February Wedding Themes That Don’t Involve a Valentine
Hearts and flowers are not for everyone and celebrating a Christian martyr on your wedding day isn’t for everyone either. Sometimes February weddings get hijacked by the theme of Valentine’s Day but if you don’t fancy that, you can strike out in several directions:
Magnificently minimal – this wedding theme requires you to limit your palette and focus on style. Black and white are the most common colours seen for a minimal wedding, and you can ask your guests to wear those colours, cater in them, and decorate your reception venue in them. High fashion, high key photography and high drama make a minimal wedding something unforgettable. But remember, you have to be ruthless with yourself and others to pull this wedding off.
Chinese New Year – now 2014 is the year of the horse, and that’s an easy and charming theme to celebrate, but the year of the rat, for example, is a tougher ask! If you don’t fancy the animal the year is characterised by, you can still build other features into your wedding. Red envelopes for your invitations, a Chinese themed reception including food, and decorating with lanterns and cherry or plum blossom and lotus flowers would all give this theme significance in your wedding plans. A red, or red and gold, wedding dress would be the perfect finishing touch,
Pagan celebration. The hard to pronounce Imbolc festival celebrates spring and the birth of the god of the new year. Pagan clothing ideas are great for a wedding – long dresses with trains, draped or daggered sleeves, coloured kirtles and other such Middle Earthish details can flatter any bride and you can decorate your church with hints of spring like flowering bulbs, branches of catkins and pale green, orchid yellow and white accents. And lots of candles. Finish the reception with a bonfire and a pagan handfasting where your hands are bound together with ribbon to symbolise your unity – you may be able to find a druid willing to handfast you in many areas of the UK as a complement to a formal wedding ceremony.
Get into it. Men care too, and your bride will adore you for caring about the details, even if it’s only a few of them. So whether you want a karaoke booth or bow ties, share your desire with your bride.
Don’t get into it. The bride is under pressure. She’s going to feel, from time to time, that other people aren’t doing their bit. Don’t get into it – however unreasonable you think her mother is being, however nasty her chief bridesmaid was about the dress, no matter how much of an idiot your best man just made of himself, don’t say anything you might regret later. That way, when you look back on your wedding you won’t have to apologise to anybody, for anything.
Have fun. A wedding is like an invasion – think of it as Call Of Duty Black (Tie) Ops and aim to be the winner! Be keen and enthused and take your bride-to-be off regularly to eat sushi or go rollerskating or for a walk in the park, just because you’re so on top of the wedding game you’ve got lives in hand!