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To Theme or Not to Theme – That is the Question

Without a doubt one of the most fun decisions a couple will make during the process of planning a wedding is choosing a theme for the wedding. It is not necessary to choose a theme for your wedding but it can certainly help to give the wedding a more defined personality. Also, having a particular theme for the wedding can make it much more fun for the guests. This article will provide some information on how a couple can integrate a theme into all aspects of their wedding and will also provide some advice on choosing a theme.

If you are considering a theme it is important to make this decision early because most couples start shopping around for invitations, thank you cards and personal stationary approximately five to seven months before the wedding date. This will give the couple plenty of time to select these items, order them and have them delivered in time to send the invitations out at least three months before the wedding date. Selecting wedding invitations that coordinate with the theme of the wedding will give guests a sneak preview of what to expect at the wedding.

If the wedding invitations can be used to give guests a sneak preview of the theme for the wedding the favors can be used to send guests home with a memento of the wedding which will always remind them of the theme. Incorporating the theme of the wedding into the favor for the guests is a good idea because it helps to create a memory for the guests. When favors are chosen without a great deal of thought or consideration they are often discarded shortly after the wedding. However, when the favors are chosen carefully to be tasteful reminders of the wedding the guests are much more likely to hold onto these items.

From the invitations to the favors there are many opportunities for the couple to tie the different elements together to coordinate with the theme. The bride’s gown, the groom’s attire, the cake, the place settings, the music, the food and the floral arrangements can all be tailored to really match the theme of the wedding and create a sense of cohesion. The couple will have to decide how many of these elements they want to incorporate into the theme. It is possible to allow the theme to extend to all elements of the wedding without appearing cheesy but is also easy to overdue the theme. For this reason the couple should be careful to avoid making tacky decisions.

Finally, while finding ways to incorporate a theme into every aspect of the wedding may not be difficult many couples find selecting a theme to be a considerably more difficult decision. The best advice we can offer is for the couple to select a theme that is truly meaningful to them. This is important because as much as the couple wants the guests to have a good time the wedding is for the couple and they will regret their decision if they are not true to themselves. We also recommend selecting a theme which will be fairly easy to incorporate into a number of different elements of the wedding. This is important because an obscure theme may sound like a great idea but if the couple is not able to find more than a few coordinating design elements the guests may not even be able to determine whether or not there was a theme to the wedding.

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