Many couples have already booked their big items, like their venue, photography, etc. Once you start looking at the smaller details, it is useful to have a theme in mind to tie it altogether. But where do you start? Some couples will have their theme thought out long ago and some have no clue where to start. This is more for the latter, to hopefully get the creative juices rolling.

Your story
As cheesy as it may be, dig deep and remember your journey together. Do you both enjoy going to the movies? Maybe an old-fashioned cinematic theme would work for you. Are you both very eco-friendly? Consider having a very green wedding theme. These sort of similarities (or sometimes differences) can be a great starting point to a theme.

It definitely helps to pinpoint a few key colours to use throughout the wedding, however this can also be a good starting point. Colours evoke emotion and mood. Maybe the bride has a set colour palette in mind, but nothing to go along with it. Use these colours to brainstorm – what do these colours feel like? Are they warm or cool shades? Is it whimsical/romantic/fun? A turquoise and yellow colour palette may suggest a more fun and light feeling, than a palette of reds and purples. And on the contrary a whole banquet hall set in deep reds and purples may give an opposite vibe to fun and light if that is what you wanted.

Will your wedding happen in the sunny days of summer or will it be a brisk fall day? The season can be a great indicator of themes that can be created for your day. Picking a seasonal-oriented theme or even to just have some elements of it in place could save you money on flowers. Tip: Flowers are seasonal and will cost you more on the offseason, sometimes significantly more. It is always a good idea to check with a florist before you are set on having a specific type of flower for your wedding, especially if you are not having a summer wedding. Tropical flowers in the fall or winter, for example, will definitely come at a premium.

Your venue
Sometimes your venue is a blank slate or sometimes it has its own look already. This is definitely something to consider when planning your theme. It would be hard to do a modern theme at a grand Victorian ballroom, or a princess theme in a sleek new building with all wood and glass. It can be done of course, but it would take a lot of extra decor and details to pull it off well, or you risk it looking like a poorly executed theme.

After you have a couple broad theme ideas in mind, it’s time to narrow it down. What would this theme look like on our wedding day? What will our decor or invitations look like? What kind of elements will tie it together? Start dreaming and dream big! Once you have an idea of what it might look like it small and large details, you will be in a better place to decide if you’d like to go with a certain theme. Happy brainstorming!

Rebecca Chan is a Toronto wedding planner and day of wedding coordinator providing sophisticated planning for the style-savvy couple. Whether you need planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Rebecca can help you create your dream wedding day. Contact her today, she'd love to hear from you.

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