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Planning for a Wedding – How to decide on your perfect theme

Todays post will give you some ideas on how to decide on a wedding theme which is personal to you and your other half.

When planning a wedding it is very easy to get bogged down in organising all of the things that you are expected to have, rather than concentrating on what you actually want. It’s your big day so you should be able to have whatever you desire, and that doesn’t necessarily mean following tradition!

The most important thing about a wedding is that it represents you and your partner, so lets get to work on choosing your theme…

1. First of all you both need to write a list of your interests separately. These can be as mundane or as silly as you like. Perhaps they are things you have done a million times before, or perhaps you have only done them once but really enjoyed it. Let’s use John and Susan as an example.

Going to the pub
Watching Movies

Wine and cheese evenings

2. Next, write down some things that you take an interest in together, or things that you have done together that define your relationship. This could be places you have been or hobbies you enjoy. You could even take inspiration from where the proposal was made.

John and Susan

Going out for meals
Watching old movies
Going to open air cinemas
Going for walks
Proposal in Paris

3. So now you should have a page full of your combined personalities. Jot down the things which appear most in your list, as well as the things that are most important to you both. Let’s have a look and see what we can do with John and Susan’s.

John and Susan have a shared interest in food, and Susan likes wine and cheese. John proposed in Paris, and France is famous for it’s food and wine. So lets work on the basis that we are going to have a wedding loosely based on a French theme. They both like watching movies and even going to open air cinemas. Perhaps there is a particular French film we can take inspiration from?

4. Now we just need to bring it all together and come up with some more specific ideas. Write a list of things you need to consider, you can start with the list below.

– Colour Scheme
– Wedding Invites
– The Dress
– Music and Entertainment
– Decoration
– Favours
– Food
– Drinks
– Table Plan Themes
– The Cake

Take a look on the internet for inspiration. Just type in your key words and there will be a whole host of images waiting to inspire you.

So, what did we end up with for John and Susan?

A Vintage Parisian Inspired Wedding

Colour Scheme -Select muted tones to capture the ‘Old Paris’ feel. – Browns and    Creams with an accent of black.
Wedding Invites – Make Save the date cards (or invitations) in the form of vintage Parisian postcards.
The Dress – Go for a classic style dress. Take inspiration from the French movies or buy authentic vintage.
– Accessorize with lace.
Music and Entertainment – Hire a Parisian Gypsy Jazz band to play while the guests mingle. (Click the picture below to browse potential bands.)

Belle wedding reception entertainment

'Belle' Parisian Gypsy Jazz Band

Decoration – Incorporate vintage maps of France into the decor.
– Pretty it up with flowers and frills.
– Go down the ‘travel’ route and include vintage suitcases as well as luggage tags and plane/train tickets.
Favours – Mini Cheeses
– Mini Wines
– Macaroons
– Sachets of Lavender
Food – Serve bread, cured meats, olives and sundried tomatoes.
-Hire a Crepe van
Drinks – Provide bottles of wine on each table with personalised labels. (Click here to see how)
Table Plan Themes – There are loads of options here. Two of my favourites are Famous French landmarks, or types of French Cheese.
The Cake – Instead of a wedding cake have a wedding cheese.

So there you have it! How to create a wedding plan in a few hours. If you’re still stuck you can post your lists as a comment and I will give you some ideas. Perhaps other people could share some of their own ideas for you too!


About weddingreceptionidea

I run a wedding entertainment agency called 'The Band Boutique'. Our aim is to find the perfect band or performer for each couple that come to us. Whether the theme of the reception is 'Country Wedding', 'Vintage Tea Party' or simply 'Traditional' we endeavour to hand pick something that will delight guests as well as giving the happy couple a performance to remember. From Harpists to Parisian Gypsy Jazz, Rock Bands to String Quartet's, The Band Boutique will definitely have something that floats your boat! Whilst running The Band Boutique, visiting wedding fairs and scouring the web, I have spotted lots of fantastic wedding ideas, and I feel obliged to share them with the world! Hopefully they will inspire everyone else as much as they have inspired me.

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