|Costume-type outfits that adhere to the couple's personal style is a great way to incorporate a move theme into the evening. (Courtesy of Julia Boggio)
Whether your style is Avatar or Alice in Wonderland, there is a way to capture it in your wedding.
Jennifer Maxwell, a wedding planner based in the Greater Toronto area who integrated a movie theme into her nuptials, says the best way to bring the film reel to the reception is to, “Go big or go home.”
Maxwell, an actor who married her jazz-singing husband in July of 2006, says her and her hubby made their special day unique by naming each table after a movie.
“Instead of clinking glasses they had to act out a scene from a movie,” Maxwell says of her wedding guests, who quoted movie lines to prompt the bride and groom to kiss.
“What I would say about weddings is that people want to get involved - they don't want to sit back and watch.”
She fittingly sat her single friends at the Bridget Jones's Diary table, and parents and grandparents at a table aptly named Casablanca.
They played with the traditional garter belt ritual, having her husband draw a number of outrageous objects from underneath her dress, including a giant umbrella and an oversized pair of white underwear to warrant some laughs.
Maxwell explains that it was important to get her guests involved in the occasion.
“People don't remember the centerpieces, they remember how they felt,” she says.
The actor-turned-wedding planner notes that because she didn't become a wedding planner until after she got married, she didn't have the insight that most planners have.
But she says that if she was to get married again, she would go “all out.”
For a cinema-themed wedding she suggests designing the invitation as a movie ticket, and having the program mirror a playbill, with the wedding party acting as the cast.
“There's a way to incorporate a theme without going over the top and being tacky,” she says.
Similarly, a theme like A Night at the Oscars could be played out by having a red carpet, and flashing lights to evoke the presence of the paparazzi.
Maxwell, owner of Wise Bride, a wedding-planning company, says she would shy away from incorporating thematic elements into the ceremony, as that is a sacred time and it could come off as inelegant.
Renee Richards, owner of Turning Page Events, says that a theme can be worked in anywhere in a wedding, from decor to lighting to accessories for the wedding party's formal wear.
If the couple wants to have a Moulin Rouge theme, for example, they could decorate each table with a different playing card. Richards adds that it is not crucial that the wedding party dress the part.
Likewise, having a photo booth can be a fun way to carry out the theme, says Richards, like putting together a tea party set for an Alice in Wonderland wedding to create magnificent memories of guests acting the part.