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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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What wedding themes are made of

Every bride and groom wants each part of their wedding day to perfectly complement each other and one way to achieve this is to choose a theme. This should be something you decide from the start and then build your wedding plans around.

Pirate wedding photo
Will Taylor and Gill McAlea at their Pirates of the Caribbean themed wedding

If you decide that you want to follow a theme it can be as elaborate or subtle as you wish.

Before you make a decision you should think about why you are choosing the particular theme as there is no point in having one for the sake of it and it should mean something to you both – perhaps a shared interest could provide inspiration.

It is an important decision to make as until this is confirmed, it can be impossible to start the rest of the planning.

The invitations give guests the first indication of the style of the wedding and then this can be continued on the order of service, place cards, menus and thank-you cards.

Having a theme may even make it easier when making decisions on the different aspects of your wedding such as the flowers, cake and favours although the theme doesn’t have to apply to every single element of the day.

Your theme could be a subject such as a football team or butterflies or a coloured-based theme which could include the table linen, flowers, balloons and outfits.

You may want to choose your favourite colour or a colour associated with the season you are getting married in and could pair two colours together to complement or contrast each other.

A colour theme can be a good way of incorporating a football theme to please your groom through bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers or cake to match the team’s colours.

When Emma Van Iterson married Michael Holmes in June 2006 she surprised Michael with a black and white theme to reflect the colours of his favourite team Newcastle United. The colour theme was incorporated into the black bridesmaids’ dresses and the flowers and as the couple walked out of the church Local Hero by Mark Knopfler, the song Newcastle United walk out on the pitch to, was played.

If you want to go all-out and do something completely different then you could get all your guests involved such as at the wedding of Will Taylor and Gill McAlea from Greystoke, who got married in June 2008 in a Pirates of the Caribbean style wedding.

They decorated the reception venue with skull and cross bone flags, had a pirate ship-shaped wedding cake, and guests came dressed as shipmates and characters from the popular movies.

A season or the time of year such as Christmas is another idea to think about.

Lynsey and David Pettitt got married in December 2007 and chose a snowflake and sparkle theme for their special day. The church was decorated with Christmas trees and flower arrangements, a brass band played Christmas carols throughout the service and the bride carried a bouquet of rich red roses, holly, ivy, crystals, berries and silver foliage.

The tables at the reception were named after the 12 days of Christmas while the favours were handmade Christmas stockings. Special guest Santa attended the celebrations and gave each child a personalised sack of Christmas presents.

The five-tier cake was decorated with snowflakes and sparkles and even the vicar joined in and wore a festive hat.

Other ideas include a fairytale or a lakeland theme – this could involve food that is sourced locally, favours such as Kendal Mint Cake and naming your tables after Lake District mountains or lakes.

Flowers play a huge part of your day, from decorating the church or civil venue and the tables at the reception to being carried or worn by the main members of the wedding party.

You could use a floral theme on your invitations and scatter petals on the tables as well.

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