If you’re getting married around the time of Halloween, an orange theme might actually be quite fitting for your wedding. In fact, if done tastefully, orange hues can bring a lively and rather fun feel to your special day- something which non-traditionalists will relish in!
Let’s be honest though: if you’re not careful with this particular color, an overuse of orange can end up looking tacky and rather vulgar, rather than sophisticated. So, it really pays off to be careful and not go overboard as you start off with your wedding decorations. Bear in mind that you should never, ever go for an all-orange palate. This is quite a difficult hue to pull off so it’s quite important to mix and match and cut through the orange with various other tones. In fact, couples can even consider bringing a Moroccan theme to their special day since this particular decor is quite vibrant and lively with pronounced shades of orange and purple.
If you’re planning an outdoors ceremony, a particularly glamorous look would be to opt for a natural looking wedding arch made out of wood with just a few bouquets of orange flowers to tie up the whole look. Alternatively, those of you who are going for a church wedding can decorate the aisle with alternating white and orange organza bouquets, but in this case, it would be best to go for glittery fabrics that will take your decor up to the next level.
Never underestimate the value of your wedding decorations either. If you can afford it, go for a lavish silk marquee that will instantly bring the orange theme into the foreground. A cheaper alternative, however, would be to go for pale orange curtains with the occasional white gauze to break it up. Dried flowers and decorative twig arrangements are also gaining popularity within the wedding industry and you can very easily spray paint a few of tall twigs before placing them in floor-length vases for a more dramatic look.
Of course, as with any other colored-themed wedding, the bridesmaids can wear orange dresses. Failing that, they can always go for orange shoes and black, brown, green, ivory or grey dresses. All these colors go particularly well with orange and will certainly set off the overall mood of the wedding. Another wonderful touch would be to carefully pack your wedding favors in delicate orange organza pouches or dainty boxes. And when it comes to the wedding toast, you can replace the customary champagne by a tall, chilled glass or orange liqueur or punch. However, if you absolutely must have champagne, there’s no reason why you can’t ask the caterers to decorate your glass with a thin silver of orange fruit to keep in line with the overall theme.
Going for an orange-themed wedding certainly requires more care and consideration than other colors but there’s no reason why you should skip this vibrant, lovely hue. Just be sure to always mix, match and contrast and you’re going to have the perfect ceremony which will most certainly impress your friends and relatives!
Acclaimed through the ages as being the color of royalty by excellence, purple is definitely the type of hue which will add quite a bit of flair and panache to your special day. Sensual, yet tasteful and elegant, this hue is often favored during both formal and informal gatherings. So, whether you want to dress your bridesmaids up in silvery lavender dresses or don a rich purple gown yourself, there’s definitely not a lack of ideas which you can adopt to integrate this delightful color into your special day. So, read on to learn how you can very easily transform a typical white ceremony into a sophisticated purple-themed wedding.
Play with lights
If you want a traditionalist, yet purple-themed wedding, don’t hesitate to hire a reputed light technician to add a touch of purple to your grand day. This way, you can walk down the aisle in a silver-purple glow of soft, radiant lights that will bathe you from head to toe. Lights are actually a fantastic way to subtly add a bit of color to your wedding day. So, don’t hesitate to use this handy trick, both during the actual ceremony as well as the reception. Indeed, if you can’t hire a purple marquee, there’s no reason why you can’t use purple probe lights or a purple disco ball to throw a wonderful glow over the party. Best of all, if you’re wearing a white or ivory wedding dress, you can use the purple lights to cast wonderful highlights over your ensemble.
Decorations and accessories
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A purple-themed wedding doesn’t only mean purple everywhere. Bear in mind that this color can very easily be enhanced by the proper decoration and accessories. A white, pink and purple wedding cake, gold and purple chairs for the reception and even a long purple carpet for the aisle are the type of small, discreet touches that will leave quite an impact on your guests.
Dress up your bridesmaids
Of course, adventurous brides won’t think twice before slipping into a dark purple wedding dress. Still, the less daring ladies can very easily select purple gowns for their bridesmaids. Bear in mind that there are quite a few existing shades of purples and the shade that you will go for will certainly set off the ceremony’s mood and feel. For instance, if your bridesmaids are wearing dark, vivid purple, this will certainly give off a fun and rather informal vibe. If you’re going for a more formal setting, it’s recommended to go for pale lavender dresses with a hint of silver. Idem for the bridesmaids’ flowers: there’s no need to go for an all-purple bouquet. Just a few hints of purple flowers will certainly bring this particular color in the forefront.
Whether you’re still a rose, frills, hearts and flowers girl at heart, or if you simply associate the color pink with everlasting love there’s no denying the fact that a pink-themed wedding can be ultra-glamorous and deeply romantic. Extremely popular in California, pink themes are very easy to adopt, especially since this color goes well with a variety of other hues.
Indeed, whether you want to take a leaf out of Anne Hathaway’s book and go for a pale, pink-tinted gown or if you want to dress your bridesmaids up in typical Californian pink, this color will certainly infuse charm and uniqueness to that special day when you’ll finally say “I do” to the love of your life.
In fact, the new wedding trend among celebrities is donning a pink gown to walk down the aisle. From Anne Hathaway to Reese Witherspoon, pink wedding dresses are constantly splashed over the pages of wedding magazines. Understandably, though, some brides can be quite hesitant about donning a pink frock. In this case, why don’t you go for a whitish gown with just a pink haze thrown over it in the likes of Anne Hathway’s wedding frock? More daring brides, on the other hand, can go for an all pink frock but bear in mind that the shade of pink that you select should mirror your personality and sense of style. For example, if you don’t stand on ceremony and if you’re planning a more informal ceremony then you can very easily go for a hot pink. This particular shade is perfect for strapless or short wedding dresses.
On the other hand, if you want to send off a demure, formal and romantic vibe, it’s best to opt for a paler, baby pink, a shade which goes marvelously with A-line or straight, Victorian gowns. Pale pink is also extremely suited to puffy, Princess-like gowns with sweetheart necklines and lace sleeves.
As far as your decoration goes, there’s no lack of ways for you to infuse pink into your wedding. Think pink linens, pink wedding favor boxes or pouches or even pink champagne for the toast. If you’re going for pink place settings, it would be best to select clear or crystal cutlery.
Of course, since pink wedding cakes are amongst the most popular ones on the market, there’s no doubt that you’re going to find something that you want. If you want to stand out from the crowd though, don’t hesitate to color block your cake. For example, a particularly dramatic look would be to select pink for the first tier, pale blue for the second tier and pink again on top. Ask your baker to enhance the overall cake with some pink and yellow sugared roses and you’ve got the most unique wedding cake ever!
If green is your favorite color, or if you’re simply a fan of nature, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for a green themed wedding. In fact, this particular theme is actually perfect for the environment-conscious bride and groom and it will certainly bring a deep sense of nature on your special day.
Here are a few simple adjustments that you can make to very easily bring a green theme to your wedding.
A particularly summery look would be to dress all the bridesmaids in identical shades of pale lime green. Still, if you want to avoid the whole uniform-like look, you can get each girl to wear a particular shade of green, hence creating an ombre-like effect. Or, if you want to be radically different, you can even dress them up in short jet black dresses with contrasting lime green shoes.
Never neglect the importance of accessories: An emerald bracelet, sequined green clutch purses and green teardrop earrings will certainly bring a soothing, natural feel to the day in general.
It’s no secret that most of the attention is focused on the bride. She’s the one who will ultimately set off the overall mood and theme of the wedding. By this token, adventurous ladies can even go for a deep emerald or pale apple green wedding frock that’s bound to mesmerize guests with its originality. Traditionalists, on the other hand, may go for an all-white frock with a deep forest green Scottish-style sash across it. Another original idea would be to opt for a white beaded bodice that flows gently into a pale green hem. Alternatively, you may even allow a hint of green gauzy petticoat to peek from underneath the hem.
Of course, if you have the skin tone for it, then by all means don’t hesitate before bringing a hint of green to your makeup palette as well. Pale green eye shadow and eyeliner go particularly well with brown, black, hazel and green eyes. A green-tipped French manicure will also enhance the overall theme of the day. Brides who are particularly fond of this color can even select a green-stoned wedding band, but, in this case, try to break it up by adding a blend of blue sapphires and emerald to your ring.
Reception and decoration
A green wedding cake can look quite boring and out of place if you don’t properly embellish it. If you’re trying to stick to a nature theme, you can ask your baker to craft a cake in the shape of doves or any bird of your liking. Similarly, a wonderful twist to your wedding decoration would be to turn the aisle into an enchanted forest: artificial green birch trees and bushes will bring quite a magical, almost mystical aura to the wedding.
As far as the reception goes, don’t hesitate to go for green napkins, artificial green flowers or even a wonderful deep green chocolate wedding cake. The contrast between the dark chocolate and green icing will definitely win over the toughest of critics!
Whether you’re a fan of the controversial Fifty Shades series or not, there’s no doubt that going for a gray theme will certainly bring a distinct air of sophistication and class to your wedding. Indeed, new, emerging wedding trends are all about tasteful and sophisticated hues: gone are the days where everything used to be white with just a touch of blue. Instead, new brides and grooms are now going for more cutting-edge shades.
However, it’s extremely important not to go overboard and go for an all-gray decoration. This will defeat the entire purpose of your gray wedding theme and bring a tacky, rather gaudy look instead of a sophisticated one. For example, if your groom decided to go for a gray tux, he should break it up by going for a red or black tie. Similarly, gray bridesmaid dresses can be glammed up by adding a pair of silver or golden shoes to the outfit. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to dress the girls up in bright, sparkly jewels and accessories to create a magnificent clashing effect with the overall gray theme of the day.
Of course, daring brides can very easily don a lovely gray wedding dress on their special day. Indeed, since this is your day and no one else’s, you shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion horizons. The only essential aspect is that you should feel entirely comfortable in what you’re wearing. Luckily, there’s no lack of gray wedding gowns on the market: whether you’re looking for a thick silver taffeta dress or a short, summery deep gray frock for a beach wedding, you’re certainly going to find something of your liking. If you’re feeling particularly daring, why don’t you vamp it up by going for the ultimate combination of yellow and gray? Don’t hesitate to wrap up your look by going for a grey bejeweled bridal bouquet that will wow everyone!
One of the easiest ways to create a gray wedding theme is through a gray tuxedo for the groom.
Alternatively, the special man in your life can even wear a traditional black tux but pair it with a gray silk tie and a dove gray shirt. Another easy way to incorporate a gray theme into your wedding is by opting for a gray cake to cut after the ceremony. However, don’t forget that an all-gray wedding cake is merely going to look like a pile of cement thrown over each other. So, to enhance its striking visual effect, break it up by alternating the various colors. You may, for instance, start off the first tier with a thick chocolate frosting, second tier with gray sugar icing and third tier with chocolate again. Add a generous quantity of yellow sugar roses and you’ve got yourself the perfect cake for your gray themed wedding!
“Something old, something borrowed, something new, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”
While this age-old adage is gradually losing its importance in the face of contemporary and sophisticated weddings, many brides still religiously adhere to the everlasting “something blue”, which according to many, is bound to bring prosperity and good luck to the newlyweds. So, what better way to enhance your “something blue” than to go for a blue wedding theme?
Don’t panic: going for a blue-themed wedding is much easier than it sounds and besides, it can be even more tasteful and elegant than traditional white weddings. The only rule to follow is not to go overboard. Indeed, don’t get carried away and drown your guests in violent splashes of restless blue. Instead, it’s always a good idea to break it up and create creative combinations of blue and other colours that complements this particular hue. For example, blue bridesmaids dresses are going to stand out even more if you dress the maid of honour in orange, yellow, brown or pink.
Another way to incorporate a blue theme in your wedding day is to go for an aquamarine-tinted wedding cake. If you want, you can go for an all-blue cake, but by the same token, don’t hesitate to break it up by adding some white and yellow sugared roses. Alternatively, you can ask your baker to create a several-tiered cake with a different shade of blue for each tier. An ombre look would also look quite magnificent on a wedding cake.
If you’re the type of ultra-contemporary and sophisticated bride who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion avenues, why don’t you go for a royal blue wedding gown? This can be quite a striking look, especially if paired with a diamond and pearl tiara and matching earrings. Ladies who want a more toned down look, however, can go for the traditional white frock but with a dark blue dress tail to complete the look. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to incorporate other blue touches in the likes of a blue sapphire hair comb, deep blue shoes or blue jewellery and accessories.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if the groom would wear a dark blue tie or even a blue tux as well. Blue bridesmaids dresses are also extremely popular in these aptly-themed weddings. In fact, a particularly nice look would be to dress the bridesmaids in satin blue dresses with clashing accessories such as sunshine yellow earrings and the likes. The couple can even opt for turquoise organza for the wedding flavours and blue cocktails for the wedding toast. A blue wedding invitation will also be a classy and original touch to the overall wedding.
Your wedding day is all about you. So, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate your personality in the overall ceremony and reception. In fact, chocoholics can very easily bring a brown, chocolate-infused theme to their wedding by making just a few inexpensive adjustments. Don’t worry: there’s no need to break the bank. Just be sure to use as much creativity and imagination as you possibly can!
So, scroll down to learn how to very easily bring a brown, chocolate-like theme to your wedding.
Wedding Cake versus Chocolate Fountain
When going for a brown wedding theme, most couples usually decide to go for a chocolate cake. While there’s certainly no lack of brown wedding cakes on the market, you can add a more original twist to your special day by skipping the cake in favour of a glorious chocolate fountain. A few delicious dipping options would be marshmallows, sugar crackers, waffles, apple slices or more elegantly, strawberries.
If you can afford it, then by all means never hesitate to go for both a brown wedding cake as well as the chocolate fountain- two elements that are definitely going to impress your friends and relatives. It may sound quite unconventional but if you- and your husband to be- are absolute chocolate fanatics, you may even replace the customary champagne by tall, chilled glasses of chocolatini.
Bridesmaids or Wedding Dresses
The easiest way to incorporate a brown chocolate theme to you wedding would obviously be through the bridesmaids or Maid of Honour dresses. Classy and stunningly sophisticated, brown bridesmaid dresses can even be worn again for cocktail or garden parties. If you’re feeling particularly daring, don’t hesitate to go for a chocolate brown wedding dress. Effortlessly elegant, these wedding dresses have the advantage of easily concealing any unruly bulge or wobble which can be quite visible with white and clingy wedding gowns.
If you’re hesitant about going for an all-brown wedding frock, why don’t you play up the colours by going for a part white, part brown dress? In fact, daring brides can even select a glittery brown and red wedding dress which is guaranteed to impress your guests. A more toned down look would be to go for an all white wedding dress with a brown dress tail or hem. Obviously, we shouldn’t neglect the groom either: If you want your man to be dressed in something more exciting than a regular brown tux, a particularly exotic touch would be for him to wear a long brown Sherwani, which is the traditional Indian wedding attire for men.
Table setting and wedding favours
As far as the reception goes, a brown and white theme would look absolutely divine, especially if you go for dark brown furniture and break it up with cream, ecru, white or ivory tablecloths. Throw in a few striped white and brown napkins and you’re ready to wow everybody! Just be sure to avoid going all brown: this will certainly dampen the wow factor and look dull and boring instead of fresh and eye-catching.
It’s also quite easy to go for brown wedding favours: compact mirrors in the shape of cookie cutters, chocolate fudge or chocolate squares or even coffee scented candles are your best options if you wish to provide your guests with a satisfying token to bring home.
Loving the beach too much that it became an integral part of your lovestory? Better yet, have you fallen in love with each other one sunset-filled afternoon on the shore? Speak your vows to one another on top of the ocean hushes. Have a tropical wedding and let the sun, sky, sea and sand be your witnesses.
Pick Out A Beach
After you and your better half have cozied up on the idea of having a tropical beach wedding, you would want to pick out probable places where you could hold the wedding and reception. It could be your usual beach hangout where you, your friends and family can easily go to. It could be your dream tropical beach wedding destination. It all lies on your hands. Keep in mind the budget and the efforts that you’re willing to put into this tropical wedding.
Since it’s all tropical, you might want to tap up your local florist. Tropical equates to bright, happy colors. The sunset. The happy blooms. Decide on your flower portfolio. Of course, you should choose the flowers that would be in season with your wedding date so you wouldn’t have a hard time gathering them up. Have everything covered – the center tables, the aisles, the bouquets, the photo booth.
Inject Some Cake Fun
Play up a little and fancy up your cake. Make sure that your cake give out that tropical vibe. Have little cake toppers in bikinis. Cue up your baker on your tropical cake ideas. Icing up some coconut leaves. Stick with the green and white food coloring. Dot some fake red icing flowers. Or, place some real fresh orchids on your cake.
Keep it Cool
As for your wedding reception, keep it cool and casual. A beach wedding may entail a windy breeze, so make sure to not put up heavy breakable wedding decors. It’ll also be hot so make sure that the area is shady to keep your guests comfortable. Candles and lights are romantic, but remember that the wind may not be your ally that day. You could opt to go with artificial lightings instead.
Don’t take for granted the little details as they may be the ones who could have the greatest impact onto your setting. Having Hosta leaves as coasters for your drinks is a cute idea. Tropical drinks served by Hawaiian-dressed waiters are also a fun welcoming sight. Sea shells can be used as table napkin or table label holders. Your boutonnieres could also be little palm leaves with brightly colored flowers.
Do more than feel the Spirit of Christmas. Do more than listen to the church bells ringing. Make the Christmas season even more sacred and jolly by having a Christmas wedding. Take advantage of the fact that people are going home to their hometowns during this special time of the year. You wouldn’t have a hard time gathering all your families and friends for your wedding in this case!
What color could be more symbolic than red for Christmas? Paint the town red during your Christmas Wedding. It’ll be winterwonderland-y fabulous. Here’s how to nail it.
The Jollyish Invite
Spread the joy to your families and friends months early with your Christmas theme invite. Make sure that you give it a little early to them so that they could arrange their schedule and flights. You can have a simple card printed out for you or you could do your own DIY, complete with little red poinsettias if you wish.
The Magnificent Burgundy Gown
White may not make the cut for a Christmas wedding gown. Play up with the season by having a red wedding gown made for you. If red is a little too bright and non-modish to you, then you could always pick her darker sister, burgundy. Be as elegant as ever in this color. You can also play up with the texture and the gown’s cut.
Your Cheery Cake
When guests arrive on your wintery reception area, make sure they would take notice of your chic wedding cake trimmed up to the theme. Plucked-in poinsettias on a white frosting is a lovely idea. However, you don’t need to put around Christmas lights around your wedding cake to nail the leitmotif.
The Ultimate Christmas Bouquet
Let your wedding bouquet speak for itself. Choose the reddest roses and some white tail-like flowers as accents. Contrasting the dark flowers and the pristine white ones makes a majestic effect. To stand out, let your bridesmaids carry all-red ones. It would be equally elegant, but the bride needs to have that extra attention on her big day.
Other Christmas-y Details
Now that the major elements have been identified, you can proceed with brainstorming about the little things. How to make them riveting in the Christmas scene wouldn’t be that difficult. Go with red dinnerware, hang some mistletoes, outline with LED lights… There’s a lot of features which spell Christmas, love.
Feeling playful and vibrant? Display these charming traits of yours on your wedding day. Mix in the unconventional patterns – polka dots and stripes. Yes, it is entirely possible without looking like you just came from a circus performance. To know how to make that subtle fusion turn into an awesome theme, here are a few tips.
Pick out a mood
If you already set out your heart to have a polka dots and stripes kind of wedding, you need to pick out a specific mood for it – sort of like a subtheme. You can have the Sweet and Romantic kind or you could actually go for the classy one. For the sweet and romantic, you may need to settle with pastel colors. For the classy one, you could pick out black and white as the base colors and you could throw in a metallic shade with that. After picking out the mood, you could already plan out the specifics of your wedding. This should be done to make the overall feel of your wedding coherent. Just a reminder though: keep the colors limited to four at most.
Apply the theme on the little things
Now that you have the mood, you could already plan for the wedding details. You could have the dots and stripes printed over napkins, paper origami, the guest book and of course, the invitation. You could even buy dotted or striped paper straws for your beverages. For the bouquets you could have spherical flower balls with two colors, imitating dots and you could tie them using striped ribbons. Of course, don’t forget the wedding cake! Alternate the dots and stripes design on each layer and you’ll have yourself a fun wedding cake.
Try it on the gowns and suits.
You can also extend the theme to the wedding attire. The men and the boys got to wear stripes and the women and the girls get to wear polka dots. Men can just wear striped polos and they’re good to go. As for the women, there are lots of adorable dotted dresses out there. You can even have a polka dot design on your bridal gown! With the right textile choice, you could pull off that dainty and exciting look.