Wedding theme : Important or waste of time?

Choosing your theme is a great place to start for your wedding.

With wedding planning, there are so many details to plan that range from tiny to hugenormous (yep… that’s huge and enormous all mashed together because I like it) and it’s easy to be flying all over the map. Especially with all the amazing inspiration blogs there are out there no a days, it can get a bit crazy. Choosing a theme that helps keep you centered and the look and feel of your wedding, and doing it early on will help you sort through all the amazing ideas you see and like and keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Say you are trying to figure out a cute and unique guest book. The traditional ideas don’t really interest you and you want something memorable. Say you see two ideas you fall in love with, one is a message in a bottle style where people write notes on little pieces of parchment and then roll them up and put them in a bottle.

Option two is a using a vintage typewriter and a super long piece of paper. Everyone types their note of love and congratulations on the typewriter and you end up with a scroll for your guest book. Both super cute ideas and might be hard to choose.

If you have a theme for your wedding though and it’s on the water, your colors are blue and white and you love sailboats, that message in a bottle works a lot more than the typewriter idea!

alderbrook resort, nautical themed wedding

Theme’s don’t have to be uber specific but even having a loose theme to go by really helps streamline the decisions you will make and will bring your wedding together so much easier.

A theme can be anything, it doesn’t have to be super specific to work. Try country, vintage, nautical, garden, whimsical, etc.

For example a country theme could look something like this:
All the bridesmaids wear cowboy boots
The wedding favor is a small bottle of the bride and grooms fave steak rub
All the groomsmen have super awesome belt buckles
The favors and gifts are placed on bales of hay on top of an old Ford truck
The centerpieces are flowers put into old vintage mason jars
The cake isn’t a cake but an array of desserts from friends and family… and consists of cobblers and crisps
You can see a super cute country themed wedding I photographed earlier this year here

The theme doesn’t have to overtake the wedding, it just gives you a nice direction to keep things in line with!

Oh, and if you are one of those brides that would just L-O-V-E to get your beautiful little wedding featured in a magazine or on a blog, a theme is the way to go. Editors love seeing consistency and thought put into all the details of a wedding.

If you are getting married in the Pacific Northwest and need a wedding photographer, contact me to see if I am available for your date.

The comments +

  1. craig@cuttingedgedjs.com

    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Having been at this wedding business for as many years as I have, I often think I’ve “seen it all” until suddenly some new something comes along (save-the-dates, up lighting, etc). As far as a “trend” goes (in regard to themed weddings), I think the masses will always fall back on traditional and classic. I have seen all sorts of themed weddings, from a hippie wedding (where guests went without shoes) to Civil War era to Star Trek themes. I like your suggestion of a country theme, as it’s subtle and won’t overtake the wedding. I think folks that can incorporate a theme subtly can add some fun and nostalgia to their wedding without making it odd…
    Like asking guests to wear prosthetic Vulcan ears.

  2. rephotography@gmail.com

    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I agree. Keeping the theme subtle is important to not making your wedding look dated. But having a theme can help so much on cutting down on the clutter!

  3. craig@cuttingedgedjs.com

    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Having been at this wedding business for as many years as I have, I often think I’ve “seen it all” until suddenly some new something comes along (save-the-dates, up lighting, etc). As far as a “trend” goes (in regard to themed weddings), I think the masses will always fall back on traditional and classic. I have seen all sorts of themed weddings, from a hippie wedding (where guests went without shoes) to Civil War era to Star Trek themes. I like your suggestion of a country theme, as it’s subtle and won’t overtake the wedding. I think folks that can incorporate a theme subtly can add some fun and nostalgia to their wedding without making it odd…
    Like asking guests to wear prosthetic Vulcan ears.

  4. rephotography@gmail.com

    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I agree. Keeping the theme subtle is important to not making your wedding look dated. But having a theme can help so much on cutting down on the clutter!

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