Some couples mistakenly think that they need to be planning a huge wedding for a wedding theme idea to be necessary. But in fact, for any sized wedding, a theme becomes a very useful tool from which to narrow down the vast array of choices you'll be presented with.
Where do you begin when brainstorming for a wedding theme idea? Sit down with your fiance and designate one of you to keep track of your ideas on a sheet of paper.
Start with the basics. What are your favorite colors? Do you want an outdoor wedding or indoor? Casual or formal? What are hobbies that you share? Favorite songs? Poems?
After you jot down answers to these questions and others, a unique wedding theme might pop out at you. Your theme can be specific or general.
Let's say you wrote down blue and green for your favorite colors, a preference for an outdoor wedding, and white-water rafting is a common interest you share. You might decide that "River Flow" is the unique wedding theme idea that you should embrace.
Following the river example, you might choose a quote for the wedding program based on the flow of water and how it relates to love. You might decide on acoustic guitar music, an image of a leaf or tree on the invitations and programs, and a classy but simple barbecue dinner.
Maybe you share a fondness for bold colors, jazz music and fine dining. You might decide that "Elegant Art Deco" is your theme.
Maybe you two were engaged under a night sky full of stars. You might decide on a celestial theme with blue, gold and silver as your main colors and invitations with midnight blue paper and silver text. You might include star confetti with your invitations.
Perhaps you find that the rose is a perfect symbol for your relationship. You might base other decisions around this: soft music, romantic lighting and tableware and rose-shaped chocolates on each dinner table at the reception.
Your guests might not necessarily know exactly what the wedding theme idea is, unless you choose to make it apparent by mentioning it on your invitations, for example. But even if the theme isn't the first thing your guests notice, they will feel a sense of organization and a "flow" that might not be evident otherwise.
Whatever theme you decide on, it should be chosen carefully and thought over for several days or weeks while you consider how it will be incorporated into your wedding. Don't hesitate to change your mind if your original idea doesn't quite fit your needs. Perhaps you'll find the theme you chose is too narrow and you expand it, say, from "Rose" to "Floral." Or maybe you'll go in the opposite direction.
Most importantly, make sure the unique wedding theme idea you choose reflects both of your personalities and the bond that will be shared on your special day.