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Choosing your wedding theme is one of the most—if not the most—important step in the wedding planning process. After all, it will dictate almost every aspect of your event, from invites and attire to food and florals. So we’ve taken some of the top wedding themes being searched this year and asked some top planners to offer their tips on putting the event together.
A bohemian affair emanates all things nature related, says Ashley Newkirk of Ash Events. When planning out this theme, think about:
Organic & free flowing florals. Pampas grass is a super popular addition for décor and florals for this theme, as well as hanging florals and floral installations.
Mismatched decor. You want things to be cohesive, but not necessarily a cookie cutter look throughout.
Earth tones. There is no better inspiration than mother nature herself.
What to wear: Boho brides usually opt for lace dresses or jumpsuits. As for grooms, less formal attire is the way to go, such as a suit in Postman Blue, Cement Gray or British Tan. Some Boho grooms decide against wearing a tie, but can still personalize their looks with a pocket square and a pair of fun socks.
Sustainable weddings are all about leaving behind as little waste as possible, explains Beth McIntyre of Your Favorite Day. You can put together an eco-friendly event in a variety of creative ways, such as:
Go local. Choose vendors who use products from local farms like farm-to-table caterers, craft breweries and florist farms, notes Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy.
Hand out useful favors. Send guests home with favors they will actually use, such as luggage tags, glassware and local organic candles. Even greener options include seed packets and potted plants.
Toss biodegradable confetti. Move over, sparklers! This option is much more eco-friendly since the confetti is made from dried flower petals. And as McIntyre points out, it even photographs better!
What to wear: Brides can start with finding an eco-friendly wedding dress designer, as well as trying to find a design that doesn’t use a ton of fabric (such as a super long train). The guys are in luck when they decide to rent from Generation Tux because they’ll be choosing a look that will ultimately be returned and worn again by another groom and his groomsmen.
Vintage weddings are romantic and refined, explains Joan Wyndrum of Blooms By The Box. Showcase this theme with:
The right flowers. Some favorites for a vintage wedding include garden roses, lisianthus, scabiosa, snapdragons, and anemones.
Historical details. You can add these to your flower arrangements or simply feature them in your overall décor. Think pearls, lace fabrics, birdcages, books, suitcases, and candle holders.
A vintage ride. Look into renting a vintage car to whisk the bride and groom away from the reception.
What to wear: Vintage brides usually choose a dress with lots of lace details, while grooms want to give off an old-fashioned vibe with the Charcoal Gray Notch Lapel Tuxedo, Black Shawl Lapel Tuxedo or even the White Dinner Jacket.
The day will already be filled with romance, but you can up the ante by making it your overall theme. Be sure to include:
Candlelight. There is nothing warmer and sets a romantic vibe like candlelight, says Keith Willard of Keith Willard Events. Not only is it super accessible, but people look great in photos when lit by candlelight.
Lush florals. Wyndrum suggests decorating with hanging chandeliers, garden gates, fluted glass vases filled with roses, anemones, dahlias, spray roses, and greenery.
Love-inspired colors. A blush and white palette gives off a romantic and feminine feel.
What to wear: Romantic brides want to feel like a princess on their big day, so of course, a ballgown is in order. Grooms should showcase their best Prince Charming look with a Black Peak Lapel Tuxedo, Midnight Blue Peak Lapel Tuxedo or Black Notch Lapel Tuxedo.
Fairy does not have to mean children’s books or Disney, says Willard. In fact, you can have a sophisticated affair by incorporating ideas such as:
Light material. See-through materials—like organza—look great when used on tables or even as a wedding dress without coming across as cartoonish.
Subtle colors. Stick with creamy white, with pale pink or peachy undertones when choosing your flowers, recommends Wyndrum.
Lots of light. Hang white lights throughout the ceremony and reception space to showcase a whimsical but classic feel.
What to wear: Brides that want a fairy-inspired gown usually choose shimmery, sheer, or layered light fabrics with full skirts, either in a short or full-length style. Grooms should also go with a lighter look, such as a Gray Sharkskin or Bright Blue Suit.
The global pandemic has resulted in a boost for outdoor weddings, with some couples deciding to say I do in their own (or their parents’) backyards.
Rent a tent. You cannot control the weather, so it’s wise to always have a Plan B in place.
Keep décor simple. Decorate tables with favorite wedding flowers, string lights, and green garlands, but allow the backyard’s natural beauty to shine through.
Set up some lawn games. Keep guests entertained beyond the dance floor with lawn games like cornhole, croquet or even an oversized Jenga set.
What to wear: Couples swapping vows in the backyard lean towards more casual looks, such as a tea-length dress or a longer dress with minimal embellishments for brides, while grooms can choose something like the Indigo Blue Suit, Light Gray Plaid Suit, or British Tan Suit.
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