You don’t have to start your wedding planning by choosing a theme, but deciding on it early can definitely help guide you through the more detailed decisions later.
Our event planner Ashley found selecting a theme the most difficult wedding decision she’s had to make so far. She knew how she wanted the day to feel, but couldn’t decide on the specifics.
Luckily, no matter what appeals to you- nautical, Paris, classic romance- the process will be the same.
These Parisian Centrepieces are a Great Example of How to Integrate Items into Floral Arrangements
If you have so many ideas you can’t decide (like Ashley) or if you’re just not sure where to begin, follow these 6 steps to make your decision:
Ask Yourself How You Want Your Wedding to Feel.
I knew I wanted it to feel like a fairy tale. I also knew I wanted the day to reflect the fact that I’m a ‘hopeless romantic’. When I was younger, I thought that meant my colour had to be red and that hearts would be integrated into the décor. Now I realize it’s easier to take a broader approach. So I’ve decided that it should be simple, elegant, and romantic, with lots of flowers and dim lighting- and of course myself in a princess dress.
Consider Your Wedding Date.
The fact that I was having a spring wedding made a lot of decisions for me. I decided against red, because it seemed more of a fall or winter colour, and traded it in for the still romantic yet more seasonally appropriate blush tones.
Gather Ideas with Your Partner.
“Mike is so easy-going, he doesn’t really care as long as I am happy. Actually, that’s not true. He has made a request for no hot pink- especially in the boutonnières. I guess it’s not his colour!”
Such beautiful suits with a classic pale pink rose
Bounce Possibilities Off Your Event Planner.
Claudia, my planner, has been great at listening to and entertaining all of my ideas. She keeps my guests and the logistics in mind while I’m busy thinking up my vision. For instance, I knew I wanted the concept of time to be included, as Mike (my fiancé) and I have been together for so long, so Claudia’s helping me see how we could visualize that in my décor.
Listen to The Advice of Others.
My mom is a very big part of my life- she’s very honest and knows me so well. Having her and my sister with me during the planning was really important for me to feel confident in my decisions. I’ve been trying to keep Mike as involved as possible too. When we discussed themes, he mentioned Paris since I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, but it didn’t really hold any particular significance for us. I was grateful for the suggestion though!
Be True to Your Style, and You and Your Partner Will Have an Amazing Experience
Begin Exploring Options.
Even if you don’t have an official “theme”, you can move ahead and begin to explore some of the details of your day. Have fun finding your inspiration and before you know it the other pieces will start to fall into place.