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Theme Weddings – Part Nine August 15, 2011

Tried & True – Cherry Blossom Theme

 

Cherry blossoms are simple and beautiful, and easy to incorporate into your wedding design.  They go well with any soft color palate and can make any wedding and reception elegant.

 

We came across a couple of really cute save the date cards with a cherry blossom pattern.  Which of these do you like best?  (Pro Tip: If you like the calendar style, it comes in other patterns, too!)

 

 

 

 This reversible scarf would make a unique and memorable bridesmaid gift, or mother and mother-in-law gift.

 

 

 Are you having an outdoor ceremony?  These fans would be a great favor for your guests!

 

 

 And how fun would it be to have your caterer put these personlized labels on the wine bottles used at your reception?!  If that’s not an option, you may be able to use them at your rehearsal dinner.

 

 

 You can’t have a wedding without wedding cake!  Well, you can, but what’s the point?  These two cherry blossom cakes are great examples you could take to show your baker.

 

 

 

 Quirky – Paisley Theme

 

 A paisley wedding theme can be really simple, just using the design without much color.  You can also take the theme to an extreme by using brightly colored paisley patterns throughout your day.

 

To get you started, here are a few invitation samples.

 

 

 

 

If your wedding is going to be more casual than formal, think about patterned dresses for your bridesmaids.  Your photos will be more fun, and your girlfriends will love you for picking dresses they will want to wear again!

 

 

 Are patterned bridesmaid dresses are a little much for your taste?  Then you may want to consider a cute paisley dress for your flower girl!

 

http://www.etsy.com (PinkHorseshoe)

 

 If you want to keep the table decor at your reception simple, these personalized favor boxes would be a great way to incorporate your theme.  And, they come in several colors.

 

 

If candy favors aren’t your style, these paisley bottle openers would be a huge hit with your guests!

 

 

We know that photo booths are very trendy at wedding receptions right now, but there’s a reason for that.  They’re awesome!  Since they have become more popular, you may want to make your backdrop more interesting to set your photos apart.  These paisley stencils would be a great way to make your backdrop pop – just grab some paint that matches your wedding colors!

 

 

 Nothing pulls together a wedding theme quite like the wedding cake.  Here are a few examples of paisley cakes that do the trick.

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a wedding theme that you would like to see featured on the blog?  Let us know!

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Eight May 11, 2011

 

Tried & True – Diamond Theme

This is a simple, classic theme that can be paired with any color scheme you choose.  We found a fun cake that may be a little small for a wedding cake, but would be perfect on display at your bridal shower.  All brides love Tiffany, right?

 

 

 With invitations, you could either order some with a ribbon and diamond fastener across the top or side, or go for something a little more obvious, like this cute diamond invite.

 

 

 If you’re having a diamond themed wedding, you will probably want to go all out on the dress.  We love this diamond accented A-line!

 

 

This is also an easy item to incorporate into decorations.  Mini diamonds can be sprinkled around table centerpieces, on the placecard table, or used in vases instead of rocks or marbles.

 

 

This larger tealight holder would be great as a centerpiece on the head table, or used as decoration on the cake table.

 

 

This diamond ribbon is a great find!  It has so many uses, from table runners to centerpiece accents to bouquet wraps.  Be sure to check out the photos on their website for ideas.

 

 

If you know someone having a diamond themed wedding, these toasting flutes would be a great shower gift, especially when paired with a bottle of champagne.

 

 

 You can go subtle or obvious with the wedding cake, and we have great examples for both options.  Love the diamond ring cake topper?  Get it here.

 

 

 

Quirky – Las Vegas Theme

 We know this isn’t a new idea, but it’s still fun!  Whether you are having a destination wedding in Vegas, or bringing Vegas to your town, here are some cute ideas for you to steal.

 

First up, we love, love, love these save the date cards!

 

 

 Wedding party gifts are easy to find if you want to stick with the theme.  These Zippos would be perfect for the groomsmen, and the totes would make great gifts for the bridesmaids.  You could also use the totes as welcome gifts at the hotel for any out-of-towners, and fill them with goodies.

 

 

 

There are tons of Vegas inspirted invitations out there, but this is the one that caught our eye.

 

 

You can easily carry this theme into the reception.  You could use scratch-off cards as favors, or go all out and hire a casino event company to bring the party to you!  This could either be during cocktail hour, or toward the end of the night while the party music is blaring.

 

Toast your marriage with Las Vegas champagne flutes, and decorate the reception with dice candles, chocolate poker chips and Vegas lollipops.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re doing a themed wedding, you HAVE to have some fun with the wedding cake.  Seriously, the crazier, the better.  Here are two fun Vegas cakes to inspire you.

 

 

 

If you have more ideas, please share them with us!  Or, send us photos from your theme wedding to be featured on a future post!

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Seven February 4, 2011

 
 

Tried & True – Fleur de Lis Theme

 

 

The Fleur de Lis has a lot of history, which we won’t bore you with here.  It can be a great theme for your wedding if you have a French heritage, love New Orleans sports or just think it’s pretty.  If one of these reasons fits you, we have some great suggestions for your wedding.

 

There are tons of options for wedding invitations with the Fleur de Lis design, and many have matching programs, menu cards and thank you notes.  Here are two examples for you; one classic and one modern.

 

 

There are subtle ways for your wedding party to show off the design, too.  Your groomsmen can wear ties with a Fleur de Lis pattern, or you can tie charms to the bridesmaid bouquets.  There’s even Fleur de Lis jewelry.  Can you picture your bridal party wearing these matching rings?

 

 

If you want to carry the theme into the reception venue, look for a fun alternative to the everyday card box.  You could probably find a Fleur de Lis print hat box at Hobby Lobby, Garden Ridge, Old Time Pottery or a similar store.  Cut a hole in the top and you have a custom card box!  You can also order custom color decals to put on votive holders for an inexpensive addition to your centerpieces.

 

 

We also came across two useful favors – a bottle opener and mints!

 

 

And now…cake!  If you do an internet search for Fleur de Lis wedding cakes, you could spend days looking at images.  Several were pretty but similar, so here are a couple of different options.

 

http://www.flickr.com (Cake Rhapsody)

 

Quirky – 80’s Theme

 

 Okay, so we don’t know too many brides who want to have an 80’s Flashback wedding, but it has been done.  If you love the idea but want a traditional wedding, think about using some of these ideas for a couples shower instead.

 

Invites – the wilder, the better!  Below are a couple of colorful options, and why not seal the envelopes with scratch n’ sniff stickers?

 

Now that you’ve tipped your guests off to the theme, be sure to incorporate the theme into your decorations.  Make 80’s trivia cards with the questions on one side and answers on the back, and leave stacks on every guest table, or one at each place setting.  Several old school board games and toys now come as miniatures on keychains.  Why not use these as guest favors?

 

 You can also use an 80’s beverage for your toast.  How funny would it be for the head table to all raise bottles of Tab soda for the toast?  The most obvious way to tie in the 80’s is to choose songs from the decade for all of your special dances.  Need a reminder of what the Billboard Number One Hits were?

 

Be sure to go all out for the cake…the more neon, the better!  We love this cake, but we’re not so sure about the Ken & Barbie toppers.  What would you use for the topper?

 

 

Who can resist an 80’s themed candy station.  For some inspiration, head to Candy Warehouse.  Still want more ideas and decorations?  We found a great list of 80’s party supplies at Party Supplies Hut

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Six November 3, 2010

Tried & True – Vineyard Theme

 

This is a simple theme that is easy to weave into your wedding without going overboard.  You will need to pick a color scheme and stick with it, though, or your classy theme can quickly turn to tacky.  You can choose green/brown, merlot or deep purple, but we don’t recommend all three.

 

You can send invitations that match your color scheme or that have a wine motif on them.  We like the simplicity of this leaves and grapes invite…

 

 

…and we love this invite that is designed to look like a wine label!

 

 

You can carry the theme into the gifts you give the members of your wedding party as well.  The simple thing to do would be to buy them each a bottle (or bottles) of wine.  The even better thing to do is give them something to carry that wine!  This cute tote holds two bottles and includes a corkscrew, cheese board and cheese knife.

 

 

Moving into the reception, we found the cutest placecard holders!  This is one of several design options offered on their site.

 

 

For easy centerpieces, gather three or five wine glasses for each table, in assorted shapes and sizes, and fill with candy or a tealight candle.  We also like thise votive holder that sits on a wine bottle.  You may want to fill the wine bottle with water to give it some weight, so the centerpiece doesn’t get too top heavy.

 

 

While looking for some cool vineyard themed wedding cakes to share with you, we saw tons of cakes with fondant grapes dripping down each tier.  Not exactly what we had in mind.  We did come across one we loved (modern with a few grapes), and hope you love it, too!

 

 

Quirky – Retro Cocktail Party Theme

 

This can be such a fun theme!  Even if you’re not into theme weddings, there are some great ideas you could use here for a couple’s shower or first anniversary party.

 

Both of these invitations are bold cocktail designs, and while they weren’t originally designed for weddings, all of the text is customizable.  Your guests will have no doubt in mind that you’ve got a fun evening planned for them.

 

 

 

 

 

You can get the wedding party in the mood by giving cocktail shakers as gifts.  We love this one that has recipes printed on it!  Bonus points if you include mixers and other cocktail making accessories with the gift.

 

 

 

You will also want to be sure that your wedding reception bartender is able to carry out the theme.  Depending on what type of bar you are providing for your guests, you should have a signature classic cocktail at the least.  Even more fun would be to have five or six recipe cards on display at the bar, each featuring a retro cocktail your guests may want to try.  Need some inspiration?  Look no further than the local blog, “wine me, dine me (in Cincinnati)“.  The link is to a classic Sidecar recipe, but click on the Cocktail Hour tab for more ideas.

 

Typically we’re not huge fans of candle favors, but this one keeps making us laugh.  It’s cheesy, but certainly carries the theme onto your guest tables.  We would love to hear some of your ideas for other favors, though.

 

 

 

You may recognize this cake topper from a previous post, but it seems to go with this theme perfectly.  While a martini shaped cake seems a little too over the top, this retro couple cake topper is the perfect finish for your retro reception.

 

 

 

Happy planning!

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Five September 22, 2010

Tried & True – Winter Theme 

We know that many of you are in the beginning stages of planning your Winter 2011 wedding, so we thought the time was right to share some of our ideas for a Winter theme wedding.  We’re not talking red and green holiday themes, just simple, classic winter accents. 

The easiest way to accomplish this look is to keep everything white and silver.  If you want to bring in an accent color, we suggest dark blue or deep purple, and not much of it.  Think all white linens, silver chair cover sashes, silver chargers, and silver/white combo centerpieces. 

Looking for a more understated centerpiece?  Fill this tray with silver ornaments, then re-use them as hostess gifts for parties you attend throughout the next year.  Load one with appetizers and let the hostess know you intend on leaving the tray as a thank you. 

For more silver accents, we love these serving trays!  These would be perfect for cocktail servers or butler passed hors d’oeuvres. 

As always, here are some cake and cupcake samples that are appropriate for the theme.  What about a layer of chocolate cake with peppermint cream filling?  Sounds like winter to us! 

Instead of favors or a candy station, have your caterer set up a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate station.  Use silver wrapped candies to decorate the tables, and have vases full of them so your guests know they are welcome to take a few.  If you have a bartender staff the station, you can even have different liqueurs available to add.  Don’t forget to have cinnamon sticks, rock candy swizzles and peppermint sticks for stirring! 

 

Quirky Theme – Hollywood Theme 

So, maybe quirky is not the right word to describe this theme, but we don’t think it fits into the tried and true realm, either.  Regardless, it can be a really fun theme without looking like your high school prom. 

It’s fun to clue your guests into the theme beginning with the invite.  These invitations look like ticket stubs, and would be pretty simple to DIY if your invitation budget is small. 

 And nothing says Hollywood like a glamorous gown.  We love this one – and it look comfortable!  To glam up the bridesmaid photo shoot, bring along some big sunglasses and long gloves…then send us photos! 

  There are plenty of things you can do at the reception to continue the theme.  Hire a live band with plenty of Rat Pack songs on their set list, and hire a second photographer to take paparazzi photos of your guests as they enter and all night long while they party.  Then make your placecards do double-duty as favors.  These picture frames are perfect!

  You can even rent gold chiavari chairs with red, black or white seat cushions.  Not in the budget for your entire party?  Think about using them to make the head table stand out.

As always, there are endless options for centerpieces.  We’re going to keep it simple this time, and just suggest a few of these votives on each table surrounding a short floral arrangment.

 Last, but certainly not least, CAKE!  You can go classic…

…or crazy!

http://www.flickr.com (Jovi Escobedo)

Happy planning!

  

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Four August 20, 2010

Tried & True – Garden Theme

You don’t have to have an outdoor wedding and reception to pull off a garden theme.  Just by bringing a few outdoor elements indoors, you can get the feeling of a simple, classic garden wedding.

We recently attended a wedding that did have an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, and they had some nice touches that would be perfect for a garden theme.  They started by welcoming guests to the ceremony with a beverage station.  Theirs had water and lemonade, and we think sweet tea would be a a nice touch, too.  They also let their wedding programs do double duty by having them printed on fans.  It’s such a simple idea, but the guests were very happy since it was a little warm outside.

For a garden theme, you can go with flowers, birds, dragonflies, herbs, topiaries, butterflies, leaves…but please just pick a few elements instead of trying to incorporate everything.  There are tons of invitation options, and here are a couple of cute ones from Wedding Paper Divas.

You can decorate the ceremony and reception space with lots of white twinkle lights and paper lanterns.  It’s an inexpensive way to make the space your own for the day.  Centerpieces can be potted herbs, flowers or topiaries.

 Wedding favors can be anything from seed packets to gardening tools.  If you want to keep it traditional, these boxes make cute garden candy favors.

 And, because we can’t talk about a theme wedding without a theme wedding cake, here are our garden wedding cake favorites.

Quirky – Peacock Theme

This is the cutest idea we’ve come across in awhile!  We really wish an Oasis bride would use it soon…

When we say peacock theme, that doesn’t mean you have to have an actual picture of a peacock on your invitations.  Please don’t do that.  It’s really more about the colors, because jewel tones are still huge right now, and of course using a few feathers here and there.  Plus, we’re guessing your bridesmaids will love you if they get to wear cute purple, blue or green dresses and shoes!

As always, start letting your guests in on the theme using the invitations.  You can either stick with the colors only (maybe blue paper for the invite, purple paper for the RSVP card and green paper for the directions/hotel info), or get straight to the point with a feather.  These handmade invites are fantastic.

http://www.etsy.com (PeacockInvitations)

During the ceremony, the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and the boutonnieres can have peacock feather accents.  The florist should be able to take care of this for you, but if you’re doing your own flowers you can get inexpensive silk feathers at any craft store or online.  Here’s the best example we have come across so far:

http://www.flickr.com (kristaguenin)

Okay, this next idea might be our favorite find so far…hand painted peacock feather champagne toasting glasses!  Usually we don’t see much point in buying champagne glasses when you can use the venue’s for free, but in this case we will make an exception.  These are gorgeous, and definitely something you can keep on display after the wedding.

Certainly the place you can have the most fun with this theme (or most themes) is with the wedding cake.  You could have a topper made out of a spray of peacock feathers, or let your pastry chef have some fun.  Love this cake!

http://www.flickr.com (Svetlana's cakes)

If you have other great ideas for a garden or peacock themed wedding, please share them!

 

Oasis Wedding Central

 

Theme Weddings – Part Three July 30, 2010

Tried & True – Beach Theme

You don’t have to be getting married on the beach to have a beach inspired wedding.  Just by bringing in a few simple elements, you can still have an elegant wedding that’s fun.

Start with gifts.  For the bridesmaids, give them cute flip flops and a beach bag.  Give the groomsmen a beach towel – bonus points if you give each one a towel with their favorite sports team logo.

You can also give your guests beachy favors.  There are a ton out there, but here are a couple that are cute and economical.

This idea was “borrowed” from one of our Oasis brides!  If you need to keep kids occupied at the reception, make these cute kid favor pails.  You can fill them with coloring books and crayons, candy, puzzle books, legos…you get the idea.

 We never thought you would be able to have beach inspired champagne flutes, but then we came across these…and we love them!

The simplest and most impressive way to tie in the beach theme is with your wedding cake.  You can go with shells…

…or with a sandcastle!

http://www.flickr.com (robynlovescake)

Quirky – Sports Theme

 We know that sports themed weddings are not for everyone.  Both the bride and groom need to be superfans to pull one of these off, but if that’s the case they can be a blast!  Choose one sport or team and stick to it, or your wedding could end up looking more like a birthday party for an 8 year old.

To give your guests an idea of what to expect from your wedding, send an invite that looks like an event ticket.  Love this example!

 You can also send a regular invite with a sports stamp if you don’t want to go overboard.

Favors are an easy way to pull in any theme.  They make chocolate in every shape and wrapper, so it’s a simple solution.  What do you think about chocolate tennis balls?

 These bottle stoppers are cute, and the flags can even double as placecards!

 There are so many things you can do with the cake with a sports theme.  You can go with team colors but leave off the logos to keep it simple or get the toppers that have the bride and groom playing the sport (available on almost every wedding website).  You can also have a normal wedding cake and a groom’s cake shaped like a football, jersey, racecar, stadium…the ideas are limitless.  Here are a couple we have seen at the Oasis.

 If you’re considering a golf themed wedding, why not get married overlooking a golf course?  We have the perfect location and gorgeous photo ops out on the course.  Check us out!

 

Oasis Wedding Central