27 Dresses directed by Anne Fletcher via YouTube (Fast forward to 2:08 to get to the point)
Themes have been discussed time and time again here on Weddingbee. In fact, theme posts are usually some of my favorite ones. I absolutely love getting to know people’s weddings, seeing their vision pictures, and comparing it to how it all ends up. But getting too attached to a theme definitely makes me a little nervous too. I have a very type-A, slightly obsessive personality, and I like things to all work and flow together. When I went wedding-dress shopping (a post for another time!), I was dead set on getting an ivory dress because it would complement our color scheme better than white. Ultimately, my support team encouraged me to try on dresses regardless of color, which is great because, guess what—the one I fell in love with was white! That was the first incident where I realized that while I loved having a vision for my wedding day, I had to be careful to avoid letting the theme drive my day.
Not too long ago, Miss Airplane talked about her resistance to “theming” her wedding, and I completely understood where she was coming from. The idea of a theme definitely helps narrow the scope of a wedding, but unfortunately sometimes it also acts as a trap, forcing your hand in every decision. (Does this match our theme? Is it too out there for our theme? Etc.) So maybe the key is keeping the theme a little broader.
Usually when we tell people our wedding date they instantly picture deep, rich jewel tones and, for some reasons, lots of pumpkins. I don’t think pumpkins will be appearing at our wedding, but in the immortal words of the Beibs (because obviously he was the first person to ever say it), “never say never.”
When I think of fall, I think of warm cozy nights in front of a bonfire, s’mores, family time, beautiful walks outside, and delicious hearty flavors and foods. West Virginia is unbelievable in the fall, and I am so excited to be sharing it with our guests who are traveling from out of state (which is actually a pretty large percentage of our guests!).
For me, the theme tells the story of the wedding. What it’s about, what it will include…so I guess our theme is a rustic, vintage, homegrown, summer-camp-in-November kind of one. What does that even mean? I guess to me it looks something like this:
*Photo credits below
Now that I’ve put all that together, I’m pretty excited to see how the final product turns out.
What inspired your wedding “theme?” Did you resist the urge to theme your wedding or did you openly embrace it? Have you ever felt trapped by your theme?
*Photo credits (clockwise from top left): 1. Bonfire via Style Me Pretty / Photography: Christian Oth Studio; 2. Giant Crepe Paper Roses via Studio DIY; 3. Milk Glass via Style Me Pretty / Photography: Shea Christine; 4. Hickory Street Annex Glitter Vases via Ruffled Blog / Photography: Nine Photography; 5. Sparklers via National Geographic / Photography: Ruth Ritter; 6. Fun Aisle Décor via Ruffled Blog / Photography: Chellise Michael Photography; 7. Reception Light & Hearts via Southern Weddings / Photography: Haley Sheffield; 8. Gold Punch via Foodie Crush; 9. Mismatched Maids via Ruffled Blog / Photography: Heather Hester; 10. Glitter Arrow via 100 Layer Cake / Photography: Joielala; 11. Minimalist Tables via Style Me Pretty / Photography: Jose Villa; 12. Chair Printables via Wedding Chicks / Photography: Ryan Ray; 13. Wedding Pinata via 100 Layer Cake / Photography: Gavin Farrington & Grace H; 14. “Sweets” Lights via 100 Layer Cake / Photography: Annie McElwain Photography; 15. Pie Table via Wedding Chicks / Photographer: Sequins & Candy; 16. Gold Garland via Your Cloud Parade; 17. Baby’s Breath Bouquets via Wedding Chicks / Photography: Branco Prata; 18. Flip Cup via Green Wedding Shoes / Photography: The Collective Photographers; 19. Pie Table via Wedding Chicks / Photography: Ohana Photographers 2o. PBR via Elizabeth Ann Designs / Photography: Almond Leaf Studios; 21. Milk Glass via Style Me Pretty / Photography: Shea Christine; 22. S’mores Bar via Creative Cooks 23. “So Getting Married” Flags via Wedding Chicks / Photography: Jamie D Photography; 24. Wedding Day Games via Wedding Chicks / Photography: Stacy Paul Photography