The first step to planning your dream wedding is usually to establish a theme. The specifics of this will vary, depending on your individual tastes and preferences. However, it is important to have this in place as it will impact on all aspects of the wedding.
When setting a theme, consistency is important. For example, if you’re planning a vintage theme, you wouldn't opt for contemporary invitations. So get this out of the way first, and the rest will fall into place. This will leave you more time to relax and unwind before the big day.
Where To Start
Most couples have a rough idea of the type of theme that will work for them. They may have got the idea from a friend’s wedding. Or it may just be something they’ve seen online. But if the inspiration isn’t flowing, there are a few places you can start. Go through the following prompts and see where the conversation leads.
If you’re still not sure about which theme to adopt, look for inspiration. This is available in abundance online, through wedding blogs, forums, galleries, Pinterest boards, etc. But don’t focus all your attention online. Look through wedding magazines and if you have the time, attend wedding fairs. Print, clip and photograph ideas so you can go through everything carefully. Create a mood board or scrapbook of your favorite ideas and go from there.
Once you have established your theme, it is important to communicate it to the relevant people. This may include the wedding planner, photographer, florist, etc. Consistency is key. Though you’re hiring professionals to complete certain aspects for you, it’s important that you also have an input. When discussing services, try to be as specific as possible.
Choose the suppliers who understand your ideas and are open to suggestions. No-one wants a cookie-cutter wedding. It needs to be personal and significant to the bride and groom. Wherever possible, take examples along to meetings. You can then explain your ideas in greater depth. Visualizing can help the process. Always request samples of previous work from suppliers and ask for input and ideas.
The Little Things
The extent to which you follow the theme will depend on the individuals involved. You could opt for a general theme such as ‘vintage’. Or you could be specific and narrow it down to a particular era. Whatever you decide, it’s often the little touches that make the day special. Using the idea of a vintage theme, you could create custom name cards using a vintage font. Or take it one step further by using vintage-style photos of the couple, along with the guest’s name. For guests arriving later, you could arrange a vintage ice cream van to hand out iced treats. Wedding favors could be styled accordingly. Be creative and original.
Establishing a theme makes planning a lot easier as it narrows down the choices. It allows the couple to tell a story or share something that is significant to them. Consistency is important but have fun with your theme. Use your ideas and creativity to make it personal and memorable.
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