But at the same time, I do think that themed weddings look really good. A friend of mine has a crazy awesome vintage lace and maps theme going on for her wedding, and the thought and detail she has put into it is not only extremely impressive but is bound to look sensational when the day arrives even though she's on a really tight budget. It seems that much of her inspiration comes from the theme, and I'm afraid that if I don't have something tying things together, it will too overwhelming to try to decide how to decorate. By the way, you should really check out Laura's blog, The Bride Side of Life. She really knows what she's doing, and since she is the only person I know my age who is getting married, and because we started our dress hunting adventures together, I will probably be referring to her stuff often.
Here are some other themed weddings that worked out really well. All of them are way too extreme for us, but some of them have cool ideas that I have every intention of stealing. I'm going to refrain from going photo-happy out of respect, but you should really check these sites out! They have some amazing ideas!
Mostly, I love the clothes at this wedding, but they have some nifty details as well, including chalices, scrolls, and a wedding dog!
Geeky Vegan Wedding:
The Ce and I both have geeky tendencies, so this wedding was like the wedding we'll never have. But really, who wouldn't want a dinosaur at their wedding? And I LOVE that they engraved their rings with the Star Wars reference, "I know." Some of the ideas I got from this wedding that we would definitely think about using include naming each table after a fictional place and playing a "first Rock Band song" together.
Dia de los Muertos:
Not my kind of thing at all, but this looked really amazing. I especially loved the bride's outfit. That hat really made the wedding for me.
All of these weddings make me want to have a theme...but in the end, I still think we're better off incorporating things that we like into the wedding instead of sticking with something in particular. Perhaps we can do something simple like sticking to a color scheme to help tie things together. Since we'll be near the ocean, doing shades of blue and green seems like it would be easy and appropriate while incorporating colors we both like. Or maybe we could do an eclectic theme, toned down to suit our tastes, that would encourage us to include various aspects of both of our lives.
What do you think? Is it better to go all out on a theme and make your wedding look awesome or to stick with what you like and not give a shit about whether other people get it? Should we do something basic to tie everything together or just not worry about it as long as everything looks good on its own? Is it going to be much harder to get ideas if we don't have a theme? I really want your opinions on this, especially anyone who has been involved in planning a wedding, I could definitely use your advice.