9.23.2015

How to Start the Wedding Design Process with Hanalulu Co.

I'm so excited to have my friend Hannah, of HANALULU CO., join us as a guest blogger for our Meet The Expert series. When I met Hannah, we hit it off right away as we share a love for anything pretty, pink and kate spade! I was so thrilled to collaborate with Hannah on our modern preppy chic inspiration shoot at The Green Building last year, which was featured on Green Wedding Shoes. I asked Hannah to share her favorite tips on how to start the wedding design process with a wedding designer. I hear from a lot of brides that finding the way to express your style throughout your wedding can be an overwhelming task without an expert by your side. Enjoy!

Meet Hannah..... 

Hello! I’m Hannah Shen, owner of HANALULU CO., a Brooklyn-based design studio that specializes in event décor and styling. We provide couples with the creative direction they need to create a wedding that’s perfectly theirs. From designing the wedding concept, sourcing décor and props, to crafting the fun details, we’re there to inspire, advise, and show them how it’s all possible. Starting the wedding design process can be oh-so-overwhelming, so here are our five tips to jumpstart your wedding adventure!

No. 1 - Before anything else, do this with your fiancé first. 

It’s important to start with the basics with a pen + paper and brainstorm all the words to describe how you want your wedding to look and feel. Whether your list includes "colorful, fun and sophisticated" or "organic and natural with a splash of whimsy", this will be a helpful way for ya'll to focus and stay on the same page in terms of design!

No. 2 - Look outside the wedding box for inspiration. 

Don’t get us wrong, we can spend hours upon hours browsing weddings on Pinterest! However, try sourcing inspiration from interior spaces -- even your own! We love seeing how different colors, patterns, and textures are used in homes, and taking those ideas and translating them into your wedding space. For example, we took this pretty pin and dreamt up this fun bridal shower.

No. 3 - Disrupt the trends. 

Do things with a bit of a twist. We are huge advocates of doing something different and making it your own. For instance, we adore the color and texture of chambray -- denim's softer cousin. By mixing in ombré and adding a splash of sparkle, we were able to incorporate the casual design element in an elegant and playful way like this example.

No. 4 - Marry two different styles into one. 

Just like you’re joining two different personalities in a marriage, try blending your two styles to create your own design. This editorial shoot we designed is a great example of a fun yet sophisticated matchmaking -- classic Chanel meets good ole Brooklyn!

No. 5 - Choose your wedding colors wisely. 

Color will help set the tone for your big day, and also tie together all the details -- from the bridesmaid dresses down to your florals. Make sure you use colors that speak to you as a couple, but also work with the hues at your venue! While all colors on the palette are fair game, we suggest picking color combinations that complement one another. In this example, we played with various pinks in the berry family, such as blush, magenta and raspberry. Those colors work beautifully with all that green!

Thank you Hannah!! I hope you all enjoyed her wonderful tips and helps you start the wedding design process. Be sure to visit Hannah's website and follow her on Instagram.

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thank you so much for your kind note! xo, jainé