Find your event style! Match up with a style guide and mood board for your occasion.
Creating a meaningful, authentic celebration is about focussing on what you love and feel connected to. Your event should scream "I'm so fun, and there are ice blocks here because <insert your name> is so fun and loves ice blocks!". You can avoid throwing a ‘Pinterest party’ or ‘Pinterest wedding’ by sticking to your personal style. (A ‘Pinterest party’ mixes trending styles like jute bunting, chandeliers, and hanging greenery. There’s an awful lot going on, nothing really works together, and your guests are wondering whose event they’re at because this one doesn't reflect you at all.)
We've listed summaries of our five Occasion Style Guides below. When you find one that resonates with your personal style click the STYLE GUIDE link for ideas and tips. Each guide has a free printable mood board. These are great to take along when you meet event suppliers like florists, hirers, and caterers, so that everybody's on the same page style-wise. Happy style selecting!
Occasion Style Guide: City Chic
This style guide is for those of you who adore the city. You love the architecture, the hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, the bustling dining scene, and those back-alley bars with secret door knocks. You love strutting its footpaths, surrounded by that city hustle and bustle. Most of all you love the eclectic mix of people, sounds, and smells (except on stinking hot days, of course).
Occasion Style Guide: Romantic Bohemian
If you prefer to lounge on antique furniture by candlelight, dressed in crumpled silk while surrounded by textural blooms, this style guide is for you. We cover the three pillars of romantic bohemian styling. Grab a pen and list these headings: florals, fabrics, details. Textural florals deliver the overall wow factor, and consistent use of boho style fabric showcases your theme. Meanwhile, clever details will surprise and delight guests throughout the occasion. Boho paradise, here we come.
Occasion Style Guide: Classical European
We’re channelling refined elegance in this guide. First, layer natural fabrics as a delicate canvas for your décor, florals, and greenery to rest on. Next, say yes to pastel tones for your florals, and limit your décor for a clean, minimal style. Lastly, weave European influences throughout your event for an authentic occasion your guests will never forget.
Occasion Style Guide: Rustic Countryside
This style guide is for those of you who love the countryside. If you’re drawn to wide open spaces, fresh air, and mud on your boots, we’re going to help you share that with your guests. With a combination of the perfect venue, textural florals, and décor details, you can create a rustic occasion that’s all you.
Occasion Style Guide: Fresh Youth
If you enjoy a spontaneous giggle and confetti with your morning coffee, this style guide is for you. Pulling together a youthful occasion is all about making it personal. Share what excites you about life for a memorable event. We’ll set the scene by layering bold décor, bright colours, and strong visual elements. Later, we’ll kick off some laughing fits with surprise games and activities. With the right combination of décor and enthusiasm you could be planning a youthful occasion for anyone, from a toddler to a retiree.
The most important part of styling an event is being true to your own style. Start with a list of your favourite places, foods, routines, and colours. If you’re not sure how to make something part of your event, like your favourite organic grocer, ask us and we’ll help with ideas. Keeping true to your tastes will naturally result in your event feeling authentic. Your guests will love recognising what makes you unique. Likewise, if you’re throwing a party or shower for a friend, incorporate their favourites into the event.
We’d absolutely love to see your beautifully styled occasion! Tag us @occasionlab
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