Archive for the ‘Wedding Themes’ Category

Your Wedding Theme Doesn’t Have to Scream

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Wedding themes? Love ’em. But I’ll admit that they don’t always work, and I can’t say that it’s necessarily the fault of the brides and grooms. Weaving some element basically unrelated to weddings into a ceremony and reception (not to mention things like wedding stationery or a wedding web site) can be pretty difficult. Too little, and your themey stuff can look out of place. Too much, and your wedding might not feel like a wedding anymore. I’m not talking about color themes – or season themes or holiday themes, both of which are pretty easy – but rather the themes that might already be a little confusing to your loved ones. Steampunk, for example. 1940s cinema. Drag racing. Anything that could be considered well outside the wedding box.

The images below of a wedding that subtly integrated a Superman and superhero theme into a wedding themed wedding were taken by the talented team at Philadelphia wedding photographer Hoffer Photography. I think it’s a great example of how to weave something special to you into your wedding without sacrificing the modern-traditional wedding aesthetic.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a big crazy overt wedding theme if that’s what you want! Personally, I like wedding themed weddings and weddings where guests are invited to come in costume and weddings that take place in unusually themed venues and pretty much every other kind of wedding, as long as the food is good. I think the key to making a wedding theme work is either keeping it simple and subtle or taking it all the way. In each case, some of your wedding guests will get it and some won’t, so make your planning focus creating a ceremony and reception that’s special to you, not necessarily a ceremony and reception every one of your loved ones will understand.

With These Links

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

You lovely people send me so much great material re: weddings and wedding planning and wedding fashion that I sometimes don’t get to it all. Eventually, it starts to build up in my inbox, and that’s when I know it’s time to clean house with a post full of linky goodness. Today, as you may have guessed, is one of those days. Enjoy!

Geeky wedding invitations that will make your heart go squee!

Wedding clothes that fit your bottom line – and your bottom, hee.

An OMG amzing Star Wars wedding (not sure what’s up with the kid inflating the condom near the end, though) (warning: autoplay music)

Destroying the sanctity of marriage, one wedding at a time

Let your friends and family vote on what they’ll hear at your reception via your wedding website – maybe not the best idea?

Sometimes unhappily ever after starts right away

How did I miss this?? Vera Wang to Design a Line for David’s Bridal

Love LOOOOVE this wedding, even if the tree on the wedding cake does kind of look like a turd

The wine box wedding ceremony seems to be all the rage at moment

Planters wheel invites and one sweeeeet chuppah!

Inspiration: Rustic Charm, With Just Enough Elegance Mixed In

Monday, June 7th, 2010

There’s nothing better on Mondays than to browse some sweet nuptial inspiration, especially when one is supposed to be working but is actually using that first hour of the day to unfurl one’s consciousness. What better time to gaze at something beautiful than when one is slowly sipping the morning coffee? Assuming, of course, that you’re reading this at work, in the morning! And why not? I feel like today is a great day to delight the eyeballs without a lot of distractions – so I put together an image-heavy, word-light post featuring beautiful images from chic rustic weddings that were anything but cornfed. Enjoy!

barn wedding ceremony



Peacock – It’s More Than Just a Color

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Peacocks are fascinatingly beautiful birds, so it’s no wonder that some brides take their color inspiration from that amazing plumage. But you could go that extra mile and make peacocks your wedding theme, especially if you have no problems using feathers as decor (which some folks do). To me, the most obvious place to use peacock feathers is in the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets, but floral arrangements aren’t the only place they look stunning.

Peacock-Bouquet rde

Peacock feathers also look lovely in boutonnieres, where their size means they play a starring role, and in reception table centerpieces. There are plenty of peacock wedding cake designs to be found via GIS, though a talented cake designer would be able to invent one just for you. Peacock feathers could be woven into the flower garlands decorating the ceremony space, or used in other ways to enhance an otherwise blah space, or oR OR…


Back to Basics

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

You can’t read about weddings without encountering wedding themes. There are lengthy discussions about choosing a wedding theme, wedding theme inspiration boards, and just about everything under the sun can grow into a wedding theme, from the flowers to the venue. But as both I and Twistie have said more than once, there’s nothing wrong with your wedding theme being… well, weddings! In other words, it’s enough that you’re doing some color coordination with regard to the bridesmaids’ dresses and the embellishments on your cake. Maybe you have a font or monogram that appears on the wedding invitations, the seating chart, and your ceremony programs.

Not that there’s anything wrong with wedding themes like Paris in the 1930s or Traveling the World or The Library, but there’s something to be said for getting back to basics when it comes to wedding decor and reception tables and cakes, not to mention the save-the-dates and the favors. For inspiration, look no further than these images from wedding photographer Stella Alesi. There’s plenty of beauty, plenty of flowers, but not a single truly theme-y element in sight. It’s just a lovely wedding where color plays a starring role.

purple bridesmaids dresses

flower girl kissing bouquets

wedding place cards

wedding cake wedding cookies

simple wedding reception table

Full disclosure: The closest I got to anything theme-y at my wedding was our kitty wedding cake toppers, but felines played no other part in my ceremony or reception. Now I want to know: Did you have a wedding theme? (Or just a wedding color scheme?) Why or why not?

(Photos by Stella Alesi)

Inspiration: Peachy Keen

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Peachy keen. Just peachy. She’s a peach! However you frame it, peaches are associated with good stuff. Maybe that’s why they make such a fun, pretty wedding theme?

peach wedding inspiration

There are so many fun ways to incorporate peaches into your wedding theme, from giving out peach cookies (that taste like real peaches) as wedding favors to dressing your flower girl in a pretty peach dress to an awesome peachy sash. So what if you are getting married in a clime where peaches never grow? Cute and fuzzy, mellow orange and bright pink… peaches are the pets of the produce world. Here are some quick ways you can enrich your wedding theme (or color scheme) with anthropomorphic fruit:

1. Peach cookies from Tickle My Tummy (top left)
2. A peach flower girl dress from I Love Gorgeous (top right)
3. Peach table cards like these from Blooms by Martha Andrews (middle left)
4. Peach reception table decorations like these photographed by Justin Marantz (middle right)
5. A beautiful peach sash from Icing 101 (bottom left)
6. Peach-in-a-nest table decor, again from Blooms by Martha Andrews (bottom right)

Even More Tips For Baseball-Loving Brides

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

baseball themed wedding

It struck me that brides and grooms thinking of planning a baseball themed wedding like my friend Mike mentioned in last week’s post might be inspired and impressed by seeing some of his plans. These are some of his and his fiancee’s wedding plans, and I am truly astounded by their thoroughness. It’s one thing to weave a theme into your wedding, but quite another to let your theme take center stage!

  • I had David Wright help me with the proposal — he’s one of the most popular players on the Mets right now, if you didn’t know.
  • The ceremony is going to be held at Citi Field, where the Mets play. How cool is that? All of the Mets games start 10 minutes after the hour, so the ceremony is going to begin at 1:10 p.m. and the reception will start at 7:10 p.m.
  • We invited everyone attending our baseball themed wedding to join us on our first week of the honeymoon on a cruise, so we sent out magnetic save-the-dates with the wedding date and cruise dates colored in the way a baseball team does on its schedule of games.
  • Our wedding invites are going to look like tickets with the stub being the RSVP.
  • The wedding programs will look like baseball programs, with the bridal party listed as the starting lineup, the minister as the umpire, our parents as the managers, etc.
  • Trish’s dress has a Mets blue sash, and my tuxedo vest will have the Mets logo on it.
  • We even found a place that makes boutonnieres out of baseballs! And Trish’s flowers will be either blue or white or orange and white.
  • The tables will be blue and orange and named after Mets players instead of the typical 1-12, and we’ll be at the number 41:Tom Seaver table. (We were going to make each table a baseball stadium that we have gone to.)
  • We will be introduced at the reception as a starting lineup, and Trish’s daughter is going to throw out the first pitch to me. (ed. – awwww) I also think the bridal party is going to make arches with baseball bats for us to walk under.
  • The last hour of the reception, instead of being a Viennese hour, will be a baseball hour with peanuts, Cracker Jack, ice cream in batting helmets, pretzels, hot dogs, etc. And we are going to change into “Team Wilder” baseball jerseys for that.
  • Finally, the thank you cards will look like baseball cards featuring me and Trish.

Now that’s taking a wedding theme all the way!

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