A wedding is a memorable date that marks a special moment and the beginning of a new stage in a couple’s life. A great deal of planning goes into this special day from the moment the question, “Will you marry me?” pops up to the moment the couple says “I do”. One of the most important decisions to make what the theme and main focus of the wedding should be.
The first image that comes to most people’s mind when they hear the word ‘wedding’ is the classical wedding with different hues of white and rose, a big ancient church and a bride walking down the aisle on a big dress with a long train.
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It’s a beautiful image and it paints a wonderful picture however, it’s not the only way to prepare and hold a wedding. That’s why I’ve searched high and low to present other wedding theme ideas in case you’re in the middle of a creative block and you’d like to have a wedding theme that stands out.
The best way to make a wedding stand out is to make it all about the couple
You could go with a very classic or cliché theme, but if you focus on things that only you would pick out or that accentuate aspects of your relationship with your fiancé, then you’ll be able to add some creativity into the theme of your wedding. Basically, focus on your style and preparing a wedding that resembles the tone and the strengths of your relationship.
Every couple has something that defines them and sets them apart, for some couples is their love for certain things or the way they met. Think about aspects of your relationship, yourself, and your partner that set you apart and how could you incorporate them into your wedding.
For example, if you’re from different countries or were in a long distance relationship with each other at some point during the relationship, then adding meals from each other’s countries or adding decorations that accentuate the different nationalities is a good way to make your wedding stand out.
If you met your future husband or wife through a hobby or a passion you both share, then incorporating this into the wedding will help you infuse creativity into this important life event. Keep in mind there’s many fandom-inspired weddings out there and there’s wedding ideas for almost every theme known to man, don’t get wrapped up in trying to find a theme that is a hundred percent original or that hasn’t been done before.
Don’t lose perspective!
As you plan and tackle the details of this tremendously important day, focus on the things that will make you and your partner happy. Make sure you prepare a ceremony and a reception that you both will remember forever. It’s important to make sure your guests and family will enjoy themselves but it’s even more important to make sure you will love every minute of this day.
Top 5 Things to do 12 months before your wedding date
Planning a wedding can be very stressful no matter how much and how early you start your preparations. However, the sooner you get certain things out of the way and sooner you make the most important decisions, the easier it’ll be for you to be ready for the big day.
That’s why I’ve compiled a simple list of the top 5 things you need to 12 months before your wedding date.
Create a final list of guests
You need to sit down with your partner and decide how many people will be invited to the wedding will it be a big wedding or a wedding for close friends and immediate family members? It’s important you have an idea of who you want to invite to your wedding so that when you know who to send your “Save the date” cards and invitations once you announce your engagement.
Announce your wedding date
It’s important that your family and friends know about your engagement not only to congratulate you but also to save the date of your wedding on their personal schedules. If you’re not ready to choose and send invitations yet, then you can send “Save the date” cards or e-cards so that they can know when the wedding will take place and RSVP. A “save the date” card could also be sent electronically as an e-card or you can simply call out-of-town guests that would need to travel to the location of your wedding and send formal invitations to those that live locally. The important thing is that everyone knows when the Big Day will be.
Choosing a Wedding Theme and Style
You need to sit down with your partner to determine the style and theme of the wedding. Will it be in a church? Will the ceremony have a religious affiliation or will you be married by an officiant? You may choose a traditional wedding or an informal ceremony on the beach, but you both should feel happy with the theme of the ceremony and the reception.
Set a budget
Once you have decided the theme and style of the wedding, it’s very important to determine the budget and an approximate list of expenses. At this time, you also need to answer important questions such as: Who will pay the wedding? Will both parents contribute? Everyone who is economically involved in the preparation of your wedding must meet to decide on the budget. Setting a budget will help you avoid overspending and turning your big day into a big pile of debt.
Depending on the theme and style of your wedding you will need to start visiting venues, centres and locations for your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception. This is one of the most important steps because certain places tend to be booked year-long so the sooner you choose a location, the better.
It won’t hurt to look at wedding magazines, newsletters, read blogs, articles such as this one, look up videos and watch wedding-related TV shows. These types of sources will give you all sorts of ideas from the dress to the centre piece decorations.
Start contacting professionals
There’s a lot of professional and freelancers that you need to hire for a wide variety of services. Make sure you start interviewing wedding photographers, DJ or bands, catering companies, designers, decorators, wedding planners.
For some of these services, you might be lucky enough to have friends and family helping but you should always make sure you have a main choice and a backup choice for all of these services in case someone cancels at the last minute.