Whether you’re going all-out with a wedding theme or prefer to keep things a little more subtle, choosing a theme that ties everything together is an important part of planning your wedding. Having an overall theme really helps to make sure the venue, food, decorations, entertainment and all the other aspects of your wedding come together nicely to create a beautiful, memorable big day.
If you’re struggling to choose a wedding theme, here are some of our top tips to help you create a stylish, personalised wedding with a stunning theme.
1. Brainstorm with your partner
The first thing to do is have a good old brainstorming session with your parter to find out what you both like and dislike. Note down everything that might come in useful, such as your favourite colours, holiday destinations, eras, music, artists, interior design, clothing styles – basically anything you can think of! From this, you’ll be able to narrow it down a bit and you might decide that you both want a rustic wedding with a 1950s vintage twist, or a sleek, modern wedding inspired by your holiday to Scandinavia.
2. Gather inspiration
Once you’ve settled on the general idea for your theme, it’s time to start gathering inspiration so you can mould the theme into something that suits your wedding. Do it the old fashioned way by flicking through some of your favourite wedding magazines and creating a scrapbook of ideas, or head over to Pinterest and create a new Wedding Theme board. Look out for examples of weddings with similar themes, as well as any food, venue or decor ideas which you could tie into your theme.
3. Ask for advice
It might sound obvious, but asking for advice really is the best way to help you plan your wedding! Have a chat with friends or family who have already planned their own wedding to ask for advice about themes. If you’re using a wedding planner, they will have lots of useful information about picking a theme so don’t be scared to ask for advice. Even your venue and caterer can offer up helpful tips – they’ve seen hundreds of weddings so they’re bound to know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t!
4. Think about the future
You definitely want your theme to reflect your personality and your interests, but be careful about going too over the top! Think about when you look back at your wedding photos in 20 years time – will you still be happy with your theme then? Choosing a subtle theme is a good way to ensure it will remain timeless, compared to a more in-your-face theme which might look dated after a few years. Find the right balance between creating something you love now, and something you’ll treasure forever.
5. Start planning
And now, it’s time to start planning. Use the inspiration you gathered earlier to begin planning how your theme will fit into your wedding. Sticking with the rustic 1950s theme, this might mean you’ll have wildflower posies for your bouquet and floral decorations, a converted barn for the venue, and pastel 1950s style dresses for the bridesmaids. Get creative and see what you can come up with!