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Five Secrets to Successful Wedding Theme Planning

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne thing all we brides-to-be have in common is a desire for our day to be memorable. But if you’ve already found the ideal photographer, booked your dream venue, and eh.. of course, found the right person, how do you put together a big day that your guest will never forget? Theme it!

Themes can be as heavy-handed or as light as you want. The photo is a great example how a piece of lavender inspired an entire wedding theme. Here are my 5 secrets to planning a kick-ass wedding theme:

1. Cast a wide net for inspiration.
Don’t limit yourself to bridal magazines – from your favorite painting to the M&S Summer Catalogue – take not of the images that appeal to you and start to gather complimentary pictures to build up a mood board. When you are starting to plan your theme, it can be very fluid and change many times – go with it! Don’t commit yourself to anything until you are totally happy with it.


2. Document your finds in one place.
Be it paper or digital, it’s important to draw your theme ideas together so you can look at them in one place. A sheet of A2 paper is a great hard-copy solution. If you prefer digital mood board, designating a folder on your computer’s desktop is the simplest way to gather your inspirational images. Sites such as Pinterest are great too – not only for gathering but also sharing and finding images.

3. Think outside the box.
Be remarkable by coming up with a totally original theme idea. I know, this is easier said than done and sure, it’s handy when the foundations have already been laid for you. But this is the one day in your life that is all about you and your partner and should be put together as such. Making it yours is a sure-fire way of making it unique.

4. Less is more.
It was Coco Chanel who said: [box] “Always take one thing off before you leave the house” [/box]and she was definitely on to something. The temptation is to let your imagination run away with itself and over-theme, but remember – it is possible to have too much of a good theme. Try to find a balance.

5. Put first things first.
Bridesmaid dresses are one of the biggest dictators of colour scheme. It’s no use having an amazing theme planned out if you can’t find the right bridesmaid dresses in the right colour and at the right price! It’s best to source these first and match subsequent purchases to them. However, you should order your own gown first to ensure all the dresses compliment each other. Then you will have a rock-solid colour scheme to refer to when choosing everything from stationery to chair covers.

[box] Photographs reproduced with kind permission of onelove photography


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  1. Some great tips there Lisa – perfect for someone who is feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole planning process. It should be fun after all!

  2. Eileen McGuigan

    You are so right about themes, they really make the difference in making your wedding about you. Have a look at for weddign plans :-)

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