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How to Pick a Wedding Theme

17 Jul 2018

One of the most exciting yet challenging aspects of planning a wedding is trying to decide on a theme. Do you go traditional or unconventional? How do you finalise all those little details that really bring everything together for your big day? Here are ten ways that you can get inspired when making that all important decision.

1. Changing of the Seasons

A vital factor in deciding on a theme is the season in which you’ll be exchanging your vows. With everything from weather to lighting to consider, planning a theme according to the time of year is a smart choice. Darker colours work well for colder months, whereas bright, vibrant colours are better suited to the warmth.

If you’re getting married during December, why not consider a Christmas theme? Add some seasonal cheer to your day by including some wintery details. Don’t forget, the seasons also dictate which flowers are in bloom so, if there’s a type you prefer, then basing your wedding around the seasons could be the way to go.

2. The Perfect Venue

Picking an ideal venue is essential for tying the knot. Whether it’s a conventional church venue or something more outlandish, your venue could make or break your chosen theme. An unconventional venue can lend itself to some unique themes. A rustic-themed wedding with natural textures would be a perfect fit for a renovated barn; or a nautical theme with a seafood selection and lighthouse décor would be perfect for a cruise ship or costal location. Everything from colours, decorations, food and outfits can be dictated by the setting. So, if you’ve got your heart set on a certain venue, whether it’s your own back garden or a magnificent ballroom, you can pick a theme to match.

3. Make it Personal

A personal touch is a sure-fire way to create lasting memories of your wedding day. Why not base your wedding theme around a shared interest or aspect of yourself and your partner? Are you both sci-fi nerds, Harry Potter boffins, fairy tale fanatics or lovers of everything gothic?

There is no limit to what you could base your wedding around. Decorations featuring quotes from your favourite films, a dress inspired by your most beloved Disney Princess, or even some fantasy-inspired cocktails. This day is about you and your partner, so a personalised theme could be a unique way to celebrate your love.

4. The Dress

An important feature of any wedding, some might say the star of the show, is the wedding dress. With the average bride in the UK spending over a thousand pounds on the dress alone, basing your theme around this critical garment could be an option for you.

If you’ve gone for a traditional, classy style of dress, your wedding theme could take inspiration from this. Picked out a lacy affair? Why not deck your venue out with its own lacy accompaniments? The dress will take centre stage as you walk down the aisle, so you’ll want to ensure this main event doesn’t look out of place.

5. Colours Speak

Another theme selection could be to base it around your chosen colour palette. A wedding themed around a traditional back and white combination will differ immensely from a wedding couple who adore vibrant colours. Research colour palettes to discover which styles strike a chord with you and how you can incorporate this into your wedding. Whether you’re into soft pastels, earth tones, elegant neutrals or tropical shades, selecting your colour scheme can be paramount to the theme of your big day.

6. Name that Tune

Music at a wedding can be an afterthought for some. But if you’re an avid music fan and consider the playlist for your wedding to be an important aspect, why not plan a theme around your music preferences?

One idea for a music theme could be a festival. A laidback celebration that will get your guests in the party mood with live music, street food and a tipi or marquee wedding venue. You could even throw in some reception entry wristbands for your guests to really get in the festival mood. Whether it’s wedding banners displaying meaningful lyrics or enlisting your favourite local band to perform, if you’re a music fan, then a music theme could really strike the right note for your wedding day.

7. What’s Trending?

Do you pride yourself on keeping up with the latest trends? With sites like Pinterest, it’s now easier than ever to find out what the upcoming wedding theme trends are for 2018. This year, the hot tip for venues are open spaces and industrialised architecture, giving couples the option to dress them up in a personal way.

Homemade decorations are also very in right now, with couples ditching traditional methods in favour of creating their own mason jar table pieces or handcrafted invitations. You can find tips and tricks all over the net to create your perfect wedding day and follow the latest trends to make sure your wedding keeps up with the times.

8. Around the Clock

Although most weddings take place in the middle of the day, this doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. An evening or even night-time wedding could really give your special day that unique edge; and your theme can reflect this. Consider dark colours or a Halloween theme, which would look out of place in the daytime but would be a perfect accompaniment for night-time nuptials.

Would you like your wedding to end with the sunset? A peach and coral palette could complement this beautifully. When deciding on the time frame, consider how this could influence your chosen theme.

9. Eat, Drink and be Merry

Food at weddings has changed dramatically over the years and there are endless ways you can get creative with your catering. Sticking with the traditional multi-course meal can suit a classic, elegant wedding.

But, if you’re trying to think out-of-the-box, start with the food you want and work the theme around that. A barbeque is a great way to feed a party in an outdoor setting; a popular trend right now is a dessert table filled with enticing treats. Perhaps consider an alternative to a wedding cake, such as a profiterole or even a doughnut tower. For any foodies out there, the wedding banquet will play a key role in your big day.

10. A Grand Entrance

Finally, you’ll want to consider how you’ll arrive at your wedding. There is a plethora of transport options out there to suit your needs and really bring together your chosen theme. A horse and carriage arrival could suit a vintage theme, for example. You could also choose to hire a wedding car and arrive in luxury and style, with your own personal chauffeur to really give you that VIP treatment on your wedding day.

Smart City Weddings are based in London and have a wide range of vehicles to choose from, including Bentley, Mercedes, Porsche and Rolls Royce. Start your wedding in luxury and comfort. For a premium wedding car service, enquire online today.

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