Hi everyone, Katherine here again! During the planning process, there was one question that I repeatedly received that I didn’t really know how to answer: “What is your wedding theme?” Or sometimes: “What are your wedding colors?”
I personally struggled with both.
I think the colors question came frequently from friends and family who had had weddings in the past few years, when having two or three main colors was the trend. And I didn’t feel like I had that! My bridesmaids were in black, the groomsmen were in black tuxedos, so there was definitely a black and white theme, but I also wanted lots of silver accents, plus I wanted lots of pastel flowers (pink, peach, lavender, light blue)! How could I sum that all up?
Luckily I realized that the new trend was to have more of a wedding palette, allowing me to easily incorporate all my ideas together and not feel like I was going against the grain.
And because I didn’t have that firm answer on colors, I would also be asked about my wedding theme. Sometimes a venue lends itself easily to a theme, like a rustic barn, a vintage historic house, or the beach. But if you’re starting from more of a blank canvas, then it can help to have a cohesive theme to bring your vision together.
Now, I belong to a Facebook group of brides who are Disney fans and let me tell you, I have seen photos of some amazing themed wedding, ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Up to Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. And there was a Downton Abbey themed wedding at my venue a couple years ago. But, while I love all of the above, they weren’t themes that necessarily fit us. And apparently “cherry blossom springtime black tie optional wedding” didn’t roll off the tongue well!
So I thought about all the ideas we were incorporating: some Disney (first dance song and a Disney World character autograph book as our guest book), a Lego card box, an appetizer inspired by my grandpa, Anne of Green Gables reading during the ceremony, tacos [Aaron told me to add that in for him as I was writing this!], and music from The Sound of Music played during the cocktail hour. And that last one is when our theme hit me – Our Favorite Things! We were pulling together so many aspects of our favorite things into our wedding. This way we were able to include everything!
So I’m offering this theme of “Our Favorite Things” to use however you like. Maybe you love Star Wars and your fiancé loves baseball. Or you love Harry Potter and he loves Marvel superheroes. Or maybe you actually do have a thing for bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens! (True story: Back in the day, I did imagine having a “My Favorite Things” inspired wedding and using copper kettles as vases. You know, it’s not a bad idea!)
I love that this theme can encompass anything and everything that you love so that your wedding theme truly reflects your personalities!
Image by Alisandra Photography