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Finding a Style & Theme for Your Wedding

Jean Hailey


More and more weddings today reflect the personal style of the bride and groom.  Incorporating personal touches to your wedding will help you break away from the traditional church and reception hall.  Styling your wedding is a great way to share something about yourself with your guests and to make your wedding day a truly memorable occasion. Many couples come up with wedding the style for their wedding based on where they met or what they like to do together.

For example, a couple that met in a particular city may want to celebrate in that city, or even hold the nuptials there. We’ve even heard of some extreme styles to reflect their own personal lifestyle, such as couples that have exchanged their vows while jumping out of an airplane, skiing down a mountain or high in the sky in a hot air balloon. Creating your dream-wedding day may be as simple as a few well-placed decorations or an island setting. For a tropical wedding, you may want to stand on the beach of your favorite vacation place or just decorate the reception hall like a luau. The bridesmaids can wear leis and the groomsmen can wear sandals.

Try to find the recognizable details in the theme of your wedding and incorporate them into the decorating plan. You may also want to find food that would compliment the island style as well. A roasted pig can make a great conversation piece in a Hawaiian wedding. Weddings in general, take a great deal of tedious planning.  Add an unusual twist and you’re definitely going to need some help. Don’t stress yourself out by pretending that you can take all of this on. Consultants and bridal specialists create these sorts of functions often. Once you’ve come to your senses and hired a wonderful professional, you can relax and actually have fun. The sky is the limit.

Sit down with your fiancé and brainstorm about your style and what you two like to do the most. Talk about how formal or informal you want your wedding to be, and about how many guests you want to be at the wedding. If you met in Hawaii, then what could be more romantic than traveling back there to exchange vows on the same stretch of beach? Host a clambake for your closest friends and family. Have a luau, with bare feet, seashells, drift wood, cheesecloth and twinkle lights. To pull off a romantic winter wedding, choose colors of rich jewel tones such as purple, forest green, and navy. Sapphire blue, ice blue or powder blue, silver and white can be used if you want to steer clear of the traditional Christmas colors. The glow of candlelight will add warmth and ambiance to your ceremony and reception site. Iridescent or frosted glass balls and pinecones can adorn your guests’ tables. Snowflake ornaments and glittery ribbons may be placed on the food tables or hung from the ceiling. For a simple touch, only decorate with red and white poinsettias.

Since many locations will already be lavishly decorated, your décor budget will be minimal. A cozy cottage or bed and breakfast in the mountains is an ideal location for your wintry theme. Your guests may warm themselves in front of the fireplace while sipping hot chocolate or wassail during the cocktail hour. A view overlooking a partially frozen pond will add to the ambiance. Imagine your guests delight as they get a glimpse of a deer drinking from the pond just outside the reception room window or a family of rabbits scurrying over the freshly fallen snow. Some couple might even choose to theme their wedding.  There are so many wonderful themes to choose.  

Here are some stylish ideas for you to think about:

  • A Destination Wedding
  • A Pretty in Pink Wedding
  • A Holiday Wedding
  • A Valentine Wedding
  • A Sage & Spice colored Wedding
  • A Simple Sophisticated Wedding
  • A Simple Satin Wedding
  • A Winter White Wedding
  • A Romantic Red & White Wedding
  • A Dazzling Daisy Wedding
  • A Wedding by the Sea
  • A Wedding in Shades of Purple
  • An Asian-Inspired Wedding
  • A Wildflower Wedding
  • A Simple Rose Wedding
  • A Hobby Theme Wedding
  • A Whimsical Garden Wedding
  • A Fall Wedding

Here are a few themes with locations, colors, flower suggestions, attire to wear, and special touches to add:

Victorian Theme Locations: Historic Site, Museum, Garden Colors: Ivory, White, Pink, Rose, Pastels Flowers: Rose, Potpourri, Stephanotis, Baby’s Breath Attire: Antique Lace, Cameos, Pearls, Fans Special Touches: Horse-drawn Carriage, Candlelight, Violins, Harp Music

Western Theme Locations: Ranch, Barn Colors: Red, White, Blue, Black, Silver, Turquoise Flowers: Wildflowers, Daisy, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflowers Attire: Gingham, Denim, Bandanas, Boots, Hats, String Ties Special Touches: Buckboard Wagon, BBQ, Square Dancing, Fiddlers, Guitars

Art Deco Theme Locations: Restaurant, Hall, Ballroom, Hotel, Art Museum Colors: Silver, Black, White, Gold Flowers: Calla Lily, Stephanotis, Fern Attire: Sheath Styles, Baguettes, Beads, Sequins Special Touches: Vintage Cars, Champagne, Fountains, Jazz Quartet

English Garden Theme Locations: Garden, Home, Historic Site, Country Inn Colors: Pink, Green, Lavender, Blue, Yellow, White Flowers: Ivy, Lily of the Valley, Lilac, Rose, Iris, Hyacinth, Tulip Attire: Organza, Floral Arrangements, Wreath, Basket Bouquets Special Touches: Trellises, Arches, Gazebo, White Chairs, Tent reception, String Quartet, Statues

Black & White Theme Locations: Church, Hall, Ballroom, Country Club Colors: Black, White Flowers: Calla Lily, Gardenia, Orchids Attire: Ruffles, Off-the-Shoulder, Backless, Dinner Jackets Special Touches: Cocktail Reception, Metallic Confetti, Black Rice Bags, Silver Toasting Glasses, Orchestra, Harp Music

Christmas Theme Locations: Church, Home Colors: Red, Green, Gold, Silver, White, Burgundy, Hunter Green Flowers: Poinsettia, Evergreen, Holly, Baby’s Breath Attire: Taffeta, Plaid, Velvet Bows Special Touches: Christmas Tree, Wreaths, Candlelight, Christmas Music

Country Theme Locations: Home, Church, Garden, Historic SiteColors: Blue, Mauve, Green, Brick Red Flowers: Grapevine, Sweet Pea, Cornflower Wreaths, Tulip, Daisy, Baby’s Breath Attire: Handkerchief Hemlines, Flower Basket, Bouquets, Nostalgic Special Touches: Grapevine Wreaths, Quilts, Baskets, Potted Plants, Horse-drawn Carriage

Princess Theme Locations: Cathedral, Museum, Ballroom Colors: Pale Pink, Ivory, White Flowers: Rose, Orchid, Stephanotis, Gardenia, Camellia Attire: Opulent Silks & Satins, Pearls Special Touches: Fine Crystal, Silverware, Elaborate Floral Arrangements, Full Orchestra, Ballroom Dancing and Valet Parking

Nautical Theme Locations: Yacht Club, Lakeside, Beach, Resort Colors: Red, White, Navy Blue Flowers: Lily, Carnation, Violet Attire: Sailor Collars, Stripes, Linen, Cotton Special Touches: Balloons, Streamers, Confetti, American Flag, Tent, Fireworks

Brides are always looking for a different way to make their wedding unique. The releasing of butterflies is starting to become a very popular alternative to throwing rice. They are environmentally friendly and beautiful also. As the butterflies fly around and even land on guests, you will see the delight and excitement on their faces. They will leave talking about the release and some may even be walking out with a butterfly on their shoulder. When ordering butterflies, you want to make sure that they come from a reputable butterfly farmer. You do not want to try to save money and order “grow your own” butterfly kits. Many things can go wrong, and you don’t want to be disappointed on your wedding day. The butterflies are released in two different ways. You can either release them individually or as a mass release. You can even order enough butterflies to hand out to all of the guests, or you can just have the wedding party do the release. When doing a mass release, three or four-dozen make a nice release. Check with your wedding consultant about finding these wonderful little creatures for your wedding.

Whether you choose a Princess theme, Valentine theme, or the traditional black and white theme, it’s your wedding and it should personify your personalities and style. Discuss your ideas with your wedding consultant, and check out the wonderful locations in this magazine, and on our website. With a little imagination you and your fiancé will come up with your special Dream Wedding!  

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