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By Dr Makini McGuire
MODERN DAY WEDDINGS have moved towards the-
matic displays of the couple's likes. Having a wedding
theme adds a creative element to your celebration. The
couple can express who they are and the guests can learn
more about them. You can choose a well-known theme
like a beach theme or something as crazy as a circus.
Whatever you choose, the key is to incorporate it fully and
smoothly into your wedding.
It is true that there are many options of wedding themes,
but you should choose one that you connect with. One
that represents who you are as a couple. Do not be afraid
to create your own theme; don't feel compelled to use
what others have done. Once you have selected a theme,
define it. For example, using the popular beach theme, do
you want a wedding full of sun, sand and sea, or did you
really mean, fishes and sea life? Or perhaps you and your
fiancé love to sail and what you really want is a nautical
as opposed to a beach theme. Another example is that of
a retro theme. What do you mean by retro? Are you re-
ferring to the 1960s or simply your childhood days of the
eighties? Do you mean 1960s in Trinidad or 1960s in pop-
ular America? These all require very different approaches,
thus the importance of defining your theme.
Once your theme is well defined, the next step is the art
of incorporation. The secret is in the details. Subtle addi-
tions combined are what create a successful themed wed-
ding. Do your research; become completely knowledgeable
in all aspects of your theme of choice. Your wedding sta-
tionery is usually the first impression of your wedding that
the guests receive, followed by your wedding website. The
shape, size, texture, material, colour and even wording of
your save the date, invitations and website content should
all reflect the theme. In the 1960s, popular culture was all
about hippies, bellbottoms and lava lamps. If this were
your theme, your stationery should be colourful, have lots
of peace signs, and invite people to come 'cruisin' to your
wedding and boogie' since this was popular culture slang
in the 1960s! I know that I would certainly be excited to
receive a mini lava lamp with the save the date message
engraved on it!
Your colour scheme and décor are major contributors to
your theme being successful. A fairy-tale themed wedding
should have pink and silver and glitter with very wispy,
light decoration. If you know that these are not your pre-
ferred colours, maybe you should rethink your theme. A
black and white or moss green and brown fairy-tale is hard
to sell. If you are having a sports-themed wedding the dec-
oration is unlikely to include copious amounts of flowers,
so if you know you want that cascading arch of flowers,
again, rethink your theme. I'm not saying that you can't
dare to be different or that every single detail must match,
but I am saying that it doesn't snow in the tropics; neither
do the women of Hollywood wear sneakers on the red
carpet. In other words, your theme must make sense.
Food can be tricky, because people can be picky. It follows
that for a Moroccan themed wedding you serve Moroccan
food. However, maybe this may be too exotic for some
guests and unfortunately, on our islands people go to a
wedding for the food and judge a wedding by the food.
One solution if you are serving dinner à la carte is to have
option 1 as a Moroccan dinner and have option 2 as local
cuisine. Having people pick their dinner option when they
RSVP will let you cater more accurately for each option.
Alternatively, for buffet dinners, have a Moroccan station
and a local cuisine station. People can therefore pick and
choose from each station.
Music and entertainment are easy to fix to most themes,
and of course you may choose not to stick to a single era
or genre all night simply because it fits the theme. What
is important is impressions. Your first dance song should
fit the theme, your main entertainment should fit the
theme, and your dance floor should probably open with
theme-appropriate music. Some of us are theme junkies,
some are more conservative, but even a traditional wed-
ding has a theme of its own that should be honoured. Get
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