Give Your Wedding Personality: How To Choose From Popular Themes & Colors

August 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm 2 comments

Bridal-BarbieIf you’re anything like me, you’ve been conjuring up your perfect wedding plan for years.  Long before your Mr. Wonderful made his entrance, I’m guessing you already had Barbie and Ken – bedecked to the nines – acting out to your dream wedding in a fully functioning dress rehearsal.  I’ll even go as far to say that you more than likely already had the color of his vest on reserve and your flowers selected and put on hold, and while I think this is fabulous (because we yet again have something in common – hehe), I would urge you not to limit yourself.

And this is why…

My parents have been married for 34 years.  They were high school sweethearts, and after a long, fairytale like courtship (siiiigh), my father uttered those four famous words every girl loves to hear, “Will you marry me?”  Of course my mother said yes, and began piecing together her dream wedding.  She didn’t know much, but she knew one thing for certain: she had to have blue and yellow, floral bridesmaid dresses.  (Let it be advised, this WAS the seventies, people.)  So, imagine her shock when she walked into the bridal store repeating “blue and yellow” over and over again, and walked out with six red and white dresses… who-da thunk it?

So, stay open to new ideas.  Try on colors and shapes and arrangements you’ve never considered.  Ask for suggestions.  Implore friends and family.  Because even though your wedding might not be the picture you’ve always imagined, you just might get something even better.

Wedding Themes

One way to create the initial theme of your wedding is to incorporate the theme in your invitations.  Finding invitations that pertain to your specific theme will help explain to your guests what type of wedding you have planned.  Include a special note separately or on your reception card explaining what type of wedding you are having along with a couple of phone numbers where guests can contact you with questions.

When hosting a theme type wedding, sometimes traditional wedding etiquette rules are set aside. This allows you to include a suggested dress code that is normally omitted from traditional or formal wedding invitations where the time of day the wedding takes place would normally dictate the type of dress preferred.  Be sure to make your guests aware that the dress code is optional. 

If couples choose to dress the part, along with their attendants, it can make for a very authentic, incredibly unique celebration.  Depending on your theme you can find its décor at costume shops or thrift stores if your theme if from a period in time. Costume shops and party shops may have all that you are looking for in terms of attire and decorations.

If you have an idea in mind for a wedding theme, visit your local library or surf the internet to learn more about how to incorporate your wedding theme with décor, activity, attire, and music.  Take a look at some of these: 

  • “When in Rome”… throw a Roman feast fit for a king
  • Beach Party Wedding… stay casual and breezy
  • “When You Wish Upon a Star”… play music that involves lyrics that sing about stars and decorate your reception with sparkle lights and stardust.
  • “Once Upon a Time” or “Cinderella”… make your big day a dream come true
  • Victorian Wedding Tea… make your wedding a regal affair
  • Winter Wonderland… take your Christmas time wedding to a whole new level
  • Roaring Twenties / Wedding Speakeasy… capture the fun and romance of a another era
  • Love at the Mardi Gras Ball… throw a truly colorful party
  • Game of Love… have a sports or Vegas themed wedding
  • Red Carpet Wedding: Hollywood Style
  • Bewitched with Love… work your wedding into Halloween

Your wedding can also pattern itself after the very season it is scheduled for. A Christmas wedding may incorporate the holiday theme or a winter wonderland theme. Maybe you will be married 4th of July weekend and you want to decorate with a patriotic theme.  The possibilities are limitless – just like your fabulosity!

Wedding Colors

Popular wedding colors vary with every trend, year and season.  Many brides choose their colors based on their wedding date.  Summer and spring are more likely paired with bright hues and vibrant pastels.  Think of your favorite spring time bouquet: dusty pinks, cobalt blues, periwinkles, teals, yellows and mangos.  Fall and winter seem to denote more reds, burnt oranges, cinnamons, dark sages, chocolates, blacks and warm yellows. 

But this is a guestimated (guess + estimated = guestimated) pattern at best, because it really boils down to you.  2009 has marked the year for cool colors.  Blues, greens and purples have overtaken the wedding scene, pushing warmer shades aside.  Combining colors and choosing coordinating hues over perfectly matched details has also been on the rise, but does this mean you have to follow suit?  Heck no!

Every bride is different, and while there may be more popular colors chosen overall and at different times during the year, you’re not like every one else… so, your wedding shouldn’t have to be either.  I suggest picking colors that you love that hold a timeless quality with you.  After all, you’ll be looking at these pictures for many years over!  Below are some of the most popular colors chosen through the years:

  • Sage Green
  • Teal
  • Butter Yellow
  • Chocolate
  • Pastel Pink
  • Wisteria
  • Black
  • Raspberry
  • Eggplant / Deep Purple
  • Metallic Silver / Platinum
  • Champagne
  • Wine / Deep Red

Of course no color scheme or wedding theme is nearly as important as the “Ken” you’re going to marry; so, no matter what color, theme, pallet or trend you choose, always remember the most important choice… and choose each other!


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  • 1. wedding night  |  August 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Great site, I now have you bookmarked to come back again.

    • 2. Mary Kidwell  |  August 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed your stay… Here at the Marilyn’s Keepsakes Blog :)


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