Your wedding is already a special day. Even if you opted to go for a traditional wedding with a ‘no frills’ approach, it would still be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life. We have nothing against traditional weddings – they’re beautiful occasions, and they’re a way to mark your commitment to your partner with dignity and a sense of ceremony. At the same time, we know they’re not for everybody. Not everyone wants to have a wedding that’s just like all the other weddings they’ve been to. Some people want to add their own stamp on the occasion – and that’s where themes come in!
A good wedding theme can make your big day even more memorable. It will live on in the memories of your friends and family longer than the average wedding does, and if you pick a theme that reflects your personality, it’s a way to make the day even more personal to you. It becomes a celebration not just of your marriage but also of the things that matter the most to you. Not only that, but it also makes your wedding fun – and it’s a type of fun that everyone can get involved in by dressing to match the theme!
As weddings are no longer confined to churches, there’s almost no limit to the number of themes or styles you could go with to make your special day go with a bang. There are literally hundreds of themes you might want to think about, but here are five that are almost guaranteed to be well-received.
The festival wedding genre is especially popular with young people. If music is important to you and you’ve been to Glastonbury, North By Northwest, or another one of the world’s biggest music festivals, you probably have happy memories of camping out in the sun and watching your favorite bands. You can even get married at your favorite music festival in some cases, but you probably don’t want your guests to camp with you overnight. Even if you can’t persuade your favorite band to come and play, a festival-themed wedding is a great way to extend your celebration over a full weekend, celebrate in the outdoors (watch for the weather!), and introduce a party atmosphere to your ceremony. Consider hiring street food vans for dining. Special wristbands for guests are a nice touch, too! Farms are often open to hosting festival-themed weddings as a way of earning money, so they’re usually the first places to look to when it comes to finding a venue.
Las Vegas Themed Wedding
Actually going to Las Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator is a little tacky. Simulating the experience of being in Vegas while staying closer to home, strange as it sounds, is a classier thing to do. A Vegas-themed wedding is actually a casino-themed wedding. The world of casinos has changed in recent years thanks to the arrival of hundreds of online slots websites such as Money Reels, but you don’t have to reflect that in your theme. That’s not because we have anything against online slots websites – in fact, we know people who’ve won (and lost) a lot of money that way – but it’s harder to reflect that in the theme. Instead, consider hiring showgirls, stage acts, professional card tables, and maybe even a slot cabinet or two if your budget will stretch to it. The slot cabinets will probably have access to online slots anyway, so you’ll get the best of both worlds. Asking the person who’s performing your ceremony to dress as Elvis is probably a step too far – but we’ll leave that up to you!
In an ideal world, all of us would be able to whisk ourselves and our entire wedding parties away to a tropical location for a beautiful beach wedding amid incredible scenery. Unless you’re fortunate enough to live close to a suitable beach, it’s usually an impractical idea. Even if your budget supports a tropical destination, there’s no guarantee that your friends or family will want to pay that much! Instead of doing that, bring the tropical feel to them. Any wedding venue that has botanical gardens can probably help you out with this. You’re looking for lots of natural light, and perhaps some imported sand, too. Make sure the bar is serving cocktails. Some palm leaves wouldn’t go amiss either. Tropical garlands are a must-have, and Hawaiian-style centerpieces for the tables will help to set the theme off. A tropical theme makes catering easy, too. Oh, and don’t forget the dancing. There has to be a lot of dancing!
Winter Wonderland Wedding
The hard truth about booking wedding dates and venues is that summer is much more expensive than winter. Everyone wants to get married when the weather is good. That makes winter weddings the ultimate budget choice – but if winter is all your budget will stretch to, why not make that the whole point of the wedding? Why not go for a beautiful wonderland theme? A winter wedding doesn’t have to look washed out and dreary – quite the opposite. A winter wedding can look spectacular. You don’t have to go quite as far as bringing Christmas decor into your wedding, but you can get close to it. You want a wedding venue with an authentic log fire, wreaths as decorations, and candles wherever it’s safe to put them. Exposed wood gives things a rustic feel and matches the tone. It’s also a good excuse to go with a traditional white wedding cake because white flowers will be the order of the day. Pair them with green and red shades to give a hint of festivity, and serve up plenty of mulled wine.
Country Garden Wedding
Don’t ask us why “The Great British Baking Show” is so popular. In theory, a show that’s based on strangers baking cakes in a huge tent should be incredibly dull. In reality, it’s often the most compelling thing on television, and it’s had a surprisingly large influence on wedding themes. Since that show developed a following, we’ve seen much more demand for ‘country garden’ themed weddings, and we have to say we approve of them. You might think that this is just an excuse to eat enormous amounts of cake, and you’d be right. Perhaps even consider asking your guests to bake a cake of their own and bring it along as a bit of fun! Your entire wedding should take place in a large outdoor tent, with plenty of flowers. As is the case with a winter wonderland wedding, a little rustic charm goes a long way with this theme. Make sure you can close the tent up when it gets a little colder later on, but other than that, make the most of being outdoors.