Warm Candlelight Weddings
Once you decide to get married and the rabid excitement starts to dissipate, you’re left with the fact that you have to plan the dang thing. So how to really begin?
I have to admit, I tend to be wary of the overly matchy wedding “theme.” I was even originally noncommittal about colors; I was afraid of veering into dated or kitschy territory (and you KNOW the Christmas season can be full of that sort of thing). If you’re nodding along sagely right now, then you too might benefit from one easy exercise: first, decide what feeling you want your wedding to have.
I didn’t know much at the beginning, but I knew I wanted a Christmastime wedding without it being overtly…Christmasy. No ornaments or poinsettias or reindeer, but I did want the feeling of a festive and celebratory holiday season. I also knew I wanted warm light, not cold—which meant sticking to candlelight/golds rather than silver/blues. I wanted the whole day to feel like having a spiced cocktail by the fireplace with your favorite people, but a bit more formal.
Does that make sense? Here are some images that might say it better:
Simple and lovely image via Tuckernuck
Image via our own Mrs. Champagne’s inspiration post!
Dumbledore basically invented warm light. | Image via HP Wiki
In addition to the season, I wanted to embrace the locale—again, nothing explicit, but touches here and there of nostalgia for Old Chicago. As the wise Mrs. Squid once said, “The only way a theme works well is if it’s already innately there.” Well said, Mrs. S! Anyway, once I knew what I wanted our wedding to feel like, choosing the venue and the decor became easier. Not easy, but easier.
What feeling do you want to evoke with your big day?