After you've answered the big question, the next one you'll hear is: So, when's the big day? Picking the perfect date and planning a wedding can be a lot of work, but there are plenty of ways to make it fun for you and your partner. One of the ways to make your wedding stand out from the rest is to have a theme. There have been Disney-themed weddings, "Great Gatsby"-themed weddings and even a "Minecraft"-themed wedding for game lovers. People are starting to ditch the traditional in favor of adding a little more flair to their big day. So, if you are getting married and plan to have a theme, here are a few tips to get you started and make it a day you'll never forget.
*Choose a Theme You Both Love
The most important part of having a themed wedding is making sure it's something you both want to do. If one partner seems uncertain or unenthusiastic, then you may want to reconsider some of your theme ideas. Think about something you both love to do together, and see whether you can tie it to a certain theme. For example, do you love traveling the world or going to the beach? If so, start researching some ideas from Pinterest for inspiration and see how others have brought the theme to life. However, if your theme is so unusual that you can't find examples, then start collecting images of items that relate to that theme and envision how you might incorporate them into your wedding. Once you've settled on the right theme, the real fun begins.
*Pre-Wedding Theme Hints
The best part about a themed wedding is that you can drop hints to your guests with your "save the date" cards, wedding invitations and engagement photos. If your theme isn't too obvious, then it makes it all the more mysterious; guests have to wait until the big day to see how everything comes together. Therefore, your engagement photos are a perfect place to start with some subtle hints. When choosing a photographer, inform him or her about your theme, and see whether the photographer has any props that could complement it. Or head to your local thrift shop, Michaels or Hobby Lobby to get some of your own props for the photos. These small details about your wedding theme are fun to include because they get your guests wondering about what the theme will be.
*Making an Impression on the Big Day
You want your themed wedding to be the time when you truly bring all of the elements of your theme together. You can get as detailed as you want, but a big factor is the decorations you use for your ceremony and reception. Once again, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for decor and props for your ceremony, centerpieces, sweetheart table, guest book table and more. Two other great sources for inspiration and tips are WeddingWire and The Knot. If you're having a literary-themed wedding, think about using books instead of flowers as your centerpieces. Or if you love music, your centerpieces can be records or instruments. Getting your wedding party involved is great, too, because you can add a touch of the theme to the formalwear, as well. For example, if you're doing a circus theme, have the groomsmen wearing top hats or circus clown bow ties, while the bridesmaids can go a little untraditional with balloon bouquets. These are just some of the amazing ideas people have already had, but you can tailor your theme to whatever you want. Using a food theme can be a little tricky, unless you're connecting it with a destination wedding theme, such as Mexico or Jamaica. Therefore, I would suggest applying your theme to whatever dessert you'll be serving. Whether it's cake or cupcakes, bakeries can be more creative and flexible in the design of your dessert and help you make your theme edible, too.
These are just a few suggestions for getting you started on planning a themed wedding. The truth is that the options are limitless; you can be as creative as you want. Keep in mind, though, that the more you want to add the more work it will be. Sometimes less is more, and just the subtle elements of your theme can truly make a difference. You will still have the beauty and elegance of a wedding, but add some personality with your favorite theme. Happy planning!