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Trend to Watch - Wedding Motifs

One of my favorite elements to discuss with and design for my clients are wedding motifs. On the rise for "stealing the show", is the right motif; the perfect way to brand your wedding and provide a cohesive look and feel from engagement to the day of your event.

What exactly is a motif?

In works of art, a motif is an important and noticeable element or feature that typically appears throughout the work. It can relate to the theme, or it can be the dominant or central idea itself. Motif is commonly applied in design, where it typically refers to a single or repeated pattern or color. -Merriam-Webster

What is the difference between a "motif" and a "theme"?

The words theme and motif are often confused. To clarify, a motif is a design or pattern which becomes a recurrent thematic element throughout the wedding. A theme, on the other hand, is the overall style of your wedding, for instance vintage chic, winter wonderland, boho chic, etc.

How to use a motif and where can it be used?

Using a recurring element throughout your event ties your wedding together from start to finish. Most couples display their motif on the items below, however you can include it wherever you like.

  • of course ---wedding invitations!

  • save-the-dates

  • place cards

  • dance floor

  • table numbers

  • thank you notes

  • wedding cake or topper

  • wedding programs

  • bar reception favors such as cups, koozies, drink stirrers

  • wedding signage

  • menus

  • light display (gobo)

An artfully designed motif can elevate your already beautiful wedding design to a bespoke masterpiece your guest will never forget.

Details from the wedding featured in this blog:

Wedding Motif and Stationery Suite: Open Invitation Stationery | Venue: The

Cadre Building | Decor and Florals: Olivia Ward Events | Day of Coordinator: Dee Alex Agency | Draping: Curtain Call Midsouth + Lori Jackson Evans Photography: Jao Photography | Videography: Teisto Visuals | Saxophonist: Anthony Hobson | DJ/ Cold Sparklers/Dancing On Cloud: DJ Swagg | Catering: Draper’s Catering | Cake: Frost Bake Shop | Groom’s cake: The Frosted Oven | Ceremonial Broom: Davis Stan | 360Video Booth and Glam Print Booth: Selfie Memphis Photo Booth | Bride’s MUA: Marnelia Roy | Bride’s Hair installed by: Brittany Albritton | Bride’s Hair styled by: Rayshaun Styles Stanford Bride’s Accessories: Sureina Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ballew Bridal Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Mens Wearhouse


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