Post # 1
Went to a wedding exhibition yesterday (in London!). So many ideas etc! Really awesome stuff.
I have been thinking about colour schemes etc. So far, we have decided to have an Indian-themed wedding/reception (non-religious!), which doesn’t sound too hard, right?
Problem is, there are two colour schemes I like.
1. Indian summer: lots of oranges, bright pinks, white, turquoise, light greens etc. Think lots of long flowy pieces of cloth flowing around as backdrops, bright cushions and marigolds for the tables, etc.
2. Something more luxurious: antique gold, red and cream, and implement it with the Indian theme.
Now the problem with the latter is how would I implement it/combine it with the Indian theme? I guess I would have to find what is ‘typically Indian’ and find items and cloths in that colour combination, right?
The wedding dress will be a red and gold gagra choli, but the reception sari will depend on the theme I am having. FI will be in morning tails (which will be tailor made according to the colours of the theme).
Which would you pick? Any ideas for how to combine a colour scheme and theme?
Post # 3
@OrchidsandCandles: I love love love the sound of Indian Summer, i’ve got a thing for bright colour combinations. When I saw your ceremony dress will be red & gold I waivered as thought the other theme would then be better but then saw you’ll be having another dress for the reception, sp you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Post # 4
@CatyLady: Yup, will definitely be having a different outfit for the reception!
I love the idea of Indian summer, problem is we are likely to have it in March (which is spirng time), but it shouldn’t be too big a deal, right?
I have decoration ideas for both themes: tabletop ideas etc. For the cream/gold/red or maroon idea, I was thinking maybe Indian brass candleholders (think this http://www.ebay.com/bhp/solid-brass-candlesticks ), wit some bigger ones scattered around for the antique gold part. For the tablecloths etc, maybe a deep maroon mixed with gold cream chair covers or something, and various fabrics draped around the venue in those colours. It would look huge and big and luxurious and sumptuous, and that would be gorgeous! Picture the fabrics shown here across a reception hall, with everything colour co-ordinated to the same scheme! (Obviously with different floor decor etc, I don’t like the standing up pieces here).
For the Indian summer theme, there would be lots of bright coloured roses and marigolds, brightly coloured tealight holders or brightly coloured cloth animals on the tabletops, such as this
plates of marigolds on the table, maybe an assortment of colourful indian trinkets as well like this
Cloth would be loose, big, bright and colourful (like this
Bear in mind this will all (hopefully!) be in a big English country manor, or maybe a really nice hall in Mayfair, London (we have found one that we both really really love, and it is self catering!)
Post # 5
@OrchidsandCandles: That last inspiration picture of Indian Summer makes me smile, I love it.
Post # 6
@OrchidsandCandles: I love the colours in your Indian Summer theme! Since March is still rather cold, I think it would be a wonderful idea to warm it up a little and those colours do just that. Now they’re not typical English country manor decorations (I think?!?) but hey, maybe it’s an English country manor decorated for a visit from distiguished Indian guests so they would feel more at home? 🙂
Post # 7
@MsMeow: FI is English, so I thought it would be nice to get a sort of English influence in amongst the bright indian bits and pieces! It would be nice to have it traditionally English on the outside, and Indian on the inside, would be a lovely contrast I think!
Post # 8
@OrchidsandCandles: Oh yes, that sounds wonderful! 🙂
Post # 10
How about having the reception room set up in a traditional English way, so round tables with chair covers and centre pieces but using your colours as well?
something like this, I’m not sure if it shows the Indian theme enough?
I love this just had to share it!!
Post # 11
@OrchidsandCandles: oh i loe the indian summer idea. The bright colours are so amazing. I feel like the regal tones are a bit more formal, whereas the broght colours are more fun. What type of feeling are you going for?
Post # 12
@Mrs_Lewis2b: Oh my, that is a fab idea! Thanks a bunch! To add even more of an English touch, I might steal some ideas from English vintage weddings (like white bird cages on tabletops) and mix those in with the Indian bits and pieces, or maybe make each table have a different combination of these things, I’m not sure yet. Then it could maybe be a vintage Indian summer wedding (which would have a bit more ‘Englishness’ to it!)
@dv3849: Something nice and laid back, relaxed, colourful, typical Indian party feel 🙂 The ceremony will be a civil ceremony (we are both Atheists), would love to have this in a large country manor and have the reception in a beautiful marquee (I think it would really add to the ‘summery’ feel)
I think I am leaning very strongly towards Indian summer, it’s just something that reflects us as a couple more really I feel!