Top 10 Wedding Themes


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So, you’re planning a wedding.


It could be yours’, it could be your best friends’. All you know is that you need to come up with a list of wedding decor themes you’ve seen in other weddings. You’re hoping all this research and planning pays off and it should!


With that in mind, let’s make things a little simpler for you shall we?


What we’ve done is scoured the web for the 10 most common décor wedding themes to inspire you. These are wedding decor themes that look good in wedding photography, please guests and style the venue. Most importantly, this is a jumping off point for something original.


In this listical, we will cover some basics and get into how each theme is presented and executed. Some couples keep it safe and stay on the beaten path. Some couples like a strong, personal touch.


It’s your job to find out which your couple would like.


What is a Wedding Theme?

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A wedding theme sets the tone for the big day. It serves as an aesthetic guide for every style decision made. As such, ensure the bride and groom are willing to commit to it.


It is from that point that all wedding décor ideas should emerge from. It is also worth considering how the theme looks like in photography.


Lock in the theme and then decide on the color palette and flower placement. But, ensure to include a personal touch! Nothing says “by the book” or “drab” like wedding décor without personality.


Let your imagination run free a little.


What Are Some Examples of Wedding Themes?

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We’ve established what they are and why you need them. Now it’s time to share a few examples with you. One important thing to remember is that you can afford to freestyle a little.


These decor themes are not set; you can take elements from one and add to another. What’s best is that it makes sense for the venue and for the couple. Everything from the color palette to the flowers has to jibe with what’s around it.


Want some tips? We'd love to share some ideas with you!


Romantic

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If you want romantic themed weddings, you’re not going to want anything shocking. This décor theme has soft colors, softer lighting, and floral arrangements aplenty. Images this should conjure up are natural colors, hanging lights, and nature. Your reception should match this.


This is typically melded together with the couples idea of romance. There have been Disney-themed weddings where the couple dressed like Beauty and the Beast. Others have used the show The Crown for reference.


Either way, seek inspiration from romantic ideas that couples love.


Alternative

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This theme applies more to the couple that’s a little off center. They want something different and something that deviates from the norm. Strictly speaking, there isn’t a style guide here. But typically what we see is are cool, moody color palettes and creative stand-ins.


They tend to deviate from bright floral arrangements and run-of-the-mill wedding décor. The use of warehouses and alternative wedding venues are normal. Everything from the dress code to the cutlery tend to be different.


Matter of fact, some wedding entrances are also entirely different as well!


Vintage

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This wedding décor theme implies that its inspired by the past. In this instance, venue does play quite a big role! For both your ceremony and reception, use antiques to fill the room. The theme is prone to the use of wood and items that look settled into.


Exposed brick is also another aesthetic addition you'll love.


As for everything else, use the past as inspiration. Settle for gowns that were designed in the 40’s and suits that were cut from the 60’s. The cherry on top is to drive off in a vintage car as well!


Whimsical

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This is as the name of the theme suggests; an escape from reality. This can be achieved by employing illusions in your décor. For example, the appearance of something floating or moving through the air!


In terms of colors, you can use both bright and muted colors. This theme is centered more around the quirks of the décor. This implies multicolored balloons, unconventional floral arrangements, and mismatched chairs.


What you want to do is disrupt the pattern of traditional wedding décor!


Modern

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There are a few ways to interpret modern. It can be the use of sharp corners, minimalism and a clean look. Or it can be the use of all things transparent and a monochromatic color palette. Either way, you’d be right.


But the crucial point of this is that it needs to be sleek. For both the sake of photography and so the couple love it!


So, mix-and-match the 2 décor themes and see what you come up with. But you do want to exude sophistication, forward thinking design, and a minimalist color scheme. What should stand out is the consistency with which everything was decorated.


Rustic

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People often confuse this theme for vintage. Trust us, we get it. We were confused as well. So, here’s the difference; vintage means old, like it comes from the past. Rustic doesn’t mean old, it just means rural. So imagine the countryside instead of 1942.


This décor theme normally includes string lights, mason jars and lace. Ideally, you’d like your venue to have lots of wood too! You want the vibe of your wedding to be simple and homey. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be chic about.


Barn weddings are popular for this theme. But you can opt for something resembling a tentage too!


Garden Party

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For this décor theme, you’re unmistakably bound to walk on grass. So abandon the heels and whip out the flats and loafers. Depending on the bride and groom, they may want the reception performed somewhere else.


This is typically a more intimate and casual ceremony. So, you can opt for an outdoor get up with a more laid back style. Let your guests get comfortable by keeping the dress code simple for the open air. Although, keep the white color theme.


It is well advised to have a wet weather plan too!


Bohemian

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You can think of Bohemian style as a rustic chic sort of décor theme. There aren’t perfectly aligned settings nor symmetrical floral arrangements. But everything seems to have it’s place with this theme.


Ideally, the décor is humble but stands out. The color scheme is usually a neutral palette that blends well with greenery.


There is an aspect of asymmetry that allows for individuality to shine through. Although, you must be careful not to outshine the bride. The reception typically looks like a cozy lounge area with tepees and couch throws.


Classic

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This is much like every other wedding you’ve been to. It’s called the classic for a reason!


The venue is bound to be mostly creams and whites. The floral arrangements and the decorations will likely match it. You may find some pastel elements but they are unlikely to be front and center. Think of a church wedding!


This incredibly formal style décor theme is typically for more conservative weddings. Thus, the reception will surely follow this theme closely. You may mistake the reception area for the ceremony hall!


Glamorous

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This is one that couples tend to have the most fun with! Imagine the bride and groom and a Hollywood royalty! Star and starlet waltzing down the red carpet awaiting their photo op! This is what that is.


When you think of this décor theme, think of the Great Gatsby. Sequin dresses, insane hats and the color red! Everyone comes in nothing less than an evening gown and the venue is strewn about with velvet.


The lighting is dim and the floral arrangements are extravagant. Basically, the décor screams one last hurrah! But also, one that celebrates the couples' love.


What’s Most Important About the Wedding Theme?

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It must represent the couple.


The floral arrangements can come from the best florist. The vintage theme can have people in awe of the décor. Each color can blend seamlessly with the venue. You can claim that your ideas gave the best reception.


But, if the couple cannot see how they inspired the décor, it wouldn’t matter.


This means you must take the time to consult with the couple. Find out what personal touches they want. Learn their favorite breed of flowers. Discover which shade of white best suits them.


We don’t know, only you can!


If at any point you find this discovery process to be tedious, remember this: they chose you. Being entrusted to plan this wedding is a privilege. So give them the best looking wedding they’ve ever seen!

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