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To Theme or Not to Theme

September 10, 2014 by Jennifer Speer

So why pick a theme for your wedding? A theme can tie together your personal style and create an environment for your loved ones that will showcase your personalities as well as all the things that most represent you and your fiancé. A central theme will also help you as you plan. Both big and small decisions will be much easier to coordinate when you know the theme.

With that said, choosing a theme isn’t exactly a piece of (wedding) cake. With the enormous amount of Pinterest boards available in themes and styles of all shapes and sizes, how do you decide which theme best suits you? Here are few simple guidelines to help you along the way.

1.  Choose Your Venue

Are you leaning towards the traditional banquet hall, a colorful garden, or a chic, urban loft for your wedding? Most likely, the location you choose will automatically reflect your style. And most venues will lend themselves to certain themes and eliminate others. An outdoor ceremony in the backyard of a quaint cottage might not work with an old, Hollywood Glamour theme. And a Vintage theme might be a bit difficult to pull off in a large, ornate reception hall. Choosing a location should, at the very least, help you narrow down your search by at least a couple hundred Pinterest boards. 🙂

2.  Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall?

Think about the weather. How will nature look? Will you be surrounded by bare trees (perfect for a birch tree wedding) or will you be surrounded by blooming plants and flowers (perfect for a garden or botanical themed wedding). What flowers or other pieces from nature (pinecones, fall foliage, etc.) are available this time of year? What colors blend easily with the season or upcoming holiday and what colors clash? Of course, these are just guidelines. If you want to do pastel pink in December, go for it. And if you want tulips in October or pinecones in May, I’m certainly not going to stop you. And you just might start a trend of your own!

3.  Look Within

Don’t you love weddings that exude personal touch? Make this an intimate affair (no matter what the actual size of the guest list) by adding details that represent who you are as a couple. If you like to travel, create table numbers or place cards in the shape of states or countries where you’ve traveled. If you like to attend sporting events together, choose ballpark food for the reception. Have fun with it!

And don’t forget to discuss incorporating values, religion, tradition and family as well. Often, these are the most influential factors in our lives. Let them show!

4.  Ask for Help

What words come to mind when your family members think of you and your fiance? What places? What do they love most about your relationship? These answers can help you determine what theme truly represents you. Asking for their input gives them an opportunity to feel needed, to feel a part of your big day.

And if you’re anything like me, the creative gene may have skipped right over you (and landed squarely on your two younger sisters). If someone you know has a better eye for detail and a knack for decor, don’t be afraid to ask them to help plan your theme.

5.  Ready, Set, Pin!

This one is simple: pin, pin, pin. There are all kinds of ideas out there. Don’t waste too much time trying to reinvent the wheel. Find several themes you like and begin to create boards for each of those themes. Pretty soon, you should have one or two boards that excite and inspire you the most. Choose one of those, and you can’t go wrong!

Have you picked a theme yet? Tell us what you’ve chosen on our Facebook page!

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