Theme Weddings Ideas

Some engaged couples don’t want to have a traditional wedding; they want something a little different. Perhaps you don’t like to do what everyone else is doing… or you want your wedding to reflect your unique personalities and interests. Whatever the reason, theme weddings can be as different from traditional weddings as you want, and lots of fun too!

Here are a few theme wedding ideas:

Motorcycle Wedding
Invitations should be motorcycle-related and programs can feature a picture of the happy pair on their motorcycle.
Have a Harley Davidson cake topper on your cake.
Table decorations or party favors can be temporary biker tattoos, tire gauges, toy motorcycles tied with biker ribbon, biker-shaped chocolate, etc.
Wear leather motorcycle jackets over the white dress and in place of the tux jacket.
The wedding reception can be at your favorite biker bar.
The food can be more casual.
Leave the wedding or reception on a motorcycle – complete with a tin can train.
If you’re getting married in Las Vegas they have a total motorcycle wedding package!
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Presenting … The Best Designers for Your Big Day

Soughting out the perfect wedding dress can be quite a challenge when there are so many amazing wedding dress designers. Each designer, with their own unique style and approach, showcases a different range of bridal wear and more often than not, each one of them are renowned in their own special way; some are known for their intricate beading, some for their cutting edge and avant-garde designs and some for the way they create magical gowns that flatter the female form in an ethereal manner. Listed below are just a few of the many established and famous wedding gown designers.

Oscar De La Renta

Not only is De La Renta one of the world’s leading fashion designer in ready wear, his name has long been established as one of the biggest and best in bridal wear. Renowned for his high quality gowns and excellent workmanship, he continues to push the fashion and style boundaries with his avant-garde designs. His gowns capture the very essence of femininity and have been characterized by full and flowing skirts.

In his latest Spring 2012 bridal collection, De la Renta marries classic silhouettes with spring patterns as well as Southern belle influences. Featuring pant suits, cocktail dresses and floorsweeping gowns, his entire collection is breathtaking and just goes to show how he has always been at the pinnacle of good taste.
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Choosing Your Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

We have all grown up with the wedding poem, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” But did you know the next line is “And a silver sixpence in her shoe”? A sixpence is a British silver coin minted from 1551 to 1967.

All these items – old, new, borrowed, blue and a sixpence are supposed to be tokens of good luck for a happy marriage. And knowing that, don’t you want to follow this nice tradition and enhance your own wedded “luck”?

Something old has to do with the bride’s family continuing on and on; from the past and present into the future. It can also mean you are leaving your old life and joining your husband in a new life together.

* A lace handkerchief from your grandmother that you can carry tucked in with your bouquet up the aisle. It will come in handy if you become joyfully teary.
* An old piece of jewelry from your mother or grandmother. For example, you could wear an old wedding band on your other hand, or wear her brooch.
* Use your parent’s cake topper on your wedding cake.
* Wear your mother’s wedding dress or veil.

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Favorite Wedding Movies

We’ve got a list going of our all time favorite wedding movies. We thought we’d share it with you in case you want to watch any of them before your big day. They’re in no particular order and there’s no rhyme or reason as to why they’re our favorites. Some are so very romantic, some tickle our funny bones, and still others are just plain old feel-good movies.

Father of the Bride
1991 (PG)
Starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short.
Funny, touching, update of a classic.

Double Wedding
1937 (NR)
Starring Myrna Loy, John Beal, Florence Rice, William Powell.
Lighthearted comedy where plans fall apart.

The Wedding Date
2005 (PG13)
Starring Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney.
Romantic, beautiful scenery, gorgeous leading man.

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Decorating Your Outdoor Wedding

As the weather turns warmer, some couples do not want a traditional chapel wedding with all the formal decorations and traditions. This desire is especially popular with older couples or those planning a second marriage. The setting for these weddings can be a park, beach, hot air balloon or even a deck in a backyard garden.

One simple solution that maintains the beauty and splendor of traditional ceremonies is an outdoor wedding in your own backyard. While the setting might be casual, decorations will still be a primary concern of the couple.

Before you do anything, pick your theme and color scheme and work from there. Coordinated weddings and receptions, even those in backyard gardens, need to look not only festive, but organized around a theme or color scheme. Your theme doesn’t have to be fancy or formal, like Victorian, but can easily be a simple and beautiful free-flowing ceremony.

Check out the backyard and notice the major colors there. Do you see lots of flowers or mainly green bushes, trees and grass? Are there patches that need a little sprucing up? With a little creativity, you can transform a normal backyard into a magical wedding site.

Prior to the wedding, visit florists and choose your flowers and order any arrangements you might need. You will want an abundance of flowers to maintain the festive atmosphere.

The day before the wedding have the yard professionally mowed and raked by a trusted garden service so it will look fresh the next day. A day or two ahead of time, cover those bad patches with shredded cedar or some other colorful mulch and put a pretty pot of flowers on top of each one or plant a blooming bush as early as you can. If your backyard is contained inside a fence, decorate it with ribbons and bows that match your colors. Hide anything you don’t want to be part of your celebration behind screens, rented bushes or trees. Wrap the pots they come in with pretty foil or wrapping paper.

Wedding rental companies will deliver and pick up arbors and even gazebos for the actual ceremony. Have the gazebo delivered a few days before the wedding and decorate it with flowers and ribbons. Make sure your florist delivers your floral choices when you need them for your pre-wedding rush of decorating.

You can also rent chairs for the guest’s comfort during your ceremony and the carpet to walk down on your way to your groom waiting at the gazebo with the minister. If it is particularly hot in your part of the world, add a canopy to shield your guests from the sun to your list of rentals.

You reception can be held in an open-sided white tent decorated with tables draped in white tablecloths and holding baskets of flowers and candles. If your reception is at night, hurricane lamps might be a better choice than candles because the nightly breeze won’t blow them out. Outside lighting in the yard will be necessary for safety. Use netting if mosquitoes are a problem.

Many outdoor weddings have an outhouse delivered for guests to use. Don’t forget to decorate it. Rent another arbor, decorate it and place it in front of the outhouse. Place a large, colorful ribbon bow on the door. Inside, add a few sprigs of flowers in the corners or some silver wedding bells.

Finally, make sure whatever music you have chosen for your reception and your wedding, can be heard by your guests. If you hire a DJ or band, discuss volume with them. You need it to be pleasing in the background during the reception and just loud enough to be heard by your guests and at the gazebo, but not so loud your neighbors call the cops. That problem could be avoided by inviting them to your backyard wedding.

These decorating suggestions should give you a starting place. Use your own creativity and make your backyard wedding be something you will remember everytime you look out your kitchen window or sit on your deck.