Deciding the Right Theme for Your Wedding
Choosing the right theme for your wedding can be an overwhelming task. It’s difficult to know where to start or if you’re making the best choice that will really speak to your ideal wedding vision. There are numerous factors to consider that can range from your budget to both of your personalities. However, selecting your dream theme for your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful and challenging to narrow down your ideal selections. We put together this guide to help you decide the best theme to have your dream wedding.
Designate Your Wedding Budget
Nowadays, many couples often choose their main theme between traditional wedding ceremonies and receptions or modern themes with non-traditional based themes. Deciding if you want to have a traditional or non-traditional wedding is one of the first steps to help you then do the most important task of planning your own wedding – designing your wedding budget.
It’s no secret that most traditional wedding ceremonies, religion or ethnicity aside, are often overall more expensive options. Whether you select one venue or multiple venues, as you a couple, solidifying your budget is key. So if you’re looking for something that feels more elegant than casual, then go with a traditional theme and budget accordingly for your wedding style based around that.
In contrast to traditional wedding themes, most modern weddings that focus on a non-traditional themes, like elopements, can be as affordable or costly as you wish. Couples that are willing to spend the extra money can opt for a destination wedding that can drive your overall wedding theme as well. Therefore, if you’d rather have a more relaxed vibe at your ceremony and reception, then consider going with a modern style instead.
Whichever you decide, either traditional or modern, ensure you have decided on your ceremony choice and established your budget. This will help you then break down what overall wedding themes you want to feature between your nuptials and celebrations.
Decide On Your Wedding Non-Negotiables
You want your wedding to be perfect, and that means choosing a theme that reflects who you are as an individual and as a couple. It also important to establish how you want to celebrate your union. When choosing a theme, it’s important to keep in mind your non-negotiables for both the ceremony and reception—the things that matter most to you and which will help set the tone for the entire day.
For example, if you’re having a religious ceremony and want a dry (non-alcoholic) reception, it might be best to have a non-alcoholic cocktail hour to help guests transition from the ceremony location to the reception. Other couples can opt to also have a main cocktail hour and a dry reception. Music choices can be important to you as well in that you can decide to have only have classical music during dinner or have a live band play during cocktails or after dinner instead.
The key to deciding on your non-negotiable is developing what traditions and experiences you must have during your ceremony and reception. These are the things that are going to be a part of your wedding regardless of what may happen throughout the day, so ensure you have a list of must have’s before finalizing your theme selection.
Consider the Season and Location of Your Wedding
When selecting the right theme for your wedding, you need to decide on a location. As a couple, you need to consider details such as where you want to get married and when. In addition, it is important to consider the time of year and the season. Then think about what type of atmosphere that location would create.
For example, if you want a Spring wedding, you can incorporate a lot of florals and bright greens to celebrate the birth of nature from the cold season. Couples that want a destination wedding can settle for a theme surrounding their ideal destination location. Accordingly, if you decide you want a beach elopement, you can curate your theme to be nautical or beach themed.
You and your beloved can also incorporate your location and season as the primary theme, along with your ceremony and reception décor, plants, and color palettes that reinforce your overall theme. You can also have a lot of candles around the room so that it feels cozy and intimate. The possibilities are endless for you and your beloved to create the wedding theme of your dreams.
Choose a Theme that Reflects Your Personalities
A wedding is a special celebration of the love shared between two people. It is meant to be fun and exciting for everyone, so couples should choose themes for their weddings that reflect their personalities. Everyone has personal tastes that may not always match up as perfectly as desired. Keep things simple and have an open discussion about the details of the theme.
For example, if you love bohemian style and your partner is a fan of the outdoors and nature, try incorporating those two personality preferences together. You can incorporate earth tones and elements of nature that can ensure that you both feel your personalities are both represented and present on your big day.
The colors and decorations of your wedding should not only be reflective of your personalities, but you should also shower your guests with love on the most memorable day of your lives. The goal of choosing the right theme for your wedding is to make it about you and your love but also the loved ones that are celebrating with you.