Thursday, May 10, 2012

How to Choose your Wedding Theme and Colors

Choosing the theme and colors of your wedding is important.  In fact, I think it is one of the first things most brides do.  Be honest, how many of you have had a wedding board on Pinterest with color combinations, dresses, cakes, etc?  Most girls kind of know the direction they will go with their wedding.  Most of us know what colors we like and don't like -we know we hate carnations but love raunculus etc.  When starting putting ideas together for color and theme, I suggest you take a moment to write down a few things about yourself and your groom. 
If I may, I would like to tell you a little story. 
Back in the 90's sunflowers were THE flower to use for weddings.  For a good year or more I went to weddings with sunflowers.  I made bouquets with sunflowers.  I even remember a couple of friends who were to be married just weeks apart fighting, each accusing the other of copying 'their sunflower idea'.  The only reason I remember these girls actually had sunflowers in their weddings was because they were such brats!  Had they not fought about sunflowers, their weddings would have blended into all the other sunflower weddings I designed or attended. They are all a blurr!

On the flip side, during the same time frame my friend Katie had a beautiful Mexican theme wedding.  She hung dozens of pinatas and bright red crepe paper flowers.  She had a mariachi band and salty margaritas, the whole 9 yards.  Katie had spent time in Mexico and had fallen in love with the culture, the food and the bright beautiful colors of that country.  Her wedding was unique,  it was meaningful and I remember it!  Katie's wedding was Katie, not another sunflower wedding.

It is easy to find all sorts of themes and color combinations on wedding sites and in magazines.  While these resources are helpful,  think about the thousands of other brides perusing these magazines and websites seeing the exact same thing you are seeing. 
I believe your wedding should say something about you. It should show your interests and personality, your likes and passions. Your wedding should be yours, not one you saw in a magazine.
By sitting down with your groom and answering a few questions you can put a personal stamp on your wedding.  Here are a few questions you may want to consider. 
1.  Where is your favorite place? Ireland, Versailles, Italy,  Newport Beach California, New York City?  Places can inspire with colors, traditions, food, music, etc.
2.  What is your favorite restaurant?  Do you love the food there or the ambiance.  Can they be    duplicated for your wedding?
3.  What artist inspires you?  Do you love the soft blurry colors of Monet or do the colors of Matisse match your personality more? 
4.  What is your favorite movie, (please think classics!) ?  To Catch a Thief,  Gone With the Wind, Funny Face...
5.  What is your style of dress?   (Do you like a lot of bling, do you use natural and organic fabrics, are you high fashion?) 
6.  Do you have a favorite time period?  Edwardian,  Victorian, Roaring 20's...
7.  What is your favorite book?  The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyer...
8.  What is your nationality or ethnic background?
9.  What are your hobbies? 
By answering these questions you may be able to find a theme, colors and style that put your personal stamp on your special day. 
Don't be a sunflower wedding!!!!