Traditional weddings in the West were often expected to be hosted in a religious setting, such as a chapel or Church for the ceremony, and afterwards, hold a formal reception with a three-course dinner and speeches. Of course, it is still popular to have a conventional wedding theme, however, as time goes on, there are so many wedding theme options available, from vintage chic, to beach bum, to gothic romance. Today, we will offer some of our top tips to consider when deciding what is the right wedding theme for you.
What is a wedding theme, and why do we need one?
A wedding theme is the overall aesthetic of your special day, and will ultimately reflect your relationship and the love you have for your partner. A wedding theme is essential for setting the mood and tone, and will help create the overall ambiance. An overarching theme is also ideal for fashioning a cohesive wedding aesthetic in all areas, such as matching invitations, flower arrangements, table settings, and so on.
The location and venue of your wedding is an integral factor for deciding the perfect wedding theme. The setting is the foundation for your wedding, as it conventionally holds both the ceremony and reception, therefore, will establish the general tone for your wedding. It is important to make certain that the theme and venue will match well together. For example, if you covet an outdoor, Spring themed wedding, you should search for a large garden space or botanical garden available to hold your ceremony and party. It is always a good idea to check the right venues are available before you definitely decide on a theme!
Personality and interests
As a wedding is such a personal, intimate occasion, another important factor to consider when deciding your theme is you and your partner's personality and hobbies. Ask yourself, what are your shared interests and hobbies, and how can we reflect that through our wedding theme? Incorporate both of your personalities in your wedding motif that signifies both of your worlds coming together. For example, if you both love retro, old-school styles, why not opt for a vintage themed wedding?
Arguably, budget is the biggest influence on a couple's consideration of a wedding theme. Your budget is extremely important in this decision, as it will determine what venue you can afford, what decor you can select, and ultimately, what theme you can attain. We suggest couples should confirm their budget first and foremost, and then continue to choose the right theme that falls within their finances.
Another component couples need to factor in is of course seasons and weather for their wedding. This can hugely impact what theme you select, especially if you desire an outdoor wedding. You won't be wanting a beach, sun-and-sea themed wedding in winter! Discuss with your partner which season appeals to you the most, what draws you in, and which time of the year seems fitting to celebrate your love. If you both love Halloween festivities, why not choose a wedding in the fall with a gothic theme?
Our last tip for choosing the right wedding theme is colors and color schemes. By selecting a color scheme, this can help guide you in choosing the overall wedding theme; do not overlook the importance of colors in your wedding. Begin by thinking about what are your favorite colors, which colors do you feel most confident wearing, and what shades do you like; light, dark, pastel, muted etc. The color scheme can have a huge influence over what the mood and tone of the wedding will be like. If you both love light, pastel colors, why not opt for a Spring garden-party themed wedding, or, if you are both fall lovers, select a red and brown color scheme and have an autumnal themed wedding.
No matter what wedding theme you opt for, be certain it reflects both of your interests and personalities, as it is your special, magical day, make it about you! We hope this has helped guide you in choosing the right wedding theme.
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With thanks to:
- Photographer: Pearl Photography by Elena
- Bride and groom: Roxie and Jordan
- Florist: Colibri Blooms
Roxie's white dress: Adara
Roxie's gold dress: Ariel
Location: Cape Kiwanda Beach, Oregon