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The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

When it comes to planning your wedding day, it is easy to become bogged down over colors and table settings.

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

To make it easier, a lot of couples gravitate towards the idea of a theme. This way, they can work around it when building their dream wedding.

Whilst you might think the word ‘theme’ sounds silly, as if you are planning a birthday party – don’t be fooled.

Themes can be classy and elegant, and serve as a way to bring a bit of fun to the Big Day.

So, let’s take a look at the top 10 wedding themes. You never know, you might just find some inspiration.

Modern Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

More and more people are deciding to go modern with their wedding. What does it mean? It can mean a lot of things! For example, from dropping traditions, to keeping it minimal. 

Modern weddings take on current trends, rather than going for classic elegance.

Also, the color pallet may focus on monochrome tones, with gray taking up residence at the front. You can incorporate this with a gray marbled cake.

Think clean lines, and simple table settings with clear vases and muted flower tones. However, contrasting colors and making use of the green can also work.

The wedding dress itself can act as a fashion statement, or tone it down with it looking more like a regular dress, than a wedding dress.

If you are stuck with where to start, your event planner might be able to help. Just ask them about current trends and how you can incorporate them into your wedding day. 

Include something like:

  • Monochrome colors
  • Simple table settings and stationary
  • Bridal party not matching
  • Hexagon cake

Glamorous Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

A glamorous wedding isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about going big or going home – well, sort of.

Whilst likely to be a theme of the wealthy, you can also incorporate it into your wedding day, no matter the budget.

Luxury is at the forefront of this theme, and is an exciting one to push at boundaries. For example, the wedding dress can have a big 30-foot train, and bold accent colors are a must.

Fill the aisle with flowers, and make sure centerpieces are tall and magnificent. One thing is for sure, you don’t need to hold back with this theme.

Let the imagination run wild, choose some of your favorite ideas and see what you can make of them.

However, do remember to not go over budget, and try to stick with everything looking as elegant as possible.

Whilst glamorous is a great option, steer away from tacky. 

Oh, and the bigger and more flamboyant the cake, the better!

Include something like:

  • Lighting is delicate
  • Lots of flowers
  • Make it pretty
  • Think about beautiful calligraphy

Garden Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

Whilst you can have this in your backyard if its big enough, you can also find a venue that will host a garden wedding. They are wonderful during the spring, summer, as well as early fall.

You obviously will have to rely on the weather, but fingers crossed to it being beautiful.

This does mean that you will need to think of using a space people can go to if it does rain, such as a marquee. 

Use real flowers on the chairs and tables, and integrate both the garden and your wedding decorations together.

Include something like:

  • Botanical inspiration
  • Relaxed dress code
  • Lots of florals
  • Floral stationary too

Bohemian Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

A countryside venue will do wonders for a bohemian theme. Keep it natural with touches of vintage rugs and dream catchers.

Keep it modern, yet traditional by having the backdrop filled with books to keep it warm yet inviting.

It can be quite a playful wedding too, so don’t hold back on any whimsical ideas. You can also include popcorn and different candy too. 

Keeping the overall presentation soft and fun will be the key to pulling this theme off. 

Include something like:

  • Driftwood for table numbers
  • Floral runners
  • Vintage accents
  • Dream catchers
  • Airy dresses

Romantic Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

Whilst yes, all weddings are romantic, it is a theme too! Hear us out…

A romantic wedding is bringing in pinks and peaches as main colors, but keeping them soft and delicate. In fact, you will find that this theme could also be called ‘delicate’. 

It is a mix between a traditional wedding and something elegant, but with thinking about the more romanticized aspects of the day. 

For example, the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’. Then there is the added ‘and a sixpence in her shoe’. So, what do these mean?

Something old is meant to connect the bride with her roots. Something new is said to connect her with the new life she is about to embark on.

Something borrowed is to remind the bride of the ones who love her, and to borrow their wisdom and strength.

Something blue is to state her espousal of the notion, and lastly, the sixpence is to be a symbol of prosperity and wealth.

Include something like:

  • Lots of florals
  • Softer hues and colors
  • Lighting that is delicate
  • Linen

Vintage Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

A vintage wedding is a fun theme. When deciding on where to start, think about 20s and 40s nostalgia and go from there.

British cups and sauces, as well as a vintage style dress will work perfectly.

Going more Greats Gatsby, think about using accents of gold too.

The venue for dancing could resemble a ball room, so make sure you get the area you plan to spend the day just right.

Architecture will be very important here. 

However do remember it is a modern day wedding, so you will want amenities available too!

Also, if you cannot budget for a big ball room, look at making a smaller room just as grande by using the right decor. 

Include something like:

  • Think 20s era
  • Lace gowns
  • Accents that are weathered
  • Nostalgia

Fairytale Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

The scenery will be your number one priority when looking for a venue. Think about a mansion with a waterfront, for example.

Whilst your wedding day is naturally a fairytale, it can also look like one.

Take inspiration from Disney (you heard that right) and turn it into elegance with a beautiful gown, gold and soft colors, along with gorgeous tableware.

Make it fit for a princess and her prince!

Include something like:

  • Soft colors
  • Dreamy scenery

Rustic Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

Rustic weddings are great for those who love nature, and want to go back to basics on their Big Day.

Whilst it does include the traditions of a wedding day, you can strip it back by the dress being less traditional, and bringing elements of the outdoors in.

This can be done by using wood, rope and lots of greenery. Handmade is going to be your go-to when it comes to decor too.

Even so, it doesn’t mean it has to be really DIY. Add touches of elegance too with beautiful bouquets and table decorations. 

Include something like:

  • Textures that are natural
  • Mismatched mason jars, vases and flowers
  • Bring nature indoors such as wood
  • Dress code is more casual

Destination Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

Why stay local? There are many places to get married, such as Hawaii or Jamaica, for example.

Doing so can mean not only do you and your guests get to go on vacation, but you can also have a beach wedding.

Wedding planners are key when planning something like this. They can help you find somewhere to get married, and then work on the venue, invitations and decor, as well as any legalities. 

The photographs will be amazing, and you can get a tan whilst you’re at it too!

Include something like:

  • Beach wedding photos
  • Non-traditional wedding dress
  • Colors that fit with the area

The Classic Wedding

The 10 Most Popular Wedding Themes

There is also the classic and traditional wedding. With this one, you can find colors that suit both of you as a couple, and then use it in floral arrangements.

Think about textures too such as lace which can be used on the table. It doesn’t have to be boring either.

Think about interesting ways to set the tables, and to add little touches like die cut labels on wine bottles.

This theme has a mix of the traditional along with elegance. You can add elements of tradition alongside a touch of modern too. This way you can be a little more creative without being restricted. 

Include something like:

  • Timeless theme
  • Ceremony is traditional
  • Softer colors
  • Elegance

Final Thoughts

Planning for the Big Day can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. There are lots of themes to give you inspiration, from color schemes to decoration.

Whether you want to go all out and create a fairytale wedding or not, just remember that whilst there are lots of things to plan, just breathe – you only get to plan a wedding once, so you might as well enjoy the process too.

Lisa Plaitt