How to Create a Cohesive Wedding Theme

Oh The joy of planning a wedding! Planning your dream wedding is fun and exciting. Don’t let the details stress you out. This infographic will give you some tips and ideas on how to create a cohesive themed wedding. Dream up a theme for your wedding. Whether you want a relaxed beach wedding, fun rustic wedding, elegant classic wedding, or the ever-trending vintage wedding, picking a theme will be one of the first decisions you make! The perfect invitation, favors, and decorations will be easy to spot once you know what your dream wedding looks like. Remember, something that represents you as a couple is probably what’s perfect for you! Have fun and enjoy this exciting time!

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Infographic by Simply Bridal

Styled Roulette Wedding Shoot

This dramatically alternative and uber cool shoot was the brain child of photographer Rosie of Vision of Rose Photography and her best friend Veronica from Tutus for All Boutique. The idea came from us wanting to do something completely out of the box – totally different to anything done before . We decided to make our shoot a “roulette” styled shoot which involved photographing seven models, each wearing a different look. The themes were: Burlesque Beauty, Punk Rock Glam, Paris Princess, Just Peachy, Nautical & Coral, Day of the Dead and Ice Queen  Whilst some of the looks are completely offbeat, we love how they still offer plenty of steal-worthy ideas you can easily infuse in your day.

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Behind the Shoot

Luxe la Vie by LaShendra was the makeup artist for Day of the Dead and Ice Queen and I, Rosey with Vision of Rose Photography completed the rest of the looks, except for the Paris Princess who did her own. The red and peach rose pomanders were from BizouBizou. The felt flower banner, glitter votives, confetti glitter votives, and felt rose topiary were all from The Decor Room. The rose jewelry (earrings and rings) were by Sara’s Pretty Petals. Some of the other jewelry worn by our models were creations of Lydia Jade Creations. The cakes were all made by The Frosted Edge. All outfits were designed by and created by Tutus for All Boutique. All other items from the shoot were either created by or purchased by Rosey with Vision of Rose Photography.

 

Photographer:  Vision of Rose Photography // Floral Designer: BizouBizou // Makeup Artist: Luxe La Vie by LaShendra // Jewelry: Lydia Jade Creations // Jewelry: Sara’s Pretty Petals // Design and Decor: The Decor Room// Cake Designer: The Frosted Edge // Dress Designer: Tutus for All Boutique // Event Designer: Vision of Rose Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How To Host A Winter Wedding

How to Host a Winter Wedding

There may be quite the hub-bub over spring weddings; those elusive chapel bookings in the traditionally prime marriage month of June — even vineyard weddings in late August have become increasingly popular.  But where’s the true romance?  Winter.  Really, can anything beat winter in terms of romance factor?  We don’t think so.  Here are some of our favorite tips in planning a truly special winter wedding.

Attire

The winter landscape makes the perfect backdrop for bold, more romantic color schemes. Deep berry, emerald and royal purple all look beautiful against a pristine snowscape. Muted, more metallic colors also work well, silver in particular is a great option for a winter wedding. Wintry items like wool coats, leather boots, and fur trims can all be classically incorporated into your outfits. Just imagine how wonderfully your wedding gown will pair with a beautiful fur (faux or otherwise) coat.

Food

In winter, holiday food reigns supreme.  Why not incorporate it into your theme?  Homey foods like honey-roasted ham, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes (plus copious gravy, of course) can all make for wonderfully filling fare.  Winter essentials like s’mores, hot cocoa, and cider can also be a nice tip of the hat for your theme. You can even create a hot cocoa or s’mores bar, where guests can choose to top their drink (or treat) of choice with delectable toppings such as mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.

 Winter Bouquets

 Bouquets

There are so many choices for beautiful colors and winter accessories you can add to your bouquet in a winter wedding. A mix of soft violet roses, miniature paperwhites and pinecones make a unique and gorgeous bouquet. Of course, you can never go wrong with red roses, which work wonderfully in a winter setting. This can be mixed with berries or stray branches to give the bouquet more depth. Tying a small piece of rope to hold your bouquet together will be a nice touch and add to the warm, rustic feel.

Decor

There are a lot of different directions you can go in terms of decor.  You may want to go for something warm and cozy, in which case plaid and wood accoutrements, along with copious numbers of candles can lend a very nice feel — for extra charm,tabletop fireplaces are a lovely touch!  You can also go more nature-inspired, where snow-dusted (or glitter, if you’re so inclined) pinecones can add their own sense of personality to centerpieces, place settings, and flower arrangements.  You can even go for a more icy aesthetic, by using crisp blues, silvers, and glass and crystalline decorations — snowflakes are always a great final touch!

Favors

Favors are where you can really have your fun — there are so many great (and delicious)  winter favor ideas out there.  Winter treats like caramel apples and hot cocoa care packages can add a sweet-yet-quirky spin on your favors.  Or a customized tumbler or drink cozy for your guests to carry their hot drinks is an option your guests will surely make use of. Christmas ornaments are another fun option, they have real staying power, too: how romantic for you and your spouse to be a part of your friends’ and family’s Christmas decor, year after year! Along that holiday theme, mini-Christmas tree saplings can be quite the endearing gift.

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So there you have it: your winter wedding can be the fairest one of all.  The themes are near-endless, and it provides you the perfect setting in which to concoct your dream wedding.  After all, what makes for better wedding photo than fresh snow? 

 

Author: Uma Campbell is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves writing about wedding trends and styles. When she’s not writing, she loves to practice yoga.

Croquet Themed Spring Wedding Shoot

This vibrant inspiration shoot combines the colours of spring and summer with a fun croquet theme.  The bright colours of the croquet balls created the inspiration for the entire setup from the retro stationery suite and striped place cards, right though to the zesty fruit desserts. With a gorgeous outdoor tablescape, milk shooters, and wheat grass place cards, it’s filled with plenty of creative ideas for a pretty outdoor affair. Just imagine… treating your guests to a fun lawn game to play during the reception – bound to be a hit we say!

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Photographer:  Wes Roberts Photography / Event Designer:  LeRae Events+Design / Invitation Designer:  Whitlee Mullis / Event Venue:  Jasmine Hill and Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Country Love Shoot by Cedarwood Weddings & Krista Lee Photography

The inspiration behind this country love shoot by Cedarwood Weddings and Krista Lee Photography is all about wide open spaces. Set in a 50-acre nature preserve on a historic farm estate in Nashville, Tennessee, the setting is perfect for popping the big question during a romantic romp in the southern countryside – and the fact that it’s so darn pretty doesn’t go astray either!  

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From Cedarwood Weddings: We styled the set with a vintage iron bed, hay bale mattress, soft linens for snuggling, wildflowers and champagne.  With gorgeous golden light and blue skies overhead, this inspirational shoot pairs fresh natural environments with a big dose of country chic.

 

Photography:  Krista Lee Photography / Styling, floral & decor: Cedarwood Weddings Design Team / Wedding venue: Historic Cedarwood 

 

Wood Nymph Wedding Theme

Wood Nymph Wedding

Every girl wants a fairytale wedding. Some want to feel like a princess, whilst others may want to feel like a fairy… either way, it’s all about a girl feeling magical on her wedding day, and a wedding theme such as this should just about do it! This beautiful and mysterious Wood Nymph wedding inspiration by Paul Douda Photography will not only delight your senses, it will also have you dreaming of warm Summer nights, decadent luxury, and romance under the stars. Be prepared for a woodland treat and your ‘inner fairy’s’ little heart to skip a beat!

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From the photographer: I wanted to focus on a wedding with earthly magic seen though the eyes of a mysterious wood nymph. At a time when the heat of summer begins to wane, the leaves transform their colors, earthly creatures begin harvesting and preparing for the bitter cold of winter. I choose the wood nymph as my theme for their playful earthly focus, but also for it’s mystery and magic. I represented this theme by using earthly products or mimicking them where ever I could. For example we used birch and vines as an alter, wood benches for seating and the ceremony itself in the woods. The reception used wood tables and benches, moss runner, wood candles and vases, branch silverware, wood slabs for chargers and the table scape itself being set under a large tree. We also had a moss swing with vines, shoes covered in leaves and flowers, deserts centered around berries and apples, menus in the form of a maple leaf, as well as an organic game centered menu. We conveyed mystery and magic though dramatic makeup for our model, dry ice in drinks to create a potion effect, and a complex layered ethereal gown. I choose the name Edmund Mountbatten for our groom; Edmund being a common princely first name and Mountbatten being a Royal English Surname. I choose the name Rusalka Wood for our bride; Rusalka being literally translated to Wood Nymph in Czech and Wood referring to our focus. As a wedding planner there are certain design themes that you always dream about creating. For me this was one of them and I am so very pleased with the final product, the process and the entire experience. I hope you enjoy experiencing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Photography: Paul Douda Photography / Hair Stylist:  Pinned by Betty /Event Designer:  Designs by Spring / Floral Designer:  Grand Floral Design by Robin / Dress Store:  Bliss Bride / Decor:  West Elm / Makeup Artist:  Melissa Rae and Company / Jewelry:  Beads of La Jolla / Personal Stylist:  CBS Lifestylist /PR Rep:  Mackenzie Marketing & Design / Bakery:  Wicked Spoon Desserts / Paper Props:  Simply Michelle / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Happy Halloween Themed Wedding

Happy Halloween LWBers! Boy, do I have a unique trick and treat of a wedding for you! (ha ha couldn’t resist!). This incredible Halloween themed wedding comes complete with spooky decorations, jack-o-lanterns, fall inspired colors and even skeleton stockings for the bride! April Smith & Co snapped all the fun festivities, making this fall wedding a one-of-a-kind event to remember!
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From the bride:
 
David has always wanted to get married on Halloween and I always wanted a Fall wedding, so we meshed the two together!  The inspiration for the day was for our guests to have fun, whilst still keeping it romantic. We asked our guests to dress in costume since it was a Halloween themed wedding (only a couple days before Halloween). , and it was so fun walking down the aisle seeing everyone dressed up!
 
Michelle, the owner of the Jones Victorian Estate, took my mom and I shopping at Shinoda where we found a lot of the vases, the picket fence for the seating chart, and some other spooky decorations. I went to the Long Beach swap meet to find most of the frames and the old timey clock. I found the old bottles on Etsy and my little sister bought the pumpkin head couple for the guest book table.  The fountain’s water in the middle of the tables was died red to resemble blood and there were fake black ravens placed everywhere.
 
My bridesmaids “bouquets” were my favorite feature. I was inspired by another bride who had used lanterns instead of bouquets in her wedding, so I took her idea and ran with it by adding flowers inside the lanterns. As for the DIY projects we made our Save the Dates, our invites were bought from Michaels, but we printed on them and added the fence with the crow on to the response cards. We made the tutus for my flower girls and their fairy wings are actually butterflies – we just added shoulder straps and covered the butterfly bodies with tulle. My niece {Montana} made the couple in the coffins that were displayed on the sweetheart table, the witch finger cookies were made with some help from my aunt and family friend, we made the “toe tag” escort cards, the Trick-or-Treat banner and the favor bags as well. 

 

Photographer: April Smith & Co Photography / Floral Designer: Flower Allie / Reception Venue: The Jones Victorian Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Outdoor Winter Wedding Theme Ideas

Not every winter wedding is blanketed in snow or celebrated indoors. So we thought some gorgeous inspiration for an outdoor winter wedding, would be just the thing for couples planning a celebration in a not-so-chilly climate. We love the combination of delicate baby’s breath, elegant silverware and pretty milk glass vases, all set against a rustic outdoor setting to create the PERFECT mix. And we can’t get enough of the romantic boho style, organic details, and those fabulous drop earrings! Designed to perfection by Swann Soirées, it’s a winter wedding theme which will spoil you with swoon-worthy ideas!
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Event Planner: Swann Soirées / Photographers: Brian Miller & La Vida Creations / Hair Stylist: Shannel & Company / Floral Designer: Ashley Elizabeth Designs / Wedding Dresses: The Bustle / Cake Designer: Fantasy Frostings / Makeup Artist: Lipstick & Luster /Jewelry: Jeweliany / Paper Products: Bamboo Star Studios  / PR Rep: Mackenzie Marketing & Design / Location: Stone Brewery, San Marcos California / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Steampunk Wedding Theme

Let’s just start by saying this steampunk wedding theme is awesome.  With it’s amazing images by AK Photography and edgy punk style, I’m seriously taken back. Then there’s the oh-so-cool zepplin stationery by DesignMissoula, the eye-catching copper elements and the quirky mismatched decor. Really, there isn’t a detail in this crazy cool inspiration shoot that isn’t totally brilliant. 

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From the photographer: This styled wedding shoot marries the classic elements of Steampunk and Montana (the last best place). Montana was the greatest copper producer in the world during the 1880s. The mining of this metal left it’s mark on Montana’s history. Today you can find copper relics in any second-hand store across the state. Montana is also rich with sage grasses and lavender. Along with the natural elements of Montana, the theme of Steampunk was supported by the rock and roll styling of the models, the zepplin based invitations and the copper table runner and western/punk decor. And of course, we had to include a get away car tied off with Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys (a Montana favorite).

 

Photography:  AKphotography / Hair Stylist:  Anna At Canvas Studios / Event Planner:  Thea Rae D Events / Floral Designer:  Paula Jean’s Garden / Reception Venue:  Stensrud Events Center / Invitation Designer:  DesignMissoula / Cake Designer:  Wedding Cakes by Ambrose-Barton & Brown / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Chic Wedding Theme in Citrus

I want to send out a big hello to all of our lovely Californian couples and talented vendors! We always get to see so much amazing, chic and stylish inspiration coming from the West Coast of USA, and I’m so excited to be able to share all the gorgeousness with you here at the Love Wed Bliss blog! Speaking of chic, we’re kicking things this wedding week with the prettiest little wedding theme ever. Meghan Wiesman Photography, along with an awesome group of vendors, created this stunning vintage chic wedding theme shoot, just bursting with citrus colours and modern shabby chic style. (Australian brides may also want to take note of the wonderful way they incorporated Kangaroo Paws into the florals!). I would just love to see this stunning theme brought to life by a lovely couple out there…. hint hint! 

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From the photographer: Vintage Chic was the look we were going for with this stylized shoot. Bringing a modern shabby chic twist with vintage elements. We wanted to show that it’s possible to have vintage elements without going heavy on vintage and keeping it bright, fresh and beautiful. The flowers were bold and along the lines of a citrus color palette. We wanted to use flowers you wouldn’t expect – Golden Yarrow, Pincushion Protea, Kangaroo Paws, Snap Dragons and King Protea… just to name a few.

We added in small vintage book page elements as an accent. Book page flowers were also in the flower arrangements, bouquet, boutonniere, and the bride’s ring. The alter was made of long strips of fabric and lace strung between two hoopa poles. Several amazing vendors collaborated to make this shoot a success:

 

 

Photography: Meghan Wiesman Photography / Event Designer:  Firefly Studio Events and Designs / Floral Designer:  A La Carte Flowers / Hair Stylist: Briana @ BL Bridal& Hair / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Equipment Rentals:  Knot Too Shabby, Glendora CA / Makeup Artist:  Beauty by Jill / Veils & Headpieces: RosArt Creations / Shoot Location:  Heritage Park in La Verne, CA / Models: Kate Hammond & John Nemzek /Submitted via Two Bright Lights