Congratulations on your engagement!!
Whether you are in full on planning mode or overwhelmed and clueless, defining your wedding style is the first step to organizing a cohesive and stress-free day. Many brides focus on the general theme or colors of the wedding instead of focusing on the foundation: what you are naturally drawn to. This prevents you from getting overwhelmed with every Pinterest idea that comes along, every suggestion that is presented by a family member, or procrastinating the must do's the planning.
Every bride is different-
I suggest filling out a series of introspective questions (I have a handy-dandy sign up below!) that are meant for you to think about what you are attracted to. Are you more of a woodsy, hiking girl that loves to spend long hours outdoors with your fiance? Or are you a sophisticated, city girl that would rather spend the afternoon shopping? Being totally honest with yourself helps to narrow down searches of photographers, locations, dress styles, food, etc.
Our bride Ariana wanted to spend her day surrounded by friends and family members. She planned her reception dinner and dancing at her family's Idaho cabin facing the Teton Mountains. She was drawn to a lightly rustic (more cabin rustic than cowboy rustic!) glamorous, laid back vibe. She hired a wedding stylist to help her realize her vision and to organize the logistics of this backyard wedding.
When I arrived at her wedding reception, I knew exactly what her style was. Every detail felt like "Ariana & Logan" As the photographer, I knew what details were most important to her (family, togetherness, candid moments, bride and groom, dinner, etc). Now, I know that hiring a wedding stylist will keep things infinity more organized- planning weddings are hard and time consuming! But even the information that you give your planner about what type of wedding you are wanting, the style, what's most important to you, etc. will help!
If you need help organizing your thoughts, download my free Wedding Worksheet printable! Fill it out and stick in your binder so you can reference it later and along your wedding planning journey.