6 Ways to Pull Off Your Wedding Theme

I cannot tell you how excited I am to plan Sierra and Andre’s wedding at Citi Pond at Bryant Park, and in case you missed the announcement, the theme that America voted for is — Modern Ice Castle! How perfectly fitting that you have chosen to make Sierra’s ice fantasy a reality on one of the most important days of the couple’s life together.

So how are we going to make their wedding one-of-a-kind? Well, it all starts with the theme. Here’s a bit more about how I designed the four themes for The Knot Dream Wedding: Modern Ice Castle, Aspen in New York City, Royal Russian Winter and Great Gatsby Affair. Plus, I’ve included some great insider tips for pulling off one of these themes at your own wedding.

Choose a theme

When choosing a theme, refer to inspiration cues: the season, the venue and, of course, your personal style. For Sierra and Andre’s wedding, I was inspired by the winter wonderland and Sierra’s personal passion for skating. I also took a cue from the glass-enclosed environment and the iconic Manhattan skyline, and I always try to infuse what’s hot and trendy too!

Audrey Hannah Photo

Audrey Hannah Photo

Pick a color palette

Choose three to four colors that you can refer back to throughout your planning. I always incorporate a metallic or neutral hue that works with a number of complementary colors. If you choose gold, opt for a rich jewel-tone palette of ruby, sapphire and amethyst. Or, if you want pewter, go with bright whites, ivory and shades of green. You can search millions of images by color for inspiration on TheKnot.com, browse through a Pantone book (if you happen to have one) or even head to the paint store to pick up paint chips.



Set the tone with your invitation

Your invitation is your guests’ first impression of your wedding, so choose a design that’s reflective of your theme and colors. For a rustic-chic wedding, opt for an invitation that either looks like it’s printed on wood — we love the wood-inspired design from Night Owl Paper Goods for Wedding Paper Divas, the exclusive invitation provider for The Knot Dream Wedding. For a Great Gatsby affair, we chose an invite from Wedding Paper Divas that echoes our black and champagne color palette and features an Art Deco font and design. Keep in mind that carrying your theme through all of your paper accessories — from the invitations to the escort cards and favor tags — can make a major design impact!

Set your table

Start building your design with a table linen. For these designs, I handpicked different cloths from Wildflower Linen, our exclusive linen provider for The Knot Dream Wedding. For a rustic wedding, go with Irish flax linen, burlap or use a farm table — with no linens at all! For a modern ice castle theme, choose a shimmery silver linen or a white crushed taffeta. Or forgo the traditional table linens and ballroom chairs — and rent specialty items like Lucite ghost chairs and tables from luxe rental companies like Taylor Creative Inc. Then go beyond florals with your centerpieces! Flank them with “found” items and accessories — whether it’s popping an ostrich feather in with the romantic blooms or tying pearl strands around your napkins for a Great Gatsby affair (our amazing design was created by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design). These days, you can find amazing pieces at flea markets or online, or you can rent them!

Allison Davis Photography

Allison Davis Photography

Infuse your menu

Don’t stop your inspiration with the design — tell your “wedding story” with your menu (think about it: when do you ever take 100-plus of your closest friends out to dinner?!). Go beyond filet and fish: These days, I work with venues like Celsius that prepare chic presentations of comfort food — a mac-n-cheese cube, hot chocolate on a stick and glacier-inspired cocktails! For a Russian-themed affair, caviar is a must: black caviar on teeny potato blini with creme fraiche, or a full-out caviar tasting station! And don’t forget the spirits: For a Russian affair, have a vodka-tasting bar; for Great Gatsby, bring back the vintage “champagne fountain” with magnums of Chandon, our exclusive champagne purveyor for The Knot Dream Wedding.

Anne Marie Photography

Anne Marie Photography

A final touch

Finally, don’t forget to send your guests home with a memory of your unique celebration! Hosting a rustic-chic wedding? Send your guests packing with a s’mores-making kit or a miniature local pie. Romantic? A candle in a velvet pouch is always a hit. For a modern soiree, hire a food truck as a surprise at the end of the night! The possibilities are endless!

Audrey Hannah Photo

Audrey Hannah Photo

Stay tuned for how we incorporate The Knot Dream Wedding winning theme, Modern Ice Castle, into Sierra and Andre’s Valentine’s Day affair. From the flowers to the cake, it’s your choice!

> Meet the Dream Wedding Couple: Sierra & Andre!

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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