To decide on a theme, consider the following
questions to guide you in the right direction:
* What time of year is the wedding scheduled?
* How large is your guest list?
* Where will your ceremony/reception take place?
* How big is your budget?
And for the little kid in each of us...a circus theme! This would be a great
outdoor event and would be entertaining for adults and kids alike. Picture
your yard with loads of balloons under colorful canopies. Strolling clowns
making balloon characters, a face painter and a magician that would go to
each table dazzling guests with tricks and illusions. Rent a popcorn and
cotton candy cart to complete the theme. For centerpieces consider confetti,
clown shoes filled with candy or balloon animal arrangements. For
invitations make circus posters of flyers inviting your guests to "The
Greatest Show on Earth." Or have a friend dress like a clown and hand
deliver your invitations, enclosed in a clear balloon with plenty of
streamers, to your guests front door.
Big Band Romance:
For those hopeless romantics, here's something for you. Center your theme
around the 1940's Big Band era. When women wore hats w/ veils and over the
elbow gloves. Men joined the wartime effort which would have theme dressed
in uniforms. Set your decor like a ballroom with an orchestra to play songs
of the times. (Think Andrew Sisters, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers). Fill
the room with balloons and a mirrored ball over the dance floor. For
centerpieces use strings of pearls, Champagne bottles, long gloves,
scattered rose petals, dog tags or champagne flutes with treats. For
invitations send a black & white photo of you and your fiancÚ in an antique
looking frame. Attach a note with wedding details. This would serve as a
beautiful keepsake. Or send a music sheet with your wedding information
replacing the words of a popular 40's song (Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree,
Over the Rainbow, etc).
Nautical/Cruise Ship Theme:
Set the stage in the traditional nautical colors of Navy Blue and White. Or
perhaps the "Tourist" look of Hawaiian prints. Decorate with serpentine
throws, confetti, streamers, balloons, ice sculptures, Welcome Aboard
banners and travel posters. For centerpieces consider lanterns, small life
preservers, small wooden life boats, sailor hats, plastic anchors, assorted
sea shells or starfish. For invitations make personalized travel brochures,
cruise ship boarding passes or tiny scroll like invitations inserted into a
small glass bottle with sand and a sealed cork.
Let your imaginations run wild. If you need some more ideas, there are a
number of theme party books on the market or hire a coordinator to pull
together the wedding of your dreams. We wish you lots of fun and laughter in
the planning process. May God bless your future together!