Post # 1
Ok so… our colors are peach/aqua/gray/yellow… and we’re having our wedding outside, with a tented reception.
Last night, my FI asks me what our theme is, because we haven’t decided on one yet. He mentions that it would be neat to have a robots in the decor. But I was thinking something more along the lines of a vintage garden theme. However, this is OUR wedding, so his wants/needs are just as important as mine, so I’m trying to combine them.
So some questions…
1, how does one execute a theme anyway? (Especially in a tent.) Aside from centerpieces at the tables, and cake toppers, I’m really stuck as to where else decorations go.
2, is this theme even do-able? I know it could be mistaken for steam punk, (which we love,) but steam punk is so involved and intricate, with our small budget, I don’t feel like we could execute it properly. On another note, a lot of robots are bright in color (bright red/blue/yellow and silver) which don’t match our color scheme at all.
I’m just not a crafty person at all. Seriously. I’m the least crafty girl in the universe. But our wedding is going to have to be a lot of DIY, to cut down on costs. So I need all the help and suggestions I can get!
Post # 3
Do you need a theme?
They can work really well for some people as a way of clarifying their ideas and tying things together. If you start getting yourself tied in knots over the idea of a theme, though, something isn’t right. The cart is driving the horse.
It’s fine for the theme to be “wedding” and to simply use decorations you like.
That said, “robots” (evoking technology, lots of plastic and metal, geometric shapes, lines and angles) seems a little at odds with “garden” (associated with nature, curves, leaves, flowers, etc.). You need to do what works for you two as a couple, but I would have a hard time making anything useful out of this combination.
Post # 4
@LadyMoriarty: First, I like you. So many brides would just say, “NO WAY!”, but you’re down-to-Earth enough to realize that it’s HIS day, too.
You could have a robot cake topper:
Get the groom and groomsmen robot socks to wear:
If you haven’t already done invites, you could have robots on them:
Post # 5
@LadyMoriarty: You can incorporate almost anything into a wedding if you do it in a subtle way.
The theme can be used in everything from the invitations to the thank-you notes.
Boutonnieres for the guys, signs at the wedding if you have any, centerpieces, wedding cake, favors.
The Dollar Store and the craft store can be a great source for decorating ideas. Bright colored items can be spray painted to match your theme. Here’s an example where plastic animals were all spray painted white and used for a centerpiece.
Here are some ideas:
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Post # 7
@KCKnd2: At first I didn’t think I needed a theme at all. I thought choosing colors was enough. But my FI is a web designer, so he’s all about themes. I’ve only been to about 4 weddings, and I cant remember how they decorated. All I remember is flowers. I wanted to be a bit different and out of the box, without looking screwed up and messy.
Post # 8
@iadornyou: Those socks are so cute! That idea for invitations is cute too. My FI is designing our invites, so this is great inspiration 🙂
Post # 9
@LadyMoriarty: The fact that you can’t remember the details of how the weddings were decorated says a lot about the importance of themes in the grander scheme of things.
That said, if your FI is excited about it – great! That’s awesome that he has identified an aspect of wedding planning that matters to him. Take advantage of that and put him in charge of working out the theme details! It might not work to combine robots and gardens, but if he’s a designer maybe he can figure out a way to do it that suits the both of you really well!
Post # 10
…. I wish so hard that I was having a garden robot wedding. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.
For execution, here are some cute things I found:
Robot cupcakes (which could easily be done in a more grown up way):
Add a mechanical touch to your bouquet:
If this is something you decide to do, have fun with it! I’m really jealous and wish I was doing this!
(ETA: I aplogize for the giant photos!)
Post # 11
@dreamhazer: That boutonniere is so cool! Haha, thanks. I hope I can actually pull this off!
Post # 12
First off, I just want to say i LOOOOOVE both you and your future husband 😛 I love robots (anything nerdy really) and vintage, and I love that you are willing to do this for him, since it IS both the bride AND groom’s special day. It can be tricky but I have faith that it can be done! I’m with dreamhazer on this one!
I have a vision in my head to kind of go along with iadornyou‘s cake topper. I know that you said that one of the wedding colour’s is gray, so sticking with that colour as the main robot colour for cake toppers, you could almost make the robots look more vintagey than modern. You could put a little rust into them and even have flowers/vines incorporated (i.e maybe vines climbing around the legs binding the two together forever, the rust could be symbolic of you guys growing into old age too!). – this could be a fun DIY project if you or FH are artsy
And then have almost a rustic/vintagey looking cake to meld everything together 🙂 I really also like the cake stands made of cut wood (garden theme). There are many examples of this online.
I don’t know if your FH needs the robots to be “modern” but you can really look at rusty robots and get inspiration from that :)…maybe have metal buckets/watering cans holding your centerpiece flowers, buckets holding food, you guys can take some pictures with robot “heads” if you’re into that sort of thing, incorporate robot accessories to the outfits, robots incorporated into any stationary/signs you may have…you guys could do the “robot dance” to mr. roboto for fun at some point!
Post # 13
@indecisivebride89: Thanks for all the suggestions! I think we will be aiming for the rusty/vintage robot look, so it can tie-in with the flowers easier. And I love the idea of busting out Mr Roboto! haha
Post # 14
I was in the same boat as you! I envisioned a garden wedding, lovely roses, tea pots and butterflies. But my FI? He wanted pirates.
Sooooooo we compromised. Instead of petals, the Flower girl is throwing gold pirate coins. Our ring pillow is a mini pirate chest, and our card box is a large pirate chest. Our favors are mini chest boxes with gold choc. coins in them!
I still have my tea pot center pieces and my butter fly place cards and everything will look so lovely and perferct.
But it’ll be even more perfect knowing that my FI is happy too!
So it can totally be done! You can tie in robots with the cake topper, you can find little cute robots and having them poking out of the flower centerpeices… or tie them into the favor somehow. I like the socks a PP posted above! You can gift him some robot cuff links. (Just google them, there are soooooo many!)
You’ll have so much fun together!
Post # 15
The first thing I thought of was Wall-E – the robot, and the one plant, and then when they come back to earth, and grow food and coexist happily in the lush earth. Plus, they’re in love! Wall-E is our romantic movie of choice – we had a Wall-E toy in our engagement photos… 🙂
Post # 16
My friend got married last summer. She and her husband are very into robotics. They were on a team in high school together.
The robots only came in with the cake topper at their wedding.
If you want to pursue the robot theme for his sake, I would go more metallic and rust/brown colored than primary colors. Seems more natural that way.