Choosing and planning your wedding theme is one of the most fun and creative parts of wedding planning.
Wedding themes can express the imagination of the bride and groom (or wedding planner) and can re-create any setting, from ancient Greece to an underwater paradise.
While most wedding themes are less extravagant than this and usually reflect a color scheme or perhaps a season, we have seen some fabulous and original wedding themes over the years.
For brides looking for creative ideas, here are some to get you started:
- Fairytale: While a Cinderella theme is most common in this category, there are plenty of other options. Cinderella themes can be carried out with such ‘props’ as glass slipper favors, a carriage wedding cake and a horse and carriage to draw the happy couple away to their honeymoon or from the church to the reception.
- Color schemes: From black and gold to silver and white, or even red and pink for a Valentine’s theme, color schemes are a fairly easy and effective way to create a theme fro your wedding. You can color co-ordinate your bridesmaids’ dresses, the flowers and ribbons, and even the table decorations and confetti.
- Tropical: Whether you go with gorgeous tropical flower arrangements or a sandy beach theme, a tropical wedding theme allows your guests to feel as if they’re being whisked away to a tropical paradise. Add some bamboo torches and a calypso band and the illusion is complete!
- Mediterranean: Turquoise and shades of blue, with shimmering candles and all white linens…can you picture it? Add some belly dancers for entertainment and you have a Mediterranean-themed reception your guests will never forget.
- Underwater: Hang fishing nets with shells and sparkly fish…offer water-related favors and give bubble-blowers to the children, and you’ll have a lovely and fun underwater theme. There is lots you can do to create an ‘under the sea’ feel, so just get creative!
- Toga party: For wedding couples with adventurous and non-traditional friends, a toga party can be an unforgettable way to celebrate. Offer beautiful head wreaths of greenery and have extra togas available for those who forget. Add in touches of decor reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture such as archways and columns and you’re set to throw a fab toga party!
- Mythology: Similar to the above example, you could create a theme evoking ancient Greek mythology. Hang Grecian murals on the walls, deck the halls with grecian urns filled with cascading flowers, and add any other mythological props you can think of.
- Medieval: From a medieval wedding gown to a fire lit dinner with minstrels playing music, there are many ideas you can implement to evoke a medieval feeling at your wedding (in a good way!). Try attending a pretend medieval feast at a theme dinner theater for more ideas.
- Fantasy: Weddings are occasions where a bride can indulge the little girl inside, wearing a fantasy dress and planning a magical celebration. Many brides create a fantasy wedding, and there are endless possibilities here. From hiring a magician to adding sparkles or rainbows, you can do anything in this category, as long as it fulfills your fantasies!
- Winter: This is an obvious one – snowflakes, white on white, silver or gold accents, etc.. You can easily create a winter wedding theme with a little imagination.
- Butterfly: From confetti to favors, from napkins to centerpieces, incorporating a butterfly theme is whimsical and enchanting. Pin little butterflies (not real!) on the walls or on linens, offer little butterfly pins. We’ve also seen this done with dragonflies or fairies.
- Old movies or black and white: From film rolls to black and white photos and old music, re-creating a feeling of an old, romantic movie is a unique and memorable theme. You could even play a loop of romantic black and white movie clips in one corner for ambiance.
- Orchard: Re-creating a romantic old Hollywood feel is a great way to provide a unique evening for your guests. Props could include film strips and black and white accessories, and you could even have a loop of old romantic movie clips playing in the background somewhere.
- Hawaiian: Hibiscus flowers, laeis and tropical Hawaiian music floating on the air…aaah, your guests will love it! Hire some professional Hawaiian dancers and the mood is complete.
- Tuscan: Rustic yellows, wine and grape vines, and sunflowers are just the beginning. Research Tuscany and Tuscan décor and you’ll come up with plenty of ideas for this theme.
- Pastels: A mix of pastel colors makes for a romantic wedding theme, and can be implemented any number of ways, from napkins and linens to flowers and favors. Especially in Spring, pastels can evoke romance and a gentler time.
- Seaside: Tiny buckets of sand with tea lights in them, seashells and river rocks…ideas for a seaside theme can be many. Use vases of tall grass and serve crab for a Cape Cod feel, or throw a little palm tree confetti on each table and serve spicy Cajun or Caribbean food for a Caribbean seaside feel. You can find little wedding favors in beach themes such as flip flop key chains or candles with embedded shells and rocks.
- Diamonds are forever: Add some sparkle and pizazz to your celebration with a diamonds theme. Little diamond-shaped sparkly confetti, diamond ring charms or key chains for favors, and a champagne fountain will help you get started. You can also do this with other gems or with pearls.
- Retro: Whether you choose the swinging 60′s or the disco 70′s, you’ll have a great time decorating with a retro theme. Your guests will have a great time enjoying the old-fashioned music, too!
- Special event or religious occasion: From Christmas to Hannukah to Diwali and everything in between, there are beautiful symbols and props to represent every special occasion, and you can incorporate them into your wedding décor to create a themed wedding as appropriate.
There are so many ideas and possibilities this list cannot possibly be exhaustive, and we hope we’ve given you a great start. You’ll find even more ideas in the recommended Wedding Planning Guides – get started right now by clicking on the links in the sidebar. Happy wedding planning!