Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Plan a Theme Wedding

Couples today are increasingly choosing not only a color scheme for their weddings but also a theme.  The challenge is making the theme evident yet tasteful.  Follow these steps for a successful theme wedding.

Make it Meaningful:  When picking your theme, choose something that is meaningful to you.  I recently had a bride who had lived in France as a child, so she planned a wedding reception with a French travel theme.  If you are a movie buff, you could do a Hollywood Glam theme.  Whatever you choose, some of the best themes reflect something about you or your interests.

Do it with Decor:  Of course, you'll want to incorporate the theme into your decor without overdoing it.  Try picking two areas of the reception room to focus on, most commonly the entry and the tables.  With my French themed bride, she used luggage tags as her escort cards to direct guests to their tables as they entered.  Rather than using table numbers, she named each table after a famous landmark in France.  The centerpieces were Eiffel Towers covered by flowers.  These touches were elegant while still showcasing the theme to guests.  Similarly, with a Hollywood theme, you could name the tables after famous actors and actresses from the black and white movie era and then decorate the centerpieces with feathers.

Mix it up with Music:  At any wedding, it's best to have a variety of music that will please both young and old guests alike.  But if you have a theme, it's fun to let it come through in a few songs during the reception.  When you make your grand entrance into the reception room, enter to a song that relates to your theme.  With a Hollywood Glam idea, you could enter to the theme song from Casablanca.  Or, as guests eat dinner, play relevant songs in the background, such as famous movie theme songs.

Fresh ideas with Food:  Add a touch of surprise with your meal by adding in the theme to your food.  For example, with my French themed bride, she had a crepe station.  If you are giving guests menu cards, give each course a witty name that reflects your theme, such as Yellow Brick Road Lemon Tart for dessert for the Hollywood themed wedding.

Finish it off with Favors:  Finally, as guests leave, hit them with your theme one last time with an a propos favor to take home. My French themed bride sent her guests home with traditional French macaroons.  But if you were doing that Hollywood theme, you could give out cute cups of movie popcorn or chocolate clapboards.

Having a theme can add some fun and whimsy for your guests.  Incorporate the theme into the key elements that we mentioned, and you'll pull off a unique yet elegant wedding.

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