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Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: November 28, 2015
Your wedding theme is the canvas of your wedding day. Your decor and colour scheme, your favours, and even your wedding dress, will all tie in to your chosen theme in some way or another. So you want to make sure you choose the right one for you; here are our top tips for choosing your wedding theme.
If you have absolutely no idea where to begin, start by keeping an open mind and hitting all the sources of inspiration you can think of. Go crazy and pin those hundreds upon hundreds of images on Pinterest, research real weddings, take a browse of some themed decorations, and think about all the things you love and might want to incorporate in your theme. Don’t be afraid of going to your friends and family for ideas too.
If you have a rough idea of when in the year you’d like to get married, and where (at home or abroad?), use that as the building block for your theme. Spring weddings will be naturally bright and green, and autumn weddings will be traditionally dusky and elegant; a wedding held in rural Britain will be beautifully homely and tranquil compared with the tropical paradise of a wedding in the Caribbean.
Probably the most important thing when deciding on your theme is to choose one that means something to you and your other half. It should reflect something about the two of you, both now and in the years to come, so work together to make a decision.
By this point, or even when you were first setting out on your find-a-theme adventure, you may be so swarmed with ideas that you’re spoilt for choice—there are so many stunning ideas out there, after all. That means it’s time to look carefully at your inspiration, and at what you really want, and organise it all in a way that you can work through it in a process of elimination. Once again, Pinterest with its secret boards and its full-throttle Pin!Pin!Pin! nature is an invaluable tool, but some artistic brides may even want to make a scrapbook of ideas. Simply select your favourite ideas and work them into a theme of your own. There’s nothing wrong with using bits and pieces from a few themes, but if they’re each very, very different you may end up with a bit of a random theme with no rhyme or rhythm. Unless that’s your intention (because two fused themes can work very well, like vintage winter or beachside bohemian), try to be selective so that everything complements each other.
Finally, have some fun while deciding on your theme. It can be a relaxing experience, and there are no hard-and-fast rules as to what your theme should and shouldn’t be. Whatever you decide, just make sure you and your partner are happy.
For more, see How to Theme Your Wedding and our Top Tips for Themed Weddings.