- Wedding Theme Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as
general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
Personalizing Your Reception:
When you're thinking about personalizing your
reception, some obvious ideas should come to mind. One of the easiest ways
to customize your celebration is to choose a certain flower or color that
you love, then carry that idea all the way through your event.
Brides nationwide adopted a daisy theme for their weddings after an
article was featured in Martha Stewart's Weddings magazine with the idea.
Cakes were covered with daisies made from icing, centerpieces overflowed
with daisies, and guests received chocolate daisies as favors. Needless to
say, the season's weddings were awash in a sea of pale yellow and white as
far as the eye could see.
If menu planning isn't second
nature to you, don't worry. Any good caterer should be able to
hear your ideas for a certain reception theme and offer a wide
variety of menu ideas to help carry the theme through from hors
d'oeuvres and appetizers to the main course and dessert.
Say you love pansies and the color purple. If so, then go far
beyond carrying pansies in your bouquet and dressing your bridesmaids in a
Use violet- colored satin linens
on your tables, and have your caterer sprinkle the salad greens with pansy
petals (yes, they're edible) as well as freeze the petals inside the punch
bowl ice cubes.
Have your florist tuck a pansy sprig inside each napkin
band and put a vase of them in the ladies' room.
Finally, give violet
seeds as favors, and see if you can find a poem about violets to attach to
the seed packets.
Another way to personalize your
reception is to think about where you're heading for your
honeymoon. One couple saved for more than a year to go on a
cruise to the Greek Islands, and decided to turn their reception
into a celebration of their upcoming trip.
Centerpieces were created from
grapes and ivy spilling over from wineglasses and the all-white
wedding cake was shaped like a Greek stadium complete with
The menu featured everything from
a Greek salad with feta cheese to spanakopita, lamb kabobs, and
triangles of baklava next to the wedding cake.
Or instead of personalizing a reception around where you're
going, why not theme it around where you've been? If you met
your groom on the beach on vacation, why not have a beach-theme
Sprinkle sand and seashells on
each table and have your baker do a seashell-inspired wedding
Have a calypso band playing in
the background as your guests feast on lobster, shrimp, and
One bride planned her reception around her career as a
gemologist by basing each table on a different gem theme, such
as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.
The "ruby table" glowed with a red velvet tablecloth, deep red
roses at the center, and a faux-ruby glued to each place card.
"sapphire table" was draped in a beautiful blue cloth with a
blue delphinium centerpiece.
The menu helped
carry the theme through with blueberries and raspberries in the
salad, and chocolate- covered strawberries dusted with edible
24-karat gold powder.
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