1. Mad Hatter – Any color scheme can be used for a Mad Hatter theme. Often, green and purple are used, but if you have other colors that you prefer, use them. Out of the ordinary is what is expected at a Mad Hatter theme! Decorate tables with table covers and centerpieces of different teapots, surrounded by bright flowers. If you use vases, use several differing kinds. Cakes are usually “topsy-turvy” and asymmetrical. Serve dainty finger foods, ie tea sandwiches -watercress, cucumber, tomato, mozzarella, and basil, etc. Serve small pastries and desserts as well – scones, cupcakes, mini-iced brownies, mini-cheesecake. Use mix-matched plates for serving, or at least use different patterned plates for each meal. Make sure to serve tea as well! Cute tea bags, or tea pot shaped chocolates make excellent favors. Use playing cards, tea cups, tea pot, and clocks as decorations.
2. Oriental – Decorate in colors of red, black, and silver. Use motifs of dragons, swans, origami. Serve oriental food – your favorite dishes, or if your family makes a specific dish, have that included. There are many gourmet oriental foods that you can have if you are having a formal wedding, such as different sushis, spring rolls or wontons filled with luxurious meats like lobster or filet mignon. For favors, give out custom fortune cookies with a fortune on one side, and the other side thanking the guests for joining you. There are many websites where you can purchase many different kinds of fortune cookies such as, Fortune Cookie Supply, or Fancy Fortune Cookies, which is often used by celebrities, and even comes with endorsement of the hit, The Secret.
As a centerpiece, have a bonsai tree in the center of each table, and use cherry blossoms as some of your floral decorations. Use bamboo wood wherever you can, especially if you can use bamboo plates. If not, try to use square plates.
3. Mardi Gras – Decorate in purple, green, and gold. Orange, green, and purple is also common. Serve King’s Cake additionally, to the wedding cake. Decorate with masquerade and jester’s masks, crowns, comedy and tragedy masks, doubloons (gold coins), and of course, beads. For favors, give out miniature masks or stamped mask shaped cookies. You could also have either the beads or the doubloons customized for your wedding. Or give out little bottles of hot sauce, with custom labels.
Typically, masks at a Mardi Gras themed are less formal than a masquerade -think metallic, and sequins. Serve Cajun food – Gumbo, Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Oysters, Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Crab cocktail, or any other seafood dish. For dessert serve French doughnuts (beignets), Pralines, Crepes, and Bread pudding. Also serve bourbon, if you are serving alcohol. Your cake should be colorful, and fun. Consider getting married in New Orleans, or in a older hotel, or on a boat. Fancy Faces Special Events makes beautiful formal decorations
4. Mermaid – Besides all shades of blue to represent the sea, other colors good for a mermaid theme wedding are green, and purple. Decorate with starfish, seashells, smooth “river” rocks. For centerpieces, put a mirror down on the table, with a candle in the center, surrounded by seashells. Cover tables with blue table covers, with a transparent gauze cloth over top of it – you can vary colors between blue, green, and purple. There are many beautiful mermaid statues and fountains, including table fountains. A table fountain would be lovely to have centered in a table, with different desserts around it. Include lots of seafood, also chicken dishes, or dishes with water chestnut, and kelp would match the theme well.
5. Italian – Food is one of the most important things in Italian weddings. Foods for good luck often at Italian weddings are: twists of fried dough, powdered with sugar ‘bow ties’, and an Italian wedding candy ‘confetti’ of almonds covered with candy, representing the bitter and the sweet in the life. Wine, and pasta, would both be important to Italian weddings. At traditional Italian weddings, there is generally a dessert table with a large cake made of Italian cookies. A cookie dance is started much like a line dance where the bride and groom lead guests dancing around the reception area, and then over to the cookie cake where each person takes a cookie. The non-dancers can then take cookies also.
A typical Italian wedding meal is at least a seven-course meal, beginning with an antipasta salad (cold salad with thin slices of Italian meats such as prosciutto, ham and salami, cheese, peppers, and olives). Typically, the next courses are as following: pasta (such as ziti, manicotti, etc), chicken or some other meat (You can use a carving station), hot dishes (chicken marsala, fettucini alfredo, eggplant rollatini). Then would be a raw seafood bar, and followed by cold options (salad, fresh fruit, etc). Finally is dessert: offer wedding cake, and some pastries, with coffee and espresso. As there are so many courses, I would recommend having them plates, and in small portions, so that everyone may taste each.
At the end of the day, shatter a vase or glass into many pieces – each piece is said to signify a happy year of marriage.
For favors, have your favorite Italian love poem printed onto a bookmark or on a ceramic tile (There are kits to do the tiles yourself at most craft stores). You could also give away small bottles of olive oil, with a bread dipping recipe, or a breadstick recipe. Decorate with murano glass and venetian crafts, if possible. Spring for glass grape placeholders, and decorate with flowers, ivy, and fresh grapes.
6. Halloween (casual) – Black and Orange would be the typical colors that are expected here. Ask guests to wear a costume. Decorate with spiderwebs, black and orange (or red) flowers, and anything else eerie . For centerpieces, use cauldrons as flower vases. Give out miniature coffins filled with (red!) candy as favors; these can also be used for place card holders.
7. Halloween (formal) – Can you have a sophisticated Halloween party? Of course you can. Instead of decorating in black and orange, decorate in black, silver, and crimson. Flowers can be of these colors; you can also throw in a few red or dark purple flowers in as well. You could leave masks at each place, or dark colored candles. There should also be lots of candle decorations, with gothic/antique candle holders and candelabras. Look for silver pieces, or darker bronzes that suit the decor. Decorate with other elegant Halloween options. Use velvet, or another similar heavy fabric, for table covers and chair covers. I suggest crimson or black velvet, with a lace (silver or crimson, depending on your linen choice) runner. Look for silver trays to put food on, and silver goblets for the bride and groom to drink from. I suggest using a horse drawn carriage to exit, to add the ambiance.
8. Egyptian – Have traditional dancers if you can find them. Traditionally, one or more belly dancers should escort the leaving bride and groom out of the building. As a color scheme, choose gold, cream, and white. Decorate with Egyptian statues, or paintings. Often you can rent statues, vases, and columns. Use gold whenever you can, eat off golden plates, and drink from golden goblets (this can be just for the bride and the groom. Everyone else can eat off white plates.) Serve stuffed grape leaves, spinach ravioli, lasagna, or any other Egyptian food that you may like. Centerpieces can include mini-pyramids with sand sprinkled around them, like the desert. For favors, fill pyramid favor boxes with small candies.
9. Fairy (outdoors)- Try to find a park, or a garden for location. Flowers should be the majority of decorations. As a favor, give out small gel candles with a flower inside. You can also give out candy (marzipan, chocolate) mushrooms, or butterflies. Use white furniture, decorating the backs of chairs with flower garlands. You’re aiming for a “fairy garden” feel. Do a butterfly release to end the ceremony. Have the cake decorated with flowers, with fairy figurines sitting around or on the top of the cake.
10. Fairy (indoors) – Decorate with lots of flowers, and soft, delicate fabrics, in colors of lilac, pastel green, and light blue, and blush pink. You can also incorporate small fairy figurines. Sprinkle little lights where you can, and decorate with an abundance of candles, and flower garlands. Aim for a woodland fairy theme, ie A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Wear a flower wreath, and have trailing ribbons from your bouquet to add to the appeal.Sprinkle rose petals on all the tables.