Once you decide on your wedding theme, you’ll need to figure out smart ways to incorporate ideas into your affair. Read on for simple touches that can make your day, not just a fabulous wedding, but a period piece.
Christmas or Chanukah are extremely popular themes, and if you’re having one or the other, start planning in January. “Shop for sales after the holidays,” says Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events in New York City. “Stock up on ornaments and anything else related to the season.” Bobish believes you should “focus on the little details,” when you plan a theme wedding, which means adding touches like “silver and gold ornaments into vases” for Christmas, or “sparkling white tablecloths with blue napkins” for a beach theme.
Beach themes have always been popular, and you can make them stand out by trying something in addition to seashell favors. “If you’re getting married on, say, the Jersey shore, get a local favor like saltwater taffy,” Bobish says. “If your wedding is in New England, you can have fried clams served in cones.”
Food adds a unique touch to any theme. Beach weddings can mean lobster dinner (but always serve a meat dish as well), or, for smaller budgets, lobster roles at the cocktail hour. “Utilize whatever food or drink matches the affair,” says Bobish. “Tapas is great for a Mexican wedding, hot cider works for a Christmas wedding, candy at Halloween.” Bobish stresses that your theme doesn’t need to overwhelm the wedding; just enhance it.
One smart move to achieve that goal is to make sure your reception site works with your theme. “Never fight your space,” says Bobish. “If you want a snow-white wedding don’t pick a hall that has a red floor.” Simple sites often work best, as you can add your own touches. “For a Halloween wedding, you can line the aisle with pumpkins; same with a harvest wedding.” Masquerade balls are popular, and can be held almost anywhere. “Put masks on the table,” says Bobish. “You don’t want a lot of stuff in the room getting in the way.”
Keeping with the spirit of your theme, add music to play it up. “Mariachi bands work, even if you also hire a DJ,” says Bobish. “For a Christmas wedding, you can play some holiday music, but also consider hiring carolers for the cocktail hour.” Bobish says that Halloween weddings don’t have to be filled with “Monster Mash,” but that you can have the DJ or band play one or two gothic tunes. Beach themes call for some Beach Boys and much of the rest can be whatever you love.
Perhaps most important in creating the theme, says Bobish, is figuring out the invitations. “Themes start with invitations,” she says. “Make sure the guests understand exactly what the theme is, and always let them know how they should be dressed.”
Read more: Planning a Wedding on a Holiday, Planning a Beach Theme Wedding, 5 Ways to Pick Your Wedding Theme