{Wild Horses}: Chocolate Brown, Latte, Mustard, Camel + Ivory

{Chocolate Brown, Latte, Mustard, Camel + Ivory}

Yesterday I touched on the fact that it wasn't until a few years ago that my opinion on themed weddings changed. To be honest I used to think that pretty much all themed weddings looked pretty tacky. Maybe that's because for the most part people were not too in tune with what worked and didn't work with incorporating a theme - and sadly it showed! But nowadays, things have really changed, I think! There are so many ways that you can tastefully incorporate a subtle theme into your wedding! Now, my opinion is that there is a way to make most themes look gorgeous - if given the right styling that is. Still, there are a few themes {that will go unnamed} that there just isn't any saving. Am I right, ladies? Or am I right? {continued...}

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Rustic Details + Lovely Fascinator

In any case, there are guidelines you should follow so you don't end up in the tacky category. Because tacky is never a good thing. For this wedding, I incorporated subtle nods to farm life + equestrian symbolism. The trick was to find a way to not over-do things. For instance, I love the idea of a bride wearing a pair of cowboy boots under her dress. It makes for a cute photo opportunity without being too much. It's charming in a very sweet way.

Here, I imagined a barnyard wedding with a small gathering of friends and family. Nothing overdone, nothing overstated. Ultimately, there is a fine line between charming + tacky. Just stick to being subtle and you'll be just fine. Okay, somehow I feel like like this post has oddly somehow turned into a rendition of 'What Not to Wear' on TLC.' The truth is, I'm actually no expert, these are just some of my ideas and I thought I'd share them with you. Remember yesterday when I shared these tips with you? Here's a few other Dos and Donts I came up with to add to the list!

{#1}: If at all possible, DO choose a venue that plays up the theme. For instance, there's no better place to incorporate a farm theme, than a farm itself. Get me?

{#2}: If it feels tacky, then it probably is tacky. DO step away from the artificial + try to find ways to bring your theme to life that are natural.

{#3}: When it comes to props, DO choose ones that will make a statement, but not something that will overpower a space. Think about the scale of your reception space.

{#4}: If you're trying to achieve a timeless look, DON'T require your guests to dress in character in any way. You might think your wedding is a theater stage, but trust me it isn't.

So what do you think? Are you feeling more equipped in terms of how to incorporate themes into your wedding day? I sure hope so! If you're still feeling a little lost, don't fret - I have big plans to show you more themed weddings here soon. This past Sunday I actually spent part of the day putting together a good hand full of themed wedding boards that I'm so looking forward to sharing with you. So stay tuned for more like this...

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Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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29 Comments " {Wild Horses}: Chocolate Brown, Latte, Mustard, Camel + Ivory "

Nadine July 21, 2011

My cousin had a sneaky theme wedding. He invited everyone to his fiances dress up 30th. It was a 1920s theme. Then when all the guests arrived the celebrant announced that it was actually their wedding. So, whilst I agree as a general rule, guests shouldn't be asked to come in 'fancy' dress, sometimes, just sometimes, it can definitely work. It was a clever way to ensure that the guests were dressed formal and fun. Everyone looked amazing, especially my husband in his original 1920s 3 piece pinstripe suit.

Rachel {little bits of lovely} July 21, 2011

These are such great tips and i love your do's and don't's! In theory themed weddings sound like fun, but if not done properly could become tacky xx

very married July 21, 2011

i like a tasteful themed wedding. i once wrote about a star trek themed wedding on my blog... it was amazing and scary at the same time.

Jenna Lee July 21, 2011

beautiful! Loving the lunch sak! How cute!

Lush Events + Co

I LOVE your tips and I agree - your wedding IS NOT a stage. Dressing up in costume might sound fun, but it's not exactly the kind of thing you want to incorporate into your wedding day.

xoxo, Alisha

Couture Carrie July 21, 2011

Such a rich palette ~ love it!



Gorgeous board. Love the 'wild horses - western theme' - love the way you use color. Great tips on themed weddings.


Unknown July 21, 2011

Loving this rustic theme! Love the cowboy boots!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. July 21, 2011

This is really beautiful! I agree, a theme can work if you're subtle and you keep it elegant as well!


Lovely Little Bride

Lovely tips! I love this board. Such a great theme. And you make it looks so easy!

Sweet, Sweet Love, Inc.

Stunning board - great colors. I too adore those cowboy boots.

xoxo, Sadie

Haley{PairsandPours} July 21, 2011

I need those boots! love what not to wear :)

brenna R.

Gorgeous darling. I'm loving the rustic touches - great tips too.

~ Brenna

Bonnie July 21, 2011

It wasn't until I started researching theme weddings that I actually liked the idea. I always thought they were tacky, too, until I found some really classy, gorgeous themes -- like these!
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Taylor Greggory

This is too pretty. You totally have me in awe over here.

xo, Taylor

Tiff For Tat July 21, 2011

Thanks for the info on the pinterest! I started playing around on there last night. I too am a little iffy about themes..ours does not really have one..just kind of classic and spring themed but I started feeling guilty like we should have one!

Lisa Lovett

You seriously create the best inspiration. I'm always inspiring when I stop by. thanks for that.

Appreciate your expertise. PS. I left you a request.

thanks always for your help, Lisa

Brenda's Wedding Blog July 21, 2011

such a gorgeous inspiration board - I love the colors you chose too. And, I'm a big fan of theme weddings - of course tastefully done and you have to be careful not to overdue the theme too.

Diana July 21, 2011

This is such a gorgeous board! I love the birdcage veil and her little hat, the boots, the pie, and the horses. Farm and western weddings are one of my favorite themese, brides and bridesmaids in cowboy boots are just so cute! Less is always more I say, another theme that can go overboard is a beach theme, don't overload with the seashells.

Great tips!

PS thanks for stopping by!

A Crimson Kiss July 21, 2011

Love this gorgeous board, and your spot on advice about theme weddings!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin July 21, 2011

One of my besties wore cowboy boots with her wedding gown and it was adorbs!

Nicole | Wedding Flowers Co July 21, 2011

I love your boards!! This is not a theme I would use for myself... but great DO's + DON'Ts thanks!! XOX Nicole

Alicia@CharityWedding July 21, 2011

Love this western palette! Reminds me of Az! You are right, themes can actually be amazing now if done well!

Style, She Wrote July 21, 2011

Latte colored anything makes me happy. xo style, she wrote

Unknown July 21, 2011

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog this morning. It made my day! I love your blog so much! It expands my dreams for my future wedding, and it even helps me put vision to ideas for quilting projects.


I am feeling the love for everything equestrian at the moment and this is such a great board - subtle, but still incorporating the theme. Love it!

5 Point Capitol July 25, 2011

Wow what a post..This is such a gorgeous board! I love the birdcage veil and her little hat, the boots,the pie,and the horses...

About WFG July 25, 2011

Well this tips is worth to read..i like a tasteful themed wedding...It was amazing and scary at the same time.

Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal} August 04, 2011

This is gorgeous! Perfect for the fall, or a rustic wedding in general! Great tips as well! xoxo

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