Picking out wedding themes can be one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process. Take a look at these awesome, wedding ideas on how to make a lasting impression at your wedding and set the tone for your big day. Your choice of venue, transport, cake, decorations and outfits should all be carefully considered when striving to create a particular theme.
For a vintage style wedding ceremony, you can rely on antique-looking decor, like weathered doors and wood chairs dressed up with lace for a vintage feel.
A long-sleeved lace wedding gown with floral crown or a Juliet headdress exudes vintage glamour. Instead of a fresh flower bouquet, the bride can carry a sola flower bouquet with pearls and antique brooches.
Suspend vintage lanterns above your tables and use antique china dishes instead of modern looking ones at a vintage wedding. Place your floral garlands in antique gold vessels and a stack of vintage leather-bound books on each table, topped with a framed quote from one of the classic literary picks.
For wedding favors, give your guests tea tins with tea in them.
Dress up your cake with pearls, flowers, and ruffles for a vintage feel.
Embrace the vintage theme fully during photo shoots by having the groom and groomsmen wear vests with vintage pocket-watches and the bridesmaids carry lace parasols.
At the reception, ask your guests to type their well wishes for you on a retro typewriter or sign your guest book by quill and ink. Large vintage mirrors can double-up as seating charts.
Zip away from your ceremony on a classic car or a vintage Vespa scooter.
Consider a rural venue, like the country side or an intimate barn, if this is your dream wedding theme. Barns lend themselves well to the rustic theme with their natural settings. Decorate your venue with hay bales, crates, and barrels. Twinkling fairy lights and candles are all you need to create a rustic yet glamorous vibe.
Greet your guests with a chalkboard wedding menu propped up by bales of hay. Decorate your aisle with burlap, lace, and baby’s breath garlands.
The color palette of a rustic wedding carry cream, brown and white. Dress trestle tables with tree stump centerpieces, burlap table cloths and lace runners, have arrangements of fresh flowers in vintage milk jugs. Desserts can be displayed from a vintage farm wagon.
The rustic bridal bouquet is purposely imperfect, choose an arrangement that looks like you could have plucked it right out of the garden. Add a rustic touch to the bride’s gown by choosing a simpler dress style or a lace design. Complete the groom’s look with a less formal tweed suit and a succulent boutonniere combined with twigs and fresh leaves.
Mason jars filled with jam and honey makes lovely wedding favors or send each guest home with a handmade soap. And end the night with a bonfire surrounded by your loved ones.
Bohemian weddings have a distinct soft and romantic feel that is earthy and inspired by nature and the beautiful outdoors making them perfect if you have a spring or summer date.
They incorporate an eclectic mix of natural, rustic and vintage details. Decorate your ceremony venue with a natural wood arch with muted flowers and crocheted fabrics. Macrame can be used as a wall hanging backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Hang dream-catchers or God’s Eyes in a range of sizes and colors around the venue to lend the bohemian feel to your ceremony.
Oriental rugs and decorative pillows can be scattered around the ceremony venue for lounging. A teepee filled with comfy blankets and pillows provide a unique lounge area and a photo booth backdrop for guests.
Bohemian brides can embrace the theme fully, with airy and flowing gowns with flower crowns. One of the key looks for a boho bride is the hair, it should scream effortless and carefree. Think pretty mussed up waves, loose plaits, and loose mermaid braids accented with flower bands and crowns.
The bohemian bouquet should be unstructured, loose and intentionally eccentric with oversized flowers in a cascading shape.
A weathered table with crocheted table runner and lush blooms in a range of colors look gorgeous. Bohemian cakes have a natural and organic look. Fresh flowers, herbs, and fruits are used to decorate wedding cakes.
If you envision a formal/traditional wedding, you will want to have a full sit-down dinner with complete table settings, ornate flower arrangements and an exquisite head table.
Traditional wedding has a timeless look that is elegant and classic which showcases the affinity for romance and intimacy. The venues are generally sophisticated like country clubs, hotels, ballrooms, and banquet halls. If you prefer an outdoor venue, consider a vineyard, formal garden or the grounds of a castle.
Decor that are inherently classic, such as fine china, candelabras, chair sashes and luxury table linens offers a sophisticated look to a traditional themed wedding.
For a formal bouquet, avoid trendy, oversized arrangements or an abundance of loose greenery. Instead, go for a more symmetrical bouquet that sticks with a few types of flowers and accents. Finish the bouquet with satin ribbons or lace.
The timeless allure of the Art-Deco wedding with its Great Gatsby-era glamour is still getting a lot of attention. Decorate your ceremony backdrop with hanging gold geometric shapes. A classic gold, black and ivory dominate the color scheme of this jazz-age theme.
For your reception, a mirror framed in weathered gold propped on an easel makes a ‘20s-inspired seating chart. Gold sequined tablecloths and sumptuous floral garlands in vintage vases adorned with feathers and pearls as part of your table settings. A romantic place setting of gilded flatware, dishes of intricate design, and a menu with the standard Art Deco sunburst will add to the vintage allure. Top it all with a black and white photo booth to transport guests to another time and place.
Set the tone for your wedding with a simple, chic invitation in white and gold. Include 1920s typography and gold-foiled details to your wedding stationery, escort cards and menu cards.
A vintage getaway car is the only way to ride off into the sunset from your 1920s-inspired party.
A nautical theme perfectly complements a beach side ceremony where natural beauty and breezy settings are abundant.
An ceremony arch made from white linen fabrics and lush florals complements the scenery. Ceremony chairs can be dress up with starfishes and navy and white striped ribbons. A color palette of navy, white and sand compliments the blue waters and sandy shoreline.
Your reception tables will be the focal point of your entire venue so making them look their best is a must. Tablescapes decorated with ocean-inspired decor and nautical props like seashells, driftwood, ropes, and sailboats add to the truly nautical feel of the wedding. Flickering votive vessels wrapped in rope or vintage lanterns can lend to the nautical theme.
Make the theme of the event known to your guests by adding a motif to all your wedding stationery, escort cards and menu cards, like a piece of rope tied in a sailer’s knot, an anchor, a helm or a lighthouse and is an easy way to add a personal touch to your nautical decor.
A seafood barbecue is a fun way to get your guests to mix and mingle all while chowing down on some delicious seafood. The wedding cake can be decorated with fresh flowers and fondant waves.
One advantage to planning a holiday wedding is an instant theme. The season lends itself to a distinct color palette and design direction. Crisp blues, silvers, and whites create a glamorous color scheme for modern Christmas wedding themes. If you prefer a more traditional holiday theme, go with a red and green color palette, mixing in natural wood tones for a truly rustic feel.
The regal choice for a Christmastime bride is a bedazzle ball gown. A bouquet of red flowers and pine cones add a fun and wintry twist. You can certainly incorporate your favorite aspects of the festive season into your theme as lavishly or as subtly as you desire.
Every great theme is tied together through all aspects of the event. Let your guests know that your wedding will be festive from the very beginning, add Christmas sparkle to your invitation suite with a gold belly band and a confetti inset. When your guests open it they will immediately know that they are RSVP’ing to a festive wedding event.
Decorate your ceremony chairs along the aisle with ornaments and berries that match your color scheme. Make it “snow” as you walk down the aisle by having faux snow confetti thrown by your guests.
For a modern, cool winter feel, create an elegant table setting by placing tea lights on top of mirrored tiles. The flickering of the lights will sparkle throughout the reception room, creating a shimmering wintry feel. Set a romantic tone for the evening with dramatic candelabras. Mix this look with white dinnerware, and crystal ornaments hanging from tall branched centerpiece for a truly whimsical winter wonderland feel. Vintage-inspired glassware filled with fresh seasonal blooms can also serve as centerpieces.
Arrive at your ceremony in a horse-drawn sleigh, complete with bells and a festively outfitted coachman, evoking the sense of a nostalgic Christmastime affair.
Whatever theme you choose, remember to slow down and enjoy every minute of the planning and event. If no one theme speaks to you, there is nothing to stop you from incorporating pieces from several themes, or choosing a completely original style. It is your wedding, so play by your own rules.