Choosing a wedding theme

A theme will give structure to your planning, and help make that perfect day of yours more memorable for you and your guests.

The sky is the limit as far as a theme goes and you probably have numerous ideas already. Whether it's going to be modern, traditional, casual or vintage, every decision will pivot on these first choices.

A theme might be based on a colour rather than a mood or particular style for example, pink and black, yellow, autumn or gold or silver. Another way to create a theme is to focus on a joint interest such as a sport, horses, a favourite band or piece of music.

Your theme will link with the colours you choose for your dresses, the flowers, invitations, decorations, transport and the cake. Your venue could also be a key to choosing a theme. A beach wedding might call for a casual style of dress with a seashell theme, maybe even tropical flowers followed by cocktails and a seafood barbecue.

Creating a mood board or scrap book is an effective and fun way of visualising how certain colours and textures would look together. You can add pictures of bouquets, gowns, shoes and cakes. Experiment by clipping photos from magazines and pin them on a board alongside fabric swatches. You'll be able to see what works and what doesn't and your board could make a nice keepsake too.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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