The Wedding Theme

The decision on our wedding “theme” wasn’t actually a planned one—it all just kind of fell into place. To start, I wanted to narrow down the colors, since that would be the unifying factor for everything from the save the dates to wedding-reception decor. I asked FH for his opinion on this…and (unsurprisingly) he looked at me like I had two heads. He was all like “The last thing I care about is a color scheme. Just please don’t make it too girly.” LOL. Clearly I should have expected that answer, but I try to involve him wherever possible since it is our wedding, after all. I’m just lucky he didn’t suggest a Green Bay Packers themed wedding since he’s such a hardcore fan!

So after thinking a bit more about non-girly colors that really felt like “us,” a teal and champagne gold color scheme was decided. Then, in searching for potential wedding themes utilizing these colors, I came across peacock feathers. And fell in LOVE. Their feathers are gorgeous with a number of jewel tones, including different shades of blue, green, brown, and gold. I also have a thing for feathers, so I thought this would be perfect.

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The majestic peacock feather / Image via FineArtAmerica.com by Rebecca Shupp

However, doing a search on Google Images for “peacock themed weddings” turned up some…not so inspiring results. It seems that incorporating peacock feathers into a wedding theme ranges from very understated to horrific and over the top. So with not a lot of inspiration to go by, I’ve had to wing it and kind of make it up as I go along. I scoured Pinterest, Google, and Etsy and found these images for inspiration.

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Low centerpieces / Image via TheKnot.com

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Peacock birdcage / Image via Etsy shop Yes More Funk

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Peacock & pink cymbidium orchid bouquet / Image via WeddingandPartyNetwork.com

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Peacock and calla lily bouquet / Image via SaffronMarigold.com

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Bouts for grooms / Image via Etsy shop Serenditpity By Suzanne

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My dream cupcake tower! / Image via CakeCentral.com

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Wedding invites / Image via Etsy shop Meant to Be Sent

This tablescape was also my inspiration. (Although the shades below aren’t exactly the teal and gold I’m looking for, it’s definitely close enough.)

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Teal and gold tablescape / Image via GreenWeddingShoes.com / Photo by Captured by Aimee

And talk about perfect timing. One day (shortly after finding the above tablescape) I was on Facebook and was targeted with an ad for an event design company called BBJ Linen—their website is pretty cool and allows you to virtually create a tablescape using the many colors they have available. This image below is the one I created on their site and is the closest thing to my vision I could find (teal napkins and chair ties, and a champagne gold table runner).

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My Virtual Tablescape (Teal and Gold) / Created on BBJLinen.com

I had also gone to Jo-Ann fabric store and bought a few yards of fabric in the colors I had in mind. I am NOT crafty nor a DIY’er by any means, but I attempted to make little color-swatch packets (below) as leave-behinds for each of my vendors so they could understand the colors and vision. (I gave one to the florist, baker, wedding planner, etc.)

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Color swatches I provided vendors / Personal photo

So this theme is still a work in progress, but I feel good about at least having some sort of direction—now hopefully all the pieces come together nicely the day of the wedding. But that’s something to worry about another day!

Will your wedding have a theme or color scheme?

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Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    Miss Bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 3:19 pm

    I love your fabric swatches: that’s such a pretty gold! Gold is one of our colors too (though matching golds has been one of the biggest pains!). Your peacock color scheme is going to look fantastic!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:58 pm

    I love your colors, and your fabric swatches are so smart, I’m sure your vendors really appreciate it!

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    Mrs. Panda 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:38 pm

    I love the colors. I think it’ll be gorgeous together!

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    kmnowlan, Guest @ 7:46 pm

    Hi Miss Mongoose- We had a peacock themed wedding. Let me know if you want some pictures for inspiration! I felt the same way when we were looking for ideas!

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    sarah, Guest @ 9:04 pm

    an episode of TLC’s “along for the bride” had a peacock theme. watching it won’t really help you plan haha — as it doesn’t show much of the venue/details and mostly focuses on catty interactions between a bride and her bridesmaids — but one detail i noticed and liked was the peacock feather earrings the bridesmaids wore. i thought that was a cute detail that brought in the theme without being too overbearing.

    http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/along-for-the-bride/videos/katey.htm

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    forestlady 18 posts, Newbee @ 1:15 am

    A peacock theme wedding must be gorgeous! Absolutely will be a unique and amazing one!

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    anjanettethomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:45 am

    My inspiration came from the peacock for our wedding colors selection. I think the colors are just beautiful..Our theme is a whimsical wedding..and the colors are just perfect. Just a hint because peacock is so popular in the xmas season ribbon is ridiculously cheap..I have purchased so much for little of nothing.
    Our colors: sapphire blue,teal,silver, and ivory.

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    Overjoyed 2086 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:17 am

    Hey! Another peacock bride! You’re right, the feathers have so many lovely jewel tones. I chose orange and purple (with hints of light turquoise). I’m sure everything will turn out beautifully!

    For us, the colors will probably only be manifest in the printing as there are not many opportunities in our destination wedding to actually show off the colors (no bridesmaids, no bouquet, etc.)

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    Mrs. Mongoose 726 posts, Busy bee @ 7:19 am

    @kmnowlan: Ooh very cool, I’d love to see how you integrated the feathers into your big day. I’m always looking for some more inspiration :)

    @sarah: LOL these shows thrive on the drama! I clicked on your link and saw the teal dresses but I didn’t notice peacock feather earrings (I fast forwarded to the ceremony). I’ll watch again!

    @anjanette.thomas1: I love that you’re combining the blue tones with silver–that’s going to look beautiful. Are you integrating the colors into everything (including your invites, etc.)?

    @Overjoyed: Peacock in the house! There are quite a few of us. Your color combo sounds lovely too–the colors will really pop with the orange. Where’s your destination wedding going to be? Are you able to choose the linen colors or is there something specific that comes with your package?

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    madtowngirl 1787 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:26 am

    I sooo love your theme and colors! I, personally, wasn’t a big fan of peacock weddings, until I see how classy and beautiful all your inspiration ideas are! It is going to be gorgeous!!

    Also, Go Pack Go….that FH of yours is right on! ;)

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:14 pm

    I love that cupcake tower!! Such beautiful colors. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I’m loving the combination of teal and gold – how classy!

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    Mrs. Gray Wolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:53 pm

    i love this – one of my good friends did this too actually – http://katetriano.com/blog/?p=142http://www.stylemepretty.com/2009/02/25/real-wedding-ashley-and-matt/ – take a look! you can kinda pull in any jewel tones and keep to the theme – this wedding is gonna be incredible.

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    Mrs. Mongoose 726 posts, Busy bee @ 1:02 pm

    @MadTownGirl: Yeaa Packer fan! I’ve been told that once we’re married, my transition to being a full-time Packer fan must be complete LOL. @Mrs. Wallaby: I fell in love with that cupcake tower once I saw it! I already showed my baker so they’ll be designing something similar. I’m hoping that (and everything else) all come together the way I’m currently envisioning it!

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    Mrs. Mongoose 726 posts, Busy bee @ 2:51 pm

    @Miss Gray Wolf: WOW–your friend’s wedding was gorgeous! I love the way she incorporated all the jewel tones and the subtle integration of the feathers.

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    Heidi, Guest @ 10:49 am

    Totally gorgeous! Our designers have been cranking out new peacock themed wedding invitations to keep up with the demand. Here’s my fave – http://www.invitationsbydawn.com/Wedding-Invitations/View-All-Wedding-Invitations/2657-DW25699FCCG-Watercolor-Peacock–Champagne–Invitation.pro

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    virgomasala80 297 posts, Helper bee @ 3:16 pm

    LOVE!

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    pavlovictt 3 posts, Wannabee @ 10:38 pm

    I used Peacock themed wedding invitations at http://www.invitesweddings.com/peacock-wedding-invitations-c-1_3_35.html

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