Picking a wedding theme can be a very tricky affair, especially as it will set the tone for virtually everything that follows and has to be planned and executed to perfection – otherwise it can backfire rather badly.
That’s why Savoir Flair reached out to Zainab Alsalih, founder of Carousel, one of the most highly sought-after luxury wedding design and planning agencies in the Middle East. Not only is Alsalih the creative force behind the stunning weddings in Carousel’s portfolio, but she also boasts nine years of event planning in the region. “In order to develop the wedding theme, you need to execute it with the right color palette and individual elements to create the right ambiance and feel. And there are five key guidelines that can help,” she says.
Your wedding theme should be as unique as you and your fiancé. Think about the things you like to do together or any special memories that you both share. Do you love the beach? Then go for a beach-inspired theme. Love old movies? Then an Old Hollywood glamour it is. Are you more traditional, modern, or quirky? Whatever the theme, it should be a reflection of you both – you want your guests to feel like the wedding is ‘so you’!
When determining a theme, it’s very important to ask yourself the following questions: how many guests will be attending and how many of them are close family and friends? Or is it a combination of family, friends, business associates, and perhaps just mere acquaintances? That’s actually very common in Middle Eastern cultures.
Location is a very important when deciding on a wedding theme. If you live in a hot climate, outdoor weddings become very challenging. However, a black-tie affair would suit a wedding in Paris, as would a beach theme if you are getting married on an island!
You would also need to assess the average age of your guests. For example, are you hosting 500 guests, with family and close friends being a select few? Are they mostly in your parents’ age group? If so, then a casual beach wedding might not be a suitable theme. You will need to opt for a more formal and elegant affair.
Some themes need bigger budgets than others in order to be executed properly, so if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll probably want to keep things simpler and more elegant by skipping the theme altogether. Instead, you can use a specific element to dominate, such as your favorite color, a particular flower, a poem, or a song. If you have an open budget, then you can get really specific with your theme and customize everything from linens and flowers to favors, invitations, and other décor elements.