As we started planning our wedding, one question started to come up over and over: “What is your theme?” This question baffled me for a long time. Our wedding theme is…umm…”marriage?” Is “love” a theme? Party themes make me think of those cheesy (but fun!) dress-up parties that we went to in college dorms with a big cooler full of fruit punch–flavored alcohol. Themes don’t make me think of beautiful, classy affairs. If I let Mr. T have his way, I’m sure he would have chosen a hockey or outer space theme for our wedding. So after fielding this question so many times, I figured a theme is something you’re supposed to have for a wedding, and we set about finding ours.
Our venue and our timeline played big roles in establishing our theme. Many barn weddings lean toward a distinct rustic theme, but we didn’t feel like sitting on hay bales and eating off of burlap tablecloths said a lot about us as a couple. Our decor will be designed to go with with the farm location but elevate the barn setting. We’ll also be getting married outside at nighttime on the beautiful grounds of an apple orchard. The season also played into our theme; springtime in New England is my absolute favorite time of year. Nothing compares to the joy a Bostonian feels in the springtime when the last of the winter’s snow melts away. When the temperature finally ticks over 50 degrees for the first time in months, everyone goes outside wearing flip-flops and shorts and drinks Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. It’s basically tradition.
So, to recap, we have: not quite rustic, nighttime, New England spring. And possibly apples. Finding a theme is hard work, so I went to Pinterest to find more theme inspiration. This is what I came up with: