Theme weddings are a great way to give your ceremony a unique touch. Not only do you get to put a stamp on your ceremony, but they’re fun to plan, and more fun to celebrate. Since you don’t want to end up with a cheesy affair that looks like a kid’s birthday party, here are 5 ways to take inspiration from sources near and dear to your heart.
- Time of Year. If December is your wedding month, consider a Christmas or Chanukah affair. You can do New Year’s Eve as well, but that one’s harder to pull off unless it’s actually on December 31. Similarly, fall weddings can translate to Halloween themes, Thanksgiving motifs, even football affairs. One big advantage of holiday weddings is that reception sites might already have many of the decorations set up. This is especially true of Christmas weddings and Valentine affairs.
- Location. If you’re marrying in an unusual spot, like a plush garden or historic home, go with it! A Hawaiian theme works wonders (think leis and tiki lamps), and an Art Deco affair can be gorgeous if it matches the surroundings (a vintage dress for you, a smoking jacket for him). A pool party theme can be quite elegant if it’s in a sophisticated environment, and you can set up cabanas and bar service around the area. Just make sure you change out of your wedding clothes before you dive in!
- Ice, Ice, Baby. Ice bars are all the rage now, and make for a chillingly good party. If you live somewhere where planners have the right tools, have them set up a frozen bar, and wear cool blue colors. You can serve ice cold drinks in glasses made of, yes, ice. If you’re not able to go that far, set your cocktail hour around a signature drink and dress accordingly. Summer weddings call for a Mint Julep and khaki colors, and winter nights mean Manhattans and a black and white affair.
- Surprise Them. Surprise weddings can be a great way to treat your guests to a thrill, and are guaranteed not to be forgotten. They’re best for guests who don’t want a lot of fuss or gifts. The invitations can be a celebration of your engagement, or, even more off-putting, a birthday or other common celebration. At a certain time, an announcement is made, the “I Do’s” are said, and voila! A wedding they’ll never forget. The hardest part is getting long-distance guests to show up, so choose a time when most will be together, or reconsider this theme if you want all your relatives in attendance.
- All in the Family. If you want to honor your parents, or both sets of parents, you can use your wedding to celebrate their long and happy marriage. You already know they’re going to be at the rehearsal dinner and the main event, so turn a portion of your celebration into an occasion of honor. Have your DJ or band leader introduce both couples, together or separately, and play their favorite song. You can also use the skills of a videographer to collect film clips and photos, and show a mini-movie of their lives together. Not only will it be an everlasting joy to them, it will remind you of why you decided to get married in the first place.