Wedding Themes Simplify Planning and Get You Bang for Your Buck: 100 Favorite Wedding Themes

Adopting a theme for your wedding does more than express your personal style. Working with a theme simplifies decision-making by focusing your choices, and it gives you maximum bang for your buck because all the elements of the wedding will play off each other. To stir your theme-choosing imagination, here are my 100 favorite wedding themes and some of the details that bring them to life.

WEDDING THEMES FOR ALL SEASONS

  • Classic Style: Flowers in urn-shaped vases, tightly manicured hedges, monograms.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate liqueur, beef with chocolate and chili mole, chocolate mousse.
  • Brunch: Mimosas, savory quiches, a jazz trio.
  • Cocktail Party: Cityscapes, signature drinks, stilettos.
  • Childhood Home: Garlands on the stairs, rolled up rugs, dressing for your wedding in the room where you grew up.
  • Community: Long tables, young and old sharing the dance floor, making a charitable donation in honor of your guests instead of giving favors.
  • Spheres: Spherical vases, bourbon balls pre-set on the tables, paper lanterns.
  • Champagne and Cake Reception: Clinking glasses, heart-felt toasts, butter cream frosting.
  • Surprise Wedding: Invitations that throw everyone off the scent, informalwear, a champagne toast to announce the wedding ceremony.
  • Afternoon Tea: Lace huppah, herbed sandwiches, tiered serving platters.
  • Vintage: Birdcage veil, bias-cut satin, champagne punch.
  • Simple Elegance: White huppah canopy, a gown with simple lines, understated floral arrangements.
  • Pot-Luck: Gathering around the huppah, buffet table overflowing with everyone’s best festive dishes, the heart-felt support of family and friends.
  • Nights in Morocco: Hamsa, gold thread embroidery, a bridal crown.
  • Family: Family members holding your huppah poles, a family slideshow, family-style meal service.
  • Dancing: A dance floor, a DJ, friends you can count on to get the party started when the first song hits.
  • Dessert Reception: Tiered serving plates, passed champagne, chocolate.
  • Hors d’Oeuvres Reception: Savory hors d’oeuvres, carefully chosen wine, cocktail attire.
  • Candy: Pastel colors, candy buffet, candy favors.
  • Country Romance: Lace huppah, wooden tables, sweet tea.
  • Lakeside Wedding: Raising the huppah by the lake, the wedding dress catching the breeze, The sun -or moon- reflected in the water.
  • Roses: Rose petals strewn in the aisle, rose water, heaping bouquets of roses.
  • The Big Tree in the Backyard: Huppah under the tree, tree leaf decorating motif, taking turns on the swing.
  • Paper: Wrapping paper table runners, paper lanterns, paper flower centerpieces.
  • Mini: Mini quiches, mini cupcakes, petite roses.
  • Just Close Family and Friends: Handwritten invitations, shared memories, homemade wedding cake.
  • Candles: A hundred borrowed candlesticks, candle favors, an internal glow.
  • Jewish Artisanal Style: Hand calligraphed ketubah (wedding contract), Yaer Emanuel design kiddush cup, klezmer band.
  • Sparkle: Beaded lace, champagne bubbles, a bride’s beaming face.
  • Fiesta: Vibrant colors, Mexican peasant dresses for the bridesmaids, large paper flowers.
  • How We Met: Food and centerpieces based on the place where you met, the natural conversation starter: “So, how did you two meet?”
  • Fairy Tale Wedding: Pink roses, a tiara, silk satin.
  • Passion Romance: Red roses, chocolate covered strawberries, passion fruit sorbet.
  • Farm: Bushel baskets, tall grass, reception in the barn.
  • Italian Feast: Italian wines, antipasto, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, cassata, amaretti, pizzelles, panna cotta, limoncello semifreddo, zabaglione, mascarpone frosting…

SPRING WEDDING THEMES

  • Spring Greens: Spring green satin pumps, spring green orchids, salad of mixed spring greens.
  • Pinks: Mixed flower bouquets, strawberry punch, a blushing bride.
  • Gingham: Bouquets wrapped in gingham ribbon, gingham tablecloths, favor boxes topped with gingham bows.
  • Flowering Trees: Huppah by the trees, flowering branch centerpieces, flower petals dusting the ground.
  • Berries: A mix of purples, raspberry kir, berries on the wedding cake.
  • Tulle: Tulle details on the wedding dress, bouquets tied with tulle ribbon, candy favors tied up in tulle.
  • Victoriana: Posy bridal bouquet, sugared violets, flower arrangements filled to overflowing.
  • Sweet Romance: Shoulder length veil, petite bridal bouquet, stolen kisses.
  • Tulips: Tulip bridal bouquet, tulip centerpieces, tulip-skirted flower girl dresses.
  • Lag B’Omer (A Jewish holiday between Passover and Shavuot): Flowering branches, laughter, young love.
  • Lilacs: Purples, lilac table bouquets, the sweet heady lilac scent.
  • Daisies: Yellow and white, daisy bouquets, “…she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me!

SUMMER WEDDING THEMES

  • Carnival: Pennant banners, caramel popcorn, ring toss.
  • Garden Party: Layers of stripes and chintz, small full flower arrangements, ladies in hats.
  • Barbecue: Sweet-smelling smoke, micro-brewed beer, wet naps.
  • Picnic: Gingham tablecloths, fried chicken, potato salad.
  • Tropical: Citrus colors, cool drinks, mango ice cream.
  • Southern Charm: Mint juleps, magnolias, photos on the veranda.
  • Cottage garden: Garden tours, a leisurely meal, herb garden menu.
  • Stripes: Striped ties, widely striped tablecloths, huppah poles wrapped in ribbon.
  • Hydrangeas: Blues, greens, and purples; linen table cloths; silver flower bowls.
  • Americana: Family photos on the porch, touch football on the lawn, a bonfire.
  • Fourth of July: Stars and stripes, bunting, sparklers.
  • Fairy Garden: Fairy lights reflected in the birdbath, pinks and blues, butterfly wings in the flower arrangements.
  • Lavender: Lavender bouquets, lavender ice cream, lavender sachet favors.
  • Chintz: Rose-themed invitations, chintz overlays on striped tablecloths, overflowing rose bouquets.
  • Lawn Games: Croquet, horse shoes, lemonade.
  • Evening Romance: Raising the huppah at twilight, a cello, dinner and dancing under the stars.
  • Calla Lilies: Dramatic large calla lilies, elegant small calla lilies, echoes of Katherine Hepburn’s “The calla lilies ahre in bloohm…”
  • Forest: Moss, tree-branch huppah poles, pinecone place cards.
  • Luau: Leis, hibiscus, piƱa coladas.
  • Evening in the Garden: Lots of white, huppah lightly sparkling with beaded lace, heaps of candles.
  • French Countryside: Toile, topiaries, garden benches.
  • Beach: Sand, surf, ocean breezes.
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream: Twinkly lights, flower garlands, moonlight.
  • Sunset Ceremony: Tiki torches, tiki torches, tiki torches.

AUTUMN WEDDING THEMES

  • Pomegranates: Pomegranate themed invitations, deep red table setting, pomegranate tablescapes.
  • Apples: Huppah under the apple boughs, sparkling cider, apple centerpieces.
  • Rustic: Wooden tables, hemp table runner, home-made wedding cake.
  • Velvet: Velvet huppah, velvet table runners, red velvet cake.
  • Country Store: Mason jar vases, natural fabric tablecloths, home-made pies.
  • Autumn Harvest: Pumpkins, natural tablescape, a pretty cardigan.
  • Wine Tasting: A knowledgeable sommelier, dark wood, savory hors d’oeuvres.
  • Fruits of Israel: Marzipan-stuffed date hors d’oeuvres; broiled figs; centerpieces of pomegranates, figs, grapes, dates, and sheaves of wheat and barley.

WINTER WEDDING THEMES

  • Hearth and Home: Glowing fire in the fireplace, family and friends gathered from far and near, warm hugs.
  • New Year’s Eve: Champagne, cocktail attire, glittery golds.
  • Snowflakes: White and blue, crystals in the centerpieces, sugar snowflakes decorating the wedding cake.
  • Glimpses of the Garden: Snow covered trees, red cardinals, cardinal red.
  • Desert Landscape: Long horizons, succulent centerpieces, desert sunset.
  • Greenery: Ruscus green garlands, white flower accents, garland decorations draped on the wedding cake tiers.
  • Hanukkah: Evening ceremony, lighting the Hanukkah, gold-wrapped chocolate coins scattered on the tables.

WEDDING COLOR THEMES – By Time of Day

DAYTIME WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  • Orange and Fuchsia: Fuchsia bridesmaids’ dresses, orange and fuchsia bouquets, white table linens.
  • Brown and Green: Moss, pinecones, tree branch huppah poles.
  • French Blue and White: French blue tablecloths, white porcelain urn flower containers, touches of brown.
  • Turquoise and Orange: Turquoise tablecloths, orange flower centerpieces, lots of energy.
  • Lavender: Lavender bridesmaids’ dresses, lilac bouquet centerpieces, touches of light grey.
  • White and Navy: Navy suit jackets, khaki pants, touches of yellow.
  • White, Ivory, and Creamy Pink: White gown, pink tablecloths, ivory ribbons.
  • Silver Grey, Gold and White: Silver table service, gold brocade table runners, crisp white linens.

EVENING & NIGHT WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  • Black and White: Formal wear, baroque patterns, a touch of bling.
  • Ivory and Gold: Duchess satin fabrics, double-sided satin ribbons, Chiavari chairs.
  • White: Layers of white in a mix of textures, tapers, vanilla bean wedding cake.
  • Fig, Dove Grey, White: Fig centerpieces, dove grey tablecloths, white votive candles.
  • Silver Pewter: Silver pewter bridesmaids’ dresses, deep grey organza chair sashes, pewter goblets.
  • Charcoal Grey: Charcoal grey suit, white rose boutonniere, silver kiddush cup.