Post # 1
This is what I’ve got:
We’re hoping to have a ceremony outside and so far our top venue choice is a beautiful event center on the lake. The main room has a wall that is all windows that opens up to a terrace. No pictures unfortunately but here’s a video:
We want to get married at sunset and we’re thinking our colors will be purple, orange, and green. Think:
So sort of a romantic nature-y, garden-y feel. But we also don’t have much of a budget for flowers so that’s why I’m thinking a garden theme wouldn’t make much sense at all. We’re also untraditional in that we want a lot of games and events during the ceremony instead of just dancing. So…bingo, trivia, bags, darts, etc. So it feels maybe sort of rustic? But I’m not sure if rustic staples such as burlap/barns/mason jars/etc. really fit us.
HELP! Are we trying to cram too much into one wedding? Should we try to condense our ideas? Or are we on the right track for an awesome theme I’m just not seeing yet? Any help would be appreciated, and I’d love to hear how other bees came up with their themes as well!
Post # 3
You don’t need a theme! Your colors and the garden setting sound perfect already. Adding some kind of theme would be overkill IMO.
Post # 4
@chickspartan: A theme pe se, is not necessary, but it can help to make the decor cohesive.
Yes, many couples only use colors and have beautiful weddings. If you have any trouble knowing whether something works or not, a theme can help you make that decision. If you are having a vintage rustic theme and find a great buy on square stainless steel chargers, you will know they are not going to work.
Do you and your FI share any interests? Travel, sports, wine, cooking, reading?
You could build off the quote “Sunset is nature’s painting” and use easels for family pics, a photo guestbook, art elated props for a photobooth, little paintings for placecards or escort cards etc etc etc
Post # 5
I had no theme other than marriage 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@chickspartan: You don’t need an official theme for your wedding. The theme will always be “the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Chickspartan”. It’s not like your theme gets written all over programs and stuff for guests to read. If people ask (it’s only because the wedding shows encourage themes) then tell them your colors and that it’s going to be on a romantic terrace overlooking a lake. That will give them an idea of what to expect without naming a specific theme.
P.S. Gardens in many places only include greenery or a huge green lawn so it’s not just about flowers.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@chickspartan: Sounds like your colors and “garden” are your theme! Our colors, autumn and “east meets west” are our themes.
Post # 8
Okay, so no theme necessary. Thanks a lot bees. I was thinking about centerpieces and couldn’t figure out what to do without a theme, but maybe we should just choose what we like and try to make it work.
Post # 9
@julies1949: “Sunset is nature’s painting” is such a great idea! FH actually majored in art in college and I’m a huge fan of his work. Some things we have in common: wine, mafia-related fandom, travel, comic books, zombies…only a couple of these things would work for a wedding haha.
I was tossing around the idea of incorporating wine into a theme. Superheroes as well. I totally want to do this and give away shirts in our bridal party girfts:
Post # 10
Yeah, you don’t really need a theme, necessarily. All you really need is to make sure the decorations, the favors, etc. are cohesive so that everything looks pulled together. It might help to think of it more as what kind of *vibe* you want your wedding to have, rather than what you might normally think of as a theme. Do you want it laid back and outdoorsy or a more formal ballroom-type affair? What colors do you want to use? Do you want bright lights or candles? Once you figure out what kind of feel you want your wedding to have, it’ll be much easier to choose the right decorations, stationery, and whatnot. I actually designed my wedding around the invitations and it worked out really well.
Post # 11
@chickspartan: We are having a superhero theme, it comes from my FI’s love of Marvel and DC
Post # 12
I wanted to make my theme an autumn leafy wedding the man had chosen a blue shirt. He refused to wear anything but the blue shirt. We didn’t have a fancy formal wedding so I knew the blue shirt would make his eyes beautiful so I didn’t not object. I just looked at a ton of pictures with the same color blue. We had a wonderful peacock wedding with his blue shirt. We used daisy for our flowers because they were cheap. I spent 400$ on the entire wedding including my $55 dress.
Post # 13
We don’t have a theme. I mostly just picked flowers i liked that went with our colors and all the decorations at the reception just goes with the venue. Getting married is enough of a theme
Post # 14
Please don’t force a theme!
Post # 15
We didnt pick a theme. If anything we tried to avoid one. All it takes is one little idea and before you know it your whole wedding will be littered with that one idea.
Nothing wrong with “Ms Chickspartan and Mr Chickspartan’s wedding” as your theme!!
Post # 16
I think loose themes make it a little easier to decide on things. Wine is an awesome theme and there are lots of things you can do with empty wine bottles. Also, I think the art thing is a great idea. Sounds like you’re on your way!