Favorite Wedding Themes 2014

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When you start exploring wedding options, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of ideas and possibilities. To help you find the best direction for your wedding day vision, make choosing a theme one of your first steps. Once you have determined a theme, all of your Pinterest browsing and shopping will be much more focused. Of course, that makes choosing a theme a major decision, but once you find a theme that captures your personality and style, you are well on your way to a memorable day.

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What is a theme, exactly? Some people simply choose a color theme, while others focus more on an overall style or feel. Some people get really specific and select a certain movie, place, or historical era they wish to capture. For inspiration, consider these popular 2014 wedding themes provided by a Greensboro Wedding Rental company:

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Rustic: Rustic weddings aim for a homespun feel with elements like wooden crates, hand-painted signs and banners, mason jar centerpieces, twine accents, rougher fabrics, and simple, hand-tied flowers. Outdoor venues, parks, and refurbished barns have been favorite choices of those aiming for a rustic theme. These weddings can range from a cleaned-up, glammed up rustic, where some rustic elements are mixed in or enhanced with more traditional wedding fare, to more truly rustic weddings that have more of a county fair or town picnic sort of feel.

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Vintage: A vintage theme can result in a unique and fun event, and the hottest era to channel right now is the 1920s, Great Gatsby elegance. Capture the shimmer and excitement of this era with striking patterns, elaborate centerpieces, and lots of shine and sparkle. Some key features of this type of vintage wedding might include vintage tableware and linens, dresses with sleek silhouettes but plenty of lace or bling, a live band to channel the sounds of the era, and lighting that involves chandeliers. Gold, silver, crystal, pearls, and luxurious fabrics also help bring to life this roaring 20s high-roller vibe. Hotels, restaurants, and more urban settings lend themselves well to this theme.

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Garden: Soft and romantic yet sophisticated, a garden party theme provides a more natural and subdued incarnation of the vintage theme described above. As expected, flowers take center stage in a garden party theme, with graceful, organic, and often oversized arrangements. Lace, florals, and pale colors are often the fabrics of choice. The garden theme could skew slightly rustic, more Victorian, or take on more of an early 20th century formal tea feeling. A country club, outdoor venue, park, or anyplace that incorporates or overlooks a beautiful outdoors space provides the perfect starting point for a garden-themed wedding.

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Woodland: Woodland themed weddings are only recently emerging as a trend. They blend the natural feel of a rustic wedding with some of the refinement of a garden wedding, and add in a magical, ethereal element. If not taking place outdoors, these weddings certainly bring the outdoors in, featuring flower garlands and wreaths, and wooden and leafy accents. Nature is meant to take center stage in these themes, and this is often furthered by featuring a natural or neutral color scheme, even incorporating nature into fashion with floral hair wreaths or accents. This theme could very easily be given a fairy-tale type of bent as well.

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Seasonal: Of course, the season of your wedding can also serve as thematic inspiration. Choose some colors and an element of the season to focus on, and you have an idea of your look. A seasonal focus could also be combined with any of the above themes, resulting in winter woodland or autumnal rustic.

Location: If you have a venue with a character of its own, you can also let the venue dictate the theme. A beach-side hall, a log cabin style chalet, or a classy golf course banquet hall can all point you in a thematic direction.

No matter what theme you choose, you’ll probably need a lot of materials, decorations, lights, linens, and more to fully execute your plan. Make one of your first priorites a wedding rental company so you can see the array of wedding pieces available for affordable rental. Who knows—you may even be inspired by their wedding collections and displays!

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like the variety you have presented here. My wedding many years ago was probably an "Old South" theme, and I was able to have both the ceremony and wedding at a historic plantation among willows and magnolias. Pinning to my "Weddings" board.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Sounds like you have a beautiful wedding! Thanks FlourishAnyway!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, what beautiful themes here. I love the vintage and garden themes. I am sorry I missed this beautiful hub here somehow, but glad I am here now! I will refer to this when my daughter gets married in the future.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

Enjoy your weekend,

Faith Reaper


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Very interesting, thanks for sharing and voted up.

eddy.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Faith, glad you found it :)

Thanks so much Eddy!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

These are great choices for upcoming weddings. Ours was simple way back in the days, I would choose a garden setting today.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks teaches12345! There are so many options its hard to not fall in love with more than one theme!


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

My step daughter is going to get married next March! The timing for this hub is perfect!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks cygnetbrown! Hope it was helpful and I wish you all the best with wedding planning with your step daughter!

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