By Robin Dini – Studio manger and lead photographer at Steve DePino Photography

Now that you have chosen a date and have zeroed in on the venue that you want to host your event at, what is your vision for the creative direction of your wedding day?  Here are a few items to consider while brainstorming the overall vibe and feel you are hoping to share with your guests.  

What is your vision?

Will your event be laid back casual or a glamorous  and formal black tie affair?  Are you looking for crisp and clean with a modern twist or weathered and antiqued vintage decor? For a summertime affair, are you embracing a beachy decorum or classic cocktail attire? Is your outdoor event being held at a rustic barn or are you considering tented vineyard?

What inspires you?

When you visualize your wedding, what do you see and where are you finding the inspirational photos and ideas for making it all come together?  Do you read planning blogs?  Are you an active “pinner” on Pinterest?  What magazines are you reading?


What’s the next step in pulling it all together?

Hiring a team of talented vendors and professionals in the wedding industry that have the creative insight to listen to your ideas and collaborate for a successful end result.  Below are the different vendors to consider on your wedding day:

  • Photographer – What style of photography are you looking for?  Are you going for a traditional posed photographs or is photojournalism more your style?
  • Videographer – Do you want one? What is the style you’re looking for?
  • Caterer – What type of cuisine is best suited for your event?  Seated?  Buffet? How many courses are you looking for?  We’ve seen everything from down-home-BBQ style, to food trucks, to formal seated dinners with multiple courses.  Consider what your favorite foods are and what your guests would enjoy and find the caterer that would be the best fit for that.
  • Cake Designer – What is your design aesthetic for your cake options?  Elaborate and ornate?  Simple with minimal embellishments? Are you considering having a groom’s cake?  If you’re opting out of the cake option, what would you like to serve instead?  Cupcakes or pies?
  • Florist – What style of bouquet is the bride looking for?  Are the girls all going to be uniform in color and style? Are you looking for grand centerpieces of simple elegance?  Do you have an overall design in mind or are you willing to let your florist offer up ideas based on your flower and color choices?
  • DJ or Band – The music sets the tone for your cocktail party and reception.  Do you have a preference for life music versus a DJ?  Do you need to consider hiring someone for the ceremony and cocktail hour music?  There are benefits to either but the choice lies in what kind of atmosphere you are hoping to achieve.  Stringed instruments during the ceremony or mariachi during the cocktail hour are great ideas to consider.
  • Photobooth – Becoming ever more popular in recent years, photobooth companies are available to hire for this request.  Couples offer this option during their cocktail hour and reception as a fun way for guests to grab a snapshot of themselves to take home and share with the bride and groom.
  • Event Planner – Have you considered hiring someone to be your day-of-planner would an event planner be helpful for you from the beginning to help pull together the entire vision?
  • Transportation –  Considering how large your wedding party is and how much time you’ll need to be on the road on your wedding day, do you need to travel in style or can your attendants and parents hitch a ride?  Party buses, limousines, vintage cars, and trolleys can be considered.
  • Paper Items – The trend in recent years has been to hire artisans to design and assemble various paper items for weddings including invitations, programs, menus, save-the-dates, place cards, table numbers, and many more!  You can find these artists locally or online.


Our final planning blog post in this series will discuss fashion and style and pulling together a successful timeline.  Looking for inspiration for your wedding?  Check out our Pinterest page and Instagram feed for daily updates and images of events we’ve covered.

Want more insight and tips? This is part 2 of a 3 part series  Click Here for part 1 >>


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