(Closed) themes and book centerpieces

posted 11 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

There is no rule saying you need a theme.  One solid theme does not fit every couple.  Like you already said, you and your Fiance are eclectic and I think what you’re describing is great!  The bookmark and favorite books on the table works with your academia/culture side, and also the flowers will help incorportate dandelions.  I was just thumbing through the Martha Stewart Weddings mag and she had a table pic of books with vases on top.  As for your table numbers, if you have darker books plus yellow flowers, I would try to use lighter photos for your table numbers, this way, it will prevent your table from looking too crowded.

I think you’re you’re planning is fantastic!

Post # 4
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Well, here’s my thought on themes.  They are great if you have one in mind and you’re able to use it to pull together a cohesive look all around ONE central theme.  However, there is now so much talk about having a ‘theme’ for your wedding that brides who don’t have one in mind are starting to stress over it like you are.  Just keep in mind this is all optional.  There’s no single way of doing a wedding.  You don’t HAVE to have a theme, it’s just a tool to help you plan that you can use or not use.  It’s up to you.

You are planning an event.  It’s probably the biggest event of your life, but it’s still an event, so let’s use a smaller example.  Think of a dinner party.  Sometimes when you throw a dinner party, you pick a theme – say, Mexican night, and you wear crazy Mexican hats and serve tapas and beer and eat Mexican food and play Latin music.  And sometimes, you just cook dinner and everyone eats and socializes and has a great time but there’s no ‘theme’ to the event other than to have fun.  Both work.

So I say, go with what you’re planning.  A couple of things that stood out to me from your post I will mention.  This is not to say they are problems but just something for you to consider and then make a decision.  First: I think sometimes weddings get blown out of proportion a little bit in terms of needing to represent everything about a couple.  Sounds like you can’t pick ONE theme because you have so many interests.  But maybe the wedding doesn’t need to incorporate every single hobby/interest that you two love as a couple.  Some just might not fit.  It’s okay to let some of them go and might be more cohesive if you do so.  But if you want to incorporate everything, do so, but try to keep each to a small detail so that’s not overwhelming and mismatched.  (The photobooth is a GREAT way of doing that.)  Second, the other thing that stood out as a potential mismatch is that your colour scheme already includes three colours and your main flower is a dandelion, and it’s a different colour than your three colours.  The colour combo might start to look a bit mismatched.  I would suggest either switching one of your three colours to yellow (you could replace any of them with yellow really and it would still look great!) or making the dandelions a sort of tangerine colour in all your design elements.


Post # 6
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I don’t really have a theme either, i don’t think its necessary (although my mom thinks i’m nuts).

Martha stewart weddings mag has spread on receptions, one of them includes books and colors similar to yours. their website is being stupid or i would have included a pic. their "theme" is cozy and refined. the flowers are different but I’m sure it will look cute. what vases did you have in mind? if you think the flowers might clash, the vases can bring the look together.

i think website is this but i’m not sure b/c the pics aren’t coming up for me


Post # 7
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Pancy – those are "wishers"!  There are 2 stages to a dandelion that I know of – one is the wisher stage and I don’t know if the flower comes before or after the wisher stage, but the dandelion flower is bright yellow. If you do a Google image search for "dandelion" you’ll see what I mean – both the wishers and the yellow flowers show up πŸ™‚  I think the wisher is a great graphic to use, really pretty and doesn’t clash at all with your colour scheme.  The flowers you’ve picked sound gorgeous!

Post # 9
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods

How creative! I love your ideas, pancy – especially of the centerpieces. In fact, I have a vase of flowers sitting on a couple stacked books on my end table! There’s nothing "wrong" with having your theme be a reflection of you. For me, it’s actually more fun to attend personalized weddings with unexpected surprises! And I love your photobooth idea; I’m going to have one of those in my wedding as well.

About the dandelions; they actually grow into a yellow flower and then each petal turns into a white seed that we all love blowing off of the stem! I love the idea of incorporating that image into your invitations, both for the image and for the memory of your grandmother.

Hope planning continues to go well for you! Sounds like you’re off to a great start!

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