Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Theme Weddings

Looking for a way to make your wedding distinctive, memorable and authentic? Go with a theme! Theme weddings reflect the couple's common interests and personalities. Once you've decided on a theme, let your imagination go wild! By carefully choosing your reception site, food, decorations, linens, favors, entertainment and wardrobe, you can create a special theme wedding that everyone will remember.

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Newport Wedding Theme
Have a Newport wedding or a wedding by the sea? Consider a beach themed wedding. From starfish to sand and shells, you can transform your Newport wedding facility into a beach front resort! Select an RI caterer that can create a menu that reflects a beach theme, such as lobster, surf and turf, clambake. The possibilities for a Newport Wedding theme are endless!

Holiday or Seasonal Theme
Celebrate your wedding during one of your favorite holidays. Using a season or holiday as a theme will allow you to easily decide on the decorations, food, flowers, favors, etc. It can also save you money because most places are already decorated for the season.

For instance, during Christmas you can decorate using little Christmas trees spread throughout the reception site, decorate in red and green, brighten the site up using white Christmas lights, hang mistletoe, have a turkey dinner or beautifully wrapped gifts as the centerpiece, even invite Santa to visit!

For a Valentine's wedding you can decorate with heart shaped candles, decorate with red and pink flowers, use red or pink linens, have a heart shaped wedding cake, give each guest a heart-filled box of candy as a favor.

Easter is also a wonderful time to celebrate a wedding. The tulips are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, the grass and trees are getting greener (signs that winter is finally over!). Decorate using pastel colors, use lilies to decorate the church and reception site, have a nice ham dinner and, for fun, have an Easter egg hunt!

Want sparks to fly on your wedding night? Have a Fourth of July wedding. Rent a tent and have a barbecue. Decorate in red, white and blue, and hang the American flag. Be sure to have your reception site in a location that will overlook the town's annual fireworks. Use sparklers to decorate your wedding cake or hand them out to your guests.

You can have a Halloween wedding. Have everyone dress up in costumes. Now that's a wedding to remember! The bride can be Mrs. Frankenstein and the groom can be Frankenstein himself! Decorate using black and orange, have jack o' lanterns as the centerpiece for each table, decorate using gourds. Getting married in Massachusetts during the fall is the perfect time. The foliage is changing to bright yellows, reds and oranges. You can decorate using pumpkins, leaves, bales of hay, pots of mums, etc.

Other Wedding Themes
If the two of you happened to meet while taking boating lessons, get married on a boat. Perhaps you met while vacationing in Hawaii or are planning a Hawaiian honeymoon. If that is the case, have a Hawaiian theme. If you met at work, have an occupational theme. Both like country music and line-dancing? Have a western wedding. Met while surfing the waves? Have your wedding on the beach.

Once you come up with a theme, the ideas will flow from there. Ideas for decorating, favors, food and music will come easy. Just have fun with it!

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