Getting married is such an exciting experience. Whether you recently got engaged or you just hope that “the question” will come soon, you are likely starting to think about your wedding. Not every wedding has a theme, but creating one together with your future spouse can be a fun experience. If you and your partner have a wedding theme already picked out, great. If not and you want one, there are several things you can do to find the perfect theme for your wedding.
Create a List
You should both create individual lists. Then sit down and compare your lists. Do you have any themes that are the same? Are there any that can be combined? Did your partner include something that you wish you’d put on your own list? While you do not need to decide on a theme right away, it is good to have an idea of where you want to go with your theme or at least have a short list of potential themes.
Make it Timeless
You do not want to pick a theme that seems fun now but that will feel strange or embarrassing five or ten years from now. Instead, go with something timeless. At the very least, ask yourself if you are likely to regret your theme years from now. Be honest with yourself. Sure, that summer blockbuster is a movie you love now, but you might feel a little differently about it a few years from now. If in doubt, it’s best to pick a different theme.
While you likely want to have a unique wedding, there is nothing wrong with seeking inspiration from someone else’s wedding. There are so many great places to look for wedding theme inspiration. Family and friends can help. Websites, such as The Knot and Pinterest, offer a lot of wedding theme inspiration. You can also buy a bridal magazine or look at other bridal websites. You may find that your perfect wedding theme is one that you would not have thought of on your own.
Consider the Décor
Some wedding themes make decorating easy. Others take a little more creativity. When picking a wedding theme, it’s important to consider how that theme will be incorporated into your décor and overall celebration. You do not want to come up with something that you think is great only to realize that you have no idea how you will decorate.
If you have already picked out a venue, it is also important to take your venue into consideration. For example, a rustic theme might not work well for an elegant ballroom wedding. Because of this, you may either want to take inspiration from your venue or hold off on picking a venue until you have chosen a theme. Then you can pick your venue based on your theme.
Don’t Let Others Sway You
Let’s face it. As an engaged couple, you are going to get a lot of advice from your family and friends. Some of it will be helpful. Some of it will not. You may have some family and friends who hate your theme and who are not afraid to let you know. Do not allow them to sway you. Of course, if you find that a lot of your friends are saying negative things about the theme, you may want to consider if you the theme is something that is really timeless.
Set the Stage
Once you have picked your perfect theme, it is time to set the stage. Your stationery, starting with your save-the-date cards, will help to set the stage for your wedding theme. The save-the-date cards and your invitations can give your guests a glimpse of your theme. Along with that, it can prepare your guests for any theme-related dress standards.
Of course, picking a wedding theme should be a fun experience. No matter what theme you pick, having a great time along the way is important.