Once you’ve said the big ‘Yes!’ and all the hype of your engagement is over, it’s time to get to business. Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. And for that day to turn into a reality, there’s a lot of hard work you’ll have to put in. Think, the planning, fittings, searching, and the hundreds of decisions you’re going to make.
One of the crossroads you’re probably going to face has to do with the theme. If you’re the bride, surely, you’ve got that dream wedding in mind from when you were still little. But remember that you’re not the only one who makes the decisions now. There are also the preferences of your groom, as, after all, this is both your wedding.
There are hundreds of wedding themes to choose from, and if you don’t know where and how to begin your search, you’re only going to end up in a never-ending spiral of confusion. To help you out, here’s a list of five things to keep in mind, as you pick a wedding theme:
1. Your Budget
Your budget is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when planning your wedding. All the truer, when you’re planning a wedding on a budget.
It’s a wrong start to the rest of your life as a married couple if you immediately face debts. Whatever amount you’ve set for your wedding, be sure you stick with it. You don’t necessarily need to spend your life’s savings just to come up with a memorable wedding.
Plus, simple and intimate weddings are so in right now! If your budget calls for an intimate celebration, then go for it.
Along that line, as a bonus point, here are key tips on how you can save money on your wedding, regardless of your theme:
- Hold your wedding on a weekday, as fees of suppliers like venue rentals and the caterer can be more expensive during the weekends
- Trim down your guest list and keep your wedding intimate
- Repurpose your flowers, by using some of the flowers at the ceremony for the reception
- Opt for digital invitations than printed ones–you can check this website out for samples
2. Your Personal Style
On top of this list is your personal style. The best wedding theme is always the one that sits well with you, and the one both you and your future spouse love.
The best way to start looking for themes within what can be described as your personal style is to make a list of all of your favorite colors. Doing so will help you find out which colors and hues you’re most likely to gravitate toward. From there, your wedding planner can help you out with pegs of different themes that are within your preferences and your color set.
Considering your personal style is very important, so that your wedding feels like it’s truly and uniquely yours. It may not be the grandest out there, but when you know your wedding is a reflection of your personality, you’ll have the best day of your life.
3. Your Wedding Date
For some couples, before they even have an idea of what their wedding theme is and all the other details, they’ve already gotten a wedding date set in mind. This is especially true for those couples who may have immediate family coming in from overseas, and the dates have to be fixed long in advance. Or perhaps to those that are making arrangements for destination weddings.
So, if you’re one of these couples, choose a theme that also resonates with your wedding date. This will determine the season, and whether or not your chosen theme is doable. For instance, you plan to have your wedding in December, as a destination wedding somewhere in the French or Swiss alps. You know for a fact that it’s wintry and cold, so a summer-y theme, with flowers that only come in summer or spring, is just close to impossible.
4. Your Wedding Venue
Have you chosen a wedding venue already? Perhaps there’s a place you’ve long seen, and then you told yourself that one day, when you’d get married, you’d definitely want it to be there. Well, that day has come, and now you’re keen on having your wedding on that same venue.
If the wedding venue is non-negotiable, then ask yourself, what does your wedding venue inspire? Is it a barn that goes better with spring colors, or a rustic wedding? Is it a hotel hall, perhaps like The Plaza where understated elegance is the best? Perhaps a wedding by the beach?
Your wedding venue can set the tone for all other decisions you’re going to make in your wedding, your theme included. If this is the case, be sure to factor it in your wedding. Otherwise, a mismatch will make your wedding look messy and ‘un-cohesive’.
5. Your Desired Dress Code
Some couples are so chill and relaxed that they don’t want their guests to be bothered by having to dress up in a suit and tie. If that’s the case, then you can’t go for a formal, black-tie wedding theme.
Perhaps you prefer the more relaxed and casual vibe of a beach wedding. Or, you’d like to huddle up in warm clothing during an outdoor, winter wedding.
The dress code you’re after should never just be an after-thought. After all, it can set the entire mood of your wedding as to whether or not your guests, and even yourself, are going to end up comfortable.
More than your wedding looking great, you’ll also want it to be a fun and enjoyable night (or day) for yourself, your future spouse, family, and guests.
With the list of important things to keep in mind as you’ve read through above, are you now ready to finally say ‘Yes!’ too, to the wedding of your dreams? Once you’ve chosen, stop the search and limit your focus on only that theme. By doing so, you’ll no longer be tempted to go for another.
Remember, at the end of the day, this is both you and your partner’s special day. So, your chosen wedding theme should be the one which makes you both happy and which resonates with your preferences. It will be the one you both have envisioned as the start of your lifetime together.