I write about this a lot on the blog, as it usually comes up with every wedding that I work on. Blogs love to feature and identify “themes” as inspiration. You will see “scrabble-themed”, “book-themed” and even “Star Wars-themed” weddings featured in the best magazines and blogs around. As professionally styled editorials, I see nothing wrong with this. Over the top shoots are great inspiration for creativity – but they aren’t meant to be copied exactly.
When I work with my clients on design – we don’t work to identify a theme. The theme is ALWAYS the couple. It’s the “Mark and Kelly” theme , the ” Chris and Jamie” theme, the “Kristin and Kara” theme you get the point. Every piece of the wedding should reflect you both as a couple. If that infuses some old Nintendo games or vintage dictionaries – AWESOME, but it shouldn’t be about fitting a “theme” or mold that isn’t natural. I work to be creative with my clients and make every ounce of the event personal, beautiful and memorable.
A good wedding shouldn’t just be unique in the decor – it is the entire flow. You should rethink every detail of the timeline as tradition is sometimes your worst enemy. If you don’t like cake – don’t serve it. If you would never do a champagne toast in real life – mix it up! (I for instance, had everyone take a sambuca shot instead) There is so much you can customize that doesn’t affect your budget at all – there is no excuse. In the end, you will have an event that can’t be replicated and will always be remembered.
Check out my bride Courtney’s inspiration board. Swapping toasting flutes for custom moscow mule mugs? I am a HUGE fan. I can’t wait for this one.