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It’s theme time again – The Gothic Themed Wedding

A Gothic wedding tends to embrace the darker side of human nature, lingering on the forbidden and mysterious. Though often associated with ancient symbols or the colors black and red, a Gothic wedding can choose from a wide variety of hues and styles. You can go with a romantic, punk, historical or sweet Gothic wedding theme. Though not the most popular of the many theme wedding ideas, Gothic weddings are nevertheless catching on.

Color – Gothic wedding ceremonies are characterized by a darker color scheme. Plan for black red, or purple wedding attire and accessories, including flowers. For a toned down look, opt for rich jewel tones of ruby red, navy and emerald green with black accents.

Clothes
Gothic themes tend to use dark or jewel-toned colors, but don’t feel limited by this. If you want a white wedding dress, you can wear it and still have a Gothic wedding. Think about decorating your dress with black or red accents. You could also dress your bridesmaids in royal purple or midnight blue, not to mention jet black and blood red. If you want something a little sweet, mix pink and black for your bridal gown.

Candles – You can never have too many candles. Think of a dark castle on a heath during a storm in a horror movie. That’s the ambiance you want to create.

Decorations
Decorating with flowers works as well with a Gothic wedding as it does a traditional wedding. Live or dead, real or fake, your wedding decorations can be as beautiful or dark as desired. Use vivid poppies, with their red petals and black center, as the perfect fit for a black and red Gothic wedding. Fake dead flowers on thorny branches work if you want thing dark, or try richly colored roses for a more traditional Gothic feel.

Skulls, bones, castles, swords and gargoyles can be found at any store with Halloween supplies. Just because they’re meant for Halloween doesn’t mean they can’t also work for your Gothic wedding theme. Don’t forget the symbols, such as crosses, stars and ankhs.

Food
Almost any dish can go with a Gothic themed wedding, it just all depends on how the food is presented. You can go with food that match your wedding colors, or food shaped into Gothic themes. Good, old chicken is still acceptable, but think about serving each plate next to a little chicken gravestone. Maybe decorate the plate with extra black roses to match your bouquet or have tiny, plastic gargoyles perched on each dish.

Your gothic wedding cake could be red velvet and shaped like a realistic heart. It could be a layer cake covered with red, teardrop jewels that look like drops of blood. Try a tiered-cake with marzipan spires to make it look like a castle.

Goth/Gothic Themed Wedding Resources:

GothicWeddings.org – All the supplies you need.

Offbeat Bride – Great blog on all kinds of alternative wedding themes.

Gothic Wedding Dresses – Choose from morbid black, death white, and bloody red.

Vegas Goth – For your quickie Gothic wedding, get a package deal in Vegas!

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It’s Theme Time – Coffee and Books

I have found some great eclectic themes that I’ve been dying to blog about.  I’ve always loved the themes that are a bit on the unusual side because it reflects more the personality of the couple, and it’s not so traditional.  So I think we will look at a different great theme every week!!

Caffeinated Wedding – Books and Coffee Theme

You’re a bookworm. You’ve got a bookcase jammed with novels aand one of your favourite places in the universe is the library.  And what goes better with a good book than a cup of coffee? Which means that you love cafes just as much as libraries. In fact, the café is one of your favorite places to go with your fiancé.

From coffee berries in your bouquet to a color scheme of beautiful rich browns and a gorgeous accent color, a coffee wedding theme would be an absolute delight. This theme idea is so fabulous for a Sunday afternoon wedding or any late morning wedding. Give your reception venue that coffee house treatment… perhaps an acoustic guitar player and a barrista serving up your fave caffeinated beverage. Just head over to your favorite cafe’ for inspiration!

Why not have a coffee and books theme reception?  You could have the wedding at a quaint inn or bed and breakfast, and decorate the reception room to look like a café. Use vintage café posters on the walls and have a swanky jazz band to provide just the right café ambiance.

Here are some more ideas to help you pull it off:

Stationery – Use coffee colored stationery or use paper with coffee cup motifs, cocoa bean motifs, or book motifs.

Flowers/Centerpieces/Décor – Using clear vases filled with coffee beans. Stack old books in centre of table. Place vase on top of books.

Colors – Use dark shades of brown. Brown looks great with pink, pale blue, crimson, purples.

Cakes – Use a whimsical cake for either the wedding or even the grooms cake.  Carry the theme in everything you can.

Food – Have a lunch reception and serve gourmet Panini or go all out with a seated meal. Carry the theme over by having a coffee bar that serves espresso, late, and other gourmet coffees, along with plenty of decadent chocolate and mocha desserts. Hire a barista to serve the beverages. If you are serving alcohol, offer Irish Cream coffee and Kahlua.  GFavors – Buy used books that look brand new, wrap them in paper that compliments your wedding colors, and give them as favours. Or buy gourmet coffee beans for guests, or chocolate covered coffee beans. What about Coffee Mugs filled with delicious chocolate goodies or coffee candles?

If you and your fiance love your morning coffee or 2 p.m. pick up, why not share your love with your guests!

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