Bridal Club Magazine
Weddings Apart From The Norm – Make Up Your Own Wedding Rules
A couple's Wedding Favor Gifts really speak volumes. With such a
variety popular of Wedding Themes to consider, you can get Themed
Favors that will accent your concept.
New Zealand themed weddings are
becoming more and more popular with Non-Traditional New Zealand
weddings. With a bit of imagination - your wedding could be a
success that will be talked about for the rest of your lives by
everyone that attends.
So how do you decide what theme?
Think back to childhood. Remember your favourite role-plays -
both you and your fiancé. Fun or romance are great sparks for
inspiration. Whatever you choose for your theme - don't over do the
decorations. Subtle is sometimes better; you don't want to take
away the true meaning of the day.
Things to Think about When
Having a Themed Wedding
Firstly, you can relax with the
etiquette. Most rules can be completely disregarded when having a
themed wedding. Whatever theme you decide to go with, pick clothing
and decorations to match it. You don't have to go overboard and
duplicate precisely every inch of the room. Decorate it enough so
that when your guests arrive they can tell that the accents used
coincide with that theme.
You may want to discuss you plans
with the person who will perform your ceremony to see if they are
compatible with their beliefs. A Wiccan theme may not be up a
Catholic priest's alley! Consider the season when your wedding will
take place. You can't expect guests to show up for a Beach Party
wearing shorts in August.
Make sure that everyone in the
wedding party is comfortable in their costume. You don't want to
embarrass anyone. Also the costume should fit properly, it's a long
day to be walking around in a corset. Give them a softer option if
dressing up is not really their thing.
Because themed weddings are growing
in popularity the vendors of your location will be used to working
with them, so don't feel weird about asking for their input and
If you are choosing a certain era,
visit the library and look at pictures of costumes and decorations.
If you like something, take the book with you when you have
consultations with the vendors.
If you've dreamed about having a
certain type of wedding, but are having a hard time planning it,
hire a co-ordinator, they'll know what to do.
Invitations Set the
This is your chance to prepare your guests in plenty of
time - especially if they are reluctant fancy-dressers!
On a slip of paper explain the theme
you've chosen to your guests.
If you will be serving theme foods
at dinner, also let them know.
If you are having a cocktail party,
champagne and cake party, afternoon tea party or anything along
those lines where you won't be serving dinner; add those details to
If you'd like your guest's attire to
fit your theme let them know that period costumes would be a fun
way to bring the night to life, but they are free to dress any way
Order or make invitations that fit
your theme. Don't forget to include a phone number just in case
anyone has questions. It could be the number for your bridal party
or the two mothers, or someone else that will do this job and has
all the information about the wedding.
Here are just a few samples
for themed weddings:
Beach Party Wedding
This is great if you're having a
garden wedding. Put a tarp down in your backyard and cover it with
sand. Set up a couple of kiddie pools, pails and shovels in the
sand. If you're having kids at the wedding they are going to love
it. Let your guests know it's going to be a beach party so that
they can dress appropriately. The women could be in something as
simple as a sundress and the men in Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian
shirt. Place plants and trees around your pretend beach, take your
shoes off and have your ceremony in the sand. Rent patio furniture
with brightly coloured umbrellas, even if it's in a tent. Use pails
with flower arrangements for your centrepieces. Because it's a
beach party you can have a barbecue and serve beer and punches. Get
a wedding cake that looks like a sandcastle. At night you can light
up those bamboo torches around the dance area, just be careful of
the tent. Don't forget to play a couple of Beach Boy's tunes!
A Winter Theme Wedding
This could work summer or winter -
attire to match the season. The bride and bridal party can
all have matching white faux fur capes. The bridals party in red or
green with the usher's accessories to match. Decorate with white
branches and tiny lights. Christmas trees with tiny lights and
white decorations. Poinsettias in red or white can be your
centrepieces and also lined up in front of the head table, if you
buy enough of them, you can give them away as the party favours.
You can also give Christmas balls as your Bombonniere. If you're
planning on a December wedding, don't forget to book early because
of all the company Christmas parties.
The bride in a Victorian type
wedding dress. The bridal party in flowing gowns tapered under the
bust line and showing lots of cleavage with high-buttoned shoes.
Both the men and women wear gloves. The men will be in cutaway
"morning tuxes" with top hats, ascots, vests, pocket watches (that
can be your gift to them), and spats over their shoes. Hire someone
to play the harp and if not too far between locations, travel in a
horse drawn carriage. Your wedding cake should have ribbons with
charms hanging from it. The Victorian's believed that whichever
charm a bridesmaid pulled out of the cake would symbolise what she
could expect in her future.
New Year Wedding
Of course, if you have your wedding
on New Year's Eve, your guests will have something to do, but this
is a theme party and can be thrown any time of year. The Disc
Jockey can do a countdown to "the beginning of the rest of your
lives" or if you are doing it on December 31st then he'll do the
real countdown. Make sure that every table has a bottle of
champagne on it and sparklers (if you can afford firework's that's
a bonus). Your party favours can be hats and noisemakers. Your
wedding cake can be something like a top hat with noise makers and
lit sparklers surrounding it, and have it wheeled out by the staff
right after the countdown. Tell your guests to dress in their New
Year's Eve outfits and the bridal party can be in satin or sequins
and the men in black tuxedos. Attach some sort of netting above the
dance floor filled with balloons and streamers, to be dropped at
midnight. Use gold or silver accents everywhere. This won't be a
wedding soon forgotten. Just think, if you know you'll be using
this theme but getting married in the summer, you're going to save
money on the decorations and accessories if you buy them after New
Invitations should look like a
medieval scroll. Roll a piece of parchment paper into a tube shape
and seal it with a wax seal that has both your initials on it, then
tie a velvet or satin ribbon on it. If you're making your own
invitations, use a calligraphy font from your computer. You can use
as reference any films that are period pieces such as Camelot,
First Night and Excalibur. You will want to use period costumes.
Don't fret, they are very easy to find in a costume store. Popular
colours from this time were red, purple, royal blue and gold. You
could suggest that your guests wear clothing in these colours
instead of renting costumes.
So start researching - use the net,
encyclopaedias or anything you can get your hands on to find out
more ideas for your themed wedding. Good luck.