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Wedding themes – the first step towards your perfect day

September 22, 2016

Planning your wedding and totally fed up by looking at endless Pinterest boards? Feeling bombarded, confused and overwhelmed by all the possibilities? Once the initial excitement of setting the date is over, the early planning stages can become quite stressful while you try to decide on a theme for your wedding. After all, that one decision will influence just about every other decision you need to make.


We’re always amazed by how different a marquee interior can look from one wedding to another, so we decided to talk to our friends at Goose & Berry, specialists in wedding planning, to find out a little more about how to go about theming a wedding and what’s on trend.

Emma Riddell, Director of Weddings at Goose & Berry, believes that achieving a synergy between the theme and the wedding venue is essential – a rustic theme will look awkward in a classic country house and a formal black tie event might not work in a barn venue. But a marquee provides an opportunity to do whatever you want – there are no constraints whatsoever and you can really personalise the space and make it unique to you.

Deciding on a theme could be as simple as choosing your favourite colour or basing it on an interest you share with your intended – even better if it’s an interest that brought you together in the first place! Whichever route you go down, it’s that little nugget that will start the ball rolling. To enhance a marquee interior, Emma is a great believer in thinking carefully about lighting to create a particular mood, along with the use of colour and texture, and creating height to ensure lots of visual interest.

Wedding CateringSo what’s trending?
Having been involved in so many weddings throughout the year, Emma has seen a strong trend towards rustic and vintage, a style that shows absolutely no signs of going out of fashion any time soon. Rich, bold colours have made way for more subtle pastel palettes – beautifully romantic and soft colours that are natural and whimsical but not too wishy-washy. Earthy colours are also popular and particularly lovely for both autumn and spring weddings.

The concept of interactive food has really taken off. It’s something a little out of the ordinary, often totally unexpected by guests and so it creates an added wow factor. The traditional three-course wedding breakfast is no longer the rule. Serving canapes are a great way to allow guests to mingle a little longer, rather than being ushered straight to their tables. And once at the table, serving platters of food to be shared is another way to get guests interacting. And why not add a little fun to the evening catering with a food truck that serves street food.

Your wedding day should be unique to you – an Inside Outside’s marquee means you can develop a theme that symbolises your relationship and truly marks the first day of your married life. Call us on 01372 459485 or send us an email 

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