With couples wanting to go the extra mile with their wedding day, many are turning to themed weddings to make their special day stand out. We talk to expert wedding planner Franc as he shares his views on themed weddings.
Q. What wedding themes have you seen in recent years?
We have seen it all, everything from Hogwarts to vintage, medieval, Hollywood glamour, eras from the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s, all white, colour themes, beach pastels, New York fashion, sophisticated, outdoor soirées, hot popping colours inspired by peacock feathers, peaches and cream, nautical and Gone with the Wind. I try to get couples to focus in on their personalities as I believe their theme should reflect themselves.
Q. Tell us some of your favourite themes and ideas for weddings
Inside out is one of my favourite themes at the moment, this is where you bring the outside in, trees, lawns etc, and bring furniture outside like old Grandfather clocks, guests are really wowed by this theme. One of my favourite ideas at the moment is beautiful escort environments on arrival, these help to get guests mingling; another idea I love is having the first dance outside, it makes the dance even more special.
Q. How can couples enhance their wedding theme?
Couples can enhance their wedding by creating large bold displays at their service, their drinks reception and in their rooms. Instead of creating lots and lots of display, create really big features so guests can gather round them, for example bring huge trees or urns into your function room, lower the ceiling using a canopy effect and people will feel they are sitting under the trees, it becomes a great focal point.
Favours should represent the couples’ personalities and should be given at the escort table or drinks reception. Personalise your stationery as much as possible; if you’re using petals in your theme then add this detail to your invite, if you have an autumn theme include elements of this in your stationery.
We firmly believe what is different will stand out and what is personal will stand out, this is why we created the Franc Rental Business, with items to create any theme you can imagine, to suit any budget. We want to help you create what others can’t even imagine.
Q. What wedding trends and themes do you think will be big for 2013 and 2014 weddings?
I think mint colours and rustic vintage styles are very popular for 2013. Then blossoms, picnic receptions, earthy barks, birds, garlands, bunting, antique furniture all being popular for 2013 and 2014. Another thing that will be quite popular is dessert stations, dessert buffets after dinner are also becoming more and more popular.
For more information on Franc and his wedding planning service you can visit www.franc.ie or visit our Inspiration Galleries for even more décor ideas.