If you’re like me, when you think of choosing a theme for your wedding your mind
automatically goes to the scene in 27 Dresses when Jane tries on all her past bridesmaid
dresses. Gone with the Wind, scuba, gothic, girls dressed in suites and men in dresses, the L.A.
wedding…while some of these could potentially work with the right planning, most of them are
disasters waiting to happen.
Here’s the thing though, choosing a theme for your wedding doesn’t mean everything
has to point to a movie, or a city, or take your guests on an underwater adventure. Themes can
be very subtle or very loud, however, whether you know it or not, your wedding will have a
theme. If you don’t deliberately choose a theme, the atmosphere that you hope to create will
become the theme. Say you want light pinks, greens, and blues with lace and pearls
incorporated, you add some weathered milk crates
Photo by H&A Wedding Photography or wooden tables and the theme of your
wedding become shabby chic. Perhaps instead you want lots of bold colors and modern décor, you have created an urbanite theme. Themes don’t have to be dramatic or intimidating, they can be as subtle or as bold as you want.
Below are five tips for choosing the theme that is
perfect for you and your soon-to-be Mr. or Mrs.
1. Consider how you and your partner met
Did you meet on a weekend trip to the beach? Consider having a destination wedding at that
same beach. Have you known each other since you were kids running together through the
farm fields? Maybe a rustic, country theme is right for you. Perhaps you met while studying
abroad in college. Consider an elegant travel or European theme.
2. Remember your backgrounds
Did you both grow up in big cities surrounded by constant hustle and bustle? Incorporate some
elements from your childhood days in the city. Maybe you spent your summers at the beach
and your partner spent them traveling around the world or the country. Mix the two together
and create a traveling ocean theme. Perhaps you have always loved reading while he is much
more into the movies. Choose a story that you both love and add elements from both the book
and the movie.
3. Consider your hobbies
Do you love doing puzzles together? Incorporate puzzle pieces throughout your décor. Maybe
board games are more your style, have a monopoly themed wedding or subtly include it by
using street names rather than table numbers. Perhaps you and your partner enjoy hiking and
exploring the outdoors, go with a mountain or lake theme.
4. Remember the traditions
Some families have very strong traditions for weddings. Honor your loved ones by engaging in
those traditions. If you aren’t super thrilled with the requirements, try adding your own flair to
it or compromising so that the ceremony is tradition filled while the reception fits your style a
Photo by Zain Abid
5. Consider the season
While most themes can adapt to any season, some themes work best during certain times of
year. For example, if you have always dreamed of having a winter wonderland wedding, you’ll
have better luck with a December wedding than June. Rustic weddings often work best in the
Autumn months and beachside weddings are clearly best during the summer. If you have your
heart set on a specific type of flower, think about when that flower is blooming. While you can
likely get it at any time, you will have a large price increase if you want an out-of-season flower.
Photo by Enhance Moments Photography
Below are 10 of the most popular wedding themes throughout the years.
1. Shabby Chic
6. Fairy Tale
If you are still at a loss for what to pick, hop on Pinterest and look for some inspiration. There
are thousands of ideas out there waiting to be used. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box
and create a theme that completely reflects you! Happy wedding planning!