How to Choose Wedding Theme Ideas
Wedding themes can simplify the choices throughout your wedding planning
By Jen Whitten
Having a themed wedding doesn't mean you should throw a costume party or allow the theme to overrun the significance of the day. Your wedding's theme is the glue that holds all the elements together to form a cohesive experience for you and your guests. An overbearing theme or a badly designed one can result in an event that distracts from your vows.
- What You Need to Know
- Consider holidays or events that are special to you and your fiancé.
- Think of fictional works that resonate with your relationship.
- Cultures or time periods for which you or your fiancé have special affinity make good themes.
- Family traditions make good topics for themes.
Reflect on your relationship. What aspects stand out the most? If you fell in love over a Fourth of July camping weekend or accepted his proposal on a horseback ride, consider weaving these details into your wedding theme. To pull your guests into a theme of this nature, print your story in the wedding program.
Think about your habits. Couples who often quote movie lines or works of literature to one another can tie what they enjoy into the wedding. Shakespeare lovers can use "A Midsummer Night's Dream" theme for the reception.
Stick to what you know when planning your special day. Planning any wedding can add stress to the bride and groom, but undertaking a theme you have no knowledge of is the fastest way to reach the breaking point if time is already short. That Civil War-era reception theme may seem like a good idea now, but it may be too late to change your mind after you realize the required research is too time-consuming.
Be realistic about your wedding theme choices. A Valentine's Day wedding in August is not an easy theme to pull off. However, you can certainly incorporate hearts and romance any time of the year. All the same elements you'd use for a February wedding will make sense in this case.
Remember your budget. The perfect wedding theme idea may help you mesh everything together in a neat package for the wedding day and guide your purchasing choices, but it does not necessarily save you money. Creating a tropical beach-themed wedding in the middle of winter in a landlocked town is more costly than if you lived in Florida. Keep the amount you can afford in mind when deciding on the right theme for your wedding.
About the Author
Jen Whitten is a freelance writer and worked in the event and wedding planning fields.
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