Wedding themes are tempting. And delightful. Fall weddings, Beach weddings, love them all. Hints of burnt orange in October, bright fun linens for a casual, ocean side wedding – beautiful.
But many times, a good theme can go bad. Beach themes shouldn’t mean starfish and seashells everywhere, February weddings don’t need to be covered in gooey hearts, and unless you’re on a farm – don’t have haystacks at your reception please.
By the way – I’m not judging – remember, I’m the bird lady of bucks county. I have to fight hard to keep the theme gods in check.
One of my first theme-y weddings was for an amazing, young Brooklyn, NY couple. She wanted to bring her Asian background into the mix – incorporate the color red into the day. Not a deep, sexy blue red. We needed the bright, orange ethic red (I’m Indian, I know red).
It would have been so easy to go down Chinese Lantern lane – but we didn’t. We held back. Actually I held back, and the bride let me. The great thing about being a planner is you can direct, and redirect, and distract. Could I have gone with beautiful porcelain chop sticks and red linens throughout the room? Yes, but that’s not what she wanted. She just didn’t know it yet. She wanted to include her rich background and heritage, while still being modern and youthful. This was the gal who never once talked about her wedding dress – she just went out and bought one (stunning). She was understated and sweet – that was the real theme of the wedding.
So we decided on a pop of color when people first walked into the reception – a bold announcement of joy. The escort card table was amazing. 1,000 red carnations made into a bed on a white slab of marble. Two of these tables welcomed guests into the reception. It would be the only place they’d see this much red together!
I didn’t know if these good people wanted their names all over the internet – to the tens of people who read my blog – so I blurred the card. That red blossom paper was used on the escort cards, table numbers and menus (and invites!) .
Here’s the inside of the reception hall – the only pops of red were the flower clusters.
Moral of the wedding – go with theme lite. Unless your theme is birds. Then go buck wild.