Choosing the theme of your wedding is an exciting part of the planning process as it’s pretty much the first bit of decor you will be deciding on! Picking a wedding theme is very useful as it helps you stay consistent with the style, look and feel of your wedding. Do you want it to be romantic and girly, filled with greenery and nature, rustic, classic, old-fashioned or full-on glam?
A wedding theme should be about more than just looks or trends. Above all else, a wedding theme should reflect your true personality as a couple and what both of you love and enjoy. You should also have a clear vision of what you want your venue to look like. As I mentioned in my choosing your wedding venue post, keep in mind the decorations you may want, when looking at places. If the location is full of character, you may not have to put in as much work and detail as you would into a more plain and open space.
Also, make sure to think logically about what you want and what it may cost you. Flowers and a few decorative pieces will save you loads of money when compared to intricate gala-like centerpieces, crystal glasses and velvet.
To start you off with wedding theme ideas, I’ve put together some information and inspiration pics of 10 wedding theme options. Don’t take these as a cookie-cutter option, but keep in mind that you can always tweak them and even mesh a few themes together, to make your perfect celebration!
Soft hues, delicate lighting, and plenty of florals. For this theme, envision pastels, hanging lights (possibly chandeliers), calligraphy, and maybe even a flower wall.
Draw inspiration from decades past if you want a vintage style for your wedding—and one of the easiest ways to channel this is through your wedding outfit and beauty look. Opt for lace, neutral makeup accenting lips and pearls. As for the ceremony and reception, you can rely on antique-looking decor, like wooden doors and worn-in seats, to further emphasise a vintage-inspired wedding.
Keep the furniture and the colors of the wedding neutral, as the highlighting element is natural greenery. Think white flowers with tons of leaves, eucalyptus, ficus and other foliage. Incorporate them into your bouquet, table settings and even the dessert table. Not only will it looks beautiful, but you’ll also save quite a bit when it comes to the wedding budget!
Think clean lines, geometric shapes, and minimal design. Put a modern spin on anything from your wedding dress (take a break from white) to your venue decorations, like sleek seats, a cool structural backdrop, or a bold color scheme such as bright blue, silver or even orange.
String lights, mason jars, twine, lace, and all wood everything contribute to the simple and homey vibe of the rustic theme. If you’re a huge DIY fan, rustic wedding decor will be your choice for sure. Consider a unique venue like a chic and intimate barn if this is your dream wedding style.
Just like your wedding dress will most likely look, a bohemian wedding remains cool and carefree, but still beautiful. Keep your venue decorations simplistically elegant, with oriental rugs lining the aisle and altar, decorative pillows, or hanging macramé decorations.
If you’re holding your wedding at the beach, embrace the natural beauty of your surroundings. Keep the colors natural- blues, whites, sand tones and use as much of the nature around you as part of the decor. Think sand-filled jars, seashells, starfish and a tropical menu.
You don’t need a beach location to beautifully pull off a tropical-inspired wedding. You just need plenty of plants (like palm fronds and neon florals), laid-back decor, and a signature beach-y cocktail.
Bright pinks, greens, and navy blues are the name of the preppy game, which can also go hand-in-hand with nautical or southern weddings. A preppy theme allows you to blend formal decor with fun through bold patterns, tasteful bows, dainty fonts, and cheery flowers.
Considering a black-tie scale wedding? If you envision you and your guests dressing to the nines, your overall theme will have to match accordingly. Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The decor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics and crystal chandeliers are a must. And something unexpected—a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd.
Our Wedding Theme
When picking our wedding theme, both Jonas and I had a few ideas in mind and after looking at Pinterest and Instagram, we had narrowed it down to classic elegance or what our wedding coordinator ended up calling “Vintage Elegance” with elements of greenery. Our plan was to utilise white flowers, greenery, books as decoration as well as gold details in the form of candle holders, vases and picture frames. With this we kept the decorations quite traditional and elegant yet with a vintage twist of having everything be rustic gold and old books from the bookshelves in the restaurant. We also used this theme for our wedding invitations, which I will do a separate post about soon.
Our wedding theme suited us and our venue perfectly as we both love classic decor, gold accents, bright, dark colours and white flowers. The restaurant we held our cocktail reception at also had tons of gold decorations, mirrors, vases and a bookcase spanning the entire wall, leading us to be extra lucky with the minor decor we needed to organise with our coordinator. It was definitely a beautiful wedding and I think the theme we chose is so classic and timeless!
I hope these tips and insight into the different themes you can pick for your celebration gives you a bit of an idea of what you want your day to look like and the endless possibilities! At the end of the day, make sure to choose a theme that suits both of you, reflects who you are and decor you think is beautiful! 🙂