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Principals & Elements of Professional Wedding Designs

Whether you are designing/planning a wedding, painting, creating interior rooms or a landscape, professionals hired to assist with the task, knowing how a great design is developed. Don’t be overwhelmed with this list brides-to-be, only a few are targeted for wedding ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. Choose 3 or 4 and run with it or discuss with  your wedding planner. My comments will be added in Dark Blue.

Six Visual Elements

    We think of the principles as ways to work with and arrange the elements.

Some Design Principals 
or design rules (some creative artists purposely break rules) This list is an example list. 

Emphasis – say “Center of Interest.” It is about dominance and influence. Most artists put it a bit off-center and balance it with some minor themes to maintain our interest. Some artists avoid emphasis on purpose. They want all parts of the work to be equally interesting. Brides-this is you, the focal point or emphasis

Harmony – As in music, complementary layers and/or effects can be joined to produce a more attractive whole. The composition is complex, but everything appears to fit with everything else. The whole is better than the sum of its parts.

Unity – When nothing distracts from the whole, you have unity. Unity without variation can be uninteresting – like driving on a clear day through Western Kansas on the interstate. Unity with diversity generally has more to offer in both art and in life.  Of course some very minimal art can be very calming and at times even very evocative. Even a simple landscape can have a powerful effect. Centerpieces usually have unity by the objects or material pulling the centerpieces together, like the red petals below

Opposition – uses contrasting visual concepts. That same Western Kansas “big sky” landscape becomes very dramatic and expressive when a storm builds in the southwest. Principles can grow out of any artistic device that is used to produce an effect on the viewer. This is true when most wedding colors are black and white.

Balance is the consideration of visual weight and importance. It is a way to compare the right and left side of a composition.                      


© marvin bartel

Asymmetrical balance is more interesting. Above both sides are similar in visual weight but not mirrored. It is more casual, dynamic, and relaxed feeling so it is often called informal balance.
Radial balance is not very common in artist’s compositions, but it is like a daisy or sunflower with everything arranged around a center. Rose windows of cathedrals use this design system. Of course a sunflower can have many meanings and feelings beyond its “radiant” feeling. Farmers might hate it as weed cutting into their corn production. On the other hand, many of us can’t help thinking about Vincent Van Gogh’s extraordinarily textured painted sunflowers. Once we have contemplated those thickly expressed colors and textures with their luscious painterly surface, every sunflower we see becomes an aesthetic experience filled with spiritual sensations.

The butterfly below by itself is essentially symmetrical.  Both sides are similar in visual weight and almost mirrored. Because symmetrical balance often looks more stiff and formal, sometimes it is called formal balance.

Of course a butterfly, even though it is symmetrical, doesn’t look stiff and formal because we think of fluttering butterflies as metaphors for freedom and spontaneity. It is a case of subject matter and symbolism overpowering formal design effects.
This is a simple diagram of radial balance.

  • Variety – You create variety when elements are changed. Repeating a similar shape but changing the size can give variety and unity at the same time. Keeping the same size, but changing the color can also give variety and unity at the same time. In visual composition, there are many ways you can change something while simultaneously keeping it the same.
  • Depth – effects of depth, space, projection toward the viewer add interest. Linear perspective in the real world makes things look smaller in the distance. Some artists try to avoid depth by making large things duller and small things brighter, and so on, to make the objects contradict realism. Many artists don’t believe in realism even though they could do it if they wanted to. It seems too boring to them. Realism wouldn’t be art for some artists.
  • Repetition – Some ways to use Repetition of the Visual Elements are:  
  • Size Variation can apply to shape, form, etc. Notice how size can effect how close or far something can appear to be from the viewer.         
size – ©marvin bartel

Here the same butterfly is shown twice.  Which one appears closer? Note how size relationships create depth or space in a composition. Children in first grade can already recognize closer and farther based on size even though they wouldn’t typically use this in their pictures unless they were motivated to do so.

  • Repetition can be used on all of the Visual Elements. If things are repeated without any change they can quickly get boring. However, repetition with variation can be both interesting and comfortably familiar. Repetition gives motion. This principal is almost automatic. Pick something and keep repeating for a dramatic effect, like centerpieces. Variegation comes in where flowers are not arranged symmetrically
  • Variation can be used with all of the visual elements. See “Variety” above. You can do this with all the elements. Artists do this all the time. Brides, you can still have repetition, but add a little variation (adds interest and mystery). All the vases below have the repetitive element of the fruit and only the flowers are varied.  
Color saturation, sometimes called “color intensity” or brightness can also give a feeling of depth and space. Which of these butterflies are farther away? Most second graders can see this effect when they are asked to look for it. These butterflies create the illusion of depth even though they are all the same size.

© marvin bartel
Overlapping is often used by artists to create depth. Young children try to avoid overlapping in their work. 

© marvin bartel 

 Some information is credited to Marvin Bartel

For additional ideas and assistance, please contact DianaDigsDirt (professional landscape designer) specializing in “Green” Wedding Design. Diana @


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$1000 Prize for a Bride-October 8th 2009

Brides of the Piedmont Triad Area have a chance at winning $1000.00. Please forward this news to any bride interested.


 Triad Welcomes First Wedding Specialist Team-Divine Weddings and Beyond™

7 independent wedding professionals have partnered together forming Divine Weddings and Beyond™. This unique team from various locations of the Piedmont Triad offers high quality products and services recommended by those who are now happily married. Assisting brides and wedding parties through the process of marriage in an organized and non-stress fashion are their main objectives. “Staying healthy and grounded proves to be a better beginning with your spouse than the alternative,” says one member of Divine Weddings and Beyond™.

 Divine Weddings and Beyond™ have joined as a team, however, act independently. “When wedding parties utilize one stop shop businesses, they often pay a fee for the middle man. They have removed this cost by joining together, supporting each other and holding each member accountable for exceptional products and services.

 The wedding team consists of: Your Friendly Neighborhood DJ, Create a Cake Catering, Sabika Jewelry, Diana Gardner-Williams/Landscape Design and Installation, Jo Proia/Cosmetic Artistry, GoForth Travel, and Fitness Together/Weight Loss. Brides and wedding parties can be comforted with over 70 years of combined experience in the wedding industry.

 Brochures on Divine Weddings and Beyond™ can be found at; Cardinal Bridal And Formal Wear, Aesthetic Images Photography, Central Floral Gardens, Scruggs Florist Inc, and Botanica Flowers And Gifts. Divine Weddings and Beyond™ are offering brides $105 gift certificate for a monthly drawing at any of these locations. The team is also looking for additional retail shops to carry brochures.

 A welcome reception will be held on October 8th at the Emerald Event Center from 3-8PM at 2000 East Wendover Avenue. The event will include a fashion show modeling wedding and bridesmaid  gowns and mother of the bride dresses. Cake and wine tasting will be accompanied with live music and $1000.00 prize for one lucky bride. Throughout the event, mini prizes will be raffled. RSVP by September 30th, 336.691.2000. Admission is free and donations for Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be collected at the door. Guests are encouraged to wear pink in their support.

 Divine Weddings and Beyond™ encourages brides and wedding parties to begin planning 12 to18 months prior to the wedding date.

 For more information, please contact Diana Gardner-Williams at 336.392.4031 or email,


Photo Taken by Divine Weddings and Beyond™


Happy Planting!!

Diana Gardner-Williams-Divine Weddings and Beyond™

Landscape Design and Installation


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Planning a Wedding in the Piedmont Triad

If you aren’t using a wedding planner, it’s important to stay on track while planning the wedding. There is an ideal order hiring your wedding professionals.

Stated in the Summer 2009 issue of Perfect Wedding Guide, here is the first hiring tier to begin planning your wedding

  • Ceremony site
  • Reception site
  • Reserve hotel rooms for out of town guests
  • Select photographer
  • Select videographer
  • Select disc jockey, musician or band
  • Shop for wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses
  • Select hair and makeup artist and schedule a trial run when your headpiece arrives

I would have to add another vendor in this first tier hiring, a landscape designer.

  • Will you take pictures at a home and is there a photographic vignette for the backdrop?
  • Would you like flowers within the landscape to compliment bridesmaid dresses?
  • Would you like to grow flowers or flower petals to pick for the flower girl?
  • Would you like to create fresh bouquets for centerpieces from your garden?


  • Would you like flowers from your own landscape to toss as you end the ceremony or rehearsal supper?
  • Would you like free and fresh greenery swags for the wedding?


Even if you are not having a garden wedding, there are so many ways a landscape can work for your special day. If the landscape designer is contacted 12-18 months in advance, a spectacular display of flowers can provide a picturesque scene for wedding photos.


It would be advised to have a one hour consultation with a landscape company who can suggest well in advance what will work for your wedding day.


Good luck with your wedding ceremony and happy planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

Divine Weddings and Beyond™


Posted by on July 14, 2009 in Wedding Ideas, Weddings


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