2020年11月18日星期三

The big day of the civil wedding

 


Answers to the most important questions about planning, wedding ceremonies and celebrations

The civil wedding makes the union between two lovers official. With the signature, the fiancé becomes married. Many couples perceive their church or private wedding as the highlight of the celebrations, but they promise each other their eternal love at the registry office. So that nothing can go wrong on this big day, we have put together the most important answers to all organizational questions for you. formal dresses for women

Where, how, what? - Preparations for the civil wedding

After the marriage proposal comes the big organizational challenge - after all, most couples get married for the first time and a wedding requires a lot of planning. But don't worry, it doesn't have to turn into stress. All you should know is what preparations to do before your big day. We are now giving you an overview of the most frequently asked questions engaged couples are concerned with:

At which registry office can I get married?

First of all, the good news for everyone who has already chosen a particularly beautiful registry office: In theory, you can get married at any registry office within Germany. To do this, however, you have to register personally at the registry office in your place of residence and announce your intention. If you live in different locations, just register.

When you have done this, you can inquire at your desired registry office. For many, the choice falls on the local registry office anyway, but sometimes couples also want a romantic branch office for their wedding ceremony or, for example, want to get married in their future common place of residence. All of this is possible if you register in time.

Is the registry office an authority?

Yes, the registry office is an authority. The registration process is correspondingly correct. Incidentally, the duties of registrars are not limited to getting married, even if most Germans get to know the authority in this context. The registry office is also responsible, for example, for the recognition of paternity, name changes, death declarations or the certification of births. Your marriage at the registry office is an official, legally valid ceremony.

What documents do we need for the civil wedding?

In order to tie your knot in front of the registrar, you need some documents. Here is an overview of which documents you should not forget when getting married:

  • ID card or passport as proof of identity
  • Residence certificate from your residents' registration office
  • Certified birth certificate
    Attention: This must not be older than six months. You can apply for it at the registry office in your place of birth. Do not be confused by older couples: The copy from the family book is no longer necessary since 2009.
  • ID card or passport of the groomsmen

There are also documents for so-called special cases. This is about your current status before the law. For example, if you are widowed, divorced or do not have a German passport, you will need additional documents. The best thing to do is to ask at the registry office.


Which name should we choose?

The right to a name in a marriage is regulated by the BGB, family law §1355. At the registry office you give a name declaration when you get married. Most couples choose a common married name. From a statistical point of view, between 75% and 90% of all couples take the man's name, which varies greatly from region to region. Less than 5% choose the woman's name, the rest choose a double name, or everyone keeps their own family name.

So there are the following options:

  • Joint married name: name of the wife or husband, children have the same name
  • Shared married name / double name: the person whose name is not the married name can put his / her name in front of or behind it with a hyphen, children only have the shared married name
  • if no married name is determined, everyone carries their own name, when a child is born, both parents jointly decide which name the child should have, this decision also applies to other children

A special feature of German naming law exists if one of the partners already has a double name from a previous marriage. In this case, any of these names can also be chosen as a married name.

This means that if Ms. Müller was married to Mr. Meier in her first marriage and bears the name Müller-Meier, then Meier can be set as the joint married name.

How many groomsmen do i need?

Today no witnesses are required for a wedding at the registry office. Since 1998 it has been entirely up to the wedding couple whether they want to order one or two witnesses at all. Most choose to pick one for the bride and one for the groom, but that's not a must either.

However, the identity papers for the witnesses are essential. In addition, they must be of legal age and legal capacity at the time of marriage. It is also important that the groomsmen can follow the ceremony. Therefore, a sworn interpreter is necessary for the translation if your witnesses do not have sufficient command of the German language.

Can / do we have to use the same witnesses for the registry office and the church?

No, as I said, in theory you don't need any witnesses at the registry office. On the other hand, at least one best man per person is required for a church wedding - but there can also be several. So, for example, you can choose two witnesses for the registry office and three more for the church.

The only thing you should keep in mind is that groomsmen also have organizational tasks that they may do better if they are responsible for both marriage vows. Here you can find more information about the duties of withesses . In addition, find out whether your church insists that the witnesses belong to the respective denomination. So it may be that your Muslim friend cannot be your maid of honor at a Catholic wedding. However, this is not a law, but a rule that each pastor interprets individually. It's always worth asking.


Registry office costs - How much are the costs for a civil wedding?

As with any wedding, the costs at the registry office can vary widely. They also depend on what you want to invest. But there are some basic items that are indispensable: the costs for the registration and wedding ceremony at the registry office itself. The fees incurred vary depending on the federal state - but you should expect at least 100 - 200 euros for certificates and appointments alone. By the way, the costs usually increase if you want to get married on a Friday or Saturday. Double names, multiple marriage certificates or renting a special branch office can also significantly increase the fees for the registry office.

You both know best which points have priority or whether you generally say: No savings will be made on this day! Assuming you get married on a different day than church or only civil, then total costs from 1500 euros and up, including all decorations, the hospitality of your guests and the equipment for the bride and groom, are realistic for the civil wedding.

In our guide you will find even more tips that are indispensable for your wedding preparation. We'll also show you what costs you can expect for the entire wedding.

When and with whom? - Appointments and invitations for the wedding at the registry office

You have all the documents together, your cost calculation is in place, but now the first questions about appointments and invitations arise. We provide answers as to who should not be absent at a civil wedding and how the appointment for a wedding at the registry office works:

When do I have to make an appointment for the wedding at the registry office?

The answer is good for all bridal couples to know, because it is as early as possible. Especially if you have a desired date, you should secure it immediately. There are always coveted dates such as December 12th or the summer weekends in general, which are quickly taken.

But be careful: You can register six months before the wedding at the earliest. So set your timer or mark the day in red in the calendar! Because it is better to ask for the desired date immediately than to receive a rejection a few weeks later.

When do I have to order the lineup?

The "contingent" originally came from canon law and was supposed to announce an upcoming wedding. This custom is out of date since a church wedding is no longer compulsory. Since 1998, the public announcement of a marriage is no longer legally necessary. In the past, the regional announcement of a wedding also served to find out possible obstacles. In times of digitization and mobility, it would no longer make sense to order the bid.

Nevertheless, most registrars ask whether a publication is desired, and you can also consider whether you would like a wedding announcement in the newspaper or something similar. The old custom, however, lives on in a whole new way on social media, where many couples announce their engagement.

Is it possible to get married in a civil ceremony on Saturdays?

Yes, that is possible. Many couples would like an appointment on the weekend to invite family and friends who have to travel further. Now the registry offices know that, of course, and they don't actually have opening hours on Saturdays. But you have found a solution: fees. So if you prefer to get married on Saturday (in some places also on Friday), then you should expect additional costs of up to 200 euros.

How quickly do you get an appointment at the registry office?

If you do not have a desired date, the registration at the registry office can go very quickly. That depends on many factors such as the time of year, the workload of the respective office or the completeness of your documents. If you have all the papers, you can theoretically get the next free appointment immediately. That can be in a few weeks or the next day. For the very spontaneous, who like surprises, fate decides the wedding date, so to speak.

Can I get married civilly and in church at the same time?

You can only get married in a civil and church office in individual cases. Because a prerequisite for the civil marriage are official rooms. Such a compact wedding is only conceivable if the registrar and the pastor agree and there is a special branch of the registry office, for example a castle or a palace, that you can rent.




What time can there be between a civil and church wedding?

In order to clarify the question of the time frame, it is important to look again at the legal significance of the civil marriage. You are legally married only through the wedding at the registry office. However, before or after you can get married in church or have a free wedding ceremonyThe order is not fixed. In theory, there can be years between the two marriages. Your alliance for life is still only legally valid if you have given the signatures at the registry office.

Does the civil or church wedding date count more?

For the offices and authorities, the date of the civil registry office is considered to be the most important one, because the marriage was officially recorded on that day. But that shouldn't prevent you from deciding which date is more important to you personally. After all, you should have this date engraved on your rings, because it will always remind you of this wonderful day.

How many guests can I invite to the civil wedding?

In theory, there is no limit to the number of guests. You can invite as many people as you want to attend the ceremony. But bear in mind that the rooms usually require a certain limitation. If there is a large number of guests, it can happen that not all of them can be seated in the wedding room. It is worth asking about the capacities here beforehand. Often branch offices have more space and you can invite everyone who is important to you.


Who do I invite to a civil wedding?

As I said: there can be many, but often it's just the closest relatives, friends and of course the best man. This is not always due to space reasons: the costs can also play a role if a couple is still planning to organize a celebration at the church wedding in addition to the civil wedding. Some married couples decide to only invite most of the guests to the celebration and to share the special moment of the wedding with their closest relatives and friends. Ultimately, it is your very personal decision, for which you do not have to justify yourself to anyone.

What text do I write on the invitations to the civil wedding?

You can design your invitations according to your taste. You should already discreetly indicate what kind of celebration you want. For example, if you go out to eat in a very chic restaurant after the wedding, the invitation cards should also be elegant and point out. The same applies to the text - anything from funny to romantic to official is conceivable.

Your invitation should contain the following information in any case:

  • the dates of your wedding ceremony (place and time)
  • Information about the process (e.g. "We would like to see you in the wedding hall at 9 o'clock.")
  • Possible gift wishes (e.g. "We are very happy about a contribution to our honeymoon in Hawaii.")
  • the re-registration date (e.g. "Please let us know by the end of April whether you can come.")

The big how? - Everything about the civil ceremony

The big day has finally come and you can't wait to say yes to your loved one. So that the moment is really unforgettable, you should know the following answers about the course of the ceremony at the registry office:

How does the marriage ceremony at the registry office work?

In contrast to a romantic church or free wedding, the actual wedding is often relatively sober. First, the registrar will greet you and your guests. This is followed by his speech, which can sometimes be cheerful, sober or romantic, depending on the personality. The civil marriage becomes particularly beautiful through personal elements, e.g. speaking directly to the bride or groom, music or reactions from the guests.

The ceremony usually lasts no more than twenty minutes. After the address, personal data is read out, including that of the witnesses. Then your (new) family name will be announced and certified. Only then does the registrar speak the famous marriage formula, which he usually adds with personal words. Then the wedding couple exchanges the rings and is allowed to kiss. At the end there is the most important formality of the wedding: the signatures of the married couple and the witnesses. You will then be given your family register and will be adopted. Now you can receive the congratulations and congratulations from your guests.


Which side does the bride sit on during the civil ceremony?

In the registry office the groom sits to the left of the bride. In church weddings, this is usually the other way around. Often registry offices help the excited bride and groom by placing a vase for the bridal bouquet on the bride's side. Should you nevertheless "get lost", every registrar will kindly point this out to you. No wedding has failed in the wrong place.

What music can I have played at the registry office?

Music gives the wedding ceremony at the registry office an individual and personal touch. If you want to play a certain song during the ceremony, you have to get permission from the registrar beforehand. Then you simply bring the corresponding CD or MP3 with you on the wedding day.

Life music can be even more romantic. Maybe you know a singer in your circle of acquaintances or someone who can play the violin, guitar or keyboard beautifully. So you have a romantic background for the wedding that will certainly move many guests to tears. It is also worth asking at the registry office, as there is often already contact with musicians or a selection of love songs is available.

Can I get a civil wedding without a bouquet?

Bridal bouquets are not a must, but they are definitely justified. Not only because they look so beautiful in photos, but also to give the bride something to hold on to. A bouquet in hand can take some of your nervousness away. Traditionally, the bridal bouquet for the registry office is smaller than for the church, but that too is up to your taste.

What to do with the bridal bouquet in the registry office?

During the wedding ceremony you can either give it to your maid of honor or simply place it on the table in front of you. You need your hands free when signing, exchanging rings and congratulating yourself afterwards. Some guests will then hand over their first gifts or envelopes and you should be able to receive them. When you have left the registry office, you can throw the bridal bouquet immediately. Perhaps the unmarried ladies among your guests are already waiting for it. However, some brides prefer to keep it a little longer before making someone else happy with it.

Does the ring exchange take place in the registry office or in the church?

Ring swapping is compulsory in church weddings - but how is it at the registry office? In theory, you don't have to exchange rings for a civil ceremony. However, this moment is the most romantic part of the more sober process of a civil marriage. So it would be a shame to do without him. You can of course swap your rings twice.


What name do I use to sign the marriage certificate?

Uncertainty arises when the name changes with the marriage. Many newlyweds wonder if they then have to sign with their old name. No, the marriage certificate is signed with the new, full name followed by your maiden name (born xy). If you decide on a double name, both names must be recognizable in the signature. Many brides practice the new signature before the wedding so as not to go wrong. The registrar will certainly point out to you at the crucial moment that you are not allowed to sign with the old name.

Does the registry office report the marriage to the tax office?

Yes, after the marriage, you as a couple automatically slip into tax class 4. That is irrespective of whether one of the spouses has no salary. This division is worthwhile if you earn almost the same amount. The only possible alternative (tax class 3/5) must be applied for in writing from the tax office. This is suitable for couples who have different merits.


And then? - Celebrate after the wedding at the registry office

You are now legally married and you would like to celebrate this with your loved ones. But how? In the following you will find out whether a champagne reception is mandatory and where you can go with your guests after the registry office:

Should we offer sparkling wine after the registry office?

The champagne reception is not a must, but a nice end to the official ceremony. Just ask at the registry office whether and where serving is allowed. Those who prefer something a little more unusual can of course also offer delicious cocktails. You can also keep your guests happy with small snacks and nibbles. There is often an extra room in the registry office for such a reception. If the weather cooperates, you can move the whole thing outdoors. This part of the celebration becomes particularly important if, due to lack of space, not all guests have fit into the wedding room beforehand. After all, the champagne reception is the greeting of your guests as a married couple.

Where do we go with our guests after the registry office?

The champagne reception is often combined with a standing reception at the actual location of the celebration. The guests can already get to know each other and they don't get impatient if you have an appointment with the photographer, for example. A restaurant or café is suitable as a celebration location, but a large ballroom or garden is also conceivable. That is entirely up to your personal wishes. After the reception you can offer coffee and cake or a whole menu. Of course, both are possible in a row, it depends on your budget and how big you want to hold the celebration after the civil ceremony. long sleeve formal dresses

A tour of the regional sights (e.g. a castle) or a city tour can be a nice change for the guests in between. Ultimately, it is important that you feel comfortable with the program. You know your loved ones best and can assess how and where you can spend a wonderful day with them.

All questions answered? Then the organization can start! And in the midst of all the formalities and planning, don't forget that it's your day together. You have already found the most important thing - the civil wedding is only there to make your love official.














2020年11月10日星期二

16 ideas for your individual wedding motto

 


If you want to make your wedding very special, it makes sense to think about a motto for this wonderful day. But before you go on the big search for inspiration, the answer for you as a couple may be very close. Think about what connects you both in particular: it can be a hobby, a place, a musical genre or anything else. Do you love both hikes in the Alps? Have you been dreaming of a day as a knight and damsel for years? Or do you keep thinking back to that one film that you saw together? You may have already found your wedding motto. formal dresses online

But what does it actually mean to put a certain motto on a wedding? What does this decision affect? Pretty much everything at a party can be designed around a theme. First of all, the choice of location already provides a certain backdrop. You can reinforce the atmosphere there with special decorations. Your invitation cards should also indicate something special at a theme wedding. Often it is not only the bridal couple who dress according to the chosen theme, but also the wedding guests in their outfits. Cake and guest gifts can also be selected wonderfully true to the motto. At the end of the day, the magic of a motto wedding lies in the attention to detail: It doesn't matter whether you marry as a princess or a wild biker, as a rockabilly king or as a Superman

Often a topic like this, which is paramount, makes the small questions of detail even easier. Red roses or a bouquet of wildflowers - which is better for a country wedding? Noble chair covers or 60s armchairs - which exudes more vintage charm? But the diadem or rather a wreath of flowers - how would a princess decide? You will notice that an overarching motto can actually be of support to you.

It is best to proceed as follows:

First considerations for your wedding motto

Sit down with your partner and consider whether you can spontaneously think of one or more mottos that come into question.

collect ideas

If you don't have an idea yet, you should collect inspiration. You can do that here on our blog, in wedding magazines or simply on Pinterest.

Selection of the location

Next you should look for the right location. Because without them there is no theme party. A beach wedding becomes difficult when there is no grain of sand in sight. Sometimes the budget also decides what is possible and what has to remain a dream. It is definitely worth looking around early.

Plan decoration

No matter which motto you choose, this type of wedding needs a lot of individual design. This works best when you or your helpers become a hobbyist yourself, but there are now many decoration ideas to buy. How about a star like on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood as a garland? Or a real saloon door as a photo backdrop for your western wedding? With some creative tricks you can conjure up an exciting backdrop with decorations even from a boring location.

Send invitation cards

The date and location of your celebration should not only be noted on the invitation cards. The design of the card can tell a little story. You can also inform your guests about the dress code according to the motto with a corresponding slogan or directly. In retrospect, nobody has an excuse and can claim that they did not know about the futuristic wedding in the style of Star Trek.

Select music

Sounds determine the atmosphere of a place just as strongly as smells. That's why the music at a theme wedding is almost even more important than it already is. Maybe you will find exactly the band that can underline the atmosphere of your location? An Elvis impersonator should go down well at a rockabilly wedding. An opera singer at the piano is probably better off in the magnificent palace hall.

Think about the details

What shape should your cake have? Can you choose something as a guest gift that fits the motto? Sometimes it is enough to adjust the labels of jam jars or the packaging of the gifts accordingly. What should your hairstyle or make-up look like on the subject? Once you've started dreaming your way into the motto, the ideas will come all by themselves. First try to write everything down and then gradually choose which detailed ideas can be implemented. It is usually very easy to discard an idea, but the goal is to feed the large imagination with many small ones.

The big picture emerges little by little

Do not despair if the balloons that were delivered look more like bleak rubber parts. Only when they float above you at the end filled with helium, you will know why you decided to do so. And that's how it is with many little things: some handicrafts will go wrong, others look rather shabby or silly without a backdrop. Only when everything comes together at the end can you really enjoy your motto. Therefore: take a lot of patience and imagination with you on the planning journey!

1. In the land of colors - weddings in black and white to colorful

Colors are a wonderful way to design a wedding and at the same time give guests plenty of scope for their personal taste. After all, with the default “pink-blue”, “sunflower yellow” or “greenery”, everyone can decide for themselves what they want to wear in this color on your big day. The classic black and white also offers a lot of space to stylishly design decorations and outfits. As a bride, however, you should be aware that you are giving your color for the wedding day with this decision - unless you explicitly mention on the invitation card that no lady should appear in white. Wedding photos with color mottos always radiate great harmony. Therefore, such a topic could come into question for you if you like it harmonious and structured. Those who prefer it more crazy, on the other hand, can opt for a motto like “All the colors of the rainbow”. In this way you create a colorful atmosphere, which possibly goes well in the decoration with current trends such as unicorns. In any case, you exclude the possibility that anyone appears in boring gray at your party. So colors are also a good way to create a mood: green stands for hope, red of course for love, yellow can radiate warmth and blue creates a wonderfully calm atmosphere, which may make you a little more relaxed despite all the excitement. In any case, you exclude the possibility that anyone appears in boring gray at your party. So colors are also a good way to create a mood: green stands for hope, red of course for love, yellow can radiate warmth and blue creates a wonderfully calm atmosphere, which may make you a little more relaxed despite all the excitement. In any case, you exclude the possibility that anyone appears in boring gray at your party. So colors are also a good way to create a mood: green stands for hope, red of course for love, yellow can radiate warmth and blue creates a wonderfully calm atmosphere, which may make you a little more relaxed despite all the excitement.


2. As enchanted - wood fairy and elf weddings

Fairy weddings are of course most beautiful in the forest. If you can't imagine anything more romantic than getting married with your partner in a small clearing with lots of greenery and some fairy tale elements, then you should consider this motto. On your invitation cards, leaf elements can already anticipate what the guests will expect on this beautiful day. Whether you want to design your outfits according to the theme is of course up to your taste. It becomes true to style with the help of a make-up artist and real elf ears. Otherwise, wings, flower arrangements or floral details in your make-up could also show that you are a forest fairy or an elf. Wind chimes are a good tip to reinforce the mysterious atmosphere of your forest clearing with beautiful sounds. Musically you can of course fall back on the classic harp sound, but delicate guitar sounds are also wonderful in the forest. You will see that the ring case for yourWedding rings to lovingly designed pastries for the guests will all adapt wonderfully to this playful motto. Children also love this theme a lot as it encourages dressing up. Just let yourself be inspired by the scenes of great Hollywood films in which fairies play a role. Much of what seemed like a fantasy can be easily reworked or simply ordered.

3. Love is all you need - the hippie wedding

Do you love the music of the 60s? Then you are made for a wedding in the style of the flower power movement. As a bride, this means wearing a dress that is rather plain and captivates with individual lace details. A wreath of hair made of flowers can also look very beautiful. As a groom, everything is a bit more relaxed than at a classic wedding: How about a colorful shirt? Or the whole suit? Open shirt buttons are allowed, sunglasses are almost a must. Of course, this dress code also applies to your guests: it can be colorful, wild and a little dreamy. Flowers, other natural jewelry and feathers play a major role in all accessories and also in decoration. Handicrafts are allowed, the self-made character is part of this topic. A crucial point at a hippie wedding is of course the background music: from the Beatles to Elvis to the Rolling Stones. Mood maker can either be a good cover band or an experienced DJ. Take a close look at its range beforehand - 60s experts should still fall back on the hits of the decade so that your guests can sing and dance along. The location is also decisive for this motto: a hippie festival is of course best outdoors, on a green meadow or in the garden. With colorful posters and lots of decorations, an indoor party is also quite conceivable. Take a close look at its range beforehand - 60s experts should still fall back on the hits of the decade so that your guests can also sing and dance along. The location is also decisive for this motto: a hippie festival is of course best outdoors, on a green meadow or in the garden. With colorful posters and lots of decorations, an indoor party is also quite conceivable. Take a close look at its range beforehand - 60s experts should still fall back on the hits of the decade so that your guests can also sing and dance along. The location is also decisive for this motto: a hippie festival is of course best outdoors, on a green meadow or in the garden. With colorful posters and lots of decorations, an indoor party is also quite conceivable.


4. Princess for a day: fairy tale, knight or medieval wedding

You only get married once! That is why it is the dream of many couples to feel like a prince and princess for once. Of course, this works best with the right location: a castle, a palace or at least a hotel with a turret offer the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding. When it comes to choosing the wedding dress and suit for the groom, the motto is: Don't mess, but plop. Although discreet and tasteful jewelry can tell of the wealth of a royal couple, a crown or a particularly elegant shoe makes perfect sense here. Your guests will also be delighted to be able to dive into the world of knights for a day, for example. You can enhance this experience not only with the decoration, but also in the choice of the menu. Should it be a pig on the spit for the knightly table? Or is the princess' wedding cake decorated with a crown or lots of funny frogs and a golden ball? Pay attention to the details and possibly even do without certain modern wedding gimmicks such as disposable cameras or films that are played on the laptop. These could distract from the magical world you have created. Instead, provide good music - whether from a medieval guitar player or rather from a modern band, it's up to you. Perhaps your waiters, photographers or other employees can even dress according to the motto? As is well known, asking does not cost anything here. The rounder the picture on this day, the easier it will be for you and your guests to take you and your guests into another world for a day.

5. Let flowers speak - floral wedding mottos

A flower motto is unobtrusive and still creates a beautiful connection between all the decorative elements of a wedding celebration. Floral themes are rarely found in the outfits of the guests, but they are mandatory in the bridal bouquet, the bride's hair accessories or the groom's flower pin. If you as a couple share a love for sunflowers, roses or other colorful and cheerful types of flowers, this wedding motto is perfect for you. The floral patterns can decorate invitation cards, table decorations, grasses, favors, wedding cakes and guest books. Some caution is advised with flowers that have special meanings: Lilies, for example, are traditional mourning flowers, although they actually also represent light and hope. Of course, that doesn't mean that you have to decide against lilies,


6. Polkadots meet the west: vintage and rockabilly weddings

Old things are exactly your thing? You can spend hours at flea markets and love the charm of grandma's old buffet? Then you should think about a vintage wedding. You can make the entire decoration out of beautiful used things: old photos, cameras and costume pieces are wonderful accessories for this topic. The location doesn't have to be magnificent: an old barn or an old ballroom with crumbling stucco can be very attractive. A wedding like this is perfect when the bride and groom also get married in rockabilly outfits: For the bride, this means petticoat, polkadots, updos and pearl earrings. The groom will shine in a suit with a waistcoat in brown or black tones, he should attach great importance to a gel hairstyle or a hat as a headgear. Rockabilly has a nostalgic effect and is reminiscent of the 50s and 60s. You can of course move your vintage wedding back to another decade. It all depends on the era in which you feel most at home. Often times, grandmothers and fathers can be of great help when choosing clothes or decorative details. After all, it is most beautiful when you don't have to spend a lot of time buying these together, but the old pieces already come from your family. Then only the guests have to dress in the appropriate era and you can rock the floor. Maybe you have mastered a few rock 'n' roll steps for your opening dance? It all depends on the era in which you feel most at home. Often grandmothers and fathers can be of great help when choosing clothes or decorative details. After all, it is most beautiful when you don't have to spend a lot of time buying them together, but the old pieces already come from your family. Then only the guests have to dress in the appropriate era and you can rock the floor. Maybe you have mastered a few rock 'n' roll steps for your opening dance? It all depends on the era in which you feel most at home. Often grandmothers and fathers can be of great help when choosing clothes or decorative details. After all, it is most beautiful when you don't have to spend a lot of time buying them together, but the old pieces already come from your family. Then only the guests have to dress in the appropriate era and you can rock the floor. Maybe you have mastered a few rock 'n' roll steps for your opening dance? but the old pieces already come from your family. Then only the guests have to dress in the appropriate era and you can rock the floor. Maybe you have mastered a few rock 'n' roll steps for your opening dance? but the old pieces already come from your family. Then only the guests have to dress in the appropriate era and you can rock the floor. Maybe you have mastered a few rock 'n' roll steps for your opening dance?

7. Crazy different: biker weddings

If you love your motorcycle almost as much as your partner, a biker wedding is definitely an option. The bride's white dress will then likely be complemented by black accessories - at least a helmet and vest will not be missing when the bride and groom leave the court after the wedding. In the best case scenario, all the other guests are real bikers and can organize a very special kind of “car parade”. Of course, the aim is to go to a rustic rocker pub or another suitable location. A rock band or at least a very good DJ is essential for an unforgettable party. Both in the decoration and in the outfits of the guests and the bride and groom, it is the breaks that create the mood here: hearts, glitter, Flowers are not automatically banned - they are only combined with rock elements, hard leather, dark colors or robust wood. As a real biker, you know best what you like anyway, and everything is allowed at this motto wedding.


8. In love with animals - wedding mottos with four-legged friends

Many animal lovers do not want to spend the big wedding day without their loved ones. Therefore it is quite logical that you decide on a horse, dog or cat wedding. Horses are already present at many weddings because of the carriage rides. But you can focus on this part of the festival even more and, for example, offer horse-drawn carriage rides or horse riding for your guests. The other four-legged friends play more of a role as photo motifs. Dogs can also become ring bearers, for example. Of course, wedding jewelry for the animals should not be missing: there are cute bows or hats for cats and dogs, horses can be adorned on the mane or decorated with water-soluble paint. Think carefully beforehand whether your animal will have as much fun at the party as you will. After all, only four-legged friends who are used to lots of people and excitement should take part. Other animals can also create wonderful wedding mottos: butterflies or peacocks, for example, are very decorative. Both give you the opportunity to match your decoration to them and at the same time remain discreetly in the background. With their tenderness, however, these animals spread a romantic note that can add the dot to your celebration.

9. Hollywood sends its regards - the wedding as a big film premiere

If you're a big Hollywood fan or maybe share a love for a particular movie, then a movie premiere wedding can be exciting. Maybe your location already has a red carpet? Get a bit of a flash of lightning storms with photographers or committed friends. This motto makes for a really big appearance and this is also noticeable in the outfits for the "stars and starlets" theme: large evening wear is required here, the bride can shine in a particularly eye-catching and elegant wedding dress, the groom underscores this elegance a classic to modern suit in chic black. Your guests will be particularly impressed if you can organize some film accessories as decorations. Of course there are no limits to the imagination and the equipment and the rooms you choose will depend very much on your film genre. Do you want to hunt down criminals with James Bond and get married in a fancy casino? Or do you like westerns and would rather have a party next to the stables, with the smell of horses and a real cowboy feeling? Superheroes, Disney characters or series stars could also be by your side on your big day. Those who are very fond of a film probably prefer to take on the leading role themselves. Those who are less into disguise and more into glamor will above all ensure that real Hollywood flair blows through the location. Invitations in the form of director's flaps can perfectly announce your motto. But also when decorating your location you can fall back on a large assortment of detailed accessories from the world of the rich and beautiful: How about a star on the Walk of Fame as a place mat for each of your guests? Or a shoot for a gossip magazine that your photographer does with anyone who is in the mood for the life of a star? The main thing is that you don't get into negative headlines with your film premiere.


10. 99 balloons or 1000 hearts - decoration as an experience

Hearts or balloons are used at many weddings - but only on a few are they so central that everyone will perceive them as a motto and not just as a decoration. These topics are particularly suitable if you do not want to put in a lot of creative effort. They create a wonderful wedding atmosphere and are still compatible with every location and taste. All wedding accessories can be wonderfully decorated with hearts. In your premises, the following applies: more is more. Balloons are really impressive when there are too many of them floating on the ceiling. Perhaps every guest will find a balloon weighted down by their gift on their own seat. But when decorating, pay attention to the shelf life of the respective fillings: most helium balloons hang their heads noticeably after a few hours. Either you make sure that someone in the next room takes the trouble to keep the decoration fit or you live with the fact that at the end of the evening not all the balloons will be floating in the air. If you choose the heart motto, it means pure romance for your celebration. Maybe you agree on certain colors for the hearts beforehand, like the classics: red and white, or you want it really colorful. Schlager music fits in with this. Otherwise, the musical accompaniment of the evening is very open on these topics. The same applies to the cloakroom: in the end, it is up to you and the guests to decide whether someone wants to implement the motto in their outfit. that someone in the next room takes the trouble to keep the decoration fit or you live with the fact that at the end of the evening not all the balloons will be floating in the air. If you choose the heart motto, it means pure romance for your celebration. Maybe you agree on certain colors for the hearts beforehand, like the classics: red and white, or you want it really colorful. Schlager music fits in with this. Otherwise, the musical accompaniment of the evening is very open on these topics. The same applies to the cloakroom: in the end, it is up to you and the guests to decide whether someone wants to implement the motto in their outfit. that someone in the next room takes the trouble to keep the decoration fit or you live with the fact that at the end of the evening not all the balloons will be floating in the air. If you choose the heart motto, it means pure romance for your celebration. Maybe you agree beforehand on certain colors for the hearts, like the classics: red and white, or you want it really colorful. Schlager music fits in with this. Otherwise, the musical accompaniment of the evening is very open on these topics. The same applies to the cloakroom: in the end, it is up to you and the guests to decide whether someone wants to implement the motto in their outfit. that means pure romance for your celebration. Maybe you agree beforehand on certain colors for the hearts, like the classics: red and white, or you want it really colorful. Schlager music fits in with this. Otherwise, the musical accompaniment of the evening is very open on these topics. The same applies to the cloakroom: whether someone wants to implement the motto in their outfit is ultimately up to you and the guests. that means pure romance for your celebration. Maybe you agree on certain colors for the hearts beforehand, like the classics: red and white, or you want it really colorful. Schlager music fits in with this. Otherwise, the musical accompaniment of the evening is very open on these topics. The same applies to the cloakroom: in the end, it is up to you and the guests to decide whether someone wants to implement the motto in their outfit.

11. Into the future together - Star Wars and Co.

Would you like to say yes on another planet or in a spaceship? A wedding in the style of Star Wars, Star Trek or other futuristic films is spectacular, but also associated with a lot of decorative effort. A location that is more atmospheric is best suited as a location: barns, castles or splendid halls are out of the question. It is best to choose a location that you can transform perfectly into a spaceship with your decoration. Maybe planets just hang from your ceiling and beam your guests into space. You can already design the invitation cards in the form of UFOs, spaceships or certain celestial bodies. Science fiction newbies in particular will be very grateful for tips on how to organize the cloakroom. Of course, unusual and creative outfits are available here. But you should be aware beforehand that not everyone wants to dress up. Maybe you have a special solution for those who don't like disguise? How about, for example, a headband in the shape of an astronaut helmet, lightsabers or other accessories that your guests can wear for photos in a future look? Real trekkis will definitely fall in love with the numerous decoration ideas that the network offers. And Star Wars fans could make themselves and their guests happy with an R2-D2 cake or let a child pass out life advice as Obi-Wan-Kenobi at the party. The music can of course also come from another world: techno or minimalist electronics are ideal. But of course that is not a must. The main thing is that you and your guests float away from our universe for a day and celebrate your love in space. May the force be with you.


12. Sea, forest or mountains - wedding mottos straight from nature

These ideas for your wedding motto depend heavily on the available locations. If you are planning a wedding on the alpine pasture, it must be determined in advance whether the mountain hut will be free on your date. If, on the other hand, you really want the beach and the sea around you, then you should look around in good time for a beach bar, a suitable restaurant with a jetty or another location by the water. But then there are no longer any limits to the anticipation of planning: Should your guests appear in beach clothing? Weddings by the water are traditionally more casual, this also applies to the bride and groom. Your decoration can consist of maritime elements such as shells or stones. You can possibly do without shoes entirely or take out your flip-flops. Otherwise, you can create the right holiday mood with cocktails and a light summer menu. A guitar player in a Hawaiian shirt could later convince your guests at the campfire that he has arrived in the perfect beach fantasy. Those who love the mountains may hike to the mountain summit with their guests on the day of the wedding. There is hardly oneBackdrop for the yes-wordwhich is more impressive, especially after a hard climb. Bear in mind that not all of your guests are as good on their feet as you are and organize alternatives. In the hut, a hearty meal and good beer can ensure the desired relaxation. The same applies here: don't expect perfection. These nature-loving mottos live from their adventurous character and are suitable for couples who are very connected with the sea, mountains or the forest. Because a wedding in the forest of leaves can also be wonderful. This theme offers many possibilities in terms of decoration. The leaf as a motif will turn your table decorations and invitation cards into wonderful mementos. In addition, this can be borrowed directly from nature and is therefore free of charge. You will also find large branches, roots or chestnuts, if you go looking for a walk in the forest. With the wedding motto Blätterwald you can give your wedding in autumn a warm atmosphere. There may be an old inn in the forest that is suitable as a location for this nature-loving motto.

13. The beginning of a journey together - city or country mottos

Some couples know exactly where they want to get married because they share a favorite place. Sometimes this was the result of a trip, sometimes it is simply the area from which the wedding couple comes. Regardless of whether a North Frisian or Bavarian wedding, a Venetian or a Caribbean wedding, city and country mottos are made to make your celebration something special. It starts with the fact that both the menu and the flag decoration are already clear. Of course, instead of flags, other garlands or decorative elements could be designed in the colors of the respective country. For a wedding motto like "Venice" there is also a strict cloakroom order: transform your location into an exciting ball with masks and old Venetian clothes. For city mottos, large printouts of the city silhouette can serve as a background for the band or certain specialties of this city as guest gifts. In your invitation card, which can already reveal a lot about the motto, you can also explain why this place has a special meaning for you. Topics such as “a Sicilian evening” or “a safari in South Africa” will certainly inspire guests to create unusual outfits and give your celebration a very individual note. A traditional band or a Schuhplattler is almost a must for an explicitly Bavarian wedding. Think about whether you want the right background music for your party - otherwise small style breaks like East Frisian rockers are always allowed.


14. With style, charm and sequins: 20s weddings

You watched “The Great Gatsby” together and kept wondering: Why can't you get married like this? You can: In the style of the 20s. This motto offers the luxury of a long past decade and at the same time many opportunities to disguise. In order to capture the mood of a glamorous ball, your location should be correspondingly large: possibly a hall that particularly exudes style and timelessness. A too modern ambience can quickly spoil the mood. Objects that exude a high-quality taste are suitable as decorations, preferably in the basic tones gold and black. For women, a 20s wedding means: water waves, pearls and headdresses as well as chic, straight-cut dresses decorated with sequins. The groom wears tailcoat and top hat - the male guests do the same. Whether guest gifts or invitation cards: make sure that everything looks noble but not too grand. A jazz band provides the right atmosphere, maybe there will be a DJ who will be able to put on old records in such a way that your hall forgets that it is using a mixer and not a gramophone. However, if you can find an old one, this is certainly very attractive as a decoration. The best thing to do is just watch a few old films together and let yourself be captured by the mood of the time. However, if you can find an old one, it is certainly very attractive as a decoration. The best thing to do is just watch a few old films together and let yourself be captured by the mood of the time. However, if you can find an old one, it is certainly very attractive as a decoration. The best thing to do is just watch a few old films together and let yourself be captured by the mood of the time.

15. Rustic but chic - a wedding in the country

A very individual way of designing your wedding motto can be a rural wedding. A decorated barn or many beer tables in the garden of a country house can exude the right charm. You should put a lot of emphasis on flower decorations, which can be made of wild flowers and grain stalks. The choice of tablecloths and other jewelry is also rustic: bales of straw and properly cut tree trunks create a rustic atmosphere, red and white or blue and white checked blankets create a farmhouse atmosphere. But don't underestimate the popularity of this type of wedding: for you that means looking for the right location very early on. Otherwise you have to set up the long benches and tables in your own garden at the end. Agricultural implements as decoration for your celebration should not be underestimated: Whether it has to be a whole tractor or a few pitchforks are enough, that's up to you. In any case, the guests will love the casual atmosphere of your celebration. At a country wedding, women can appear in light summer dresses, men are not required to wear a tie, and the dress code is generally very casual. If you surprise the guests with a traditional dance or a game with a rural character, they are sure to be delighted. Men are not required to wear a tie here, the dress code is generally very casual. If you surprise the guests with a traditional dance or a game with a rural character, they are sure to be delighted. Men are not required to wear a tie here, the dress code is generally very casual. If you surprise the guests with a traditional dance or a game with a rural character, they are sure to be delighted.


16. Love on cold and warm days - seasonal mottoes

What could be more obvious than adapting the wedding motto to the time of year in which you are getting married? Beach weddings are suitable in summer, and the foliage weddings already described in autumn. But you can also organize wonderful celebrations on cold days or in spring. Why not use the winter and turn your party into an individual ice wedding? If you love the cool, you can imagine creating an enchanting decoration for this motto with the colors white, silver and light blue. Lanterns in elegant white, plus silver glitter on all tables and arrangements made of wood and white flowers could be the right thing. Icicles or snowflakes are also very welcome as motifs. Any hall is suitable as a location, but the atmosphere is particularly beautiful when a large window front allows a view of the beautiful winter landscape. Otherwise you have to help and bring this landscape into the hall in the form of projections or pictures. If you would like to take pictures in the snow, you should dress warmly. Jackets or other throws are always available for wedding dresses. Furs (preferably fake, of course) can create a mood as well as warmth. If you want to put your ice cream down to the last detail, you can of course have cocktails served in white and blue or set up a candy bar with sweets in these tones. If, on the other hand, you are more of a spring child, then this motto is perfect for your big day. Colorful colors, lots of fresh flowers and the hope that there will be no April showers are part of such a wedding. Just like in autumn and winter, nature offers the best inspiration for your decoration. Spring always means lightness - you should be able to see that in the bride's dress and her hair accessories. The music is not necessarily fixed for seasonal mottos: whatever is allowed is allowed. formal dresses with sleeves

This also applies to all other mottos: don't let anyone confuse you - it's your wedding. If someone cannot understand why you want to get married in a spaceship, then they simply don't know you enough. The most important thing is that you as a couple agree and find exactly the topic that suits you. And everyone can be boring and normal, but individual and memorable - only a motto wedding can do that. So collect ideas and make this special day your personal dream!