We’ve seen many unique wedding themes in the past, some borderline disasters and some beyond comprehension. Creating a wedding around a central theme allows a couple to fulfill lifelong dreams and fantasy, and since it is “your special day”, there are no rules when it comes to how outrageous and involved a wedding theme becomes. Below are just a few awe-inspiring themes to get your creative juices flowing.
1. The Fairytale Wedding
Most girls dreams of finding her prince charming one day and embarking on a journey to a lifetime royalty. Though not all of us can afford such luxurious lives full-time, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like a princess on your special day, even if you’re planning your wedding on a budget! Find simple ways to create magic around your event:
Fairytale Wedding Invitations
When you are planning a fairytale wedding, send a subtle hint of the awesomeness awaiting your guests with the invitation. Your invite must successfully impart the sparkling sensation you felt while selecting this theme.
The Wedding Venue
Take your time to select the right venue. If you can’t find the perfect castle don’t become disheartened. The idea is absolute grandeur, so choosing a wedding venue in a big city makes location scouting much easier. You can locate a high end hotel in Las Vegas, a ballroom in Los Angeles, or even a marquee in a countryside farm. Find a wedding venues with beautiful architectural features built right into the event space. A grand staircase and dramatic wall coverings can add instant class and elegance.
The Dress and Make Up
Your dress can be a huge feature of a fairytale wedding theme. Find a “princessy” ball gown and don’t forget to include dramatic accessories. There are various colors apart from the usual white dress you can opt for. Try red, green, black and pink shades.
For the hairdo, be regal with plenty of sleek volume. You can even add extensions to create long, flowy princess hair.Use flowers to emphasize your natural beauty and couple it with elbow length gloves for added elegance.
A fairytale wedding need not stick to a standard set up and a little spicing up of things can go a long way in creating an unforgettable fairytale of your own. But there are certain “must haves” for a fairytale experience
A fairytale cake:Get a wedding cake which tells the story of YOUR FAIRYTALE. Top it up with Cinderella and other mythical creatures to make it more attractive.
Princess slipper: A fairytale seems incomplete without a beautiful pair of princess slippers. Research the market exhaustively before making a final decision.
A tiara:It is absolutely important to complete the attire of a princess.
2. For Harry Potter Fans
The Harry Potter wedding theme is a fairytale wedding of a different sort. There is a fine line between elegance and looking like a 10 year old’s birthday party. Take extra care to not slip into the latter.Invitation cards: Send a special invitation card with some element of “potterness” in it. Be innovative and send invitations like below:
Hogwarts express Tickets: To tell guests the way to your wedding’s platform!
Owl invitation: So that your invitation reaches your guests and they come flying!
Daily prophet news article:When you are tying the knot, there’s no need to shy away from making an announcement!
Marauder’s map:Guide your guests to the appropriate venue, to scale!
Howler: Although Ronald Weasley was frequently scolded by the use of this weapon, other people around him, used to get the message too!
Venue:Harry Potter theme is ideally set in a castle, but not just any kind of castle, a Hogwarts castle!
While it is most likely VERY difficult to find a castle which suits the occasion but here are some alternative suggestions for venues:
- Castles that look LIKE Hogwarts
- A huge tent
Dresses and Makeup
There isn’t much in the dress department for this theme but you can implement the taste in some of the elements:
- Represent your house with colored accessories like scarf and ties
- Wear footwear that sets the tone right for the harry potter theme.
- Use accessories like quills as pens and wands for just showing off!
- You can even perform a duel Harry vs Malfoy style.
- Bouquets and flowers made from pages of harry potter novels or its photocopy.
Some additional tips that can significantly add to your Hogwarts themed wedding:
Guide your guests to their seats with the help of a sorting hat, because the hat knows the best
A charming cake with elements of magic and wizardry, there are many options ranging from some mystical beasts to just the simple house colors like below
Hold the ring in the golden snitch, the same one which made Harry Potter the most famous Quidditch seeker ever!
3. The Casual Beach
Beach weddings are gradually becoming the most sought after theme for couples. It offers a break from the tradition and gives you and your guests a reason to relax on the beach.
Remember – Beaches are usually public spaces, so check with the local government to see their terms regarding events and gatherings in plenty of time to fill out any necessary paperwork.
Invitations:Create a soothing and pleasant invitation card color. Shades of blue-green and turquoise look perfect for a beach wedding.
Venue: This one is simple, you need a BEACH! Before narrowing down your choices of beaches you need to ponder over the following arguments:
- Do I want a private beach or a public beach? Public beaches can get disturbing with random Frisbee-passing strangers bombing your wedding photographs, if you want a secluded beach to hold your wedding, start looking for it early.
- Do I want to hold a ceremony or reception or both? While the rules and regulations may vary with the size of gathering, the path of least resistance is to perform the wedding on beach and move to a different venue for reception.
- Is it off season or on season? An on season beach location can literally ruin your wedding ceremony and drain the casual out of your special day. In addition to it being very crowded, you might have to settle for higher accommodation prices and difficulty in arranging the set up
Dress and Makeup
Beach weddings can be casual but unless you want people to turn up in flip flops and Bermudas be sure to suggest a dress code in wedding invitation like, smart casual, minimum formal or whatever tone you want to strike. While there is no strict guidelines for wedding dresses for a beach casual wedding but it is recommended to give a long floor length gown, a miss.
- Hire a coordinator who has experience in holding beach weddings.
- Get married at a beach resort. They usually have a personal but small beach to themselves. Though it can get expensive but offer perks which are undeniably far more impressive than the expenses (read late night party)!
4. Vintage Elegance
A vintage wedding theme is about reviving the past tradition and making it anew in a style of your own. Vintage weddings have been and still are a very popular choice amongst many couples.
The most important part of a vintage wedding is planning because the dresses, accessories and other critical elements are not easily available and you might need to hunt through a lot of antique stores.
The first thing you need to decide is the time period. Is it a particular decade you are fascinated with or just particularly rooted to your family’s older generation?
Decide a timeline carefully and start your wedding planning exercise.
Give your invite and a rustic yet elegant look. A yellowish paper texture is the most common choice. If you want your guests to wear attires from a particular era, give details, ideas and suggestions for local costume-rental shops.
The right venue sets the perfect mood and much of your design and decoration choices. A country house could be a perfect choice for a “shabby chic” wedding reception. You can also look for a barn or some open scenic location for a rustic touch.
Dress and Makeup
This is where you’d have to struggle hard to find the perfect thing. Vintage gowns are hard to find at general bridal gown stores, which usually focus on latest trends. Internet might be your best bet to Look for vintage bridal gowns. Don’t forget a birdcage veil. For groom’s suits stick to the vintage colors like brown.
Employ a timeline specific pin-up hairdo to add to the charm of your vintage wedding.
Some additional tips:
Keep consistent style and color across all elements of your vintage theme. The wedding colors and fabrics can conjure up a time period very effectively. Choose hues and materials that complement your venue.
Decorations are an important part of bringing about that vintage feeling you desired for. Use candles and chandeliers to brighten up the venue. Use wooden furniture as much as possible
Play soothing and popular music from the chosen timeline. It is very important to set the mood right!
Collect things like antique jars, books, lights, sticks, kites, parasols and handkerchiefs and use them for decoration.
Every couple dreams of a specific theme to infuse a distinct touch to their special day. Choose a popular theme like the ones above or go with a unique one of your own, but make sure to execute it well so as to create a memory for you and your guests to cherish for a lifetime!