Post # 1
Hi, girls! I was wondering if anyone could give me some help on our wedding theme. I have so many ideas in my head and started going one direction, but now that I’m starting to put things together, I’m wondering if it looks weird or is a big mess!
Basically, we’re doing a modern Tuscan feel. The colors I’m thinking of using are ivory, black, bright yellow, and chartreuse. Our venue has alot of earth tones (tan, green, ivory) so I thought those colors would mesh well. I was thinking of incorporating wine corks into the placecards (not as holders but maybe make something from the corks and set the escort cards on top of them). We also purchased wine-themed out of town reusable shopping bags (pictured below).
I don’t want to go overboard with the whole Tuscan thing because I’m not a fan of doing the grapes or olives so I was thinking something alittle more modern. My FMIL is making us table runners to go ontop of either white or ivory linens so I was thinking of possibly doing green or yellow runners. I also made some centerpiece mock-ups this past weekend. I have been collecting coffee cans and covered them in textured black paper and used ivory ribbon as well. I used bright yellow tulips in one and plain babies breath in another.
I guess I’d like some opinions on use of flowers to use that are sort of modern yet also Tuscan. I’m going between roses, tulips, and peonies. We’re getting married in May so keep that in mind!
On a side note… my fiance went to University of Michigan and I went to Michigan State so we have an underlying "sports" theme going on… for example, our table names will be sports related and we have a sports cake topper we had custom made (one is a UofM football player, the other is an MSU cheerleader). We’re not going over the top with the sports stuff but want to incorporate it alittle. Does this all seem like too much and not a central theme?
Post # 3
I think it all sounds great! Your colors all seem to go well with the tuscan feel, for flowers, I think tulips sound the most appealing….YOu could do a variety of colors and it would go well with your theme. You could also try gerbera daisies, they are so bright and pretty. I’m not sure of roses and peonies, those to me, have more of a garden wedding feel. Good luck planning!
Post # 4
I think themes are overrated! If the wedding reflects you and your FI, that’s what counts. I think it sounds lovely!
Post # 5
I agree with rosychicklet — sometimes themese can get overrated. Don’t get overwhelmed with making everything "matched", I’ve seen many weddings go overload with one specific element and then the couple’s personality got lost. I love that you are incorporating a modern Tuscan vibe with a little bit of your college life!
Post # 6
Yeah… I 100% don’t want the garden-theme! I love the look of tulips and the nice thing is that that seem pretty hearty and won’t wilt over the course of the day. I just want it all to look cohesive from the save the dates to the invites to the actual day ya know?
Thanks for the help, ladies!
Post # 7
And you’re exactly right… I definitely don’t want it looking too themey and it is important for our personalities to shine through. That makes me feel so much better!
Post # 8
Just a few ideas!
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Post # 9
I am one of those girls who gets a little too involved in my theme, guilty! I just don’t want things to look random, and like you I want it to flow from the invitations, to the programs, to everything else 🙂
What I would suggest, to help tie in the Tuscan theme with your college theme, would go with sunflowers in your centerpeices. 1) sunflowers scream Tuscany and personally I think they are an underrated flower and add a modern flair. 2) sunflowers help tie in the Univ of Michigan b/c they are yellow/goldish color.
Ironically enough I’m going with a Modern Italian theme as well and am trying not to go theme overboard!
Post # 10
I think what you have so far is great! I see your wedding is a little over a year away. I think that throughout that time, things will fall into place for you. One thing I’ve noticed that has helped us stay on track is having a color scheme that’s easy to work with, and having a clear idea of what you want the day to feel like.
I started out our engagement freaking out over having a real theme, but I bounced around from something vintage, to ice cream, to board games, to a coffee shop, to a tea party, so a casino, to all orange, to James Bond fancy, etc. I am not even kidding.
Then we had to send out our STDs and that forced me to decide on a color scheme (dark grey mostly, with some pale blush pink). Having that helped me visualize different parts of the day. If I come upon an idea online that I like, I can quickly decide if it will work for us or not. I am keeping a Word document on my computer with a list of the ideas I like. As the weeks/months go by, I consult the list and add or cross off as things evolve. It’s a work in progress!
We are now about 5.5 months out. There are still many decisions for us to make, but they’ll be easy because they’ll either work with what we’ve got going on, or they won’t. HTH. And good luck to you!
Post # 11
I like Tulips and plan to use them as my theme for my wedding. I already have them on all my printed materials. Picking a theme for my wedding was very important to us because we felt it’ll set the mood for the entire weekend. Peonies were my 2nd choice.
Post # 12
My suggestion is to layout everything you have, take photos. Make an inspiration board & include pictures of your venue. Then decide. This helped me during my theme process, because I had a lot of very scattered ideas – mixing modern & vintage design elements.
But from what you’ve describes so far, it sounds beautiful.
Post # 13
Thanks! I am sort of going between some vintage + modern elements as well but I do know what I like and what I don’t like. I think making an imspiration board is a great idea!
We’re getting our engagement pics done out here in Boston and I plan to use one of the pictures as a black and white postcard for our save the dates. I think once I get those designed, my head will clear up and I’ll have a better idea 🙂