Event Vision 101: Personality
Finding your event’s personality is crucial. I no longer like to say the term “theme” because it’s a bit antiquated and can be a bit stifling. However, just like a theme, having more than one at your event can be confusing and distracting. No good ever came out of anything with multiple personalities—this includes your wedding. Your event’s personality could be inspired by color, a location, a jewel, an era, or even food! How does it make you feel when you think of it? What does it make you want to do the second the thought of it enters your mind? In other words, if your event were a person, who would it be? How would it smell? What would it look like? How would it feel?
Starting off with very basic questions in the beginning of your planning process can be helpful to get you to discover facets of your design that you hadn’t originally considered. Also, asking them halfway through your planning allows you to make sure you are staying on track and can steer away from an event vision exorcism.
Ask yourself—if your long lost friend had missed your wedding, how would you describe it to them? What would you create that would be the most memorable for you, as well as your guests? Could you sum up your event vision in just five words? What words or feelings would then stem from that?
You will find that your event’s personality is born right before your eyes.
I really like the term “personality” as opposed to “theme.” Themes are scary — or, the connotation is at least.
I may need to steal that word form you, T. Great Post!
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