Using a motif
“We were written in the stars, my love, all that separated us, was time, the time it took to read the map which was placed within our hearts, to find our way back to one another.”
Inspired by this oft-quoted poem of unknown origin, Carly and Erik chose a star-and-starfish theme for their celebration. Casually introduced in their save-the-dates, this motif tied all of the weekend events together. Wedding planner Lynn Buckmaster-Irwin has the following tips for incorporating a theme.
• Consider a motif that has a deeper meaning. Carly and Erik included their meaningful quote in their program.
• Work with a graphic artist if it’s in your budget.
• Use your motif in your printed materials throughout: welcome letter, invitations, programs, and menus.
• For consistency of color, use the Pantone Color Chart to easily coordinate materials from different sources.
• Talk with your vendors about your theme. Lynn says, “Donaroma’s incorporated Stargazer lilies into bouquets. Inside the dinner tent, the ceiling was a cascade of stars illuminated from the inside.”
• Keep it subtle, but present.
• Remember that motifs can take different forms. At the reception, a resin starfish rested on napkins and a compass rose star was integrated into the table cards.
[Originally published in the 2011 issue of Martha's Vineyard Magazine's Island Weddings; reviewed for updates in 2012.]