Want A Themed Wedding?
You know the drill: you see one picture on Pinterest or Instagram and suddenly you’re running with the idea. Be it glitter face paint, polkadots or a mariachi band, you’ve never felt so inspired, and before you know it your entire wedding is themed and you’re deep down Alice’s rabbit-hole but in a way you most definitely like.
But what if the theme’s quite specific, and arguably not all that relevant to you as a couple? When I started to compile a nautical board on Pinterest this week, it got me thinking how much I’d love to have a nautical wedding. The navy stripes, rope accents, the crisp whites…’tis a beautiful thing. But what claim did I have to the sea? I’m nauseatingly terrified of boats and live near the coast by parentage, not by choice. (This sounds more glamorous than it is. Hull is an old fishing city. I did find a piece of pottery there once that I thought was from the Titanic though!). Would that make my nautical theme insincere?
I decided, after a little more pinning, swooning, and deliberation, that there was probably just one golden rule to solve this dilemma:
Do it in good taste.
As long as it isn’t offensive, I reckon you should rock your day your way. You can still completely appreciate the aesthetics of something and want to emulate its key aspects without needing a secure background in it. If you don’t step on any toes (both in the metaphorical sense and also whilst dancing of course!), and don’t appropriate anything or act disrespectfully, I’d say that’s a job well done! The fact that you’re prepared to make it the theme or central focus of your wedding suggests to me that it actually does have relevance to your relationship anyway. Even if it’s something tenuous like an idea or wordplay—tying the knot for example—that then spirals, or you see a festival on TV and think ‘how much fun would a wedfest be?’, that means it does have importance to you. Wedding decisions aren’t taken lightly, we know that! And every idea starts somewhere, right? So, when you see something that makes you think, 'Yes, that is the wedding we want', just go for it, embrace it and do your day your way.
Written by Ellie Kime
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