Written by Agnes Los Last updated: August 23, 2012
Everyone loves an excuse for a good party, and your wedding provides ample opportunity to celebrate in style -before and after the big day. With diaries jammed-packed with weddings and celebrations throughout the year, themed parties are the best way to make your wedding the true stand-0ut event of the year. Throw a fabulous engagement party before your wedding, or a destination-themed party upon return from your wedding abroad, and then an anniversary party your guests will never forget – by party experts at Theme-Works.
Images clockwise from left: Ruby anniversary party, antique floral birdcage display for Venetian-style wedding, and post box for cards at a British-themed wedding courtesy of Theme-Works
Engagement Party Themes
Every couple has a story to tell about their proposal. This most special of moments is a life-changing event and makes a perfect source of inspiration for theming your engagement party. Why not host the party at the spot you got engaged, or bring a bit of the location to the party with props, decor, bespoke designed invites or a themed menu, wherever you hold it.
Recreate a scene from your favourite film or take inspiration from your childhood with retro-inspired games and music to put your stamp on the celebration.
If you’re considering getting married abroad, you could drop some subtle hints to your future wedding guests with some clever themed touches such as stylish old-fashioned maps of the region, stacked suitcases and beach hats, or personalised airline tickets as a save-the-date.
Images clockwise from left: Hollywood engagement party, Hawaiian bar, and destination-style wedding courtesy of Theme-Works
Destination Wedding Themed Parties
With many couples choosing to travel abroad for their dream wedding, a destination-themed wedding reception on return to the UK is the perfect way to celebrate with extended family and friends that couldn’t attend the ceremony abroad.
If you’re heading to ‘the city that never sleeps’ for a Vegas wedding, you can bring some of that magic (and luck!) back home to your Vegas themed wedding reception. Think glitz and glamour with a red carpet reception, vintage Champagne saucers and fun casino tables for after dinner. For a big, bold celebration, you could bring in some Vegas style entertainment with spectacular illusionists, dazzling showgirls and floor acrobats – your venue might have something to say about bringing in live snow tigers though! It would be a party your guests would never forget.
The lure of white sandy beaches and bright blue skies takes some couples to the other side of the world in their search for a perfect wedding. A beach-themed wedding reception back in the UK might not have the guaranteed sunshine, but can bring the relaxed vibe and exotic styling to your wedding party. Sweeping white drapes to form canopies like private cabanas serve as a dream-like backdrop, with vibrant pops of hot colours from tropical flowers as centrepieces.
Alternatively, if your husband or wife-to-be is not from the UK they can bring some of their original culture into your wedding with a themed band or entertainment, or perhaps cute ‘souvenir’ wedding favours such as the local liquor or accessories.
Images clockwise from top left: Vegas party, Greek-themed wedding ceremony, and Venetian-style wedding courtesy of Theme-Works
Wedding Anniversary Party Themes
Long after the wedding has passed, celebrating special milestones in your marriage with a themed anniversary party marks the occasion in a fun and vibrant way. Your second year of wedded life is celebrated with paper – imagine paper cranes suspended in chain formation from the ceiling of a stylish private dining room for an intimate celebration with close friends and family. The iconic Ruby or Golden wedding anniversary celebrations can be themed through the dress code, draping, table linens or eye-catching pieces of colour coordinated furniture as a quirky photobooth prop.
Strike out with a themed wedding party to make your celebration stand out from the crowd and be remembered as a one of a kind party that could only be yours!
Theme-Works is a wedding design company working their magic to create bespoke wedding theming and decor solutions. Their wedding themes are completely bespoke and tailored specifically to your individual requirements, so you can design your wedding as lavishly or as subtly as you wish.
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