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Wedding themes

February 26, 2014
By KIM LOCCISANO - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

The idea of a themed wedding is a trend that has taken off nationwide in recent years, according to professional wedding and event planners, noting it makes for limitless possibilities to customize weddings and related events from the extreme to the subtle.

One point of caution offered by experienced professional event planners: if the theme effort does not feel like something the bridal couple is completely comfortable with establishing for their event, change the plan to some other approach to the special day and its events.

"A themed wedding is an idea or something that the couple loves, whether it's a color, or the outdoors, or an era. It can be anything. The theme is the glue that binds everything together, from invitations to table settings," said a wedding planner for Belle Soiree in the New Orleans, a region where themed events are hugely popular all year round.

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Floral accents can help solidify and tie together your wedding theme.

Because themed weddings by design are meant to create a certain look for the participants to enjoy, they are perfect for couples who desire parties designed to easily reflect unique personalities, interests or lifestyles.

Many themed weddings incorporate guests into the aesthetic they are working to create. The most common means of doing this is by encouraging them to dress in a certain style or representing a particular era.

Creating the desired ambiance for such events can be helped out greatly by selections of decor items that can be brought together in the venue for the event, such as vintage furniture, table settings, lighting fixtures, and other items that can easily be viewed as props for the duration of the special event.

Paying attention to color schemes can be very supportive when it comes to creating a particular visual and emotional environment.

If you are working to establish a rustic, frontier, or western feeling for the wedding venue, consider contacting reenacting groups in the area for advice on appropriate attire, how to secure it, foods of the era and possible catering specialists and the like.

Along with select food items representing a certain place and time in history, consider music from the particular era and even the historically significant beverages of the era can be fun to bring into your overall themed wedding structure.

Details of themed weddings from fairytale to prohibition, to favorite sporting or social activities can be established with planning as detailed or as general as the bride and groom are targeting.

If you are seeking to establish the fun of a square dance on the western plains of this country generations back, consider things like a chuck wagon menu and cooker on site at the reception, having your musicians also wear period attire.

Tie-ins for your selected theme can be introduced into many aspects of the planning process via invitations, thank you notes, jewelry, color schemes, and more.

Some ideas for themed pieces would include:

- Wooden accents: Slices of tree bark, twigs, pine cones, bird houses, wooden signage and grapevine wreaths would look striking against more delicate accents like crochet, feathers or lace.

- Floral garlands: Strung about or hung vertically from the ceiling, these will add a bit of "fairyland" to your wedding.

- Wildflowers: Fresh cut, dried or silk can be added into a bridal bouquet and or into centerpieces to help support a particular color scheme popular in a particular era, and the style of floral arrangements can support these aesthetic ideas as well.

- Bohemian-inspired gowns: Often incorporate floral motifs in the form of three-dimensional flowers, embroidery or beading.

Bridal couples wanting to establish a themed wedding scenario for their special event have a wide variety of distinctive venue possibilities throughout the Ohio Valley, with some of the most popular being historical homes and districts, riverfronts, outdoor theatre sites, Victorian summer season venues, and more.

Not sure what opportunities might exist in your region? Start with your local visitors bureau or chamber of commerce - Belmont County Tourism Council, 740-695-4359 or 800-356-5082; St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, 740-695-9623; Harrison County Tourism Council, 740-942-1102; Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 740-282-6226; Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, 304-233-2575.



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