Ten is a very powerful number that signifies many things. We can start off with the most basic, that we have ten fingers. Ten is the end of a cycle but also the beginning as it kicks off the two-digit numbers. To many groups (Chinese and scientific come to mind), the number ten is good luck, symbolizing perfection and divinity, as well as a modern form of measurement. And let’s not forget how visually pleasing the Roman numeral ten is to the eye. When doing some research on the upcoming October weddings, I realized that wedding dates such as 10/10/10 are very popular because some couples think it will signify good luck for their new lives together. There is also the fact that such a date will be a hard anniversary to forget. While there are many good reasons to have your wedding on 10/10/10, you shouldn’t let the theme swallow up your wedding. After all, the day is about you and your future spouse, not the number ten. This isn’t an episode of Sesame Street. So here is my list of themes that would play along well with an October wedding on the tenth of 2010.
1. A Fall theme is a very simple, yet elegant way to celebrate your October wedding. To start with, put pressed leaves or autumn-color flowers (like orange and red) on the save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, and thank you notes that you send to your guests.You can carry on the theme by having faux leaves decorated on your ten-tier wedding cake. Play Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas (I’m sure he composed them specifically for your 10/10/10 wedding) or hire a violinist and pianist to make the day even more special.
Here’s something fun that can be done during the wedding reception. Have someone close to the bride and groom share their favorite stories of the couple when they were ten years old. While they are doing this, a slide show of pictures of the couple at that age can be played. Something that the bride and groom can do for each other is say ten things they love about each other. This can be included in their wedding vows.
What better way to continue the theme of the number ten than by offering a ten-course wedding menu? If you happen to be ridiculously loaded, Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford, UK offers a ten-course wedding menu that features Cornish crab, Scotland lobster, squab, and farmhouse cheeses. Otherwise, try collaborating with your local caterer to see what menu you can come up with. Try to keep in mind what the seasonal favorites are, like sweet potatoes and glazed ham.
2. Next is the hippie wedding. Ten is a natural number. Aside from that, I couldn’t think about all the astrological associations with the number ten without thinking about hippies. Now I don’t mean dirty, unwashed hippies. I mean hippies of the wedding variety, with long elegant dresses and flowers in their long hair.
One huge benefit to having a hippie-themed wedding is that you and your bridesmaids can wear long, flowing bohemian dresses. This means that no one has to concern themselves too much with whipping themselves into shape and they get the advantage of still managing to look stunning.
Another plus is that you get to wear sandals. Of course this doesn’t mean flip flops. If it is for a wedding, you should wear something nice like jeweled or leather sandals.
For a bohemian wedding, there are many things you can do with your hair. The obvious choice would be to wear it down and natural if it happens to be wavy or curly. Then there are flowers. Your bridesmaids can have single flowers in their hair and you can wear a flower crown or vice-versa, whatever you decide.
This wedding should take place outdoors and since it will be an early October wedding, the weather will be just right. In addition to getting fresh air, this will present many beautiful photographic opportunities. Whether or not you end up outside, string your surroundings (the walls if you are inside, tree branches if you are outdoors) with flower garlands. If you do end up outside, think about setting up a brightly colored tent filled with low tables so that you can have your guests sit on equally bright blankets and pillows that have an Indian influence.
No hippie-themed wedding would be complete without a soundtrack that includes Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In from the musical Hair.
3. Why not have a modern or space-themed wedding? After all, the numbers 101010 are binary numbers and in the last few hundred years, the number ten has been utilized in measurements and currencies. Anyway, if you are getting married on this date and greatly appreciate the importance of this binary number, then it sounds like a fun space-themed wedding is for you.
Good decorations would be science flasks or beakers to serve as vases. Fill them with flowers or with white marbles and tie them to silver, white, and clear balloons to serve as centerpieces. Another way to present these centerpieces is to fill them up with water and LED submersible light ice cubes. The link shows them beautifully highlighting a vase of orchids. Of course, the ice cubes can also be used for drinks. While we’re on the subject of things that glow, glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces would be a fun little party favor to hand out, especially for the younger guests.
You can use star confetti to decorate the tables as well as star garland to decorate the walls. Another look that would work beautifully involves draping white Christmas lights across the ceiling in rows to simulate the night sky. You can also combine the two ideas by hanging star-shaped garland lights from the ceiling.
In terms of wardrobe, silver jewelry, shoes, and ties would all look very nice. Nice bridesmaid gifts would be star charm bracelets or earrings.
A space-age wedding should have a futuristic soundtrack. “Rocket man” by Elton John is the first song that comes to mind, followed by Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” What follows are “Remember Me” by Journey, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra and various other songs by David Bowie and new electropop artist Little Boots.