Top 5 Wedding Themes
Popular theme rundown
By Natalie Tsang
October 17, 2011
I love wedding themes, but I totally understand how it can drive people up the wall. A wedding theme can be really create a unified, cohesive picture or it can become an obsession that prevents you from doing what you really want.
Themes can be as specific or as loose as you want. Some people organize their weddings around a palette inspired by, say, their love of lemon meringue pie. There's the soft clean palette of yellows, whites, and graham cracker brown. A pie table. Others pick things that are broader like family-centered or retro. Honestly, you should do whatever feels right!
Here are a few popular themes right now:
Vintage is anything old fashioned and is also often called retro. Big eras includes the 1950s and 60s and the roaring 20s. However, once in a while you also get a Marie Antoinette inspired French Rococo wedding or a Victorian wedding with awesome teacups.
Old Hollywood is a luxurious cousin of Vintage. While Vintage often has a bohemian tinge, Old Hollywood brings the idea of the red carpet. Think megawatt glamor with mink stoles, winged eyeliner, and body hugging wedding dresses.
I always tend to think of the ballroom scene in Titanic.
Country chic is often a theme of contrasts: super glamorous dresses accessorized with boots. Fancy amuse bouches served on rough farm benches. This often similar to Southern weddings with delicious homemade foods and demure gloved brides. It's an odd combination of decadence and restraint that works like a dream.
I always see rustic as tasteful and casual. Although, I've seen some quite formal weddings described as rustic as well. It's often outside and harks back to simpler times. The ceremony and reception may or may not have small touches, but it's never fussy.
Do It Yourself has its legions of fans and haters. Many of these haters are bridesmaids who have gone through a sort of indentured servitude to churn out the appropriate amount of hand sewn favor bags.
DIY started as an affordable way to have a beautiful wedding, but has morphed into something that a lot of brides feel pressured to do, regardless of their craft capabilities. In a lot of ways, it's come to mean quirky, eclectic, and creative.
Some weddings are billed Rustic- DIY or Old Hollywood- Vintage, but don't feel like you have fit in one box, two, or three. You should create an idea that you love and worry about naming it later.