One of the elements to consider when you are planning your wedding is whether you are going to opt for a specific theme, whether that is just a colour theme, or a full-out theme that runs throughout your venue, décor and outfits.
The idea of a theme for your wedding is that it should reflect you both as a couple and show off your personalities so it’s something to consider at the very early stages. Think about what you are both into – what do you enjoy? How did you meet? Do you have things in common that your friends associate you with, like dancing, or a certain TV show or hobby? These are all things you might want to take into account when coming up with a theme.
Here are few theme ideas which you could consider:
Classic white wedding
This is what most people opt for and is probably the easiest wedding theme to plan for as it’s what the whole wedding industry is geared up towards. However, you can use your imagination and give it your own twist – it depends on your venue and time of year of the wedding but you could make it a winter wonderland-style wedding, or perhaps opt for a Hollywood glamour type theme to go alongside it and make it a bit different.
A country-style wedding
This is more of a do-it-yourself event, so for example, having your reception out in the back garden with a marquee. It’s perfect for those on a budget and who want something a bit less formal and laidback. How about a wedding ceremony outdoors in a forest, followed by a barbecue reception? ? This can be anything you want it to be and is a lot less formal than most weddings.
A beach destination wedding
If you love sunshine and sand between your toes, and you have a small entourage, then head off to a beautiful beach for a destination wedding. A perfect casual outdoor wedding that everyone will enjoy. Just remember you will be limited in number and there might be many who can’t afford to travel out to your destination. It will also restrict you in terms of wedding dress choice.
Katie from orlajames.com had a beach wedding “it was beautiful between the calm sea and the beautiful atmosphere the sun and sand created I couldn’t of asked for me. Though it came with its own potential problems, worrying if it would be a windy day or watching the birds looming over, fortunately it was a white dress I guess!”
Some brides just opt for a colour as their wedding theme and reflect this throughout the décor, dresses, flowers and cars etc... as a way to bring their own unique personality to the day, so this can be a simple but effective way to make your wedding stand out from the rest.
Fancy dress wedding
If you want to be really out there with your theme and you are not looking for a formal wedding, then why not choose a theme that matches your personality and have the wedding party in fancy dress, maybe a Star Trek theme, or a Harry Potter theme for example. The only limit is your imagination.
When you are considering your theme, there a number of factors which you need to take on board, to make sure it is actually practical and will work effectively on the big day, to avoid disappointment. So here is a quick run-down on what to think about when planning your theme:
You need your venue to fit in with your theme so think about that before you book it as it needs to fit together. If your venue is a gothic castle, it won’t really go with a star trek theme, for example.
When are you getting married?
If your theme involves getting married outside, then take into account the time of year you are planning for – an outdoor or beach wedding needs to be in the summer, while a winter wonderland needs to be in the winter clearly.
How formal do you want your wedding to be?
This will help to determine the theme as if you want a very formal day then it will rule out certain themes. Perhaps you will opt for a formal ceremony followed by a themed reception, for example.
You need to make sure your theme doesn’t end up blowing your wedding budget. You need to stick to your available budget and not get carried away with gimmicks.
As you can see, there are an infinite number of choices when it comes to wedding themes and where and how you can get married. You just need to work out what is right for you both, and what reflects your personality, as well as fitting into your budget and plans. The rest is down to your imagination.