Adele has never been one to flash and flaunt her fame, so it doesn't come as that big a surprise that she's rumored to be getting married to boyfriend/baby daddy Simon Konecki this July in what's being described as a "low-key wedding." And it doesn't sound like Jen Aniston's or Justin Timberlake's version of low-key (which I imagine as A-listers jetting to some remote, exotic location in which everyone stays in their own million-dollar villa). Reports say they'll actually marry in a small town church in Sussex, England, then have a reception featuring homemade food. It's also reportedly going to be '50s-themed. Love!
So, low-key and "themed" doesn't necessarily sound like it goes hand-in-hand, right? But it can!
When we think of a themed wedding, we tend to think in terms of what we've seen in Martha Stewart Weddings or on Pinterest and even at the weddings of our own friends who are more craftacular than we are: Over-the-top details that are gonna cost an arm and a leg in DIY time and/or money. And none of that seems to necessarily gel with having a relaxing, down-to-earth time on your Big Day. But it doesn't have to be so extreme ...
I love the idea of doing a theme that has a particular emotional meaning to the couple and/or their families. My fiance and I are actually doing a late '50s-early '60s theme, nodding to the golden era in which our venue opened on Miami Beach. It was also around that time that my grandparents used to bring my dad and aunt down to vacay there, because that's where they had met in the early '40s, so it has some romantic, historic, personal appeal for that reason, too.
I've struggled with how much or how little to weave the theme into the wedding, because I don't want it to seem like too much. But there are all different subtle, sweet ways to do it. With the bridesmaids' accessories, hairstyles, makeup even. Flower details or centerpieces can be inspired but not necessarily. Favors, food or cocktails, or just the cake. Signage/fonts you use for your escort cards and the like, too.
Ultimately, it's not a TV or movie set, where if you're doing a western or a period piece, all the details have to be historically accurate. It's a wedding. And you can make it as theme-y or "inspired by" the theme as much or as little as you please.
Did you or do you plan to have a theme for your wedding? How did/will you incorporate it?