One of the best ways to personalize your wedding reception is to come up with a theme. Wedding themes, which can be as simple as “A Spring Garden” or as in-depth as a “Black and White Masquerade,” allow you to create an unforgettable experience that reflects your personality. Many brides-to-be choose colors, seasons, or holidays as part of their theme, while others might select an exotic location or a period in history. Any wedding theme is appropriate as long as it fits in with your vision of your big day.
If you’re considering having a theme for your reception, it’s best to decide what it will be early on in the planning process. That way, you can begin with the invitations and continue the theme through every part of your wedding. You should also choose a theme you know you’ll stick with. Changing themes or colors too close to the big day can cause added stress and increase your wedding costs.
You should also clear any theme decisions with your fiancé and your family members. Although this is your wedding, you aren’t the only one who might have a vision for the outcome. Once you’ve narrowed down your theme choices, you’ll want to begin with the following steps:
Less is more. It can be very easy to go overboard when it comes to a theme wedding, but you should avoid going from fun to funky. Rely on one or two large items (like a specific color of tablecloth, your flowers, or your centerpieces). Most people will be able to “guess” your theme from the outset, so there’s no need to reinforce it at every turn.
Your cake and wedding favors are great places to play with your theme. In order to make elegance the order of the day, consider keeping the wedding reception venue fairly neutral and put the fun in the details. Keep the white tablecloths and put the flair in somewhere else. For example, saltwater taffy can be a great favor for a beach-themed wedding, and you can cover your winter-formal-themed cake with glitter that looks like ice.
You can also incorporate your theme into the music you choose for the event. Even if you don’t intend to have any dancing at your reception, you can play the music in the background to set the mood and encourage people to get into the spirit of your theme.
Of course, if your theme is a little bit grander (a fairy tale wedding or a Renaissance-inspired wardrobe), you might need to be a little more explicit when you invite your guests. Be sure and designate on the invitations if you’d like to encourage your guests to wear costumes or take part in the theme. At the same time, don’t force the issue. You don’t want your guests to feel uncomfortable or like they need to spend a lot of money on a costume they’ll only wear once.
Wedding themes can be a great way to make your wedding fun, personalized, and unique. They can also provide a great way to get your family, friends, and fiancé to join in the planning process, setting your wedding apart from the rest and ensuring that everyone is as excited as you are for the upcoming nuptials!