Bethany Wright, Events Director for Chrysis Entertainment, submitted this post to me recently. Chrysis was the Official Entertainment Sponsor of the Washington Bridal Showcase held earlier this month at the DC Convention Center.
Our events team had the pleasure of meeting with hundreds of brides at Bridal Showcase. Whether they were brand new or more experienced, some had trouble envisioning their wedding day and putting it into words when I asked the question, “What’s your vision?”
This is quite understandable - many engaged couples come to a bridal show to get weddings ideas, as well as to find vendors. Your wedding day should reflect your unique voice. I’ve often heard, “I want to do this, but that’s not how it’s done.” So what!
I overheard one bride say that she wanted her mother at the head table, to which her mother protested that she didn’t belong there. She does belong if it makes the bride happy! The last thing any bride wants is to have regrets on a most memorable milestone in her life - one in which she had the most control. While traditions are good to uphold in many cases, there are those than can be tweaked and crafted to make your wedding day perfect, like the rising trend of “Men of Honor.”
Descriptive words are a great tool for vendors when it comes to creating your wedding vision. Here are some good examples I heard: Whimsical, fantasy, classic, vintage, Jane Austen, princess, glam, natural, modern, clean, Hollywood, crystal, red roses, fall-inspired, feminine, cute, rustic, beach, outdoor and “green”. These words gave our event team the insight we needed in offering our services. For example, the outdoor bride doesn’t need for me to explain how we can drape and uplight her reception space.
Pinterest is a terrific place to begin crafting your wedding vision. Share your board with your vendors to give them specific examples of what you want to include in your special day.
Thanks for the great advice, Bethany! For more information on Chrysis Entertainment and to share your wedding vision with Bethany, call 202.238.9011 and visit www.chrysis.org.