wedding theme

Under The Sea Wedding

Whether you’re a sailing aficionado or you just never fell out of love with Ariel from the Little Mermaid, the water in all its guises and passions is a wonderful theme for your wedding day.

There’s so many different directions you can take this versatile trend. From the more traditional nautical look of navy and white, to boats and sea shells, to the more mythic incarnations of Poseidon and the fun of under the sea and the magic of mermaids. It’s a trend that works well in a variety of settings.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you, to get the ideas flowing. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Colour palette

From navy and white stripes to warm coral, Ombré blues and turquoise, aqua marine and white, the colour palettes relating to the sea are vast. Don’t be afraid to inject come pop of brights in alongside the blue hues for a really modern take. Think hot pinks and even golds to get things popping.

 

 

On the table

There’s so much you can do in terms of table décor. Think about seashell table number or coral style centrepieces. Go for different shades of blue table runners or cloths with sparkles to represent the sea. Bring rope into the equation by wrapping mason jars and tea lights and intersperse seashells and candles. Why not have table numbers inside bottles as a sort of message in a bottle? And hanging tealights over the tables will work really well for that under the sea vibe.

 

 

Around the Room

Think anchors and water rings for that traditional nautical feel. Use wooden oars as signage. Raid antique auctions and attics for a ship steeling wheel for the ultimate piece of water decor. Or seek out a Poseidon style tridents, fill oversize lanterns with your favourite shell or coral accents. Blue uplighters will give the feeling of being under the sea, as will jellyfish style paper lanterns.

 

Cakes

Think she shells, mussel shells, star fish and an array of colours. If you’re not keen on the shell style embellishments, then keep it simple with an Ombré style cake with a clean tone of colours from white into ocean blues. Or go for a white cake with navy and white striped ribbon around the tiers.

 

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Graphic Prints and Colour Wedding Theme

A feast for the eyes, this theme is about being big and bold, from graphic monochrome prints to hot pops of summer colour, there’s nothing subtle about it.

Think chevron, ikat, stripes, floral, paisley, geometric, wigwam and you’ve got it. Of course those are just some of the best know styles of graphic prints, but if you really want to give this trend a new spin, then think beyond the obvious and go for graphic prints of animals, fruits, or items like VW camper vans or anything in between.

Key to making this work, is to think contrast and clash with some bold pops of colour.

Here’s some ideas to get you thinking. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Invites

If the thoughts of a big graphic statement in your wedding décor is not your sort of thing, but you still want to get a taste of the trend into your day, then do it with your invites! You can have huge fun with them and the best part is that it’s not going to be a massive visual statement in your décor.

 

Backdrops  

Think big when it comes to this type of backdrop. You want a truly bold, stand out print with a splash of colour to really tick the trend box. Whether that’s monochrome stripes with a pop of pink, or gold chevrons with a pop of black, don’t be afraid to have fun here. Use the backdrops in your ceremony, as your own DIY photobooth or in your reception behind the top table or dessert/cake table for example.

 

On the Table

When it comes to the table, think table cloths and runners in vivid stripes, paisley, chevron, wigwam, geometric, brocade and everything in between! Contrast these vivacious prints with bold colours in terms of florals and tealights or candles interspersed and you’ve got a stunning look ready to go.

 

The Cake

The cake is still very much a visual centrepieces for a lot of weddings, so going bold with its design is a great way to inject some colour into your wedding décor. Have fun with colour and texture here. Don’t be afraid to have clashing tiers too!

 

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Celestial Wedding Theme

We all feel as though our love is written in the stars, especially on our wedding day, so why not bring some of that celestial vibe into your décor?

Think geode cakes, stars, fairylights, moons, star signs and everything to do with the night sky in this beautifully romantic on-trend theme.

Not only is it ideal for the romantics out there, but if you have a shared passion for astrology or star-gazing, then it’s the perfect way to bring your personality into the wedding day décor.

Here’s some ideas to get you thinking. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Stars

It’s an obvious place to start, but decking your venue out with stars is going to look superb. Think of getting some paper stars or star lights to hang from the ceiling or over the dancefloor. Why not string them horizontally as a DIY photo or ceremony backdrop? 3D Stars that can stand on their own will look superb arranged on the tables as centrepieces interspersed with lanterns.

The Night Sky

Bring the night sky into your venue with lots and lots of fairylights and you’ve got it! Throw in a procession of tealights along hallways, hanging tea lights and lanterns to get that starry eyed feel. Don’t forget the moon too! Why not create a moon style backdrop for photos, invest in night sky coloured plates for table settings. And there a huge number of night sky and star related quotes that would be ideal for signage around the room.

 

Astrology and Astronomy

Why not name your tables after constellations or star signs? Use star charts for your table plan and or give each guest a custom horoscope or astrological themed item as their wedding favour or escort card. Bring your star signs or favourite constellations to life in your table centrepieces too.

 

Geode and Star Cakes

Geode cakes are a big trend right now and it’s not hard to see why, they are simply stunning. Chat to your cake maker about the sort of theme you are going for and the colours you’ll want to use. The main thing to keep in mind is that it should give off that textured geode feel. If that’s not your thing, then why not go for a high mirror shine on your cake to give it that unmistakable night sky look?

 

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Wedding Save the Date Cards

You could be forgiven for thinking that save the date cards are just another headache to add to your growing wedding list, but on the contrary, they are a very handy tool in your planning.

While they may be a relatively new concept on this side of the pond, a save the date card has now become commonplace for most couples in Ireland.

But just what is the difference between a save the date and an invitation?

Simply put, a save the date is something you send much more in advance of your invitation and gives guests curial information they need to know, such as the date and location, especially if it is a destination wedding. Guest typically do not need to RSVP at this point.

A wedding invitation however, is sent closer to the day and has all the final information and it is expected that guests will RSVP

Here’s some more information. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Give People Time

These days weddings can just as often be on a weekday as a weekend and they can also be places in which guests will need to travel to, so with all of that in mind, it’s good manners to send your guests as much information in advance as possible. That’s where a save the date comes in. It allows your guests to get time off work if needed and /or organise childcare.

 

When Do I Send Them?

It really depends on the type of wedding you are having. If it is to a destination aboard then give as much notice as you can, even nine months. If it’s not so far afield then around six months is perfectly fine. Try to resist to send them out more than a year in advance as people can forget about it.

 

 

Who Should Get One?

Everyone and anyone who you’d ideally love to have at your wedding should get one. By the same token, once you end them a save the date, then you cannot decide to not send them an invitation later.

 

But I don’t Have All the Information Yet

Don’t panic, a save the date typically won’t have all the wedding information enclosed, as you won’t have it finalised yet. What it will typically have is the date of the wedding and possibly the location. You should also make it personal and clear as to who is invited so plans can be made. You should then say more details to follow.

 

 

Get Communication Going

Another pro of a save the date is that you can direct your guests to a website or app, which you can then fill up with important information the closer you get to the big day. This is particularly helpful if you’re having a destination wedding where guests need to book travel.

 

I Haven’t Decided on My Theme Yet!

That’s okay, while you can of course introduce your theme to your guests with the save the dates, there is no reason why they have to fit in with your eventual theme down the line. In fact, it’s a nice way to experiment with what you think you might like to use.

 

Do I Still Need to Send an Invite?

The short answer is yes! You need to send a formal invite to confirm all the details of the day and to finalise your guest list.

 

 

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Wildflower Wedding Theme

Wildflowers are not just a wonderful choice for your wedding bouquets, but also for your décor. If you want to get away from the traditional style or flowers and are after a more relaxed vibe for your wedding, reflecting a boho, rustic or vintage style, then wildflowers are a must.

Not only are these natural beauties stunning, they are also much more budget friendly and can be used in your décor as well as your bouquets and buttonholes.

Think centrepieces, floral crowns and even incorporate them into your wedding cake!

Wildflowers won’t tend to work as well if you’re going for a crisper, modern, elegant theme for your big day, so keep in mind what you want as the overall look and feel.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Bouquets

There’s something about a wildflower bouquet that is undeniably beautiful. The colour and variety you can pack into a bouquet is incredible. Chat to your florist about what is available at the time of the year you’re getting married and keep in mind the ideas of colour. You don’t have to go with something bursting with a range of colours, you can go for wildflowers that are more or less in the same tonal family if you prefer.

 

Floral Crowns

Floral crowns and wildflowers are a match made in wedding heaven. They look stunning if you’re planning on having your hair down too. Don’t forget to match the crown with your bouquet and think about whether you want the bridesmaids and flower girls to have some floral crowns too. It can be nice to mix and match.

 

On the Table

If you think that wildflower centrepieces lack the impact of more traditional flowers, then think again! Wildflowers can in fact look even more beautiful. Arrange them in mason jars, vintage style bottles or watering cans, buckets, vases, and wooden crates or planters. Intersperse them with lanterns, candles or tea lights or sit them on top of a wooden slice to complete the look.

 

The Cake

Wildflowers work really well with a more understated cake that’s got muted tones or indeed if you’re going for a naked style of cake. You can arrange wildflowers on each tier, or just on the top. You can mix them with fruit and experiment with different cake toppers for a complete look.

 

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The Pros and Cons of a New Year’s Eve Wedding

Getting married on New Years Eve (NYE) has a certain appeal to it. Think The Great Gatsby with opulence, champagne towers, glitter and even fireworks!

In short, it’s guaranteed to be a huge party that has the potential to be truly memorable and if that’s something you want for your wedding, then it is well worth considering it.

However, there are potential pitfalls, not least of which is a spiralling budget as costs will invariable be higher.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Pros

Family Will Be Off

Generally speaking friends and family will be off work for the festive season and most will also have New Year’s Day off too, which means you could have a relaxed brunch or lunch the following day with your guests.

 

Memorable Anniversary

It might sound ludicrous to you now, but after you’ve been married a few years, you might occasionally forget your anniversary. But if it coincides with NYE, then you’re likely never to forget it again, plus you’ll hopefully both be off work and free to celebrate every year.

 

There Will Be A Party Feel

Because it’s NYE, there will already be a huge sense of party in the air. You can expect your venue or hotel to be buzzing that evening with a high possibility of other functions or events going on, unless your venue is a bespoke location.

 

The Glam Factor

If you are a total bling, glitter bug, then getting hitched on NYE is the ideal day because you can take your passion to the max, more than any other time of the year!

 

Cons

More Expensive

Generally speaking most weddings on NYE will see a hike in costs. This includes venue hire, staff time for working on NYE, as well as other vendors.

 

Expectations are High

On NYE, there are expectation of a bigger bash, i.e. perhaps involving something like a fireworks display a midnight, special favours, décor or extras such as photobooths etc.? It is something to bear in mind and can add to the inflating of the budget

 

Long Standing Plans

At this time of year people can have long standing plans or even family traditions such as going away for NYE and that means it will be difficult for them to change it. Make sure to let them know well in advance or do a check of the key people before you book.

 

Losing the Bespoke Feel

Because it’s NYE your wedding will lose some of its personal identity as you’ll be sharing the day with another occasion. Even if your venue has a one wedding a day policy, there is likely to still be festivities of some sort which might distract from your wedding day.

 

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Winter Wedding Favours

Winter weddings are very special. While winter may not be everyone’s first choice for their big day, there is just something about saying ‘I do’ at this time of year that brings an air of extra romanticism to proceedings. The stark bare trees, the often crisp blue skies, or if you’re lucky a dusting of snow!

To match the beauty of the season, why not go for some winter themed wedding favours to welcome and thank your guests for sharing in your special day?

Everything from personalised festive baubles, to homemade hot chocolate mixes are the ideal partner to your winter wedding day fun.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

DIY

If you’re a dab hand at DIY treats or crafting then this is the perfect excuse to devise something truly special for your wedding favours. Think of the winter theme and try your hand at homemade mincemeat for pies or honeys. Why not put together a special hot chocolate mix or cook up some home brew? If you’re really crafty who not make some snow globes with mason jars?

 

Edible Treats

At this time of year, the scope for edible treats skyrockets! And everyone loves to find something sweet waiting for them at their seat. So think of things such as, candy canes, mince pies, gingerbread people or even bespoke snowflake cakepops!

 

A Touch of Bling

Tis the season to sparkle, so why not bring this into your wedding favours? A specially created, personalised festive bauble or snowflake is a really thoughtful gift and one your guests will hopefully hang on their trees for the years to come.  Or why not go for something fun and budget-friendly like sparklers?

 

Winter Treats

Everyone loves a little something to keep them toasty over the winter season, so why not give your guests items such as gloves, mini hot water bottles, personalised blankets or mittens! Mini bottles of Prosecco would be ideal if you’re tying the knot close to New Year’s Eve. Or why not go for something green like a mini evergreen, or a pine cone fire starter?

 

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Faux Fur and Glitter Wedding Theme

Wondering what theme to have for your winter wedding? Well if you’re a lover of all things, glam and luxe then why not have a faux fur and glitter thread running through your wedding day décor?

Think Dr. Zhivago meets The Great Gatsby and you’ve got it.

It’s the perfect theme for the winter season as it fuses the ideas of winter warmth and elegance, with the decadence of the season.

There’s no set rules with this theme, simply mix and match ideas that suit your taste. You could simply have some faux fur elements in the bridal attire and a smattering of sparkle dust on your tables, or you could go all out with an elaborate faux fur and glitter centrepiece. It’s up to you.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Attire

Winter brides and faux fur are a match made in heaven. Think stoles, shawls and handmuffs for the bride and the bridesmaids. For the grooms, why not bring some faux fur touches into the buttonholes and add a dusting of glitter for the perfect fusion.

 

 

Around the room

Invest in some lush Faux Fur throws and blankets if you’ve got access to an outdoor area and might want to invite guests to sit around a fire pit and toast some marshmallows with a cosy throw to keep them warm. Why not drape the couple’s chairs in faux fur throws and some glitter elements?  Mason jars encrusted with glitter or lanterns filled with fairylights or candles arranged on faux fur throws will give the Dr. Zhivago feel to the room, especially paired with a roaring open fire. Why not create some stunning backdrops with faux fur elements, feathers dipped in glitter or glitter streamers?

 

 

On the Table

Got for faux fur place settings and if you’ve got long tables then a faux fur table runner that’s got some sparkle to it will look stunning. Intersperse these with glitter elements, such as candles dusted in glitter and it will be the ideal match.  Again if you’re going for a more rustic theme and have long picnic style tables, then having some faux fur throws draped over the benches that would look super. If you want to go super glam, then why not have large feather style arrangements for your centrepieces with glitter table clothes for the ultimate in luxe?

 

Food and Drinks

While you can’t really bring faux fur into your food and drinks, you can certainly add touches here and there. Why not have your cake sitting on a fur arrangement? Or serve trays of bubbles with the rims dipped in glitter from faux fur lined trays?  Have your glitter encrusted cake sitting on some faux fur for a real showstopper.

 

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Winter Narnia Style Wedding

Bringing the enchanting world of C.S Lewis’ beloved books the Chronicles of Narnia to life is the perfect match for your winter wedding. It can be easy to fall into overly festive style themes and décor at this time of the year, but by using a theme such as this one, you’ll have huge scope for lots of chic, vintage style additions while still keeping it feeling like a true winter wonderland.

Think faux furs, snow, pine trees, fairylights, literature, hot chocolate and Turkish delights, plus lots of atmospheric candles.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Ceremony Décor

Start with your ceremony and turn the aisles into an enchanted Narnia style forest with white branches and blossoms. Why not have a white aisle runner too? Or use white petals to line the aisle? And don’t forget to have hurricane lamps or lanterns filled with candles for the complete look.

 

 

The Table

Top off each table with frozen effect winter branches. Use ghost chairs with faux fur sashes and name the tables after your favourite characters from the book. Why not create centrepieces with fake snow or glittering oversized snowflakes and the Narnia books stacked in the centrepiece surrounded by lots of candles?

 

 

Around the Room

If you can get your hands on a vintage style wardrobe, then it’s going to be the icing on your Narnia cake, truly bringing the lion, the witch and the wardrobe to life! Why not even set up a DIY photo booth in there too? Think about hurricane lanterns, hanging lanterns and tea lights interspersed with fake snow or even white petals lining rooms and around doorways. White light up dancefloors will work wonderfully and have your guests up all night long, as well as uplighters to give the venue real atmosphere.

 

Foods

Turkish delight was a big feature in the books, so why not have this for your guests to nibble on when they arrive? As well as warming cups of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows? You could even put in a shot of whisky for the grownups! And of course a chic winter wedding cake fit for the snow queen would be perfect too.

 

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Superhero Wedding Theme

The marvel universe may dominate the box office these days, but superheroes have long been popular with kids and big kids alike! So if you’re a total comic book or superhero fanatic or indeed your kids are and you want to have a wedding theme that is truly entertaining, then this is the theme for you!

Visually stunning, think lots of vivid primary colours and huge scope for creativity, whether you want to channel your inner Marvel or DC hero for your big day. You can go all out and dress up as your favourite characters from the pages of your comic book heroes or add some simple nods in your cake, your table décor or indeed a few touches around the room.

Above all, this is a theme that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all about lots and lots of fun.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Attire

If you’re the sort of couple who want to go all out, then don’t be afraid to dress up as characters from your favourite superhero comics or films. It’s your day, so don’t eel you have to play to convention. If you want to have more subtle nods, then think about superhero cufflinks, garters, socks and buttonholes. Or why not have a little superhero colour or characters incorporated into the bouquets? Or you could dress you flower girl and/or Paige boy in superhero costumes?

 

Table Décor

Why not have your tables named after your favourite superheroes and use actual comic books for those table names? Or get creative with your place cards or escorts cards and give them a superhero makeover with some comic book pez dispensers or have some POW and BANG style cards with a space for the guests name. And of course your table plan is crying out for a superhero makeover too. For the table itself why not go for vivid primary colours for your floral centrepieces or stack comics in amongst your arrangement.

 

Around the Room

You’ve got to have some superhero style props and masks for a photobooth! Think of having capes, shields, fake weapons and masks and let your guests have fun! If you’re DIY lover, then why not make some streamers or pompoms out of actual comic books?

 

Cake

If you don’t want to go all out with your superhero theme, then confirming it to the cake is the perfect way to express your comic book passions. Chat to your cake maker about your ideas, your favourite superheroes and fun ways to incorporate them into the design of the cake.

 

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