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Wedding Themes and Style Inspiration

Ideas for your perfect wedding reception look

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Choosing a wedding theme is a great way to create a cohesive look and feel at your event. It's important to select a theme early on in the planning process as it will help guide your various fashion and wedding style decisions. A strong theme is also helpful for your wedding vendors as they come up with ideas for your cake, flowers, and menu. Your theme could be something as simple as the phrase "classic elegance" or something far more complex. Browse these wedding themes to see if any of them feel like the right sort of wedding for you, then use them as a launching pad for your own fête.

Weddings by Style

Even if you don't know exactly what your wedding should look like, you probably have a good idea of how you want it to feel. Do you love dressing up for a fancy party? Then a formal, black-tie wedding might be the right fit for you. Are you more at home munching some good BBQ and sipping a nice, cold beer? A casual wedding is probably more your speed. You don't need to have a super-fancy wedding if that doesn't reflect your personal style—some brides today even wear sneakers!

Seasonal and Holiday Weddings

Many couples look to incorporate seasonal touches into their wedding day. Doing so helps take some of the guesswork out of planning: the flowers, color palette, and other decor ideas are dictated by the time of year. Be sure to keep your location in mind when deciding on your wedding date--if your wedding location routinely gets a few feet of snow every December, perhaps a winter wedding isn't the best idea!

Holiday-themed weddings are nice option for a fun-loving couple. However, its easy for a holiday wedding to cross over the line from chic to cheesey. Remember to practice restraint with the decor, stationery and favors: this is a wedding, not a child's birthday party.

Hobby Wedding Themes

Personal interests and hobbies of yours can serve as a great jumping off point for a wedding theme. Your wedding should reflect your style and tastes, so why not your personal passions as well? Gone are the days where weddings were stuffy, one-size-fits-all affairs held in crowded reception halls. Now, weddings celebrate individuality. Vineyards, breweries, movie theaters, campgrounds and quirky restaurants are all acceptable wedding venues. 

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