Written by Martin Neeves
We have all become used to the conventional wedding, where you turn up at the church or registry office, the bride wears white and we all sit down etc etc etc. While most weddings are still conventional, there has been a growing trend over the past 20 years for “themed” weddings. Some are quite tasteful but some verge on the bizarre. The themed wedding ranges from decorative theming or wedding stationery, to the whole dressing up and role playing approach.
I was chatting to a friend and we got on to this subject and we came up with a very varied array of themes. This led me to wonder just how many we could come up with. Here are a few that came out of our discussion, perhaps you might want to think of a few more:
Colours. This is a simple one; the whole wedding is themed around a colour. It is really just a play on the conventional wedding but moves away from cream or white – not too adventurous.
Era. This takes the form of a wedding inspired by a period in recent history. I have actually photographed one that took its theme as the 1920s flappers. All the guests joined in the fun. A similar theme would be the Great Gatsby. This also maintains the standard format we are used to for the wedding day, but gives a sense of style. Done properly this can add a very high class style to the marriage day.
Pagan or non-mainstream religious wedding. Some time ago I photographed a pagan wedding. I could “get that” because they were using the ceremony as part of their spiritual beliefs. I guess you could argue quite strongly that this is not a themed wedding but just their style of wedding, but for me it was obviously something I had not been familiar with previously.
Period/ Historic Dress. The next move in style uses more historic scheming, such as Tudor, medieval with all the period costumes. Again this can be quite theatrical, but it can also stray into the more eccentric wedding style.
Cultural. This is not the obvious situation where an Asian family wear their cultural dress. No here the wedding take on a theme that is not of their culture. This is where the theme takes on a more of a fancy dress, almost role-playing approach to styling.
Beach Wedding. This is again a US/Australian theme, but I do know that it has happened quite a few times in areas like Newquay in Cornwall. Often this has been where either the bride or groom or both have been surfers. These weddings can be totally beach themed all the way through and the wedding celebration and reception all take part on the beach. It would seem that this would only be appropriate for a mid-summer wedding as it could get quite chilly in the evening (or freezing in winter).
Movie/ Game themes. There have been a few wedding based on movie themes like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Shrek, Super Mario, Alice in Wonderland, and other Disney characters. This is a cross between fancy dress, fantasy and fan worship. If the theme is just a case of using themed decoration then it is just a conventional wedding. But when the whole wedding party and guests adopt the theme it is definitely something else. This is seen as being a “pop-culture” wedding theme.
Steampunk. Now you might not be aware of what Steampunk is - it is a sub-genre of science fiction. It features steam-powered machinery, usually inspired by 19th century industrialized Western civilisation. It is inspired by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells and sundry modern authors. It is a cross between fancy dress, Era theming.
Super heroes. This takes the form of perhaps a particular super hero, say super man and super woman. It can just be general super hero themed where the bride dresses up as Wonder Woman) and the groom Batman. Here are some of those themes
Zombies - The Walking Dead. I have seen a few magazine articles showing this style of wedding. It always seems a bit odd to me because a wedding is supposed to be a celebration and the zombie “culture” is about death.
Halloween theme. I guess this might work if you got married on Halloween, but I am not sure how it works in May or June. It seems to be mainly something that emanates from the US, I have not come across it in my 27 years of being a professional photographer.
Adventure/Hobby weddings. There have been more and more weddings where the bride and groom have been keen on an adventure sport. I have seen (but not attended or photographed) weddings that use sky diving, scuba diving, bungee jumping, climbing, abseiling and many others. This might make it more difficult for the wedding party to take part and photography might be challenging.
In summary, I expect some of you will think I have made up some of these themes, but take a look at this site as an example – The Weirdest, Wackiest Wedding Themes Ever and you will see I am being quite conservative.
I must admit I have more experience in more conventional weddings, but would be more than happy to bring my skills to these unique events.
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