Post # 1
The clock is ticking and I still haven’t chosen a theme. I want a theme because it will guide me through the planning process, I will be able to center the decorations around something. I am having an average sized reception, about 150 people, in a nice romantic venue by a lake.
Anyways, I was thinking a tea party themed reception which was inspired by this: http://styleserendipity.com/2011/11/time-for-tea-a-tea-party-themed-wedding/ but after googling it, it seems like people stick to the tea party theme for bridal showers mostly. Will it be weird if I make “tea party” the theme for my late evening wedding reception??? What other ideas can I use for a theme? My colors are mint, pink, and gold but this can change…
Post # 3
I think you can have it be your theme without it being in your face. Use tea cups in your centerpieces, serve tea (?), using the inspirtation from the colors and patterns, things like that.
Post # 4
Can I just dig a little deeper on why you think you need to have a theme? You already have your colors; just make the centerpieces random vases with complimentary flowers and some candles.
Also have you run this by your FI? My husband would NOT be pleased if I’d made our wedding a tea party theme. Just curious.
Post # 5
We’re using teacups in our centerpieces (we’re trying to go flowerless for the wedding). I think the tea party idea is very cute! It might be a little more suited to a daytime event. What time does the reception start?
Also, I agree with chasesgirl, it doesn’t have to be too overt that it’s a “tea party”. Lots of florals, white gloves, etc may get the style across well enough.
Anyway, here’s our centerpiece practice example:
Post # 6
I think any theme can be done well and make both the bride and groom happy if it is done subtly.
I would venture to bet that you could do a subtle tea party theme that neither your groom nor some of your guests would recognize. They would just think you had a beautiful wedding, but likely couldn’t tell you many of the details.
Tea cups and teapots make lovely centerpieces. You can thrift any number of silverplate pieces and polish them up.
You can have tiered cake plates similar to the ones that you get when you go out for tea. You can even make these yourself. They can also be used for centerpieces.
Some couples do tea related favors.
Post # 7
I think it sounds like a lovely theme. I agree that using tea party related china or centerpieces that evoke the feeling of being at high tea would be very tasteful. And I also think that using it in the favors is a great idea either in the form of a tea (there are websites where you can make your own looseleaf blends), or something like teapot shaped cookies/candies/trinkets.
Post # 8
@chasesgirl: yeah, i think that’s a good idea. just apply the theme in little ways. it will just make me feel better knowing that i’m not just putting a bunch of things that don’t go together.