How to Choose a Wedding Theme That's Meaningful to You

Guest blogger Kacey Bradley is here to tell us all about choosing a wedding style that fits our own personalities - which one will you choose?

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There’s no need to dance around it — your wedding day is all about you and your spouse-to-be. As such, every detail should be yours to decide, and every moment should carry meaning.


To ensure your big day is just as perfect as you envision, you can plan it all with a theme that touches your heart and pleases your eye. Of course, that’s easier said than done, so here are six of the best tips to help you choose yours.

Credits: Aguiam Wedding Photographers
  1. Start By Daydreaming
  2. Choose Your Colors
  3. Consider the Season
  4. Add Family Traditions
  5. Remember the Budget
  6. Be Yourself

1. Start by Daydreaming

The best way to come up with your wedding theme? Envision it in your head first. Sit down with your husband or wife-to-be and talk about what you see. If you need some talking points, be sure to discuss the:

  • Wedding’s degree of formality — will it be black tie or casual?
  • Location – close to home, or a Destination Wedding?
  • Food – three-course meal, buffet, or even a BBQ?
  • DJ’s setlist – the DJs choice, or your favorites?
  • Decorations – minimalist or over-the-top?

You probably won’t be able to iron it all out in a single conversation, of course. But your daydreams will guide you as you begin figuring out the essential details. They’ll also help you land on a theme that’s true to who you are and who you are as a couple.

Credits: Tim Simpson Wedding Photography

2. Choose Your Colors

Once you’ve envisioned your big day, you’ll have a better idea of what colors you want to incorporate. Perhaps you’ve come up with something patently classic, like crisp black and white. Or you might go for something softer and sweeter, such as a peach-and-sage combination.

Of course, if you haven’t done the daydreaming exercise, you can still let color guide you in selecting a wedding theme. Start with your favorite hue and add a few complimentary colors to it. Don’t forget about the bridal party’s wardrobe, as they’re going to wear the shades you choose — make sure they’re flattering!

Credits: Laura Lees Wedding Photography

3. Consider the Season

Your wedding date can play right into your envisioned theme — or it can have the opposite effect. Be sure to choose a theme that goes with the weather outside. For instance, you don’t want to have a beach wedding in the middle of winter — unless, of course, it’s a destination wedding in a tropical locale.

Then again, you can also let the season inspire your big day’s theme. A wintertime wedding could incorporate snow-white roses, pinecones and metallic elements into the same bouquet. Sparkling snowflakes might sprinkle the reception hall, and hollowed logs could hold the centerpieces. In other words, whatever’s outside can be brought inside beautifully.

Credits: Kaylee Chelsea Photography

4. Add Family Traditions

Ask your parents and grandparents about their weddings. Did a family member recite a love-related hymn? Did they dance to a song you want to replay? Does your mom have a gown to pass on to you? These moments will fit perfectly with your theme, as it’s a reflection of who you are, and your family made you into the person you are today.

You should also put your family’s cultural and religious beliefs at the forefront. Many of these must-have celebrations will come with inspiring colors, sounds and wardrobe choices, so let them help map out the day’s schedule and inspire some of its visuals.

Credits: Erika Brown Photography

5. Remember the Budget

This tip isn’t the most fun one on the list, but it’s a vital to-do as you nail down your wedding theme. Some themes might be impossible to pull off with the money you have. But you might also realize that you can, indeed, achieve your envisioned ceremony and reception — you just have to find out how to cut costs elsewhere.

For example, you could cut down the guest list to just your closest friends and family members. Or you might decide to forego fresh floral bouquets and centerpieces in favor of a flower-free affair. Ultimately, you’ll have to determine which elements are the most important to you and how you’ll ensure you have the budget to cover them. Some parts of your theme might not make the cut.

Credits: Cinematic Tide Photography & Film

6. Be Yourself

Finally, your wedding is about two people — you and your spouse-to-be. Every detail should reflect who you are, and that will create a theme in and of itself.

Consider your personal style as you piece together your wedding. Although your wedding is an elevated affair in comparison to your day-to-day life, you shouldn’t stray too far from who you are normally. You want to look like yourself and feel comfortable as you celebrate, and you will in a space that has elements of your style woven in.

Credits: Laura Lees Wedding Photography

Say “I Do” and Enjoy

Whether you land on Halloween nuptials complete with costumes, a no-frills barefoot beach wedding or a cosmopolitan city ceremony, you’ll be so pleased to say “I do” in a way that’s true to who you are. And here’s even better news — while you’re having such a great time, you can rest assured that your guests feel the same way. So start planning and pick out a theme that suits you. The rest will fall right into place.

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Contact the vendors mentioned in this article

Cinematic Tide Wedding Photographers
Erika Brown Photography Wedding Photographers
Kaylee Chelsea Photography Wedding Photographers

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