Monday, May 13, 2013

The Theme of My Wedding is a Wedding...

Throughout my engagement, many of my friends and family members have asked me what the theme of my wedding will be, and I'm never quite sure how to answer the question. My initial thought was, "The theme of my wedding is a wedding...," but I've learned that their are many different directions that you can take your wedding. Choosing a theme can be daunting because there are so many different options, but sites like Pinterest make finding a specific theme a lot easier.

If you're inspired by the past or a certain time period, a vintage wedding may be the best choice for you. Elements you may want to include in your vintage wedding are family heirloom dishes, an old suitcase for your guest to drop their cards in and a typewriter on the table with your guest book. If you're going for a 20's theme, a flapper inspired wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses would be fitting. Many bridal dress shops have vintage-inspired dresses, or you may want to wear your mother or grandmother's wedding dress to keep inline with the vintage theme. You can ask your hairdresser for a retro hairstyle, and can wear long strands of pearls. A great touch would be to have a table with pictures of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents on their wedding day.

Rustic and country weddings are very popular right now. For a rustic wedding, you can find everything from invitations, wedding cakes and table numbers in burlap. (I found great prices for burlap on this website, Mason jars are great for drinking glasses, favors or candle holders at a rustic or country wedding. Instead of traditional seating, guests can sit on covered hay bales. Country brides can ditch the high heels and opt for cowboy boots. There are a lot of great country-inspired engagement photo ideas on Pinterest.

Sometimes your ceremony or reception venue may help you decide your theme. If you're getting married on the beach, beach-themed decor is an obvious choice. Sand, seashells, sand dollars and starfish make great seating cards and centerpiece fillers. There are some really intricate beach wedding cakes that include edible sand and seashells. Florists can use shells to accent flowers in the bride's bouquet. Brides getting married on the beach can wear flip flops or ditch shoes altogether.

Another factor in determining your theme could be the date of your wedding. If you're getting married in the fall, you may want to stick to an orange and red color palette. You can use pumpkins in your centerpieces or line the aisle with fall-colored leaves instead of flowers. Caramel apples make a great favor for fall weddings. If you're getting married in winter, you can use fake snow, Christmas ornaments or pine in your decor. A hot chocolate bar is a fun addition to winter receptions. If you're planning a wedding on or near a holiday, you can use that as your theme. If you're getting married in July, you may want patriotic table settings. If you're getting married around Christmas, many churches will have Christmas decor and florals decorating the sanctuary, so you're adding to your theme without having to pay extra.

Other possible wedding themes could be based off of yours and your fiances hobbies or passions. If you're avid sports fans, there are a lot of cute baseball or football theme ideas on the web. If you're movie buffs or literature lovers, you may want to center your theme around your favorite movie or book. Recently, I've seen a lot of Great Gatsby-themed weddings. If you've always dreamed of being a princess on your wedding day, a Disney wedding may be the choice for you. Choosing a theme for your wedding doesn't have to be something elaborate, you can choose something as simple as a color to center your decor around. For more wedding themes, check out my Pinterest page:

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