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Creating the Perfect Themed Wedding and Reception


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No matter how large or small your wedding budget is, you have the ability to be a trend setter! Consider a theme wedding.

Choosing a Theme

What activities are you interested in or involved in? What sorts of things do you collect? Are you planning on honeymooning in an exotic place? All of these offer ideas for a theme for your wedding and/or reception.

One of the most beautiful and memorable weddings I have attended was renaissance themed. The bride, groom, and their attendants rented renaissance period costumes instead of purchasing wedding attire. The guests were also invited to attend the wedding dressed in renaissance costumes. It was fabulous!

The Beach Theme

Maybe you love trips to the beach or are planning a destination wedding on a tropical island. Have you considered a beach themed wedding? Guests really enjoy beach themed weddings because they are more casual. It really is a party when you and your guests can celebrate such a joyous occasion in comfortable attire!

Picture it: the gentlemen are dressed in their khakis and brightly colored, printed shirts. The ladies are decked out in colorful dresses with flowers in their hair. The tables are decorated with seashells, hibiscus blossoms, and brightly colored candles. Palm trees have been perfectly placed to create a tropical look. The guests are enjoying grilled chicken, tropical fruits, a variety of cheeses, and icy cold drinks. The music is lively and festive and people are dancing and having a wonderful time.

The Nature Themed Wedding

Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Maybe an outdoor wedding in a park or beside a lake appeals to you. The reception could be held in a rustic lodge and the tables decorated with pine cones, tree leaves, and other items from nature. The wedding cake could be topped with live wedding flowers or silk flowers and a couple of artificial birds (available at your local craft store. )

The Butterfly Themed Wedding

Butterflies are symbolic of transformation or change. The butterfly theme is perfect for a second wedding because the bride and/or groom have left the troubles of a previous marriage and in many cases matured so that they are very different than they were before. Their lives have changed dramatically and that change has brought new happiness and vitality. This is truly a transformation for them. . . a new beginning!

The butterfly theme can be especially beautiful and inexpensive. This comes across as very classy if you don't overdo it. It's simply a matter of purchasing some silk butterflies from your local fabric or craft store and adding them to some fresh flowers for topping the cake, adding them to flower arrangements for the centerpieces or placing silk flower garland with a few of the butterflies down the center of each table and adding small dishes with brightly colored floating candles. Simplicity is the key!

Whatever theme you choose is sure to make your wedding day memorable for you and your guests and save you money at the same time. Remember to keep it a simple and elegant wedding. Don't go overboard with your theme. Too much of even a good thing is never good. Work toward incorporating your theme while keeping the look classy.

With some creative planning on your part, a theme wedding can provide hours of fun and celebration for you and your guests, as well as fond memories to last a lifetime.

(c) 2008 Wedding Rings And Things
Glenna has been involved in virtually every aspect of the wedding industry from arranging flowers and DJing to officiating weddings and bridal consulting. Visit her website today at:

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