Post # 1
I am trying to come up with a common “thread” throughout my wedding and so far haven’t come up with much. My fiance and I met through our mutual love of the book Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. it’s a great book if you haven’t read it!
My prob is that I don’t know how that is a theme. My fave color is purple, not blue, and while we like jazz music, it’s nothing something either of us listens to that often (I prefer contemporary and Fiance listens to classical). We think it’s cute but we also want the wedding to be us!
Obviously we are Christians who are commited to social justice. I’m from Oregon, Fiance is from MN and we live in NYC. Not sure how those tie together either!
Anyway, we think Blue Like Jazz would be great but not sure how to pull it all together. Any starter suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
I don’t know, if you’re not into blue or jazz that much, it seems like that particular theme might be difficult.
If you’re into social justice (yay, me too!) maybe you could think of ways to include those values into your planning as a “theme”. It wouldn’t be so literal, but it might be a way to share those values with your guests better than just centering it around your favorite book.
So you could do things like ensuring that your ceremony is a reflection of a gender equal partnership. Making sure all your decorations are as eco-friendly as possible and eliminating as much wastefulness as you can (because we know that pollution and its negative effects on the world disproportionately affect the poor). Limit the number of meat options in your meal, since limiting and reducing meat consumption can have a beneficial effect on world food and water problems. Use locally grown flowers and food whenever possible. Have a registry at Heifer international. All kinds of stuff like that. While it may not help you come up with visual theme, it could help you in figuring out how you will make choices about what to do or buy related to the wedding…
Post # 4
I read Blue Like Jazz when I was a Christian… if I remember correctly, he was pretty big into a more genuine, honest and humble type of Christianity right? I think nothing would say that better than reflecting your personalities through what you believe in re:social justice, as greenleaf said. You know, things like favor donations, food with production held to ethical standards, maybe White Knots or another statement on equality, etc.
Post # 5
You could also use BOOKS in your decorating. Not necessarily that book in particular, but you met over your love for a book, so you could incorporate books. I know a couple of bee’s are doing, or did that.
Post # 6
@ella- that could be a cool way to decorate that would reduce waste too. What if you asked your close family and friends to lend you their favorite books, and then included them in the decor? I think it would create a really cool communal feeling of everyone sharing the books that have been important to them, it could help strangers strike up conversations at dinner, and all the books would go home with their owners- so there’s no waste. Here are some random book centerpiece pictures I found on google: