Are you and your partner planning the wedding of your dreams? Then you need THE perfect theme.
Picking a theme is a great opportunity to show off your unique personalities and styles as individuals and as a couple. It’s the ideal way of putting your own stamp on your big day.
Your theme will guide your choices regarding your venue, décor, menu options, and even your music playlist. It’s one of the most important considerations of the whole planning process, and we’re here to help!
The classic white-dress wedding will naturally always be a firm favorite among couples. But there are plenty of other themes available to choose from too.
Opting for a unique and unexpected theme will make your wedding even more memorable for you and for your guests—and could even provide inspiration for other couples in the future!
These seven unique wedding theme ideas are sophisticated, timeless, and will never go out of style. Give them your own creative spin, and you’re sure to have the matrimonial ceremony of your dreams!
If you and your partner traveled the world before saying your vows—or you still plan to travel extensively after you’re married—a travel-themed wedding may be perfect for you. Travel has always been a timeless theme for matrimonial ceremonies.
You can easily put your own unique spin on it, depending on where you’ve traveled before or even where your honeymoon will take place.
For example, if you and your soon-to-be spouse enjoyed an unforgettable trip to Hawaii together, you can center your theme on Hawaiian décor, flowers and cuisine. You could even ask your guests to adhere to a Hawaii-inspired dress code to complete the look.
You can take this theme to another level by using curios and mementos as table centerpieces and naming your seating chart after all the cities you’ve explored together. And if you have photographs, you can incorporate them into the décor, using them on the menu, place cards, or on the tags of your wedding favors.
Bonus points if you or your partner arrive at the ceremony by train, plane or motorcycle!
Down-to-Earth Bohemian Chic
Eclectic bohemian wedding themes have been exceptionally popular for years now. Browsing Pinterest will yield endless photographs and theme ideas for boho weddings that can be set up and decorated at minimal cost to the bride and groom.
The bohemian vibe is ideal for couples who want a down-to-earth, authentic celebration without too much fanfare. This theme suits indoor and outdoor weddings equally well, and is easily elevated using concepts like photo booths, antique furniture and accents, mason jar floral displays, fairy lights, dream catchers, and brightly colored ribbon banners.
You can even borrow your grandmother’s tea set!
You can also add an alternative spin to the traditional boho theme by investigating concepts like Steampunk, fairy-tale, rustic and vintage weddings.
Eclectic weddings give you a lot more creative license to personalize finer details, handcraft your own décor, hand-write invitations and thank you cards, and give your celebration an authentic and genuine touch.
The Roaring 20s
The Roaring 20s are iconic, and the extravagance of the era still makes for an excellent celebration theme. This is a wonderful idea for couples who want to do something different for their big day, and for those who want to encourage their guests to let loose and party up a storm, too.
You can take inspiration from the Jazz Age by adding elements like Art Deco and Art Nouveau accents, ostrich feathers, chandeliers and champagne fountains to your venue. You can also set a 20s-themed dress code for your guests, making flapper dresses and debonair suits all the rage.
Don’t forget the energetic jazz music and the geometric designs either. Hiring a live band will help your venue to truly embody the Swinging 20s and will have your guests dancing for hours.
Some brides and their bridesmaids have taken this theme a step further by donning classy flapper-style dresses and headbands themselves!
Add an intricately decorated gold wedding cake, Art Deco invitations and perhaps even a vintage car for the bride and groom and you’ll have an instant recipe for success.
Monochromatic wedding themes are ideal for brides and grooms who want an elegant, sophisticated and visually stunning ambiance in which to exchange vows. A monochromatic color palette is bold, edgy and clean, and looks fantastic in photographs too. It’s also easy to put together, as you have a very limited palette to work with.
If it’s not black, white or your chosen accent colors, it simply won’t do!
Traditionally, monochrome themes are only black and white, but there’s no reason you can’t shake things up. Pair black and white décor with a pop of rich color by adding bold accents to the room like firecracker red, royal blue, gold, silver, and even delicate shades of pink all work well with monochrome palettes.
Instruct your guests to wear black and white to your big day, decorate your cake with the same striking contrast, and order a black and white bouquet to tie the theme in perfectly.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even borrow a pair of Dalmatians to serve as your ring-bearers!
Seaside-themed weddings are always a hit with guests, and the beach provides a naturally tranquil and relaxing environment for such a special occasion. Getting married on the beach allows the bride and groom to enjoy a laid-back ceremony where they can kick off their shoes and focus entirely on saying their ‘I dos’.
Of course, you don’t need to have access to a beach to have an ocean themed wedding.
You can create the same uplifting atmosphere by decorating your wedding venue with shells, starfish, palm fronds, driftwood and other natural elements that you would usually find at the sea.
Keep your color palette soft and clean in shades of white, beige, blue, and even orange. Coastal flowers like frangipanis are the perfect addition to a beach-themed wedding bouquet.
Add some candles in glass sconces filled with beach sand along the aisle and a seafood-inspired menu for your guests and you’ll be all set for a seaside celebration.
The bonus of a beach theme is that it’s extremely budget friendly. You can opt for simple yet stylish décor that’s inspired by nature, and can make most of it yourself. If your budget is bigger, you can splash out, but it’s up to you!
The Secret Garden
There are few better spots to have an intimate spring, summer or fall wedding than in a lush garden. If you and your partner love the great outdoors and have a passion for nature, consider using this appreciation as inspiration for your wedding theme.
Hire a private, secluded garden for the occasion, preferably one that has a boma or a gazebo under which you can say your vows. If you’re having a summer evening wedding, have your organizer wrap the gazebo in fairy lights for a magical touch.
You can add natural elements to your décor and your attire to complete the ambiance. Order a floral bouquet filled with colorful blooms, pick a dress with delicate floral accents, and get the groom and his groomsmen to wear boutonnieres on the day.
You can even offer your guests growing seeds, small bouquets, or bird seed as wedding favors to add the final touch to your nature-inspired day.
Homage to Your Family Trees
If you’re not inspired by actual trees, perhaps looking back at you and your spouses’ family trees could provide the spark you need. After all, both of your family trees led you to this moment, so why not pay homage to your ancestors by honoring them in your wedding theme?
Vintage family photographs and heirlooms make wonderful additions to any reception and are simple to incorporate throughout your décor.
You can add vintage photos to your wedding tables, add images of your family trees and crests to posters, invitations and table linens, and position family heirlooms and antiques around your venue if you are comfortable doing so.
You can even incorporate a digital angle by creating a photography website that showcases the best family photos from all eras. Include the URL in your invitations or thank you cards so that everyone can look in their own time. This creates a lasting reminder for your guests, and you can add your own wedding photos after your big day too.
Another great but subtle way to honor your family lineages on your big day is to wear rings, necklaces and cufflinks featuring your family crests and insignia. This is an easy but significant way to keep your loved ones and your history close to your heart as you entangle your own family tree with your partner’s.
Tying The Knot In Style—Your Style!
Choosing a wedding style or theme is one of the key ways that you can personalize your big day and make it your own.
Picking a defined aesthetic will guide you as you make other important wedding planning decisions, such as your color scheme, your ceremony and reception décor, and the overall vibe of your celebration.
It can be tricky to choose a theme with so many weird and wonderful inspirations. So, why not choose something unique but timeless like the themes we mentioned above?
Just because a certain theme has been done before doesn’t mean that your wedding will be generic or lacking.
Use your creativity to add your own special spin on a tried and tested theme to wow your guests and make your planning process easier.
Remember this: the most important thing is that you and your partner enjoy the wedding of your dreams. Choose a theme that reflects both of your personalities and tastes, and you will be far more likely to feel relaxed, comfortable and eager when the best day of your lives arrives!