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Wedding Themes! Choosing One!

Updated on October 9, 2009

Fabulous Wedding Themes!

No-matter who you talk to when the word ‘Theme Wedding’ comes into the conversation most everyone automatically thinks ‘Beach Wedding’ and true, it is one of the most popular wedding theme ideas. Something about a beach wedding seems to make the entire ceremony more magical especially if it’s planned around the glow of a beach sunrise or sunset. Somehow all that tangy air blowing in from over the water, the sunshine and sand just makes it all more enchanting and whether the beach wedding is a destination wedding far from home or only within driving distance.

However a beach wedding is just one of many fabulous and unique themes that can be planned. The list is as long as ones imagination; Clown, Sports, Nautical, Cruise, Underwater, Gothic, Disney, Medieval, Camelot, Ethnic, Historically based such as Antoinette and the French revolution era, Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean or any other Hollywood movie for that matter, the fabulous themes can go on and on….

The creative type of Bride and Groom who love to be different will come up with a totally dreamy theme wedding that lets their personality shine through.

Playfully creative weddings are usually a lot of fun and guest who have fun will remember and will talk about the different and unique for a long time. The more the guest get involved the better the themes work out.


Here are a few pointers that might come in handy for the Unique Themed Wedding Planning Couples (that sentence is a mouthful).

Smaller sized theme weddings are easier to pull off then the ones with big numbered guest lists. For example: If you were to plan a ‘Trekky wedding’ chances are better to convince 30 guests to come in Star Trek uniform the there would be 325, especially if the get-up is to be Klingon. (however the Klingon food choices should be something to rethink, Rokeg bloodpie, Bregit lung in grapok sauce served with bloodwine might not go over too well with most of the guests)

The choices of location is also much greater when planning a smaller wedding. For example a historically themed wedding at a museum or at a historical site can be pulled off much easier if one needs to accommodate 50 guests rather then 240. Same goes for a nautical theme as the choices of boats that have the capacity for 60 guests is much greater then the ones that have room to serve a sit down dinner for 350.

Its also important to remember that a themed wedding will take more planning then a conventional wedding, especially if the Bridal Couple wants to incorporate the theme into all the different aspects of the wedding, such as the location, the food, etc. .


Another major point that needs to be mentioned here is the cost. A unique and elaborately themed wedding can get pricey. Seriously, the couple needs to have a look at the expenses for a complete theme wedding. The one that incorporates the location with period attire, décor, musicians, food and all the other wedding paraphernalia can be quite expensive. However, if the guest list is kept reasonably low then the costs of a themed wedding can be the same or lower then a large traditional wedding without all the themed bells and whistles.

First off just as with a traditional wedding plan a budget needs to be set. Then the Bridal Couple will be able to look at and lay out each aspect of the ‘Theme Wedding Plan’. They will need to work out the ‘big four’. They will need to decide on the when, how, what and where, just like with the traditional wedding.

When is it the best time for that particular theme to work out the best. Obviously if it’s to be a butterfly themed wedding where you have hundreds of butterflies released you will need to have the wedding in the summer. A Halloween wedding needs to be at the end of October. And most likely taking the wedding guests out onto a boat in the middle of winter might not be the best time unless its in the south seas. So with other words setting up just the right time for a themed wedding is crucial. Whereas in a traditional wedding held in a church and adjoining hall the weather conditions do not play a major role. In a wedding that relies on the great outdoors and the co-operation of Mother Nature it is really important to make the plans for the wedding in the time frame where great weather chances are at their optimum.

How to pull off a fabulously themed wedding is just a matter of planning everything out to the last little detail. It is the best once the style of wedding has been decided on to sit down and brainstorm. First off the Bridal Couple should come up with all their wants and likes and dislikes then invite the bridal party and possibly the immediate family to help with the brain storming. It is always amazing to see just how much ‘know-how’ and ‘know-where’ a group of people can come up with when they work together. How many will be on the bridal party list, on the guest list etc….

What style of wedding attire does the chosen wedding theme need? What type of venue or location? What type of décor, what type of food, what style of music? Etc. All these question need to be answered and again this is not much different from the traditional wedding planning.

Las Vegas Wedding Chapels

Where is it going to be the easiest to hold the planned theme wedding? Where to find ‘the appropriate’ to the theme wedding attire? Where to look for the food and caterers, the favors, the decorations, the music etc…. If for example the wedding theme is ethnic is there a caterer nearby who can serve just the type of refreshments that go along with the wedding theme? If not, where can the food be prepared by family and friends?

Another option is to check out Las Vegas because there are numerous wedding chapels that have the capability of catering to theme smaller sized weddings. You can find their names and particulars on-line.

All of these questions or points are easier to answer if they’re all listed in a ‘Wedding planning book’.

Once the planning is done, the bridal party and immediate family is on board another important phase of a themed wedding is how to get the wedding guests involved. This can be a bit of a challenge as some people tend to be sticks in the mud when it comes to something out of the ordinary and different.

A themed wedding can be a fantastic sight especially in the photographs if everyone arrives in costume. For weddings with an historical theme the Bridal couple should let the guest know of all the places that offer costume rentals. Actually the Bridal Couple should take the extra step and ensure that the rental places have as many period out-fit available as possible for the entire wedding week. The Couple should also offer suggestions on what the guests could wear. Not all guests invited will know just what to wear to a medieval wedding. This is one of the times that the couple will realize how much easier it is when the theme wedding has a smaller number of guests.

For example when planning a pioneer style wedding the guest could be invited to come early, in costume naturally, and then they could participate in decorating and maybe even help out with some of the food prepping. Just the way get-togethers were in the olden days.

Another idea to get guest to get involved in a historically themed wedding would be to stage a reenactment in which the guest play a part. For the Halloween time wedding plan a pumpkin carving party the night before or earlier in the day then these could become the table center pieces. For the Christmas time wedding, plan an ‘Apple Cider Hall Decorating' party again the night before or early on in the day of the wedding. These types of involvement are really great for the small informal weddings. And again it can not be mentioned enough that theme weddings are definitely easier to pull off if the number is kept low. After all going through all the planning and 85 % of the guest do not comply and do not show up in theme gear will make the ones who did feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable.

For that perfect feel atmosphere and ambiance to come through in theme weddings the corresponding music, cuisine, décor and unique favors play a big part.

Every bride wants her day to be just magical and full of enchantment. Setting up a Fairytale Wedding Theme will let the bride feel, look, and be treated like a princess for the day. The bride is entitled to choose or make up her own whimsical fairytale.

Themed weddings are becoming more and more popular these days. One particular favorite themed wedding is the Pirate theme. Special touches like the invitations written on parchment paper then rolled up into scrolls will go a long way to make them just so special. A special way to send out these invitations is to put them into bottles. Small wine bottles are not too expensive and they can be sealed with corks. Check at the ‘make your own wine shops’ they will have bottles by the cases and will also have the corking machines available. Check out the area for historical ships that could cater the reception.

If the wedding is to take place Easter weekend the bridal couple could arrange a scavenger hunt during the reception to the delight of both young and adult guests. The ‘eggs’ can be either hand-painted wood eggs that have the personalized dates and names of the bridal couple on them. They can be painted Faberge style with small little stands again available at reasonable prices in hobby and craft shops these would work perfectly as wedding favors.

Ethnic theme weddings can incorporate the Bride and Grooms heritage and personalize their wedding day. The wedding guests will love to experience some of the cultural traditions. For example an Irish wedding can include the Gaelic dances and music. The Scottish wedding can incorporate the family tartan into the décor and attire. Asian weddings will want to include yellow and red into their color schemes as they represent happiness and fertility and use the lotus flowers which are so popular in the Chinese culture. Hawaiian weddings widely use orchids while zinnias are common in Mexican ceremonies. Fringed table runners in deep colors will be just perfect for an East-Indian or Middle Eastern wedding theme. Small African masks could be used as decorating accents in African themed wedding. Small carved masks can also act as wedding favors. Some of these native art dealers can arrange dates and names to be carved into the masks if the wedding couple orders them with plenty of time.

By incorporating the décor, accents, cuisine and props of the Bridal Couple’s ethnic heritage into the reception venue they will be able to bring all the feel, smells and atmosphere of the theme to their guests. Do not forget to add a little of the native sounds by hiring a musician to play a traditional musical instrument but only during the ceremonies as unfamiliar sounds can make some people uncomfortable if they are not used to them. Culture Dancers can bring great entertainment during the dinner and part of the reception.

As previously mentioned the only limitation to the long, long list of fabulous theme weddings is the Bridal Couples imagination and willingness to go the extra mile by setting up their dreams and

Final Note!

Again it can not be mentioned often enough that theme weddings are definitely easier to pull off if the number is kept low. After all going through all the planning for 350 people and the majority of the guest do not comply and do not show up in theme gear will make it first off a big disappointment for the planning couple as the "With-it guests" would just fade away (no danger of that happening with the Klingons though). However the worst part would be that the the guests who did come all prepared might feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable and that would not be a good way for the wedding to be remembered.  The Photographer would also have a hard time in getting just the right type of shots to really pull off that 'Theme Wedding Atmosphere' for all posterity to remember.

So Bride and Groom it is really up to you to think and rethink all aspects of a themed wedding especially if it's really to be a 'far off in the left field type of affair'. As already mentioned nothing is impossible but the secret is all in the well thought out planned planning.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sun-Girl thanks for reading and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Sun-Girl 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice hub which i enjoyed the pics inside.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      marellen, thanks for reading and for commenting. I love weddings... always have and always will.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      marellen 7 years ago

      Loved the hub....My daughter had a traditional wedding and we planned a year in advance. Thank goodness everything turned out great and it was a memorable event. I had a beach wedding with a small number of people and it was so fun and fantastic. The only problem, is during the video the waves were so strong we couldn't hear our vows..and it was a bit chilly but it all turned out so nice.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Chinese Wedding Invitations, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Chinese Wedding Invitations 7 years ago

      Beach wedding theme is always my love, I like the feeling and smell from sea, salty but fresh!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Bambino, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. After all the rehashing etc my daughter also decided on a traditional evening candle light service at our church, dinner and party at a beautiful country site. We did it all from the dresses to flowers to food to... I still get tired whenever I think about all that work. Mind you it was all worth it... they had their 10th anniversary last September.

      Best wishes to you and your family

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Bambino 8 years ago

      Well..How interesting..loved reading about the themed weddings ....Im surprised my daughter didnt have one when she married last sept 2009,her wedding was completely traditional,Ivory dress,long veil,tiara,Church ceremony in our local Parish Church,open top cars,6 bridesmaids,everyone in morning suits and reception at a local hotel set in huge parklands,it was a gorgeous day,warm and sunny.Great Hub,realy enjoyed reading it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you asim-sj for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      asim_sj 8 years ago

      oh nice words.really enjoy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Uriel I couldn't have said it any better. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Uriel 8 years ago from Lebanon

      Amazing Job you put great effort into this hub. I can see your point now . The tips you mentioned will sure give the bride and groom the closest idea when planing their wedding. Wedding Themes can vary from one couple to another yet the point of it is to make it fabulousness and unique. And in the end A wedding should be one of the most memorable moments. Amazing Job! Thumbz up :D:D


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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi Sweetie pie, how are you? I think themed weddings can be an amazing lot of fun. My favorite one I attended was 1983-84, quite a few years before the Pirate movies with Johny Depp became famous. It took place on an old fashioned rebuilt schooner in Penetaguishene harbor (Ontario). All the guests took part and wore costume down to the minister. Just everything was well planed down to the food and rum punch.

      glad you came for a visit

      regards Zsuzsy

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Wedding themes are fun to look at. My friend wrote a hub about her Renaissance themed wedding, and the pictures turned out very well.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Laurel glad you came by. How cool to have an American Indian and Methodist traditional wedding. You should write it up as a hub. I love everything that's out of the ordinary especially at weddings.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Laurel Oakes 8 years ago

      This Hub should have been around when I got married! I can't dance, but my favorite is where the whole wedding party danced down the isle. It was such a change of pace. My wedding was American Indian and Methodist traditional, no one that attended on my husbands side had ever experienced.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Paradise7 always so glad when you drop in for a visit. Thanks for commenting too. Marriage can be over-rated...I love everything about the rigamarole around the weddings but I sure do not want to be married.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a great hub! It made me want to get married again, and I haven't even had a DATE in YEARS!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      akirchner, I agree with you that's why I always stress the fact that a wedding with a smaller amount of guest makes more sense and is more fun too then having 350 and not remember who was there or not.

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      I'm absolutely amazed these days at how much people are spending on weddings! The themes are a stretch of the personal imagination though and some people are being so clever. I think though in having 3 weddings thus far of our grown children, the emphasis should be on the marriage rather than the wedding per se. The big party/bash is fun but the marriage is forever (or should be), although a lot of folks today don't agree apparently!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi emievil glad you popped in for a visit. Thanks for commenting too. I just love everything wedding. Good luck with your research.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      I have a current research job compiling almost 400 wedding ideas. And man, I saw a lot (like almost 80) of wedding themes. There are really great choices out there. I'll bookmark your hub because the next one my customer is asking for are wedding tips! I'll put in this one. Thanks Zsuzsy Bee =).

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks Laura for taking a look and for commenting. I used to make wedding dresses and the rest of the kit and kaboodle that went along with weddings at my tailor shop. I just love weddings and all the rigamarole.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Laura du Toit 8 years ago from South Africa

      What a thorough and informative hub. It was of particular interest to me as my daughter has an order for a wedding cake and cupcakes for a Halloween themed wedding at the end of the month. It is going to be interesting to see what she comes up with. I'll post photos of the end result on one of my hubs about cake decorating.

      Good job Zsussy


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