Many Choices for Theme Weddings

There are many ways to have a wedding that reflects your style, taste and values. If you have been thinking about a theme wedding, put it at the top of your agenda – because if you choose a theme, it will influence many of the choices that will follow.

A nautical themed wedding.

 

What is a theme wedding? It’s almost anything you want it to be. The ideas are endless. Interests, from music, sports, romance, movies, travel, Las Vegas, Mexican Fiesta, Roaring Twenties, to more conceptual themes involving cultural background, life-style, or philosophy – all can create a theme wedding that will set your celebration apart. Focusing on the seasons, nature, or a holiday, are more examples. Having a theme can create a memorable experience for you and your guests.

The theme can be expressed in the décor, invitations, food, and even attire; and, as a Celebrant, I have often woven themes into my ceremonies. It has inspired metaphor, poetry, songs and quotations. Not only words, but rituals, and even the location itself can reflect the theme. I have incorporated homemade wine from the family’s tradition of winemaking, performed a sand ceremony on the beach, and officiated in a barn for a western themed wedding, read about zombies, and choreographed a couple to recess under the crossed swords of their groomsmen, just to name a few.

The wedding on the dock.

Here are some theme ideas that may inspire you –

Have each table at the reception represent something meaningful to you, such as: the dog rescue table, the clean air table, the Renaissance table, the Civil War table, or various sports teams, artists, musicians, movies, tv shows or writers. Place some information on the tables regarding your theme or themes. The Mozart table, the Beatles table, the Wild West table – anything goes! This will also help generate conversation for your guests.

Select ideas from your cultural heritage and create information cards with fun facts, special toasts, or symbols placed in the center of the table, with a coordinating centerpiece, of course! Assign a time for each group from every table to stand up and offer a toast – with a tie-in to their table’s theme, of course!

 

... and the details to go with it.

A theme of thanks, or giving, offers an opportunity to share on your special day. Make a donation to a charity instead of giving favors. Encourage your guests to do the same. Create a small card, perhaps with a ribbon (some causes are symbolized by these ribbons, such as the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness) and include the address and contact information so people can get involved with the cause after the wedding.

Romance and love are always appropriate. Arrive at the reception in a horse-drawn carriage. Have a harpist, string quartet or even opera for music. Use lots of candles and chocolate hearts. Name your tables after famous romantic couples.

The ideas are endless. Have a brainstorming session with your fiancé and friends. With a bit of imagination you may invent a theme wedding of your own that is sure to please.

Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for sharing your beautiful work with Pocono Wedding Talk.

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