Many people have their own image of what a wedding should look like. However, when they’re coming up with ideas for their own wedding, that’s when the pressure is on. It’s much easier to think freely and blend around sporadically, all the things that you believe would go well together. Ultimately, when it’s your wedding you are planning, you become very specific. So what actually drives you to be this way? You can bet your bottom dollar that somewhere along the line in our life, we will be influenced by something heavily that will bend us in the direction of a certain style of wedding. Themes are the steely roots that shoot through the middle of the aisle, in among all the chaos and fervor, that keep your wedding planted firmly in your romantic ideal. It could be something about the Spanish aristocracy, their dress code, the colors, the historical power that influences your wedding to take on their theme. Maybe it has something to do with the Royal Family of the UK, and how their dress is traditional yet incredibly intricate and bold that makes you want a classic British wedding. Themes hold so much power because they have survived to become their own distinct culture.
The tale of the dress
Look around at a wedding, the guests, the food, music, the location and venue, the transport and the ceremony are all linked together to create the atmosphere you want on your special day. However we all know, there’s one thing, just one thing that has an insurmountable importance for a wedding, and that’s the wedding dress. It and you will be the star of the show. It will be the gleaming light that will transform you into a figure of breathtaking beauty. So surely you can’t just rely on marriage and bride magazines to influence your decision just because something is in style at the time right?
Wedding dresses have gone through transformations in style and design over the many decades. The theme of the dress can be asserted to one such time period, that joins with your soul. The recent history of these themes is easy to follow and understand. The vintage wedding dress is post-war and namely occupies the 1950s and 60s mainly. These would be incorporating a lot of lace. The floral designs that were slightly subdued but localized around the shoulders and neck area, as well as the hemline. Modern wedding dresses are in the post-period. They are largely influenced by ball gowns with large skirts the have a vertical ruffle effect due to the many folds. As you may be able to see, the theme of the dress harbors the power of history and lineage of design.
Themes must start from the beginning. As you progress further and further they will start to assume their own natural feeling. Start with your invitation with Paper Themes that hold true to your chosen theme. If you’re planning to hold your wedding deep into the countryside, among generations of farmers and people who toil the land to feed the nation they love, then the Rustic Foiled wedding invitation will instantly inform guests of the type of wedding you’re having. If you are going to have an upper-class wedding that is true to your family name, your standing or your cultural heritage, then the Natural Charm wedding invitation in its deep purple and gold design, and with a white chiffon ribbon, is a great choice.
The decorative dragon
Like a swirling dragon, that flies and slithers through all of your weddings, your decorative theme is going to carry the romantic story. Yes, your location surrounds your guests and they can see with their own eyes the beauty of the hills, fields, buildings and everything else. The venue is tangible, they’re inside it, they can touch the walls and be eye to eye with the interior design, taking in the splendid decor. However, minds get lost in the wedding itself. They are looking at you taking your vows, they’re also going to be seated at tables and enjoying your menu. They’ll also get up to dance and mingle. So you don’t want them to forget just exactly what you have chosen as your theme. In other words, you don’t want your important day to descend into just being another generic party that people will forget.
The centerpiece of each table should be in the themed colors, style, designs and taste. Whether it is a bouquet of flowers or a handcrafted figurine, it has to stay within the theme you have chosen. It reminds people of the period, historical importance and or overall ambiance of your theme. Even the seating itself can be in the style of your theme by way of its design, i.e. the curves, the height, the backrest contours, the broad or delicate legs and of course the material such as wood, copper and or fabrics. This goes on further to the chinaware that you pick. Again will the theme be carried onto the plates and the cutlery? The little details on the forks and knives will be charming, and the encompassing intricacies of the china plates is a stamp of the unique experience you offer your guests as they dine with you.
The location and the venue will be the hallmarks of your theme. They are the big spires that lift up and raise your wedding to what it shall be overall. However, some people like to involve nature in their wedding. For example, some people want to complete their Mediterranean wedding by getting married at dawn just as the piercing bronze sun is peering out from under the clouds. For a Catholic Italian Wedding, you might want the midday church bells to be ringing so you choose a day where the sky will be clear and the time of the middle of the day to get the effect you want.
The theme of a wedding is the lifeblood of your day. It will be the single most important thing because it has an effect on everything you can think of. This is why knowing your history, the importance of a certain style, those that came before you and had something similar, all matter in your decision-making.