What is a themed wedding?

A themed wedding is a ceremony based on a particular cultural phenomenon. Such an event has a central theme, based on which a wedding scenario is compiled, decor, costumes, props for a photo shoot, and other essential details are selected.

Themed wedding at river, bride groom holding hands

Please do not confuse the style of the wedding and its theme. Wedding style is a manner, a line of conduct. It is a set of elements that ensure the unity of the external perception of the wedding.

Examples of wedding styles:

classic;

boho;

vintage;

Provence.

The wedding theme, or theme, is the idea around which the celebration is built. It can be the plot of a fairy tale, a specific genre of music, a historical epoch, and any other topic. Themed weddings are trendy among cosplayers – people who play specific roles in fictional worlds: books, movies, and video games.

The unity of style and the idea underlying the holiday is called the concept of a wedding. All the celebration elements complement each other and do not get out of the general picture. That is, the concept of a wedding includes both the style and the theme of the wedding.

Overview of all themed wedding ideas

It can turn almost any topic into a leitmotif of a wedding. We have divided the options for themed weddings into nine categories, among which everyone will find something of their own.

Cinematic universes. This item includes favorite movies, TV series, and cartoons of the young. The theme is suitable for fans of the film, Star Wars, Anime, and any creations of cinema that have memorable features that can be reflected in the celebration;

Fantasy. The idea is similar to the previous one but deserves a separate point because many hero universes were initially built on book originals. It includes themed weddings in the style of the Lord of the Rings, the Witcher, Harry Potter, and other book and cinematic fantasy worlds;

Fairy tales. If you want to feel like an actual princess, hold a ceremony based on your favorite fairy tale. You can play one of your favorite Disney heroines: Ariel, Belle, and Snow White.

Another option is to hold an authentic ceremony in the style of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or folk works. In this case, the whole ceremony should be arranged according to the corresponding time epoch.

Musical genres. Music lovers should look closer at the celebration, where the critical role is played not by the decor but by musical accompaniment. If you love the same music with your loved one, reflect this during the celebration. Jazz, disco, rock, and roll – any genre can be turned into a vital theme of the ceremony;

Epochs. This category includes cultural phenomena that have left an imprint on world history. You can organize a bright gangster-themed wedding, displaying Chicago of the 30s of the XX century or nostalgia for the old days.

Subcultures. Newlyweds do not have to be followers of any subculture to organize such a themed wedding. Perhaps you were fans of some current in your youth, or you just like a specific style: hippies, punks, emo, Gothic, and others;

Cultures of the peoples of the world. At this point, everything is simple: any ethnic elements belong here. For example, a themed wedding in Oriental style, Indian, Gypsy, Spanish, Hawaiian, and so on;

Pop culture phenomena. It includes elements of modern pop culture. For example, a ceremony that evokes associations with Love is gum, denim style, and a turquoise Tiffany wedding. It also includes a pirate or superhero wedding, as well as an Oscar-style party;

Other. Some topics are difficult to attribute to any particular category, so we will take them out separately: travel, carnivals, black and white, book, fruit, and berry weddings. Any directions that the newlyweds like.

Top 10 Themed Wedding Ideas 2022

We have collected ten popular options for themed weddings that are relevant in 2022.

The most popular themed weddings: The Magical World of Harry Potter Pirates

Vampire Saga Twilight

Japanese

Denim

Steampunk

Shrek and Fiona

Dudes

Lord of the Rings

Next, let's see how to bring these ideas to life.

Clothes

Classic suits and evening dresses for guests, the bride, and the groom. In addition to the – robes, scarves with the symbols of faculties, hats, brooms, and magic wands.

Decor, decoration of the room

Flags and scarves with symbols of faculties. Knight's armor, paintings, books, tapestries, brooms, cauldrons, cobwebs.

Table decoration, kitchen

The design in the style of a Large hall, a Leaky cauldron, and a Boar's head is at the discretion of the newlyweds. Candles and pumpkins are on the table. Dishes that were in the books: roast beef, shepherd's pie, pumpkin juice, butterbeer, and so on.

Invitations

Invitations in the style of letters from Hogwarts: on aged paper with a red sealing wax seal. Another option is to stylize the Marauders' map.

Pirates

Pirate–the themed wedding is a pirate-themed ceremony held in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The event participants can come up with nicknames for themselves, and the program uses the idea of traveling in search of treasures.

Where can you organize it?

Seaside, yacht, banquet hall, decorated in the style of a tavern or pirate ship.

Clothes

The bride can wear a corset dress with of white or red ruffles, and a black lace-up bodice on top. The groom can repeat the image of Captain Jack Sparrow or Blackbeard.

Decor

Barrels, nets, steering wheels, swords, sails, pirate flags, shells, treasure chests, and maps. Candelabra, lamps in the form of torches, kerosene lamps, and lanterns with a candle are used as lighting.

Table decoration, kitchen

Free-standing tables in the form of barrels and wooden furniture in the old style. Meat on a spit, seafood. Among alcoholic beverages, special attention is paid to rum and cocktails based on it.

Invitations

Invitations are decorated with pirate symbols, for example, the image of the Jolly Roger. The dominant colors are black, white, and red.

Vampire Saga Twilight

A Twilight-themed wedding is a vampire–style ceremony based on Stephanie Mayer's books. As a rule, an exit ceremony and modern decoration with the inclusion of single vintage or Gothic elements. The newlyweds repeat the images of the main characters of the story.

Venues

Spacious hall with high ceilings, cottage. Exit ceremony in the forest or park.

Clothes

The bride's dress should be similar to the original from Caroline Herrera from the movie: laconic, made of smooth fabric with long sleeves and a train. Floor-length veil. Her hair is tied up in an elegant bun.

The groom is dressed in a black and white tailcoat or a three-piece suit. You can complement the image with a butterfly or a boutonniere.

Decor

It recreates the wedding atmosphere from the movie. The decor uses hemp, branches, and wildflowers. The main shades are white and green.

Kitchen

Buffet, European cuisine. As an authentic addition - a lot of red wine, grape, or cherry juice.

Invitations

Classic invitation cards, in the design of which there is some iconic element of the saga—for example, a red apple, a wooden wolf figurine, and so on.

Japanese

A Japanese–style themed wedding is a ceremony based on the culture of the land of the rising sun. The design actively uses red and sakura, and the clothes of the newlyweds correspond to the theme.

Venues

Sushi bars, banquet halls, and restaurants are decorated in oriental style.

Clothes

The bride is wearing a kimono or a dress made of a smooth fabric of a loose cut.

Accessories – a wide red belt, strings of pearls, a fan, and an umbrella. Makeup is discreet; the exception is bright scarlet lips. The hair is gathered in a high smooth hairstyle and decorated with sticks.

The groom wears a kimono or trousers with a free edge and a black jacket.

It is enough for guests to choose clothes stylized according to Japanese culture: wide belts and traditional patterns.

Decor

Japanese umbrellas, fans, lanterns, katanas. Sakura branches, bamboo, hieroglyphs, and characteristic paintings are actively used. Red and pink colors prevail.

Kitchen

Asian cuisine: seafood, rice, noodles. Tables are served with chopsticks, soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. Among other drinks, there is sake and plum wine.

Invitations

Elements of origami and fan decor. Design in the form of scrolls. Images of sakura, hieroglyphs, umbrellas, and other aspects of Japanese culture.

Denim

A themed wedding in denim style is close to an informal event, where denim elements are necessarily present in the clothes of the newlyweds and guests.

Venues

A country plot, a tent, a country-style restaurant.

Clothes

All participants of the event wear denim clothes: dresses, suits, and shirts. The bride can be in a classic white dress and a denim jacket. Another option is jeans with a white blouse, veil, and pumps.

The groom can choose a casual jacket, a shirt with short sleeves, and suspenders. Let's say a total denim bow.

Sneakers paired white T-shirts with the names of the newlyweds.

Decor

Denim elements, blue balloons, feathers, and flowers. Blue tablecloths and chair covers, flags, vases.

Invitations

Envelopes are stylized as jeans, with the predominance of white, blue, and light blue in the design of invitations.

How to organize a loft-style wedding

Steampunk

A steampunk-themed wedding is a wedding with science fiction elements, the main motive of which is an alternative universe where retro technologies and steam engines have reached the heights of development.

The event is aimed at a narrow circle of genre connoisseurs, so it usually takes place with a few guests and does not involve a magnificent celebration.

Venues

Loft, factory, banquet hall with brick trim, old mansion.

Clothes

A Victorian corset dress, complemented with metal accessories and massive Art Deco jewelry, will suit the bride. The image will be complemented by a hat with feathers, lace-up boots, stockings, and garters.

The groom is in a tailcoat, vest, and shirt with lace. A hat is required: a bowler hat or a top hat. As accessories – a watch, a cane.

Decor

Tools, dials, various mechanisms, pipes, chains, mirrors. Elements of Victorian culture, vintage bird cages.


Invitations

Invitations are decorated in vintage style, with images of gears, light bulbs, and drawings.


Shrek and Fiona


A themed Shrek–style wedding is an event based on the cartoon's plot of the same name. Participants dress up in costumes of the heroes of the picture, and the holiday takes place in a humorous medieval fairy tale.


Venues

Forest, tent, country house, castle.


Clothes

The participants of the event recreate the images of cartoon characters. Guests dress up in fairy-tale characters or medieval-style clothes.


The groom wears a loose shirt made of coarse fabric, brown trousers, and a vest. The bride is wearing a green or white straight-cut dress made of smooth material. The accessories are a tiara and a belt. Hairstyle - long braid.


The newlyweds are made with green paint to get more into the images.


Decor

Wooden furniture, lots of greenery, and flowers. Candles with melted wax, carpets in the style of animal skins.


Kitchen

The banquet is like a rustic feast—lots of meat dishes, pies, and grilled vegetables. You can have a picnic in the open air.


Invitations

Invitations are printed in the vintage font; there is a letter. You can decorate them with monograms, images of a castle, a forest, and schematic drawings of the main characters.


Fashionable wedding dresses in rustic style

Dudes


The themed wedding of the stylist is a ceremony stylized under the cultural trend of the late 40s. The event challenges the gray everyday life and is filled with bright colors and the spirit of rebellion.


Venues

Spacious banquet hall, restaurant, dining room, Palace of Culture.


Clothes

The bride has a lush cropped dress with a bright belt, white with a colored petticoat or polka dots. Fitted silhouette. High-heeled patent leather shoes, large jewelry, spectacular makeup. Intricate, elegant styling, high bun, rim.


The groom is wearing a bright shirt of crimson, orange, and light green. You can replace it with a white shirt with bright tie—suspenders, a blazer of flashy color, or in a cage.


Decor

Paper garlands, confetti, gramophones, records, saxophones, posters, and banners. Bright polka-dot tablecloths and faceted glasses are on the tables.


Invitations

Postcards in pin-up style or stylized as vinyl records.


Lord of the Rings


The Lord of the Rings-themed wedding is a celebration decorated in the style of John Tolkien's works. There are fantasy and medieval elements, and participants dress up in costumes of book heroes.


Venues

Forest, country hotel, castle. A banquet next to a lake or river.


Clothes

To create an elven image, the bride chooses a straight-cut outfit with long flared sleeves or gloves on one finger. A rustic dress is suitable for a Hobbit-themed wedding. Natural colors: cream, beige, olive.


The groom wears a vintage suit, a loose belted shirt, or a vest in brown, beige, or gray.


Decor

Decoration in fantasy style, natural elements, candlesticks, lanterns.


Table decoration, kitchen

Long tables made of aged wood, decorated with greenery. Tablecloths are made of natural unbleached fabrics: linen, and cotton.


Meat is served on coals, fresh bread, and wine. The banquet is magnificent, with an abundance of hearty dishes. The cake is made from iconic elements from books and films: rings, Barad-our fortresses, and Minas Tirith.


Invitations

They are printed on aged paper in vintage and medieval font. You can decorate with elven symbols, the image of rings from the movie.


What are the styles of weddings and recommendations for choosing

How to choose a wedding theme

The main rule in choosing a wedding theme is that the idea should match the tastes of both spouses. Let both of you like the created image because the main thing is to enjoy the ceremony, which your couple will never forget with a smile all their lives.


Rules that can be followed when choosing a themed wedding:


Budget. Think about how much money you will spend on props to reflect the subject with the desired accuracy. Weddings based on fairy tales and cinematic universes require a lot of specific costumes and accessories, which means more investments;


Age and tastes of the guests. It is unlikely that all the older relatives will enthusiastically support the vampire-style holiday and dress up in costumes of Marvel or Star Wars heroes.


If you know that a significant part of the guests will not be delighted with the chosen topic, think about organizing the event in two parts. Hold the main ceremony in the selected theme in the company of close friends, and organize classic gatherings for the rest of the relatives;

Season. Some scenarios cannot be played with sufficient reliability exclusively indoors. If the forest or the sea is an integral part of the theme, you should wait for the warm season or choose another theme;

The choice of the subject has been made; what else is worth thinking about? Think through the concept to the smallest detail, including:

Place;

The script;

Decor;

Musical accompaniment;

Costumes;

Menu;

Props for a photo shoot.

So you will get the perfect themed wedding that you will remember for a lifetime.