Post # 1
There are reasons a b2b does not do wedding planning with her Fiance at 2 a.m. This is one of those. As my Fiance and I were looking at an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and trying to think of a theme that is "us." He decided that we should have a Christian themed wedding as that is a large part of what defines us. Numerous really bad ideas later, having looked at some gorgeous fruit and flower centerpieces, we decided on a fruit theme. Our tables are going to be named for the fruit of the Spirit:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I would love to be able to incorporate each of these words and ideas into the wedding in other ways (in addition to my fruit centerpieces – ha). Does anyone have any ideas? The first one seems easy enough, but how about the others?
Post # 3
i’m guessing that you have already thought about weaving the fruit theme into the design of your stds and invites. can you have your pastor weave the fruit theme into the ceremony somehow? he can quote the appropriate verse and speak a bit to how the fruits of the spirit will apply to your marriage. also, how about giving some kind of favor that comes in fruit flavors? i’m thinking either candy, food, or maybe mini soaps or lotions that might come in fruity flavors.
what a cool wedding theme…have fun!
Post # 4
I’m a little confused. What do you mean by "Christian" themed? Do you mean you want a Christian ceremony and use a fruit theme for the reception and paper products? One thing you could do is hang your escort cards from a potted lemon tree. You could also use a small orange tree. I’ve also seen escort cards written on small circle cards that were gocco’d to look like a lime. Very cute. My blog has a ton of citrus ideas on it right now, if you want to take a look. We’re planning on using a citrus/rustic Italian kind of theme, I think. Good luck.
Post # 5
Sorry. What I meant by Christian themed was more Christian-inspired theme. Rather than merely look to some of the more traditional theme ideas, we rememebered that our earliest conversations were debates over various theologians’ writings. So we considered everything from Biblical couples (that brainstorm session went badly) to our actual choice. We have included the fruit theme on the stationery thus far (STD and invitation design) as well as on the website. We are going to assign each "Fruit" to a fruit for the table naming, I think. I think people have picked up on the fruit part, but it’s the nine "Fuits" that I wonder about. How do we make a wedding about joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? We’ve considered having a longer than usual program so that we can have various passages written about parts of the ceremony with those nine (including love, which is the obvious one) highlighted through the use of a larger or different (or both) font. Ideas for what to include? It’s a destination wedding, so we are going to be with people all weekend and can work on those eight elements at other points in the weekend too.
Post # 6
What about symbols other than the fruit for each "fruit"?
just some suggestions –
trumpets for joy,
doves for peace,
a clock or hourglass, seeds for patience,
a wrapped giftbox for kindness,
a halo for goodness,
a mustardseed ("…if you have faith of a mustardseed…" for faithfulness,
something cute a fuzzy (a kitten or puppy, maybe) for gentleness,
and a zipper or lock (remember zipping and locking your mouth as a kid?) for selfcontrol
You could use the symbols on the placecards, the programs, etc. and even use them in your favors, or to design a custom monogram incorporating them all.
Post # 7
this isn’t really part of your fruit of the spirit theme, but just fruit in general. Here are some inspiration ideas I really liked. Fruit can be really fun with decorations and centerpieces!
Post # 8
I think it would be nice to metion it in the program for the ceremony. To help the guests understand the significance of their table names — you could put a description on the back of the table sign as to why you chose that table name. "Patience" in big letters on one side so they can find their table — then once they sit down the back can have additional information – the definition of the "fruit" the significance to the two of you, a story of how you live this particular way, or how you plan to live it once you are married. This could also help the guests mingle from table to table to read the backs of the other cards!