Of course, you want your wedding to leave you with blissful memories — and you can start planning the big day by deciding on a distinctive theme for it.
Think about what you and your soon-to-be-spouse would want. You might take inspiration from a particular place, book, or film you know you both love. Alternatively, you could look back at a historical era that has long intrigued you. Here are just some wedding theme ideas worth mulling…
Imagine being on a Hawaiian beach with your beloved. Contrary to what you may think, capturing that feeling for your wedding wouldn’t require you to find a beach.
The décor alone can do a lot to conjure up a tropical vibe. You could decorate the venue with floral patterns and vibrant hues like coral and turquoise, hang up such exotic flowers as orchids and hibiscus, and serve fruity cocktails for the guests to guzzle.
What exactly does ‘rustic’ mean? The Cambridge Dictionary explains that something ‘rustic’ would be “simple and often rough in appearance; typical of the countryside”.
One venue apt for such weddings — The Barn Tea Green — is set amongst lush Hertfordshire rural scenery. This barn is already notable for its wooden beams, and you can further enhance the rustic feel by festooning the space with twine and lace.
You are probably already brimming with ideas for how to realise this look; think the likes of neon lighting and sleek metallic décor.
You might want to go even further and pay tribute to a specific sci-fi film or franchise. If your choice here is Star Wars, you could have stormtroopers escort the soon-to-be-wedded couple to the venue, with the bride’s hair done up in a Princess Leia-style bun.
Have you scheduled the wedding for a summer day? If so, exchanging vows in the open air could feel just right — especially with you and your lover surrounded by lush greenery.
Ideally, once the two of you have kissed in front of cheering onlookers, you will immediately be able to glance down at the kind of fragrant flower beds Alan Titchmarsh could have put together. You could have outdoor tables covered with cloths in floral designs.
If you and your beloved both have an affinity with the sea, you don’t necessarily need to set sail (sorry, couldn’t resist) for a seaside location as you prepare for your nuptials.
Instead, you could make waves (yes, we’ve done it again) with fabrics resplendent in maritime motifs, like those of anchors, shells, and nets. Naturally, the menu for the wedding dinner can include seafood — but don’t forget to offer alternatives for any vegetarian or vegan guests.
If you routinely endeavour to rein in your impact on the environment, you can continue in this vein with your wedding. Where possible, you can source supplies in sustainable materials, such as by getting hold of biodegradable confetti.
You could also arrange for the invitations to be printed on recycled paper and order the food from local producers, thereby ensuring it doesn’t have to be transported too far.
Do you love reading? Perhaps you even met your partner in a library! If you and your beloved are avid bookworms, you have plenty of options for a literary-themed wedding.
For example, books — especially vintage tomes — can serve as endearing décor, while invitations can be made to resemble those stamped inserts you see in library books. Also, see if you could include a full bookcase or two as part of the backdrop to your wedding.
Perhaps inspired by recent period dramas like Victoria — in which Jenna Coleman played the young Queen Victoria — and Apple TV+’s The Buccaneers, you could now be set on emulating the style of late-19th-century England with your wedding.
This can include establishing a dress code with corsets and bustles for women guests and waistcoats and suit tails for the men. It would also help for you to have such intricate features as chandeliers, fountains, and Persian carpets on display as the wedding photos are taken.
Are you enticed by the glamour associated with the Great Gatsby era? Perhaps you have watched a certain 2013 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, and now want to hang up gold accents and other Art Deco elements. The bride could even wear flapper-style attire.
Also imagine how exuberant the atmosphere could be with jazz and swing music playing! You are likely to see plenty of guests vibing to all of that, as well as sipping champers.
There you have it – just a few suggestions of wedding themes that really could play a major role in making your big day unforgettable, for all the finest reasons. Which ones have got your own imagination going, and that of your beloved?