You don’t have to resort to paid performers to entertain your guests at your wedding. A lot of entertainment and enjoyment can be gleaned from a charming wedding theme. If you pick a theme and go all out with it, your guests will be enchanted by your efforts and will leave talking about how fabulous and different your wedding was.
We’ve compiled a hitched.com.au list of fun wedding theme ideas and how to make them truly amazing!
This is a great theme idea for a summer wedding. Book a venue or field that you can pitch a marquee in, and have your caterers arrange a barbecue or hog roast for that authentic, laid back, festival vibe. Provide flip-flops as wedding favors, or a mini festival kit including scented soap. Hire some live music — go to colleges and universities to book a number of bands for less — and have your order of service designed as a festival program.Your invites could be designed as festival tickets, complete with lanyards printed with your names. Organise for someone to paint faces, and provide kegs of beer and cider for that ultimate festival feel.
Keep the dress code laidback and team a boho wedding dress with wellies, and have your groom rock a straw trilby. If you have the party in a field, pitch tents so guests can camp out, and arrange for a van serving breakfast to pull up the next day, to sort out any wedding hangovers!
Vintage is quite a broad theme, but we’ve chosen to focus on the decadent 1930s and roaring 1920s. A slim fitting, beaded wedding dress is perfect to channel this theme, with diamanté hair accessories and a pearl necklace. Serve gin fizzes to guests in a grand hall, and persuade your husband to be to wear a formal dinner suit with spats on his shoes.
Hire a jazz band and get a professional to teach all of your guests the Charleston. Add to the glamour by laying a red carpet through the entrance and giving your guests luxury chocolates or miniature champagne bottles as favors (even if they’re only full of bubbles to blow!).
Opt for an English style garden party. Lay out trestle tables with floral tablecloths and mismatched china. Fill jars with handpicked wildflowers and serve your drinks in teacups. Have a string quartet to play whilst you eat a finger-food buffet of cucumber sandwiches, mini pork pies and sausage rolls. Follow your meal with a cupcake wedding cake and dancing to the music of English bands such as The Beatles. Present your guests with iced biscuit wedding favors, or scented candles presented in china tea cups.
If you’re a beach babe, or love spending time by the sea, it’s only natural that you should bring the beach to your wedding. Choose wedding stationery that is decorated with shells and starfish, and keep the theme running throughout your wedding. Your centrepieces could be bowls of shells and layered sand, or small tanks with fish in them. Give your guests shell-shaped chocolates, and have a seafood meal.
Decorate your wedding cake with palm trees or shells, or order it with blue rippled icing so it resembles the sea. Have a bonfire in the evening where your guests can roast marshmallows and enjoy a good sing-song.
A traditionalist who has always dreamt about marrying her prince Charming will want to have more than a touch of fairytale romance on her big day. If you can’t secure a castle, pick the grandest and most elaborate building your budget will allow. Think sweeping staircases and balconies for stunning photo opportunities. Serve a three course banquet, and have a girly pink and white cake. Your centrepieces can be old-fashioned candelabras or bowls filled with flowers and fairy lights.
Give your guests chocolate hearts, love heart sweets or candy-colored cupcakes as favors, and make sure your stationery contains a lot of glitter and glamour. Finally, opt for a princess-perfect wedding dress with a full skirt and shimmering train.