Of course, not every wedding has to have a theme. There’s nothing wrong with a simple, traditional wedding with all the customary elements like the white wedding dress, the black tuxedo, the reception with the best man’s speech, the first dance as a married couple etc. But more and more weddings today have themes because those wedding elements are easier to organize around a theme than if they were simply being ordered off a store. Again, not all the different elements of a wedding have to be according to one theme, but it looks professional and cohesive when it does, so here are some suggestions on where you can draw inspiration for your theme wedding:
Find Your Location
Many weddings occur in spectacular locations that in itself create a theme for a wedding. For instance, if you’re having a beach wedding, you do not want t o transpose a forest fairytale onto the sand and surf – it will look awkward. Similarly, if your backdrop is a romantic old hotel, then maybe the deco and the dress should match that too, not be sexy and bold. Creating a theme out of a location is the easiest to do because most of the elements will already be there; all you have to do is add the missing pieces. And add some beautiful floral bouquets to your location that will perfect for the event.
Be One with Nature
Nature is a wonderful place to draw inspiration from, whether it’s winter snow, a shimmering waterfall, or a mysterious forest. If you’re drawing inspiration from a fairytale forest, then mould the wedding around that: the bridal dress can be floaty, ethereal and very fairy like; the wedding flowers should reflect the romance of the forest, maybe even be flowers you find in the forest; the invitations can have a leaf and flower design (use the same as you use in the wedding flowers); and instruct the bridal party to wear clothes that will go with the forest theme as well, either in colour or in accessories.
Decide On a Historical Era
Author Stephenie Meyer used this technique when designing Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s dreamy wedding in the Twilight Saga: Bella proclaims that the wedding should be modelled after Edward and his mother’s ring, which hearkens back to America in the 1940’s (the movie took some liberties with that). Similarly, you can embody 50’s Hollywood glamour, 60’s hippie vibe, the 30’s and 40’s elegance and simplicity or the extravaganza of the 80’s and 90’s. Whichever period you decide, incorporate it across the board, including playing a lot of music from that era to bring back the mood.