Themed wedding? Yes, no, maybe so…by Abby Bramski

Hello all – please enjoy our first guest post by Abby Bramski!

Princess Leia walking down the aisle with a storm trooper bridal party might not be your thing, but there is no denying that themed weddings are growing in popularity. There might be something to them.   There are countless variations, ranging from specific color schemes to guests clad in Halloween costumes. If you pick a theme for your wedding, it will determine more than just the dress code for your guests. The theme should be introduced and well represented by your wedding invitations and other stationery. The theme that you select may make it difficult to find the perfect invitations. It is important to get started as early as possible.  Throwing a themed wedding has many advantages and disadvantages, but can also make a wedding day more memorable.

Having themed bridal shower invitations is a great way to ensure cohesiveness through your wedding journey. It is important to note that some themes require a larger financial commitment than others. For example, if you go with a simple color theme, it is easy to find wedding invitations and wedding favors in most party stores. If you pick something more unconventional, however, you are probably going to require a special order. While this can be cost prohibitive, if the theme means a lot to you, you’ll be happier in the long run. Before purchasing expensive save the date cards and other stationery, figure out what makes you happy, you won’t regret it once the sticker shock wears off.

Wedding favors are also a great way to elevate your chosen theme. Most people go to a party shop to look for wedding favors, but your theme will determine whether or not that is the right course of action. Thinking outside the box is important for themed weddings, as many of the perfect items will not be waiting for you at a traditional store.

When you send out your wedding invitations, make sure that you include any specific information about how people are expected to dress. A Victorian theme may be easy for you to interpret, but your guests may need more information as to what is appropriate. While most guests will abide by the wedding’s theme, some may be unable to fit into the theme, as theme weddings are more expensive and sometimes confusing to older generations.

If you are lucky enough to have a wedding planner, be sure to ask them for recommendations regarding themed bridal shower invitations and save the date cards. Many people make the mistake of involving their wedding planner in only the final invitations, but if they are involved from the beginning, you are more likely to send out cards that complement each other. As an added bonus, wedding planners typically have good contacts in every facet of the wedding industry, increasing the likelihood that you’ll receive a deal on your invites.

When all is said and done, a themed wedding may be more difficult to pull off, but the photographs and memories will make it all worthwhile. Allow your wedding day to truly be about you and your spouse by picking a theme that you both love. There is a chance that your family and friends won’t get it. This day is not about them, it’s about you. Do what YOU want. It’s your day.

-Abby Bramski


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