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Wedding Ceremonies in Theme
Wedding Ceremony in Theme
Randy and Dawn in front of vintage autos at the Old Crown Point Jail where they had their ceremony in theme - Crown Point, Indiana.

Dawn and Randy created their ceremony in theme - the prohibition era of the 1930s. Randy was in gangster attire, complete with fedora, while Dawn's dress and head peace took it's theme from the flapper era as well. Their families are affiliated with antique auto collectors, and so restored Model A's were parked in front of their wedding venue. And the wedding venue was The Old Crown Point Jail where incarcerated John Dillinger carved a piece of wood to make it look like the barrel of a gun. The guard fell for it, and John made good his escape.

A thick line separates a tasteful wedding in theme from one that isn't. Wedding ceremonies in theme need to include that theme in artful ways for the theme cannot be heavy handed. Please look at the following photo of the actual wedding, and continue reading below...

Crown Point Jail

The venue for the ceremony is the actual jail where Dillinger escaped from, and where the Johnny Depp movie "Dillinger" was filmed. Guests had to walk through the same sets of locking jail doors that Dillinger and his cell mates did. The cells can be seen in the photo. The ceremony took place in the "exercise yard" as shown. As guests entered this room, old scratchy recordings of 1930's music were heard in the background as played by the DJ to enhance the setting.

Notice how only the bride and groom are in theme. Bridal party members are in black but are not in costume as are the bride and groom. Doing so would have removed the focus from the couple. The theme complimented the ceremony, but did not dominate it. A theme wedding is often a wedding without traditional attire, a traditional setting, traditional wording or traditional music. It substitutes those for its own. In this case, the music, the attire, the autos of the prohibition period, all in the former home of John Dillinger make the theme of this wedding.

The Joker and Harley QuinnThe greatest temptation to overdo theme weddings are those that take place around Halloween for there is such an array of costumes and personalities to choose from. Some of those weddings, featuring Frankenstein and "the Bride of Frankenstein" with Dracula for a best man and flower children whose heads have been split open by fake axes with fake blood dripping down their little dresses or tuxes make for tasteless affairs indeed.

But as great a temptation as there is, to overdo a Halloween wedding ceremony with its theme, I have seen a number of them done exceptionally well. At left we see The Joker and his girlfriend Harley Quinn. Both are professional actors plying their skills as ushers for a wedding ceremony in Darien Illinois. Neither the bride and groom nor their bridal party was in theme. Only the decor, some of the music, and these two ushers were used to suggest a Halloween theme wedding.

These ushers made for some very unique wedding album photos as they escorted various guests and vips down the aisle prior to the ceremony's start. You can image what photos of aunt Hattie and uncle Wilbur looked like when being escorted down the aisle by the Joker.

All in fun!

As an usher and usherette, for a halloween theme wedding these two were outstanding, and they knew how to play act their characters and make them come alive as well. But costuming such as this on the bridal party, or heaven forbid - the bride and groom - would be in exceptionally bad taste.

Yes, theme weddings aren't for everyone but then again neither are Unity Candles or the playing of the age old traditional wedding march.

A theme wedding just like any other option used, must complement that wedding without stealing its spotlight, or diminishing the importance of the ceremony itself.

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