Post # 1
So I am having a little bit of a problem coming up with a cohesive wedding theme that expresses both my fiance and I. Our colors are going to be yellow and pewter and our favors are going to be a little bit of us both; an Eat N’ Park Smiley Cookie for me since I grew up in Pittsburgh and loved the cookies and a personal serving of Community Coffee since he is from Lousiana and that is the coffee he grew up with/on and it is manufactured close by to his parent’s house.
So for a wedding theme the goal was to incorporate elements of each of us into the decor. My fiance is an organic chemist and I saw the most fabulous wedding that used chemistry glassware, like flasks, beakers and test tubes as center pieces to hold flowers and in the case of the wedding I saw sparkly pink items and pink flowers. The bride LOVED pink and anything sparkly it said. (pictures of the pink chemistry wedding attached)
I love that part of it for him and he thinks it is the best idea since sliced bread but I am struggling trying to fit myself into the mix. I was an art history major and currently work in an art gallery. I also teach dance classes. Those are really the two most obvious things that people will get. I am stumped though trying to think of an art or dance thing that could tie this all together.
Any ideas? Is anyone else combining their interests in such a fashion to create a wedding theme?
Post # 3
We struggled with this as well. Only I am the biochemist and he is the art major. 🙂 But same thing, really. We decided that instead of focusing on the things that make us different, we focused on the things that bring us together.
Based on that way of thinking, we started collecting silverplate coffeepots, for all the floral arrangements. We decided on this b/c we both love our coffee. Like, we’re obsessed. 🙂 That expanded into getting teapots too (they’re just smaller). Both our mothers enjoy cups of tea after dinner. So that was good.
Then when we started working on the paper stuff (STDs, invites, favor tags, etc.) we decided to incorporate a quilt pattern called Wedding Rings. It’s basically just a bunch of connecting/overlapping circles. Family is very important to both of us, and we liked that quilts were historically used as a family’s way of story-telling.
So we basically have these two things going for us: the coffee/tea thing, and the quilt pattern. (We also decided to give tins of tea as the favor.) We’re serving dinner family-style, and we’re having feel-good foods like mac and cheese and meatloaf. It’s about the warmth of family.
As I’m typing this out, it’s not sounding very cohesive. But that’s ok. I remember stressing about wanting a theme, when we were first engaged. As the months have gone by, it’s less important really. Our colors are pewter and blush, so that will help make everything look nice together. I really hope this helps.
Post # 4
Grey56 I think it sounds beautiful. These are great ideas and thank you for sharing! It is funny to see another couple have an artist and a scientist together. I always laugh cause those two professions seem to stick to their own! Warm WIshes and I am sure you will have a wonderful wedding!
Post # 5
It sounds like you balance one another very well. That’s beautiful.
I like the ideas of "chemistry" ware for the centerpieces. Perhaps you could put some of your favorite flowers in it and add a few paintbrushes in the mix? Or what about hose wooden model figures? Is there a way to include those?
I’m picturing all the beakers and bunsons (lol I have NO clue what they are really called, like that’s not obvious) with lots of yellow blooms bunched in each. Then something like this little guy on top or in the middle. You could even careful cut a slit on its hand and have that old the table number.
Post # 6
For your dancing side, why not incorporate a sescret choregraphed dance for the bridal party for the reception? My best friend did this and although the guys dragged their heels at first, it was a blast!
Post # 7
I thought this wedding was the MOST cohesive of any I’d ever seen. Maybe it can give you some ideas.
Post # 8
These are wonderful ideas! And I have been thinking of it so literally that I am happy people can look at if with a fresh perspective! I think a trip to hobby lobby may be in order to test some things out! Thanks again and more ideas and thoughts are always more than appreciated!
Post # 9
My Fiance and I are both science people (chemistry and geology), but we ended up just going with a style we like. We took cues from our venue and the colors we chose and built from there. We are getting married in front of a historic house that is brick, so that influenced my color choices, so I chose a french blue and then we went with a seersucker kind of theme. We had a Kentucky Derby party in college that we loved, so we are playing around with that a bit. I think for us the color and location gave us our theme.