Themed weddings have become increasingly popular over the years as an effective way of reflecting the hobbies, desires, and personalities of those involved in the wedding while having a bit of fun for patrons and guests. For some people, this celebration of particular aspects of the couple’s life is considered to be every bit as important as the other aesthetic touches, from the design of the cake to the dress code for general attire. The concept of a niche, perhaps even ‘novelty’, wedding is one that has been heavily adopted by the current IT crowd and by those for whom the wedding ceremony itself is an opportunity to subvert conventions and wear their personality on their sleeve.
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A themed wedding can be themed in any manner imaginable and while the intention is often a subversion of what is generally viewed as a very restrictive and in some ways predictable practice, it is also often a way for the bride, groom, and guests to express themselves and to demonstrate what the nature of a celebration is for them.
The key to a successful themed wedding is in the marriage (if you’ll excuse the pun) of a unique and memorable atmosphere that accurately reflects the newlyweds-to-be, with a choice of food, drink, and location that speaks in a more traditional way to the conventional nature of weddings. Having you and your guests dressed unusually may well be all part of the fun and personal approach you have settled on as the guiding principle behind your approach to the wedding. However, it should never be forgotten that the photographs captured and the memories immortalized on your big day are ones that will stay with you forever, and while there is, of course, no shame in being faced down the line with some of your more questionable fashion choices, this needs to be weighed against the significance of those memories and what you think any potential children or grandchildren would like.
Choosing a Theme
What might seem like easily the most obvious choice to be made, planning a themed wedding (after all, some of you have been dreaming of a Klingon wedding since you were teenagers) is in fact far more complex than initially meets the eye. In addition to the aforementioned requirement of straddling the balance between a wedding that truly reflects the personalities of the bride, the groom, and the guests, and maintaining an air of authenticity, a themed wedding planner has to consider how to best encourage their guests to commit to the theme premise, as an example you will have had a hard time convincing your female guests to don figure skates for women if they have little to no interest in sports, despite your desire for a sports-themed wedding at the local ice rink.
In some cases, this is easy, particularly when the assembled crowd have become acquainted through a mutual appreciation of a particular subject. The theme you choose should reflect your guest’s desires as much as your own as their feelings and presence will have a considerable impact on the prevailing atmosphere over the occasion.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
Think far beyond the obvious when it comes to selecting an aesthetic for your themed wedding. By choosing something plain and obvious, you discourage your guests from letting their creative juices flow and will inevitably end up with an audience who may as well have not bothered.
Planning a wedding is always a difficult and stressful part and introducing thematic elements is a great way to set yourself apart and to encourage your friends and guests in becoming involved in your unique take on proceedings.