Choosing a theme

My wedding is in a little less than a year and I can't come up with a theme. I love modern, kitschy, unique ideas. We are getting married in a funky Los Angeles loft but I can't think of an idea to tie the whole event together! Please help!! (what are your themes? cool themed weddings you've been to? movie themes? book themes? anything!)
Just to give you an idea, here are themes I've tossed around:
1. White Stripes wedding
2. Alice in Wonderland

Thanks so much,
Lisa
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 6:10 am
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lukduck
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I think the Alice in Wonderland theme is very cute, it could come out quite stunning.
I think a retro theme might be really cool too. With a loft you have so many possibilities. You could find all kindsa of cool ways to decorate...and retro food to serve.

This probably wont work for you since you are in a loft...but originally I wanted to get married out in the open and have a kind of picnic theme. We ended up choosing a garden location...so the picnic theme can still apply...but we ended up choosing yellow and greens and tought that our signature drink would match with pitchers of mojitos with the yellows and greens in them. Then we wanted to have the table linens be a yellow version of the picnic pattern....and have all the food brouht in picnic baskets and it all be picnic type food..

Well this isnt all gonna happen...but by choosing a really broad theme (ie colors) I started having all kinds of ideas...and it narrowed itself to a theme.

HTH!
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 6:40 am
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My theme really just sort of developed itself. I don't think that I could have put it into a bucket when I started planning over a year ago.

I would find your inspirations and put a title to your theme a little later down the road. You might box yourself in a little if you label it so soon in the process.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 6:49 am
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My theme started as tropical chic, I wanted LOTS of orchids in hot, tropical colors for our Hawaiian wedding. Then I realized that it would cost a small fortune. I found some aqua glass and seashell mosaic vases and that led to the theme we went with. Aqua and brown, lots of sea glass and shells and some green and orange orchids for pop of color.

Since you're in a space that it a blank slate, the world is your oyster.

Anything can lead to inspiration! I take a cue from nature (especially for color combos) and history. Also, what do you and your FI like to do? Travel? You could have a Moraccan theme or Tuscan theme. Music? Jazz could be your inspiration. Movies? "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has inspired many a wedding. "Great Gatsby", "Gone with the Wind", "Wizard of Oz" too. My DH catered a wedding that had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme which was more "Had Hatter" and it was quirky and chic.

Do you guys have any hobbies? My friend's are really into Vespas and it was the main theme of their wedding (Italian food, Vespas on their invites and paper, mini vespas for escort cards, etc.). If we had stayed close to home, I probably would have done something with Cherries. LOVE THEM! And have seen them on everything from linens to cake to paper.

Flowers lend themselves to a theme....an orchid, hydrangea, lily, hibiscus, rose, cherry blossoms or tulips lead to inspiration. Fruit...oranges, limes and lemons are popular. Pinnapple-themed weddings are popular for Tropical brides in Hawaii and Mexico. Grapes and apples are also popular with vineyard brides. Fall and winter brides sometimes choose pumpkins, pears and pomegranates. One bride I know met her man at Starbuck's so their wedding was coffee themed...all shades of browns and cream. Coffee beans were used in their candle centerpieces and they served a mocha filled chocolate cake to their guests and send them home with coffee favors.

I think, most of all, the theme should reflect some part of your and your FI's personalities, the time of year, location, etc.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 7:07 am
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just keep the loft/location in mind when choosing your theme.

If there are brick walls and big windows with city view: try to incorporate those elements into it vs. working against the natural elements; unless you have a lot of money and resources. It's easiest to make the space work for your theme.

I work in lofts regularly and they can be difficult to dress (keep in mind the parking zones for drop offs, elevator capabilities, outlet locations etc)

and yes- of course as the lori just said: make it personal, make it special for you
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 7:40 am
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In a loft in the city I would go with some minimalist, modern vibe with lots of architectual elements. Hang fabric from open beams to create a more intimate space. Drape and pole is your friend in spaces like this as is lighting. You can incorportate your lean toward kitsch in the paper (invites, menus, etc.) and maybe the favors and centerpieces.

In a loft space I might go with circles or polkadots as a theme or sqaures and then repeat it in all of the elements.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 9:24 am
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Our theme is circles. We're finding little ways to put them in the event--circular candleabras for the centerpieces, dotted circles on the invites and our Frisbee favors.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 11:53 am
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Our theme has evolved into crystals. Originally I was lost with the whole theme concept. Most things were minimalistic and geometric at first, so I went that direction. Somewhere along the way, crystals took over. We're still keeping with the minimalistic approach.

I went to one wedding that had green apples as their theme. It was held in a very swanky loft in SF. They carried theme throughout with colors in white, black and green. It was so classy and very pretty. Sadly, I don't have any pictures (sorry).
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
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2! snippetandink.com did an A in W theme inspiration board in like Nov of last year, if you go to her site and go through older posts you'll find it!

You could still do it in a loft - think quirky tea party so bring in lanterns and wrap pillars in vines and have brightly colored english centerpieces and maybe hang some shabby chic chandeliers with vines wrapped around them - very do-able. The brick can create the look of garden walls. You can also use lights to project the look of green leaves on the walls, it gives a modern quirky garden feeling and then close off parts of the loft with drapes to create intimate spaces, like one for dancing and lounging, one area for eating. Just an idea - I lived in a loft once and used drapes to make "rooms," it was beautiful! My FI lived in a loft before we were engaged, he kept it open and had a lighting guy come in to feature certain spaces - that looked beautiful too! His was cooler than mine, it had floor to ceiling windows and was a two story loft - it was really gorgeous, I wish we still lived in it ;)
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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