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wedding theme help needed

Ladies, please help!!

I'm trying to communicate to my wedding planner my vision of a grown & sexy, black love wedding. Me & the babe's favorite movie of all time is Love Jones...we love love that movie...She is thinking 1920's hollywood movie theme, that's not quite it. We just love movies celebrating african americans, romance & classiness...how can I create a theme around that, tying in the food, drinks, decor, etc....any help would be appreciated...

Re: wedding theme help needed

  • edited December 2011
    I would use different black movies as your table names. Make a siggy drink called "Love Jones."

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  • PressMePressMe member
    edited December 2011

    Mahoganieyes had a great idea.  I'd also add things from the movie that stick like poetry and b&w photography.
  • edited December 2011
    You could always name tables after famous " Black Love" couples that inspire you:

    Barack and Michelle Obama
    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett- Smith
    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
    Ashford and Simpson
    Jay Z and Beyonce???
    Denzel and Pauletta Washington
    Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker etc.

    You could also do " Black Love" Movies:
    Love Jones ( of Course!!)
    Love and Basketball
    Why Did I get Married??
    others, can't think right now!!!

    Have you taken e pics yet? You could have your epics taken and have a graphic artist or someone put your picture in a poster that looks like the Love Jones poster with your names on it/ customized for you and display it at the reception or near your sign in book.

    I would also have the reception area set up like a neo soul/ lounge type of feel instead of the traditional tables and chairs. Your DJ should definitely be playing all the neo soul love jams from the Love Jones soundtrack and throw in some Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchid, and other neo soul artists before you start playingthe dance music.

    Also, if its in your budget, you could have TVs/projectors playing clips from the "Black Love" movies that you love in the background ( sound off of course- just as ambience) My FI is in the entertainment business and promotes parties and concerts. He had a similar type party where there were flat screen TVs all throughout the venue that just looped the Love Jones movie all night. It was pretty cool! People loved it!

    I would also suggest renting/ watching these movies again to draw inspiration. My wedding theme is based on the movie "Harlem Nights" I loved the scenes where they are in Sugar Ray's club and everyone is dressed to the nines, drinking, eating, dancing, and gambling. I have even hired casino tables and dealers for my reception! The sky is the limit as to what you can do. Keep me updated on what you decide to do. It sounds like a great theme!!!

  • edited December 2011
    One more thought!!

    You could also incorporate some of the poems- spoken word from Love Jones some kind of way.
  • tamtam7tamtam7 member
    edited December 2011
    I absolutely loooove your theme and love the ideas posted.  When I think of black love I think of an urban chic decor style (I don't know why, I guess because Love Jones is like the quintessential black love movie to me and the look and feel is very urban chic)...lounge chairs modern clean lines, like glass cylinders with candles and flower petals for centerpieces...really simple and chic.  For the food I think...tapas or appetizers really light club-like fare.  Maybe southern, comfort food with an edgy twist...mashed potatoes in martini glasses or something.  I love the idea of a signature drink.  I'm trying to think of cool favors.  If I think of something I'll send you a private message.
  • edited December 2011
    Thanks ladies...I am going to pass your messages along. I'm definitely doing a love jones signature drink...Our guest book will be a journal where our guest can let their creative sides out..We will keep the journal on our coffee table, so this is where the love jones side comes out. We are having a popcorn bar, soda bar & upscale nachos when folx enter our movie premiere wedding. We are having food frome the movie soul food or waiting to exhale (when gloria names her leftovers), and jamaican food from how stella got her groove back...When guests enter they will see a trivia clip about ron & I.

    Stay tuned for more, thanks so much ladies...
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