Post # 1
Hi bees! This one just for fun: what is your wedding theme/style? When I was growing up, every wedding I went to seemed basically the same, which just the colors changed. In more recent years, I’ve seen a lot of fun variety! I love all weddings, and I’m curious- are you going traditional? Simple and classy? Glamorous and glitzy? Offbeat and whimsical? Magical and ethereal? Vintage and romantic? Playing off a beautiful or interesting location like a garden or a library or an exotic destination? Or playing off a favorite flower, or a meaningful connection like a shared love of horror films? Tell us about it!
Recently I’ve been to a super glamorous Greek Orthodox family wedding in a historic downtown hotel, and then my best friend’s classy and traditional Catholic church wedding with a lakeside restaurant location and simple elegant decor including antique books on the entrance table and literary quotes on each table number.
This year, I’m getting married in a rainforest building in a zoo, and our theme is a mix of playing into the jungle/zoo vibes with colorful flowers, with just some playful whimsy- giant paper flowers, and a crescent moon photo booth, and lots of bee details as I’m a beekeeper. My friend getting married two weeks later is having a forest wedding with an enchanted forest theme and Shakespeare elements tied in, at a venue with a lighthouse and horses. Then our other friend’s wedding two weeks later is a woodland barn wedding with a moody autumn colorscheme and a bit of an elvish feel.
Post # 2
I smiled when I read the part about you being a beekeeper, and just love that it will be incorporated into you day 🙂 As an animal lover, I just love that your wedding will be at the zoo’s rainforest. Have you thought about having honey be used as a favor? So cool! The theme I am going for is a blend of rustic and earthy/natural. The more greenery and plants, the better! We’ll be getting married at a local vineyard (ceremony and reception both at the same location), and the reception will be held under a rustic, open “barn.” Bridesmaids will wear a neutral, taupe color, as I want the greenery-inspired bouquets to really shine.
Other details that are important to me is that the wedding/reception will be as eco-friendly as possible. My fiance’s sister will take all plants/centerpieces (which will likely be succulents) and take them to her work, at an assisted living facility, for residents to enjoy. Our wedding invitations were printed on post-consumer recycled paper, and our info insert was printed on plantable seed paper. Our bartender will be substituting plastic disposable cups with compostable cups, and food waste and the compostable cups will be collected by a recycling company that turns food waste into energy. Leftovers will be taken to our city’s mission center. We’ll be leaving for our honeymoon shortly after the wedding day anyway, so I figured why not share the food while it is still fresh.
Most, if not all of the decor will be rented items. I’ll also be incorporating some charitable ideas into the wedding as well. We’ll be providing guests with cookie favors made by a company that provides meals for families in need, we’ll be having soy candles on tables made by a company that supports and hires people with disabilities, and for my bridesmaids gifts I found tie-the-knot bracelets made by a company that supports survivors of human trafficking. Guests probably won’t know or care about any of the details (maybe the cookie company because I think there info is printed on the packaging). I think they’ll just be happy about having good food, music, and an open bar. But I’ll feel happy to celebrate the day and the planet/companies doing work that is really meaningful to me at the same time.
Happy planning! Your zoo wedding seems so much fun. If I was a guest, I’d have a hard time not wanting to go see all of the animals beforehand or afterwards 🙂
Post # 3
I’m having a vintage galaxy theme. Bit unusual to be sure. I’m having my fiancé’s wedding band engraved with a Latin phrase that means “through difficulties to the stars”.
Our wedding cake will look like a galaxy and my dress will be navy blue with glow in the dark galaxy shoes. Invitations are also galaxy.
The vintage details will be from the venue, jewelry and general decor.
Colors will be blues, teals, and purple.
Post # 4
bibliophilacticbee : I think your cake is going to look amazing! All of this sounds awesome. What is going to be your wedding venue?
Post # 5
bluejaybride : My sister got married at our zoo. It was super fun and unique. Not to mention the pictures turned out amazing!
My theme is rustic minimalism with a touch of industrial. My venue has a retractable roof, exposed brick, ivy on the walls and lots of rustic tiles and mosaics. I’m keeping the color scheme neutral and adding lots of eucalyptus and greenery 🌿
Post # 6
My fiancé and I have two very contrasting themes 😂 Our venue and colors have a very vintage, romantic sort of vibe.
But the details of our reception are very much “geek” themed 🙂 We have a custom cake topper made to look like our two favorite characters, we are making beauty and the beast (my fave!) themed centerpieces, our seating chart is going to be made using dungeons and dragons figurines, etc 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
Our wedding colours were baby blue, silver and white. Our wedding theme was love, we had hearts throughout our ceremony and our reception.
Post # 8
I wanted a classy beach Destination Wedding. Something timeless, but still said ‘subtle’ destination wedding feel. Our colors were white, gold accents, and palm leaves.it turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2020 - --
I don’t know if we really have a theme, but we are very much leaning into the location, which is a crystal cave. We’ll reincorperate crystals throughout, on the cake and in the centerpeices. Our colors are black, off-white, wood tones and gold, as to not compete with the scenery.
Post # 10
humblebee96 : 1890s house that has been converted into a venue.
Post # 12
We’re having a traditional church wedding with the reception at a golf club. We are having a theme – books, and they’ll form part of the centrepieces. The tables will be named after books.
The colours are blue and purple – different shades of each but mainly royal purple and a deep blue.
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2018 - UK
Our colour scheme was dark teal. We were initially having a sky blue, but then my Maid/Matron of Honor found a dress in the teal colour, and we all really liked it, so we tweaked it slightly.
Our theme was cats, the tables were all named after cats we’d owned. The table labels each had pictures of the relevant cat with some cute facts about them. The favours were chocolates inside a little cat-shaped box, which also doubled as the place settings.
Post # 14
bluejaybride : I got married at the big zoo in my state!! It was super fun and unique. I wouldn’t say we had a theme necessarily. It was autum and rustic but highlighted the carefree nature of us as a couple. We took photos all over the zoo! We go married at the underwater dolphin viewing had cocktails in a swamp exhibit and the reception in a restaurant loft space on the zoo grounds
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
We’re having a hygge theme. FH is part German and I’m part Norwegian, and we both really love cold weather, snuggling inside, playing in the snow, etc. I bake a lot at home, we love candles and warm lighting, and we have just always had a very hygge lifestyle, although I hadn’t even heard of the word “hygge” until maybe 2 years ago when it started getting some popularity. Our wedding is in November, and we’re having lots of candles and twinkle lights, a sort of branch/vine theme to the florals with a few large blooms, my bridal party and I are wearing fur shawls, we have a tea and coffee bar and there’s a fireplace in the cocktail lounge, and I’m thinking I might print cocktail napkins with different hygge things on them. Hopefully it will turn out as cozy as we’d like. 🙂