How to choose a wedding theme or style that suits you

By Sharon for The Bride's Avenue

When I was getting married, I knew that I wanted an outdoor wedding, from the ceremony to the reception. I wanted traditional, but I also wanted to do things my way. It wasn’t long before I realized that I needed some sort of wedding theme to get everything organized and cohesive.

A wedding theme or style is important because it helps you explain your vision to the wedding vendors. If you’re using a wedding coordinator, this gives that person something to work with. But there are so many wonderful wedding themes out there and if you have not spent most of your adolescent years dreaming about your wedding, then picking just one might not be so easy.

Here are a few tips to help you choose a wedding theme or style that is just perfect for you.

Choose a place: where you’re having the wedding is going to have a huge bearing on the type of wedding you have. If you’re using a luxury hotel for instance, it’s going to be a bit awkward to pull off a beach themed wedding. So your first step would be to decide on where your wedding venue is going to be and work from there. Click to find venues in Dubbo or Orange.

Discover who you are: and no, you don’t need to go off to Timbuktu to do that, although if that works for you, why not. However, what I’m talking about is knowing the kind of couple you are. Are you more vintage or are you modern luxe? Do you like the outdoors or are you more whimsy? Think of what appeals to you and your partner as this will help you set the tone for your wedding theme.

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Do some research: if you are having an outdoor wedding and you want to add a touch of whimsy to it, then research themes that incorporate that idea. You would be surprised at what you turn up. Pinterest is also a good place to get lots of fabulous ideas when you want to choose a wedding theme or style as long as you remember to rein yourself in. Pinterest has a way of sucking one into a rabbit hole of absolute gorgeousness, which can be entirely time consuming.

Do things your way: it is your party after all so don’t feel the need to be bound by certain details. If something works for you, but does not really fit into your overall theme, don’t be afraid to go for it if it makes you happy.

Think timeless: as much as you want to keep to modern trends, you also need a theme that is timeless so that when you look back fifty years down the line, you will be happy with what you see.

Choosing a wedding theme or style that is perfect is one reason why lots of couples choose to work with a wedding coordinator (find local coordinators here). A good one will understand your vision and recommend the best styles that conform to that vision, coordinating everything so that your wedding is a wonderful experience for you and for your guests.

Need more inspiration?

Here's our fave four wedding themes that are so-hot-right-now:

1. Industrial mood

 Images   Andy Hardy   | Bride's Dress   Annette of Melbourne Couture   | Bride's Shoes   Louboutins   | Bridesmaid's Dresses April Miller | Groom's Suit   Roger David   | Rings Stuart Miller | Accessories   Chelsea de Luca   | Hair   Master Cutterz Hair Studio   | Makeup   Tanya Guccione   | Ceremony Venue   The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo   | Celebrant   Jamima Wu   | Reception Venue   Gather & Tailor   | Flowers   Badlands & Co   | Catering   Pot & Pan   | Entertainment   Baker Boys Band   | Stationery/Invitations   Chicreative   | Cake  Miss Ladybird Cakes  | Tables  Pepper Sprout Hire  | Chairs  Amica Event Hire  | Caravan Photo Booth  Zuster Event Hire   | Neon Sign  Neon Republic  | oto:  Andy Hardy

Images Andy Hardy | Bride's Dress Annette of Melbourne Couture | Bride's Shoes Louboutins | Bridesmaid's Dresses April Miller | Groom's Suit Roger David | Rings Stuart Miller | Accessories Chelsea de Luca | Hair Master Cutterz Hair Studio | Makeup Tanya Guccione | Ceremony Venue The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo | Celebrant Jamima Wu | Reception Venue Gather & Tailor | Flowers Badlands & Co | Catering Pot & Pan | Entertainment Baker Boys Band | Stationery/Invitations Chicreative | Cake Miss Ladybird Cakes | Tables Pepper Sprout Hire | Chairs Amica Event Hire | Caravan Photo Booth Zuster Event Hire | Neon Sign Neon Republic | oto: Andy Hardy

 Images   Andy Hardy   | Bride's Dress   Annette of Melbourne Couture   | Bride's Shoes   Louboutins   | Bridesmaid's Dresses April Miller | Groom's Suit   Roger David   | Rings Stuart Miller | Accessories   Chelsea de Luca   | Hair   Master Cutterz Hair Studio   | Makeup   Tanya Guccione   | Ceremony Venue   The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo   | Celebrant   Jamima Wu   | Reception Venue   Gather & Tailor   | Flowers   Badlands & Co   | Catering   Pot & Pan   | Entertainment   Baker Boys Band   | Stationery/Invitations   Chicreative   | Cake  Miss Ladybird Cakes  | Tables  Pepper Sprout Hire  | Chairs  Amica Event Hire  | Caravan Photo Booth  Zuster Event Hire   | Neon Sign  Neon Republic  |

Images Andy Hardy | Bride's Dress Annette of Melbourne Couture | Bride's Shoes Louboutins | Bridesmaid's Dresses April Miller | Groom's Suit Roger David | Rings Stuart Miller | Accessories Chelsea de Luca | Hair Master Cutterz Hair Studio | Makeup Tanya Guccione | Ceremony Venue The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo | Celebrant Jamima Wu | Reception Venue Gather & Tailor | Flowers Badlands & Co | Catering Pot & Pan | Entertainment Baker Boys Band | Stationery/Invitations Chicreative | Cake Miss Ladybird Cakes | Tables Pepper Sprout Hire | Chairs Amica Event Hire | Caravan Photo Booth Zuster Event Hire | Neon Sign Neon Republic |

2. Tropical Oasis

3. Elegant Neutrals

 Photography:  Jose Villa Photography  | Floral Design:  Sarah Winward  | Wedding Gown:  Lihi Hod  | Wedding Gown:  Emily Rose Riggs  | Cake:  Sweet And Saucy Shop  | Engagement Ring:  Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup:  TEAM Hair And Makeup  | Calligraphy:  Anne Robin  | Candles:  Creative Candles  | Custom Artwork:  Karina Puente  | Fashion Stylist:  Summer Watkins  | Floral Design Assistant:  Gabriela Salazar  | Food Styling:  Diana Perrin  | Graphic Design And Collateral Pieces:  Amber Moon  | Hair Extensions:  TEAM Bridal Extensions  | Location:  Hacienda La Labor  | Location:  Hacienda El Carmen  | Overall Design And Planning:  Laurie Arons Special Events  | Ring Box:  The Mrs Box  | Tabletop Rentals And Design:  Casa De Perrin

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Wedding Gown: Lihi Hod | Wedding Gown: Emily Rose Riggs | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn| Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Candles: Creative Candles | Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Graphic Design And Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Location: Hacienda La Labor | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

4. Boho Luxe

 Photo:  Ashlee Bee  Styling:  A Blissful Soirée
 Photo:  Ashlee Bee  Styling:  A Blissful Soirée