February 9, 2021
Choosing your wedding decor is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding! There’s no doubt that your head (and Pinterest boards) are filled with non-stop inspiration and endless possibilities. But too many choices can leave you feeling a little less excited and a little more overwhelmed. It’s one thing to see it on Pinterest and another to imagine how all of your ideas will look on your wedding day. But don’t worry! I’m here to make things a little easier for you.
Below, I’ve broken down the four main wedding decor styles I’m seeing for 2021 and 2022 as a New Jersey calligrapher. If you’re looking for wedding inspiration, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re dreaming of a classic wedding, a modern wedding, a boho wedding, or even a rustic wedding, I’m serving up all the inspiration and advice on executing the style well on your special day. Although sticking to one style is a “safe” choice, definitely don’t be afraid to mix and match styles! I love when my couples trust me to blend two different styles to create something truly unique to them.
Ahh, rustic. We‘ve seen a huge surge in rustic wedding decor over the past few years, but I don’t think it is going anywhere anytime soon! Rustic wedding decor is often characterized by natural elements, like wooden signage, handmade paper with torn edges, and a natural, earthy color palette. A lot of DIY wedding decor takes on a rustic look because everyday household items can easily be repurposed (think: mason jars or window frames!). If you’re planning to do a lot of DIY wedding decor, a rustic theme will pair nicely! If you want to add a touch of elegance to your rustic decor, add some acrylic accents and soft candlelight.
A boho style wedding is one of my favorites (although I say that about every style )! Similar to rustic in its use of natural elements and textures, the difference between the two is that a boho wedding tends to be a bit more eclectic. When choosing boho wedding decor, mixing in textures and different shapes makes your overall design more interesting. Boho weddings typically have a wider color palette. The majority of the colors can be neutrals (think pampas grass!), but then you can throw in a mix of brighter and bolder florals. Think about mixing items from different time periods, such as vintage glasses with delicate paper place cards, to create even more visual interest.
I feel as though classic weddings and modern weddings are the most misunderstood! When I think of classic wedding inspiration, I picture lots of greenery, white florals, and romantic candlelight. When color is added, it’s mostly muted so that it appears more neutral (think: the dusty rose florals we saw everywhere over the last couple of years). Stunning every time, even though it’s “trending now,” I don’t think it’ll ever look dated! It’s characterized by timelessness. If you’re looking to add some unique touches to your classic wedding decor, consider adding handmade paper to give your wedding a more organic feel. In my opinion, there isn’t a style that doesn’t look good with handmade paper touches!
Unlike classic wedding decor (which I mentioned above), modern wedding design is characterized by clean lines and a minimal color palette, so surfaces like acrylic and mirrors work really well here. I personally love adding delicate calligraphy touches to modern pieces, like a mirror seating chart or clear/frosted acrylic boards. If you’re looking to soften up your modern decor, I’d recommend bringing in warmer gold accents in frames or ink color.
At the end of the day, I want you to love the wedding decor you choose. Don’t worry about being too trendy or making your wedding day feel too styled if that’s not what you want. Choose decor that you love and that reflects the two of you as a couple. No matter which style you choose, you don’t need to fit your wedding into a box or replicate the styled shoot that you found online. Keeping a cohesive design will help make the wedding decor decisions feel more effortless, but ultimately, choose items you love! I love how couples are moving away from choosing one or two colors on their wedding day, and opting for more rounded color palettes instead. Mixing a couple of the styles above can have a similar effect. And if you fancy hand written touches, that’s my specialty. Contact me and I would love to help bring your vision to life. Or, head to my portfolio to feel inspired.