Do you need a wedding theme?

July 20, 2012

 
When meeting with a wedding planner, one of the first questions that you may be asked is “what is your theme?” Some couples have never considered a theme, but may think they now need to choose one. So do you need to have a theme for your wedding? The short answer is no, but many couples choose to do so. There are pros and cons to choosing a theme for your wedding, and some are discussed below.

PROS

  • Having a theme can help you narrow your focus. When choosing various wedding details, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of available choices. Having a theme can help you to narrow down those choices more easily.
  • Having a theme can make planning your wedding a bit faster. If you choose a very popular theme, you will likely be able to find many of your wedding items that are already on theme and ready to use.
  • Depending on how far you plan to take your theme, it can make for a very fun event for guests. Some couples even ask their guests to dress for the theme, which can make the wedding very unique and memorable.

CONS

  • When you choose a theme for your wedding it is very easy to end up with a wedding that feels cliché or even kitschy. A good planner can help you to avoid this, but it is definitely something to keep in mind when planning your theme wedding.
  • When you have a theme wedding it can be hard to shake it – even when the wedding is over. One couple had a 1920s themed wedding and was still getting flapper gifts for their 10th anniversary.
  • Coming up with a unique theme can be difficult and many couples do not want to repeat a theme that has already been done in their circle of friends.

So do you need a theme? A fabulous wedding does not require a theme. But, as you read above, there can be advantages to choosing a theme. Just be sure that if you do, that it is a theme the represents you as a couple and that you work hard to make it your own instead of a redo of something that has been done over and over again by other couples.

 

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