design” and a “Wedding Planning”? Wonder no longer! Read on to find answers to those questions and more, in this weeks wedding terminology guide!

First let’s look at Theme and Concept. The two do cover the same information, the style of your wedding, and the feeling imparted by the decor. They are two different animals though, as we will see.

Theme: The use of decorating themes has become a very popular trend for weddings in recent years. A theme can be as simple as “Beach Wedding” or as elaborate as a re-creation of a fairytale, Cinderella at the ball anyone? A theme can be based on style (beach) or color (aqua and beige) or both: A beach themed wedding in aqua and beige. Themes can be good or bad, remember folks, taste and design sensibility play a role! The pictures from your wedding will be a family keepsake for generations to come, ask yourself how this theme might look 20 years from now!

Color Schemes: Generally when referring to the colors used for a wedding we call it a “color palette” or “color scheme” One common mistake with color schemes is that everything has to match. As in, the bridesmaids dresses must be the exact same shade as the ribbons on your favors. Not so. “Matching” is not necessary, choose two to three colors you love and vary the shades throughout your decor. The effect will be much more sophisticated than the exact same color repeated again and again.

Added bonus: Not being quite so color-matching obsessed will come in handy when items inevitably come in just a shade off from what you were expecting!

Concept: A wedding concept is like a map to planning a wedding. It includes colors, textures, and shapes, everything that contributes to the design of your wedding. A wedding concept is often presented as a concept board. Most wedding concepts you see on-line are a composition of pictures depicting everything from the flowers to the favors. A true concept board will incorporate images and touchable items like fabrics. This board is a wonderful tool to show everyone involved in your wedding just what you want!

Wedding Design: Similar to interior design, a wedding that is nicely designed is like a well appointed room, all the furnishings and colors work together. A wedding designer will work with you to create a unified concept for your wedding. Each detail of your wedding will resonate with that concept. Your wedding designer will also recruit a team of like minded vendors. Your baker, florist, and caterer should also be design-minded to achieve a cohesive wedding look.

Wedding Planning: Wedding planning is pretty self explanatory. It encompasses all the tasks great and small required to plan a ceremony and reception. Wedding planners have become almost a necessity to the busy Bride. If you and your Fiance both work full time you should consider hiring a planner to help. The average Bride spends around 250 hours planning her wedding, do you have the time? Planners vary greatly in the areas of; skill, services offered, and price. Many planners focus mainly on the fundamental ingredients of wedding planning, venue, vendors, and scheduling. Some mostly cater to Brides who only need “day of wedding planning”, they oversee the wedding that the Bride planned herself. Still others are multifaceted, involved in both the basic logistics and the design process.

Tip: Do your research when looking for a wedding planner or designer. Ask yourself these questions before meeting with a planner: Do you want lots of help or just a little? Do you know just how you want it to look, or do you need help finding your wedding style? Be sure to see pictures of weddings she has planned. Above all make sure that you really like your planner, you will be spending a lot of time together!

I hope these definitions help you navigate the wedding planning maze with greater confidence!

Happy planning,