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Your Day, Your Style
Most couples know they want their special day to reflect their personal style but may feel lost getting started with anything more than just selecting colors for the big day.
That’s where Nave Event Design can help. Rachel Nave Hobgood, co-owner and creative director, keeps the couple involved in every aspect while thoughtfully planning and managing a beautifully designed event. She assists clients with thinking further into their conceptual design than just simple colors. “The greatest compliment I can hear at the end of an event is ‘this was so me,’” Rachel said.
Here are a few words of advice from the team at Nave:
1. Know your budget in advance.
Meet with your parents or family members to decide on an overall budget before meeting with wedding professionals. They are accustomed to working with different budgets, but it’s important to know the bottom line from the beginning. A planner can help you choose your priorities so your money is well-spent and your options are realistic.
2. Do your research.
Decide which aspects are most important to you and start with those professionals first – photographer, entertainment, food? Interview several vendors in each category until you find someone you trust – the perfect fit to suit your aesthetic and your budget.
3. Be thoughtful about the event’s stationery.
Stationery is the first impression of the wedding that sets the tone for what guests should expect on your wedding day. The theme, fonts and design should remain consistent throughout including the program, menu, guest book, place cards and more.
4. Small details really matter.
Think of your event like interior design, it should reflect your personal style. Incorporate family heirlooms in unexpected ways or create a new way to showcase your personality as a couple with something you both love. Nave services include an in-home visit so Rachel really gets a true feel for each couple’s style. Personalized doesn’t have to mean DIY but if you love to do-it-yourself, Nave Event Design offers consultation hours for event planning and floral design. You can rent their design space and the staff offers step-by-step instructions.
5. Express your personal style.
One way to express your personal style is through the florals. “Fresh seasonal flowers are an important part of your wedding day. Guests remember how your party looks, and floral touches, no matter what your budget, shouldn’t be forgotten,” said Ann Petrosky, lead floral design. “We suggest flowers and foliage for their texture, form, seasonality and ability to further your vision.”
Your wedding is perhaps the biggest event that you’ll ever plan. So creating a thoughtful design and style that is an extension of you as a couple, will make sure it is a memory that you will always look back on fondly.
Rachel Nave Hobgood, co-owner and creative director (left). Ann Petrosky, lead floral design (right).