Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended countless events, from major sporting meets to intimate soirées.
I will admit that being part of the industry somewhat distorts your opinion of what makes an unforgettable event. Tactile invitations delivered by courier, celebrity-chef-designed menus, and out-of-the box themes and entertainment have now become mandatory details for me to even raise an eyebrow.
Having said that, there is still nothing more special or emotive than experiencing the weddings of my nearest and dearest family and friends.
Just like a fairytale ending, for those who have found the love of their lives, celebrating their marriage is the event of a lifetime.
Out of the many different exciting elements to consider when piecing together a dream wedding, my favorite component is most definitely the styling and décor. The possibilities are endless; however, with so many options to choose from it is sometimes hard to know where to start.
To help you along, here are a few useful references to get your imagination into gear. The following websites are some of my favorite inspirational styling sites and blogs, showcasing a myriad of real weddings, styled photo shoots, and DIY ideas.
100 Layer Cake
It is so easy to become addicted to the never-ending pages of well-edited, inspirational photos. Each entry is beautiful in its own way, with so many unique ideas and details.
Style Me Pretty
A fantastic array of real wedding pictures with some great “tag” words, making it easier to search for what you are looking for.
Martha Stewart Weddings
A comprehensive site that is well categorized to cover everything you need to know about weddings.
Gorgeous real weddings, great DIY ideas, and if you’re lucky, you may stumble upon some unusual and hard-to-find styling props in the “recycle your wedding” section.
Green Wedding Shoes
If you’re thinking about a more rustic outdoor wedding—vineyard, garden, barn, beach, or backyard—this is the site for you.
Rock N’ Roll BrideFor those who have a more indie rock alternative style, with plenty of narrative that brings to life the story of each unique wedding.
A picture album filled with everything and anything flower related.
Elaine Tiong is a freelance writer and event stylist. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org