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Getting engaged and the months of planning that follow are exciting—but they can also be overwhelming. As you shop around for wedding themes, you’ll run into many to choose from. The best way to choose a memorable theme for your outdoor wedding is to consider what kind of wedding will best reflect your personality and lifestyle. Rather than going with popular trends, it is usually best to choose a wedding theme that reflects your interests and aesthetic. Below are some tips for how to choose an outdoor wedding theme that will be memorable.

Start by Asking Yourself Some Questions

If you are trying to decide your wedding theme, a good place to start is by asking yourself some questions. This will help you get a picture of what you want your wedding day to look like. Some good questions to consider when choosing a wedding theme include: 


  • What do you want your wedding to look like?
  • How do you want your guests to feel as they walk in?
  • Do you have a flower with a sentimental meaning in your relationship?
  • What kind of decorations do you have at your house?
  • Is there something that defines your relationship, such as a love of music?
  • Do you envision your dream wedding as romantic, rustic, or sophisticated?


Pondering over these questions with your partner will help you decide on a wedding theme that you both want. Once you have a picture of what your theme is going to be, you can start to delve into some other factors, such as choosing a venue, deciding what season you want your wedding to be in, and determining how formal you want the party to be.  

Choosing a Venue

Your wedding venue will likely take a big part of your wedding budget. You’ll want to take the time to find a venue that will reflect your theme and create a memorable ambiance. Different venues will create different atmospheres at a reception, so it is important to choose a place that will match the vibe you’re going for. For example, if your theme is bohemian, you might not want to choose to host your wedding in a grand wedding hall. 

Choosing a Season 

Another important choice in the wedding planning process is the season in which you want to schedule your wedding. Most of the time, the season you choose will need to reflect the theme you are going for. For example, it will be hard to host a garden-themed wedding in winter. Each season will provide its own unique offerings, such as different atmospheres and natural colors. 

Choosing Your Dress Code

As you are planning your wedding, you should decide whether you want a formal or casual dress code. The formality of your wedding should reflect your wedding’s theme. If you’ve chosen a large ballroom as your wedding venue, it might be a good idea to have a black-tie dress code. Conversely, if you are having a beach wedding, you might want to consider keeping the dress code more casual. 

Contact Windows on the Water to Plan Your Outdoor Wedding

Are you planning the tent wedding of your dreams in Central New Jersey? At Windows on the Water, our wedding experts know how to make your wedding day smooth and special. When you consult with one of our wedding professionals, you can enjoy your special day stress-free knowing all the small details are in trusted hands. Call (609) 208-9475 to talk with our expert wedding and event staff, or complete our contact form.