How to Pull Off a Theme

With the push for unique weddings these days some couples are opting for a themed wedding. What is a themed wedding you ask? Well, really every wedding should have a theme. It makes for a more cohesive event.

People usually think of themes as a tacky, wacky party idea… something along the lines of casino night or mardi gras, where guests dress in costume and there are props and lots cheesy decorations. Not exactly what most brides envision for their big day.

Probably not what you want your wedding to look like. Birthday party maybe, wedding no.

Probably not what you want your wedding to look like. Birthday party maybe, wedding no.

A theme for a wedding can be both a literal translation or a more abstract one. For example, a more literal theme idea is a “Hollywood Glam” theme, with a red carpet, gold, silver, red and black colour scheme and 1920’s style gowns. A more abstract theme can be simply expressed through a colour scheme or accents such as “white, black & bling”, where all the decor is black, white and crystal covered.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, even your favorite designer brand.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, even your favorite designer brand.

Abstract themes are easier to pull off and the chances of them turning wacky are less likely. Literal themes however walk a fine line. A rustic country theme can quickly turn hoedown with too much hay, checkered fabric, primary colours and farm animals. Or a couple’s favorite film turned wedding theme can verge on a theme park event if done too literally.  A Harry Potter themed wedding doesn’t require a Dumbledore impersonator as your officiant or your waiters to be dressed up as house elves. That would be a literal character translation. But suspending LED candles from your reception venue’s ceiling, reminiscent of The Great Hall…. very cool, and most importantly, memorable.

Floating LED candles for a Harry Potter themed wedding. Credit: Preston Bailey

Floating LED candles for a Harry Potter themed wedding. Credit: Preston Bailey

Pulling out smaller details that hint to the film will be more elegant and impactful as a whole, instead of tacky. An Alice in Wonderland theme would have tea cups and tea pots filled with flowers as a centerpiece, a stationary suite with card suits and a topsy turvy cake, not the Cheshire Cat and white rabbit walking around. It’s about pulling out thoughtful details and leaving a little to the guests imagination.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired tablescape uses bright colour and mismatched tea services. Credit: Tangerine Creations

An Alice in Wonderland inspired table scape uses bright colours and mismatched tea sets. Credit: Tangerine Creations

Done the right way, themed weddings can be a lovely and unique way for the couple to express something they really love or relate too. Not to mention, give you a chance to really get creative in your details. After all, its all about doing something you haven’t seen before. Who doesn’t want that…

Check out Ashton Creative’s upcoming display in the Original Wedding Soiree at the Intercontinental Hotel in Yorkville, Toronto on March 17th. This unique wedding show featured vignette style displays over traditional booths and as such themes are a big thing! I have something up my sleeve that is super creative and original based on a VERY popular trend this year. I am really, really, REALLY excited, but you have to come to the show to see what I mean. Hope to see you there!

~Ashley

For always beautiful and creative ideas for your upcoming wedding contact us today for a design consultation.

 

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