How To Choose A Wedding Theme
by Louise Hine
When you first start planning your wedding, you may have clear ideas on your colour schemes and the theme of your wedding. Or you may not have a clue where to start!
In the latter case, sit down with your partner and anyone else who is heavily involved in the planning of the wedding and discuss your ideas. Create a moodboard by ripping photographs out of wedding magazines or interior design magazines and pinning on pieces of fabric. You can use this moodboard later when visiting potential suppliers to convey your ideas in a visual way. The following ideas may help you pick a theme for your wedding.
Time of Year
When are you planning on having your wedding? A summer wedding may suit pastel colours or a summery beach theme whereas a winter wedding would suit rich colours and twinkly lights. You may have a favourite time of year such as Easter where you can base your ideas on all things Easter related!
Where and how did you get engaged? You could use ideas from your engagement to influence the theme of your wedding. If you were engaged at a famous landmark such as the London Eye or The Eiffel Tower, you could name your tables after famous places or cities and use a picture of the proposal venue on your wedding stationery. Or, you could use a photograph or painting of your engagement ring(s) for your wedding invitations and give away jelly rings as favours!
As a couple, you may have a favourite holiday destination or have recently been on a memorable holiday. You may choose to base your wedding around an overseas theme, you could use shells and pebbles in your table decorations and wear lighter, less formal attire. You could even have a cake in the shape of an island or a stack of suitcases!
Do you want your wedding to be formal or informal? Is your reception going to be in a stately home or a village hall? Are you having a 4 course sit down meal or a finger buffet? These and other decisions will all influence the ‘feel’ of your wedding. The first glimpse of your wedding that the guests will receive is your wedding invitation or save the date card and this will often set the tone for the wedding. For a formal wedding, you may choose a simple design, maybe with your initials and a simple satin ribbon tied in a bow along the spine of the card whereas with an informal wedding, you may go for something more fun and funky!
Are you having a traditional wedding or are you breaking the mould? A traditional wedding may include champagne and canapés and a receiving line whereas a more modern approach may have chocolate fountains and magicians!
The venue may influence your wedding theme. A wedding that takes place in a castle could have a historical feel to it or a wedding in a seaside resort might have a tropical feel.
You may have favourite flower, for example roses, gerberas or lillies and wish to base your wedding around that. You could use a picture on your wedding stationery and use them in your bouquet, buttonholes and wedding decorations. You could even name your tables after different types of that flower e.g. calla, stargazer lilies.
You may have a favourite past-time as a couple, e.g. sports, music, fairgrounds or cars that you could use as a theme to your wedding.
Alternatively, you may both have a favourite thing, leaves, butterflies, hearts, snowflakes that you could base your ideas on.
The dress may influence the theme of your wedding, for example the colour, a bow, a detail, lace, vintage style and so on. The bridesmaids dresses may also influence the theme of the wedding, for example if you choose shorter length funky 50’s dresses, the wedding is going to appear less formal. You could also base your wedding around a 50’s theme in this scenario.
These are just a few ideas that may help you choose a theme for your wedding. Maybe match one or two ideas to create a day that is completely unique to you as a couple. Enjoy planning your wedding.
Louise Hine makes handcrafted wedding stationery and greetings cards at http://www.handmadebylouise.co.uk
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7 Top Wedding Themes
by Shari Hearn
If you and your significant other are the type who find weddings boring and stuffy you may want to consider having a themed wedding. They can be very casual and light-hearted, and you will certainly be giving your guests something to remember.
A couple of things to keep in mind when considering a themed wedding: choose a theme which speaks to who you two are as a couple; make the theme easily accessible to others, don't choose something so obscure that others might have trouble dressing for the occasion.
What are 7 top themes you might consider for your wedding?
1) Hawaiian or Beach Theme.
The good thing about a Hawaiian or beach-theme wedding is the amount of decorations you can find. You can make your own paper leis or paper palm trees, or find Hawaiian-themed items anywhere. Be sure to check the local thrift stores for anything tropical – dishware, shirts, dresses, etc. Just make sure all the decorations, as well as the attire, scream "BEACH." And, you can cut down on the cost of champagne and serve Mai Tai's or other tropical drinks.
You might think a Hawaiian or beach-theme wedding is just perfect for a summer wedding. Well, you're right. But, a beach-theme wedding can also be fun during the wintertime as well, and give people a fun respite from cold, dreary weather. Just remember if you're having a beach-theme wedding during the winter to hold it indoors. Those slinky Hawaiian dresses and breezy Hawaiian shirts can get a little cold in the snow.
2) Country Western Wedding Theme
Plan a shotgun wedding with a country western wedding theme. Western outfits are fairly easy to create or assemble, and a western cookout will surely keep your wedding reception costs down. You can either hire a company to have a western-style barbecue, or just use your own grill.
Western decorations are very easy to make or buy. Again, thrift stores can be perfect places to find boot-shaped vases, cowboy hats and shirts, or other western items for decorations. For music you can play country-western CDs or hire a country trio or band.
3) Wine Wedding Theme
For those of you into wine, a wine-themed wedding can be a great idea. You can hire a sommelier to put together a flight of wine for a reception tasting, or choose wines that mean something to the both of you. Perhaps the first bottle you ordered at a restaurant. Or a champagne dated the year you met.
Decorations can include grapevines, wine bottles, or posters of wine regions. For wedding favors you can give your guests a bottle of wine with a personalized label of the bride and groom.
4) Butterfly Wedding Theme
Butterfly releases after the wedding ceremony are becoming quite popular with couples. If a butterfly release will be part of your wedding, you can make butterflies part of your theme with butterfly decorations.
5) Sports Wedding Theme
No matter what type of sports the bride and groom are into, you can turn it into a wedding theme. You could have a theme of a certain sport, such as golf or baseball, and decorate with items from those sports, with wedding favors reflecting the sport given to guests. Or, you could celebrate a certain team.
If you wanted to go totally casual the bride and groom can dress in attire from the sport, such as basketball jerseys, with all the guests dressing in costume as well. As for the bouquet that the bride throws? Maybe instead of a bouquet she'll throw a football or toss a baseball.
6) Las Vegas Wedding Theme
Hire a few poker, roulette and craps tables and a few Vegas-style dealers and you have yourself a Las Vegas-themed wedding. Throw in an Elvis impersonator and you have yourself a wild Vegas-themed wedding. In most large cities there are companies which rent out tables and dealers, as well as any number of Elvis impersonators to choose from.
For wedding favors consider a pack of cards with the bride and groom's picture.
7) Pirate Wedding Theme
Decorate your reception hall to look like an old saloon or the deck of a ship. Peg legs, hooks for hands and eye patches make nice touches to your pirate wedding costumes. You might consider using a treasure chest to store your wedding gifts.
As you can see, when it comes to wedding themes, the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.
Shari Hearn is a writer and website creator. Go to her websites and learn more about planning a wedding and Celtic engagement rings.
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