Planning a theme wedding? Here’s how to keep it classy…

Our beautiful Maryland waterfront venue is home to many nautical and garden-inspired weddings, and we always look forward to help creating a unique or out of the ordinary wedding. Themed weddings are always fun and exciting but many couples find it difficult to execute. Here are a few tips on how you can take a simple wedding theme and turn it into something extravagant!

1. Keep it Simple: Even if your theme is very broad, you don’t want guests to misinterpret it for something else. You wouldn’t want someone to think that your “vintage rose garden” theme was an Alice in Wonderland theme or that your “winter wonderland” idea was just white and blue. Pick a few important items like the cake, flowers and stationary to let your theme truly shine and then let the rest of your work act as supporting characters to your main event. For example, if you’re having your bridesmaids dress in cowgirl boots, don’t overdo it by having them dress in jeans and plaid shirts too. The same theory goes for your décor- if you’re having large and extravagant centerpieces then keep your linens and tableware effortless. By keeping things simple, your theme will have more balance. The theme related items you do splurge on will appear more dramatic and you end up spending less in total.

Brandon Kidd Photography

[Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd Photography]

2. Don’t Lose Focus: It’s easy to let the theme of your wedding takeover, but don’t lose sight of what’s really important- The Marriage! The wedding day is all about the union of you and your significant other so don’t let the décor or colors of your theme overshadow that fact. Guests should be looking at the bride as she walks down the aisle- not staring at the bridesmaid dresses or aisle décor. You want them to focus on you and your fiancé, so don’t use anything that’s too distracting.


[Photo Credit: Ryan Lash Photography]

3. It’s all in the Details: Some brides have a clear idea of what they want. Whether it’s a “Nautical” theme or a “California Winery” theme, they know the colors they want to use, the fonts they want and more. Sometimes, the only problem is where should they use it? We can’t tell you how often we hear guests gushing about the smallest details of a wedding. For example, a recent bride decided to have a little led light inside her cake topper and guests couldn’t stop raving about it. We have also had a couple who brought in framed photos from their engagement shoot to use as the centerpieces for their cocktail hour. The same couple also splurged on colored lighting throughout the reception room but it was their cocktail photos that were the talk of the night.


[Photo Credit: Jonas Peterson]

For more ideas on how you can plan a theme wedding, check out our Facebook photos to see previous weddings. Also keep in mind, that the wedding coordinators at the Historic Kent Manor Inn are always ready to help you brainstorm and create the wedding of your dreams!


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