The focus on planning your wedding should be all
about what you and your partner truly want. If you want it to be untraditional
and unique – perhaps y’all should focus on whether you’d like it to have a
theme versus a style.
So, we consider a theme to be a specific topic or
the “overall focus” that is being featured for the entirety of your special day…
starting with your save the dates & invitations all the way to your grand
Now as for a style for your wedding, we consider
this as a distinctive appearance; i.e. Modern, Rustic, Boho, and Vintage/Retro
to name a few.
If you decide to go with a theme, the first step you
and your fiancé must make is going to be focusing on the right venue and how it will
reflect on the theme that you’ve chosen. Here are some of our themed thoughts…
interests. If you both have theatrical backgrounds then
choose your favorite piece of work by Shakespeare, Hamilton or maybe you’re Harry
Potter fans. Many rentals, décor, and lighting companies are able to help you
with the setup of any of these ideas.
your pride in your heritage or ethnicity.
- For Germans,
they have a wedding-eve-party known as Polterabend. The bridal couple hosts the
party and guests are to bring porcelain & stoneware dishes to be broken and
smashed to pieces! It is said, “Scherben bringen Glück”, shards
supposedly bring good fortune to the couple’s marriage.
Consider setting up your reception with skinny Biergarten-style tables that can seat many guests altogether. Serve a buffet of
various wursts (sausage) & sauerkraut, pretzels & mustards, schnitzels, and spaetzle... and have many options of beer, wine & cocktails. The
receptions have been known to go on for many, many hours.
- For Spanish,
some of the ceremony rituals are the groom presenting the bride with 13 coins
to represent a dowry and the groom’s willingness to support his new bride. It
is also customary for the couple to be wrapped in a lasso to signify their
unity. For the reception, there is a bountiful selection of decadent foods.
Typically, various tapas, cured meats & cheeses, gazpachos & ceviche, multiple
fresh seafood dishes, and an abundant volume of sangria and wines are served. To
complete traditions a dance named ‘seguidillas manchegas’ is performed by the
couple and the guests.
Show/Movie. Television buffs could host a We Love Lucy reception.
Imagine recreating Ricky’s nightclub, the Tropicana, with everything in black
and white and shades of gray and your favorite episodes on screens around the
room. Work in some Technicolor reds (Lucy’s hair), some pink tulle, and hearts
(from the opening sequence).
OR think of the fun and excitement y’all could have with Game of Thrones,
Downtown Abbey, The Walking Dead theme, or how about your favorite Marvel
moment in time. Even something as simple as an era can be the
perfect theme for a wedding.
- Love the Roaring Twenties, how about the Great
Gatsby look?! The vibe and overall décor should be luxurious, extravagant, yet
free-spirited too. Encourage your guests to get involved and have them dress
the part. Serve Gin Rickeys, Absinthe & Champagne, passed light hors d'oeuvres and most meats & potato dishes are ideal for
the main meal. Plan to dance the night away with a Swing, Jazz, and/or Blues
style band too. What a grand celebration it will be!
- Did y’all find the 80’s to be just totally tubular
or what?! Think about how gnarly your décor and lighting could be. Neon,
bright, vivid colors EVERYWHERE! And definitely get your guests involved with a
mandatory dress code. This means shoulder-padded taffeta and pouf dresses for
the ladies and parachute pants, bomber jackets, or power suits for the guys. Being
a bride, you’ll be such a betty! From big hair, big bows, big gowns, big puffy
lace sleeves, and of course an extra-long, cathedral train … you’re all set. And
as Billy Idol said in 1982, It’s a nice day for a “White Wedding”! Crank up
those 80’s tunes!
on holidays & seasons. Valentine’s Day, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day,
Halloween, and Equinoxes.
Think about special moments and focus on the details …
- Where have y'all been? If
enjoying memorable beach time was your thing, bring that nautical, saltwater
vibe out. Add beautiful accents using coral, starfish, shells, anchors, and lighthouses
with shades of blues, teal, peach, and cream.
- Where are you going? Planning on going to Paris for the honeymoon? Find a caterer who specializes in
French-inspired dishes & have macarons for your favor boxes. Include roses and
romantic blush tones to capture the feel of a classic Parisian Jardin
Décor is huge with themed weddings! Once your theme
choice has been picked, talk to rental specialists to see what décor pieces and
linens they have that may work with your theme. Consider buying items that could
be reused for your home décor or possibly for a future special event.
Another place to integrate your theme is with your invitation. It is a must as
it sets the tone on what is to be expected. And consider photo booths with
themed props, incorporate interactive games, and include signature cocktails/mocktails
with a matching inspired menu too.
We love themed weddings and can’t wait to see what
you come up with. Remember to tag us on social media (@TexasWeddingGuideAustin
& #ATXido / @TexasWeddingGuideSA & #idoSATX) and submit your special
day for a possible feature on our Real Weddings page. https://texasweddings.com/submit-real-wedding
Happy Planning! 😊