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Mystery Theme Wedding

Updated on July 19, 2013
Source: "Elegance," by El Gran Flaco on Flickr; some rights reserved
Source: "Elegance," by El Gran Flaco on Flickr; some rights reserved

A Mystery Wedding

A mystery-themed wedding is filled with a sense of clandestine fun.

Everything -- the '40s clothing, the slightly down-at-heel venue, the wild invitations and even the dinner -- should convey the thrill of something secret and slightly dangerous.

There will be nothing traditional about this wedding, but it'll be a blast from the past for both the happy couple, and the guests.

If you've always wanted to toast your beloved with "Here's looking at you, kid," read on to get the lowdown on a mystery wedding.


Source: "Lille, un trottoir, la nuit," by Dude Pascalou on Flickr; some rights reserved
Source: "Lille, un trottoir, la nuit," by Dude Pascalou on Flickr; some rights reserved

Mystery Wedding Venue

There are lots of fun venue possibilities with a mystery wedding theme. The venue should be large enough to accommodate your guests, but a good mystery wedding is ideally small enough to feel intimate -- even clandestine. If the venue wouldn't be hard to find at night, you might even schedule the wedding in the evening, to intensify that vibe. Consider:

  • A restaurant with a mystery or '40s theme -- preferably with an alley entrance and a fun password for your guests
  • A historic mansion from this era that can be rented for weddings
  • A party boat
  • A grand, old, slightly down-at-heel urban hotel
  • A small chapel
  • A dinner train
  • Penthouse condo atop a 20-story high-rise


Source: "Rose crop red noir" by Clyde Robinson on Flickr; some rights reserved
Source: "Rose crop red noir" by Clyde Robinson on Flickr; some rights reserved

The Mystery Couple

The bride and groom in a mystery wedding are definitely not going to stand on ceremony. Think of the classic costumes in a Bogart thriller. The groom needs a:

  • snappy felt fedora
  • sharp tailored suit
  • well-shined shoes and possibly
  • a discreet ring.

A film noir bride wouldn't be caught dead in a ruffled gown. And if this woman of mystery wears a veil, it's likely to be made of netting and attached to a hat. The mystery bride glides down the aisle in a

  • tailored suitdress and heels
  • classic silk dress with clean, simple lines
  • vintage '40s party dress

She has one chunky shoulder pin and may possibly be holding a few calla lilies. Imagine Lauren Bacall. What do you see her wearing?

One note: the quality of the bride and groom's wedding clothing will make or break the mood. As much as possible, go for movie-quality period reproductions. Nothing will kill the vibe faster than wedding clothing that looks like party store costuming. Have the dress and suit fitted by a tailor, and buy the best you can afford.


Source: "Private Detective Stories" by Will Hart on Flickr; some rights reserved
Source: "Private Detective Stories" by Will Hart on Flickr; some rights reserved

It Was a Dark and Stormy Romance

Invitations for a mystery wedding should draw on the classic noir books and movies that made the genre famous. Why not print yours with detective-magazine-like artwork on the outside, and wording like this on the inside:

"The Love Detection Agency has been hired to follow (groom). We think he's in danger. He's been acting strangely lately and has been seen around town with a bombshell blonde/fiery redhead/mysterious brunette.

Our agents found this crumpled note on the floor of his office: Finally found the woman. Meet me at (wedding venue) at (date and time).

Our conclusion: It's too late: she got him. There's going to be a wedding, and you're invited!"


The Usual Suspects

Hire a Big Band to play swing music and the occasional sultry tango for the mystery wedding dinner and dance.

Or, if you prefer, hire a mystery theater company to enact a custom-made dinner mystery to delight your guests. Have them incorporate details from your romance, favorite hobbies, or family history to personalize the fun.


Source: "Buick 1937" by  Tony Hisgett on Flickr; some rights reserved
Source: "Buick 1937" by Tony Hisgett on Flickr; some rights reserved

Going in Style

No mystery bride should arrive at her own wedding in anything less than a glamorous bomb of a vintage car. Choose a huge, '40s film noir land yacht for the big event, and don't forget to hire a sinister vintage Packard to shadow your car for at least five minutes, when you leave, so you disappear in true film noir style.

But be sure to call off the watchdogs after a few minutes. After all, the location of a mystery honeymoon should be a real secret!


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    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      5 years ago from The Shire

      Hi Cris, thank you for the kind comments, the vote and the share. I'm glad you liked the mystery wedding idea!

      And alas, my profile picture is only how I feel when I write. I wouldn't mind being a cat for a few days, though. :-)

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      You are full of clever ideas! I've no doubt, you're a cool hubber and real person--definitely that's not you on the profile picture, eh? (:

      I love vintages and so, the vintage stuff idea is so cool for me along with the clandestine operation. Lol!

      Voted up here and another one worth sharing for those who have missed the fun.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Docmo, hi! Yes, it's an offbeat idea, but full of fun possibilities. And maybe I'll add a parting shot to the effect that the 'whistle' line should be obligatory in this wedding, preferably in the vows ;-)

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      what a fab idea, mollymeadow. As a fan of Chandleresque noir, this appeals to me so much. Wow. The suits, the dresses, the cigarette holders, the trilbys... and Lauren Bacall saying ' you do know how to whistle don't you?' swoon!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Hi MM, thanks for looking in! Yes, I wish the weddings I was invited to were like this one. I always get invited to the looonnngg formal ones, lol!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This theme idea sounds so much fun - especially for the guests!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Always, thanks for looking in, and I agree! Doesn't it sound like fun? What bride wouldn't love to ride off into the night in a gleaming vintage DeSoto?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a clever idea, sounds like a lot of fun. The nostalgia alone would be worth the expense..

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Hi Billybuc, thanks for dropping by! I can't claim to have originally thought of this, but I loved the idea. I noticed that some people do it, though not many. I think I liked it most because it would be fun for the guests as well as the couple.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do people do this, or is this your idea? Either way what a cool way to get hitched! Loved this hub and the idea!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks for your kind comments, Teaches. I once read about a DC spy-themed restaurant with an unmarked, side-door entrance and no sign of any kind. Patrons enter and go through all kinds of twisty turns and revolving walls to get to the dining area, and even so, can easily get lost, since there are chutes and secret passages galore. If you were near a restaurant of that kind, it would be an ideal venue for this sort of wedding.

      Thanks for looking in!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I think this would be a really good way to not only have a memorable wedding, but to celebrate in style. I imagine the guests would love attending these themed celebrations. Love the vintage car idea.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks, Irish, for the read! I really enjoyed writing it. I'm a big fan of the '40s film noir classics and think this kind of wedding would be a lot of fun.

      Thanks again for your kindness!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such unique ideas. My wedding days are long behind me. I only wish I had read this way back when!

      The young soon-to-be brides along with their family and friends will get many great ideas from this.

      voting up

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