4 Ways To Choose A Wedding Reception Theme That Fits Your Personality

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Wedding Planning Tips For Choosing A Theme & Decorations For The Reception

Choosing your wedding reception theme and decorations doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be a great way for you to infuse your personality into your big day and make planing fun. 

Every girl wants her wedding to be a dream day, with beautiful, meaningful wedding decorations that reflect a sense of style and that are important to the couple.

The start of your marriage should be something magical and beautiful and wholly you — so how do you pick a wedding theme idea (or wedding reception ideas), and figure out how to decorate and bring your wedding reception to life?

Getting married is a big undertaking; you've got the man, so now you need to pick everything else, from wedding table decorations to the meal you'll be having and what song you'll be dancing to.

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The most wonderful thing about weddings is there are no set rules. It’s your day and you can make it as unique and original as you like, whether you hire a wedding planner or choose to use DIY wedding decorations!

Here are 4 ways to choose wedding theme and reception decorating ideas that will make your wedding beautiful and meaningful to you and all your guests:

1. Pick a wedding theme that's important to you

Originality arrives in heavy doses when prospective brides begin thinking about their themes. Some prefer a completely traditional wedding, some a wedding outdoors or even in a barn.

Often, the theme reflects the season. A spring wedding might be accompanied by a dozen varieties of colorful flowers. An autumn wedding might use deep oranges and reds in its theme colors, along with the symbols of an autumn harvest.

Your theme will set the mood for your entire wedding. It could be a princess or sweetheart theme, a masquerade party, even a pirate theme!

One ingenious wedding planner used fishnets, plastic starfish, and a decorative "Davy Jones' locker" for a mermaid theme. To keep it magical and mystical, the place was lit with buckets of wedding sparklers, which made it look aquatic and fun.

Choose your theme first. Once you know exactly the kind of theme you want, you can dare to go bold.

2. Choose bright, colorful accessories

Even a traditional wedding can be accessorized with a little bright color, adding boldness to your wedding arrangement.

A bright accessory, such as yellow or orange will stand out against neutral shades. Carry the bright theme color into the wedding party accessories, like trim for the bridesmaid’s dresses, ribbons, cummerbunds or ties.

Carry your accessory color into the table decorations, contrasting the bold choice with paler ornaments. You can even add it to the banquet table.

You could have candies or macaroons bursting from their dishes in your bright, chosen color or add that bright touch to your wedding cake, as well.

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3. Think big when it comes to your decor

If you like the idea of bold colors, you don’t have to stop with a few conservative touches. Add huge splashes to your table décor.

Frame that wonderful bride and groom moment under an archway, woven through with ribbons and flowers in your favorite color.

The contrast between the brightly colored archway and the bride’s beautiful, pale dress will be striking!

Add bursts of your bold color wherever you think they'll fit.

4. Add your own special touches

Whether you want a traditional wedding or you want an unusual theme, your wedding needs a special touch that will personalize it. This special touch is what is going to make it memorable.

It could be any number of things: Personal wedding vows, a favorite song, a symbolic act or a specially designed guest book.

By letting your wedding planner know what your personal touch will be, the theme and design can be coordinated to make that special touch stand out.

Modern marriage has gone bold. Couples seek out the type of wedding that will have the most meaning to them.

Incorporating seasonal or holiday colors in bright splashes, and lighting the skies with fairy-like sparkles are the trend that is turning a modern wedding into a traditional one.

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Gia Scaringi is a matchmaker, mentor, and sex coach who focuses on couples from dating all the way through marriage.