Brides and even some wedding planners sometimes shy away from picking a wedding theme, but it doesn’t have to be obtrusive. A theme helps you organize your food, venue, and decoration choices so that on your wedding day, they all fit together like a beautiful puzzle. But which theme is right for you? Try one of these great options for both traditionalists and trendsetters.
Garden wedding theme
As you might imagine, these weddings are typically held in gardens. A garden-themed wedding underlines the natural attractiveness of its venue, which is filled with live flowers and greenery (no florist needed!). You can go a few different directions with a garden party: English, Southern, or dreamy. Most of these choices incorporate traditional garden or tea party motifs, and they’re usually held during the day. The men in the wedding party might wear morning suits for a formal garden wedding or waistcoats for a more casual party, while women often wear short dresses. Since weddings with this theme are typically in spring or summer when flowers are blooming, the wedding colors are lighter and warmer.
An England-inspired version of a garden theme will have traditional high tea foods like cucumber sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, and clotted cream.
A Southern-style garden wedding might include big hats, whiskey, and reference the Kentucky Derby.
A dreamy garden wedding could have fun elements like children’s games, Alice in Wonderland details, or oversized props. You might have “Eat Me” cookies or croquet at this soirée. Croquet is a great choice for the English version of the garden theme too.
A very popular concept for modern weddings, the rustic theme seeks to create a relaxed, comfortable feel for everyone in attendance. Rustic décor accents in wood feature heavily at the venue, which may be an outdoor reception, weather permitting. Often the building will be unfinished wood (like a barn), and the centerpieces might incorporate raw branches or polished wood items. You can use burlap – another material that imparts a rustic feel – in small touches around your venue, but try to have a light touch. If you rely on burlap too heavily, it’ll look like you threw around a bunch of old sacks instead of making a deliberate style decision. Other elements that make a rustic wedding stand out: twine, rope, mason jars as glasses or décor, daisies, hay, gingham, handmade signs, and DIY favors. Homemade food, like Grandma’s apple pie, impresses your guests and makes them feel welcome, and a roaring bonfire or fireplace keeps them warm as the cocktail hour wanes. Woodland themed favors are perfect for rusting themed weddings!
Watch out, rustic, because just as hot this wedding season is the vintage wedding theme with decor and accessories that mix and match to give a similar weathered charm with a chic touch!
If you’re suspicious of the whole “theme” idea to begin with, get your gorgeous classic wedding theme going for timeless matrimonial elegance! If the classic theme is for you your won’t worry about your wedding theme looking dated, this no-theme theme focuses on enduring elegance and lets everyone pay attention to the wedding itself. Great for traditional couples, the classic theme pulls from archetypal weddings. This theme can also include traditions from around the world, but in Canada and the U.S., classic usually means the kind of wedding you see in movies. The bride and groom wear a long white dress and a tuxedo. The décor focuses on flowers and lots of them: most commonly roses, but any flowers work to give a sense of luxurious beauty to your surroundings.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen will probably match, and there might be quite a few of them! Gold chargers under the plates and crystal glassware add a tasteful touch to your place settings. Couples interested in this theme like the old-school romance of a movie wedding, and might go for such timeless moves as releasing doves or butterflies during the ceremony. Popular wedding colors for 2017 are lilac blue and fuchsia pink, beautiful shades for spring.