Choosing a wedding theme was one of the most stressful things of planning my wedding. I wanted a consistent look and feel, but didn’t want the theme to be too overpowering. How do you find a theme that captures your vision? Read below to find out!
Decide on Your Venue
Deciding on theme before having a venue is pretty pointless. Your venue will either eliminate options or inspire new ones, so check this off your list first. For example, if you have your reception in a barn, then shabby chic is easy to pull off. Consequently, an ultra-modern, minimal theme will be off the table.
Write Down 5 Words That Describe You
Get out a sheet of paper, and pick the top 5 words that describe you as a couple. Are you playful? Sophisticated? Socialites? Here are a few others: traditional, unconventional, soul mates, nature, silly, passionate, resourceful, travelers, sports fanatics, NYC, country, quirky, nerdy, fancy, popular, etc. There’s a million others, or course, but try to pick about 5 and see if a theme develops.
Choose Your Colors
Often, you’ll want your invitations to reflect the colors of your wedding. Pinterest is an obvious place to start with this, but you can also think of the colors that are in your closet. What color is your go-to? Does your fiance have a favorite color? You may also want to look at what colors your favorite designer has, as you may be limited (or inspired) by your bridesmaids’ dress colors.
Ping Invitations That You Like
Again, Pinterest is a good choice, but bridal magazines work well for this too. Save anything that you like, even if you’re not sure why you like it. We will be able to see the theme between them, even if you can’t. Often times it’s the font, or the tone, that you’ll be drawn to. Other times, the theme will be a bit more obvious, such as a nature theme, shabby chic, or a distinct pattern.
Consider a Pattern
I’m a huge fan of using patterns in invitations, mainly because there are so many uses for them. In invitations, patterns are an obvious choice, and it’s easy for brides to extend that theme onto their napkins, chair covers or veil. Patterns are also a great way to show your unique personality without having to sacrifice traditions.
Consider a Monogram
A monogram wasn’t right for me, and I’ve always been leery of monograms. When Ashley showed me the monogram she made for Carrie and Scott, however, my attitude changed. It’s not your traditional, boring monogram! If you think outside the traditional monogram box, it may be a good fit for you.
Remember To Use It After Your Nuptials
My girlfriend from high school had one of the best invitation suites I’ve ever seen. It was a nice invitation, but what I love the most is that even now when I receive a Christmas card, her return address has the same theme that her wedding invitations did. That’s a classy way to begin a marriage, and the theme still fits her and her hubby now, even with two children.
Still stumped? Creating themes is what we love. I love design, but truthfully Ashley excels at creating themes. Give us a call, and Ashley can walk you through our process!