- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2017
Hi there everyone – so I’m seeking advice on how to meld together several themes/ideas without my wedding becoming a disjointed mess.
Initially, I didn’t really have any kind of theme (which I’m sure is obvious from this hah) – just that I wanted something that felt “French.” Even though we live in Texas, my family is French, and I spent my summers growing up visiting my extended family there and even attended a few weddings.
Our venue looks like it was plucked out of Provence, but is in the Texas Hill Country:
I’m honoring this through the feel of the event – food, cocktails, desserts, having a “wedding weekend” feel, which is something I always experienced, and the French relatives and wine will help the cause too. I also hired a watercolor portrait artist to do 5 minute portraits of guests. It’s kind of cheesy and “touristy,” but it brings memories for me of wandering around Montmartre and seeing that. And from there, my mother who is also a watercolor artist, did a painting of our venue that we will have displayed and are also sending minis with our invitations. Whether “watercolor” is a theme or not, as a fan of impressionism – it also just fits the “French” thing in my mind.
This is all great and what I wanted, but it’s very “me” and less “us.” So I started incorporating things like geodes – we will have agate coaster place cards, and geode bookends for table #s. This honors both of our professional backgrounds, and are things we like. The richer jewel tones also will compliment the time of year. With them, I’m pairing small-ish floral centerpieces in gold/glass terrariums. Gold is one of our colors, and Fiance is a fan of the modern lines.
I’m pondering a small mercury glass candle as a light source, and would like something to perhaps hold them together – thought about a wood slice, so long as we can find some lightweight ones. Our tables are smaller – 48″ rounds, so nothing too obtrusive.
So then come the maps. Fiance is a map maker by trade, so I’m trying to think of how to mix these in as well. We are lacking in a seating chart, and I’d seen some seating charts done with maps incorporated. I did find some artists that do custom watercolor maps, so that would be a nice bridge for that purpose. Thought about somehow incorporating maps into a guest book as well. Perhaps having people sign a globe, but haven’t vetted that one through Fiance yet. Alternatively have wondered if I could somehow tie maps into our centerpieces as well but without going for a full on geography theme. Or are the maps perhaps a lost cause?
Any advice / ideas appreciated!