Themed WED­DINGS

Brides Essence - - Front Page - by Grant Der­rick

Many young cou­ples are look­ing to wed in a non-tra­di­tional way. Some­thing dif­fer­ent to make the wed­ding mem­o­rable is the or­der of some. Not all wed­dings have to be white gowns and pen­guin suits and lots of old people dressed like its your fu­neral. A wed­ding can be tai­lored or planned to suit your in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters and this can make your day a fun filled party rather than a starch stuffed for­mal­ity. You can have any wed­ding you de­sire if you al­low your imag­i­na­tion to soar and it will cer­tainly be one that no­body for­gets. Here are some ideas that may be right up your ally Fairy-tale wed­ding: this epitomises ev­ery lit­tle girl’s idea of the per­fect wed­ding. Large puffy ball­room dresses, el­bow length gloves, and hats that look like they be­longed to your great grand­mother. Prince charm­ing rides up on his trusty steed and kneels as he ac­cepts his new bride be­fore the courts of roy­als. Your guests all ar­rayed in their re­gal out­fits, ta­pes­tries and ban­ners drape the walls to cre­ate the per­fect back­drop. You may even be for­tu­nate to have a horse drawn car­riage at your dis­posal. Set a kingly feast be­fore your guests in true lux­u­ri­ous style. There are

few lim­its to one’s imag­i­na­tion with this wed­ding idea. Sci-fi wed­ding: there is a large fol­low­ing of the sci-fi genre, just pick your favourite and I’m sure your friends will love it. Ever thought of hav­ing your wed­ding vows writ­ten in Klin­gon? Serve your guests the finest Ro­mu­lan ale and cock­tails that push the bound­aries of imag­i­na­tion. You can in­vent your own decor, styles, menus and ac­tiv­i­ties. Al­most any­thing goes with this style of wed­ding as there are no real tra­di­tions or bound­aries to limit what you can or can­not do. It does not have to cost you a kid­ney ei­ther. I’m sure that once you start de­sign­ing your wed­ding along this theme that you will be overwhelmed with ideas. Get to­gether with your fel­low trekkies and bounce some ideas around. Hick wed­ding: Pick up an old wed­ding dress and suit at a char­ity shop, but make sure they don’t fit too well. High trouser hems for men are a must and socks are not per­mit­ted. Don’t for­get the braces and straw hats boys. Dresses that re­quire tape and safety pins are the or­der for the bride. It is im­por­tant for guests to have a stick of grass to chew on dur­ing the cer­e­mony (a spike of wheat is more tra­di­tional though, if it is in sea­son). Bales of hay make good seats and just about any­thing flat makes a good ta­ble. Any­thing on a spit will sat­isfy your cater­ing re­quire­ments, prefer­ably road­kill but please do ad­here to the lo­cal laws in your area con­cern­ing poach­ing and hunt­ing. Many a butcher will hap­pily sup­ply some­thing a lit­tle wild for your wed­ding. A band must be ac­com­pa­nied by a banjo in or­der for your shindig to be a suc­cess. Square dancing is great fun for all too. Back to school: If you still have your old school uni­form, it will be per­fect for this

theme of wed­ding. The for­mal­i­ties can be per­formed by a teacher fig­ure dressed in a grad­u­a­tion gown. This sort of wed­ding is very easy to or­gan­ise as many schools will gladly hire out the hall for such an event. It may seem a lit­tle pasty but we are look­ing at al­ter­na­tive wed­ding themes. How cool it will be to marry your high school sweet­heart, at school? With this theme, there are many dif­fer­ent op­tions; from jocks and cheer­lead­ers to chess clubs and de­baters. Pick a char­ac­ter wed­ding : There are so many won­der­ful char­ac­ters that we have come to love in our lives. From fairy tales to nurs­ery rhymes, we can all think of a hand­ful of char­ac­ters from sto­ries that would make great wed­ding themes. The likes of Sin­bad, Shrek and Hook leap to mind. It does not end there. We have been sur­rounded with fic­tional char­ac­ters since the dawn of time. All tend to get our imag­i­na­tions rolling and that, in a nut­shell, is all it takes. Me­dieval wed­ding : This is a real fun wed­ding idea. When one thinks me­dieval, one thinks of wooden ta­bles and benches, huge trays of meaty dishes, less for­mal­i­ties and more fes­tiv­i­ties. Play some me­dieval games as guest en­ter­tain­ment. Set up a

may pole for the girls and ap­ple bob­bing for the lads. Per­haps the younger men could en­gage in fenc­ing (with swords, not stolen goods). Large open-pit fires with huge logs, loads of ivy for dec­o­ra­tion and gen­er­ally any low cost idea was the or­der of the cel­e­bra­tions of the time. Less is more with this style of wed­ding, re­mem­ber­ing that it is more about the people and less about the stuff, as times were tough and money was tight. Am­bas­sador wed­ding : Fancy dress can be re­ally fun. Ap­point a na­tion to each of your guests and they must dress ac­cord­ingly as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from that na­tion. Hold a for­mal am­bas­sado­rial cel­e­bra­tion where guests are re­ceived and an­nounced as they en­ter. Serve cham­pagne and caviar as your guests en­ter the re­cep­tion and usher them into the ban­quet in true style. Have a ball and serve foods from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and na­tions in a buf­fet style. A string quar­tet would be ideal , if your pocket can­not af­ford a full orches­tra. This may very well be an all out and no ex­penses barred event, but it will cer­tainly be the event of the year. Mil­i­tary wed­ding : Al­though it may not be easy to gain ac­cess to mil­i­tary dress, there are al­ways ways to make a plan. There are many mil­i­tary sur­plus stores and many char­ity shops and sec­ond hand deal­ers who will have some old mil­i­tary relics about. Per­haps there is an el­derly ex-drill sergeant who would gladly be your MC. He might even have some in­ter­est­ing ideas that will help plan the gala wed­ding. A brass (Oom­pah) band will fit well with this style of wed­ding. As they say, there is no more an hand­some man than one in uni­form. To this end, it could be any uni­formed theme that is within rea­son and range.

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