You have the ring on your hand and you have set the date – you are getting married! No doubt you are likely excited, nervous and a bit apprehensive. However, now the big decisions come in and you have to begin to decide on the most important elements of your big day, starting with the theme. Selecting the right theme for your wedding day can be as challenging as finding your perfect dress; however, reviewing some of the most popular wedding themes right now may be able to help you make your decision.
Number 10: The Woodland Wedding
One of the biggest wedding themes that is being used this year is natural and rustic with accents that are sophisticated and glam. This may include centerpieces that are green and branchy, with a number of lush flowers with a pop of sparkle with a faux fur or sequin table overlay. The fashion seen in these weddings typically includes long gowns and veils with lace and floral embellishments. The dresses your bridesmaids wear can mimic yours with mismatched dresses and loose braids for their hair do. Other small touches you may want to include are flower crowns.
Number 9: The Fairy Tale Wedding
Have you been dreaming of the perfect, fairy tale wedding since your childhood? Have you had your eye on various tiaras, dreaming of the day you would walk down the aisle with your prince charming? The good news is that you don’t have to actually be royalty in order to feel like a princess on your big day. For your dress, go big, with a full skirt and long veil. You could be extravagant with the food as well, including a top-tier plated meal and a huge chocolate fountain, with of course the cake that is as tall as the ceiling.
Number 8: Vintage Wedding
If you have decided to go with a vintage wedding theme, then lace is a must have. Search for a gown that implements lace with a bit of a modern twist and stick to a more muted palette of colors such as gold, rose, slate grey and ivory, which are all pretty and soft. For the décor, you can select unique chandeliers and billowy fabric to create a type of faux canopy above the reception area. Also, mix your covered chairs with natural, wood chairs. You can also extend this vintage theme to the food that you serve. For example, use vintage bottles and fresh lemonade and fruit.
Number 7: A Relaxed Beach Ceremony
If you are not interested in the latest trends and styles, and just want to relax on your big day while you have a good time, you should consider heading to the beach. A beach wedding is extremely popular for any couple and almost ensures that everyone will have a great time. The fact is that there is nothing that can match saying “I do” with your feet in the surf and sand. You can even make it completely casual by having your bridesmaids either bare foot or in flip flops, with short dresses and skirts. Once the ceremony is over, you can gather around a fire pit with your guests for an oyster roast, or visit a beach front club for dancing and drinks.
Number 6: An Ethnic Wedding
Multicultural and ethnic weddings are about embracing your traditions, family, culture and color. If you choose this type of event, select rich fabrics, jewelry and beautiful fashion, which is what will help to bring your event to life. An element that is key to this type of wedding is the lighting that you select. Try using bright and strong lighting for your décor and creative centerpieces. You may also want to consider hiring musicians and dancers to play songs and traditional dances from your heritage.
Number 5: An Extreme Wedding
Are you and your fiancé the kind of individuals who love extreme sports, such as throwing themselves out of a plane for fun? When you spend time alone with your loved one, does it usually include skis, a helicopter or scuba gear? If this sounds like you, you may want to consider ditching a traditional wedding and make the event as extreme as you and your love.
While it is not too likely that the remainder of your wedding party will want to get in a hot air balloon with you, or hike up a mountain to hear you say “I do,” you can plan an indoor wedding reception that will provide your part and guests with a little taste of what you did. For example, if you are planning an underwater ceremony, you can host your reception at an aquarium.
Number 4: A Seasonal Wedding
If you would like to host a classic wedding, that is not too outlandish or pricey, then consider celebrating for the current season. For a summer or spring wedding, chose flirty and short dresses in a vibrant or pastel color and be sure that you incorporate many seasonal flowers in the centerpieces and bouquets. In fact, nothing will say spring quite like a bouquet of daises, tulips or sunflowers. You should try to plan for the reception and the ceremony to be held in an outside venue that is full of sunlight and life.
If you have decided to get married in the fall, you can play up the colors that are seen during harvest time, such as crimson and chocolate brown. Additionally, you can incorporate seasonal embellishments with wheatgrass flower arrangements, apples and gourds.
Number 3: A Macabre Marriage
If the idea of a large white dress and a super sweet cake does not make up your dream wedding, then you may find some inspiration thinking outside of the box. While it may seem a bit creepy to some others to exchange your vows in the midst of stylized skulls and carved pumpkins, if you are a bit creative and have a wicked sense of humor, then the macabre themed wedding may be fun and festive. Do you love the Mexican day of the dead or Halloween? If so, this may be a theme that suits you perfectly.
Try to plan this wedding late in October or in the early part of November so you can correspond with the annual events.
Number 2: The Valentine’s Day Wedding
While a Valentine’s Day wedding may be a bit cliché, it is also extremely romantic. Plus, this will make it quite easy to ensure your honey remembers the anniversary date. If Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a weekday you may be in store for a smaller guest list; however, this will give you some wiggle room with the budget to make it a much more intimate and romantic affair.
Number 1: A Completely Traditional Ceremony
An old-fashioned and traditional wedding is still one of the most popular themes that is used today. This is when the bride is going to wear a traditional white gown and the groom will be in a full tux. Additionally, the ceremony will be held in a synagogue or church and presided over by some religious official.
The fact is that this is your big day and you should create the wedding of your dreams. These are some great ideas to help you get started.
Hannah Tucker, wedding planner and consultant [http://www.weddingplanneri.com], offers advice and ideas for truly memorable weddings. If you are looking for something new and unique, visit her! In her spare time, she loves to spend time on the coast.