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Wedding Themes to Make Your Big Day Special

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By Jane Stans

Wedding themes are used by more and more couples to turn their big day into an event that is both meaningful to them and enjoyable for their guests. You can always stick with wedding themes that are simple and elegant or go all out and do something that’s never been done before to make your wedding truly special. Remember that a wedding is an important occasion for both the bride and the groom, and a wedding theme needs to reflect that. Take the time to sit down with your partner to explore possible wedding theme ideas that will make you both happy. Consider the mood and atmosphere you want to set for your wedding.

Would you like it to be very traditional or fun and quirky? Sophisticated or relaxed? Then go a little deeper and think about your personal style, personality and interests. When you figure out a general direction for coming up with a theme, the ideas will come to you naturally. Take a look at some wedding themes below and the areas of your ceremony and reception that can be influenced by the theme you choose.

Time Period Wedding

Medieval – The perfect setting for this theme would be in historical churches or castles. The use of calligraphy is a great way to distinguish this time period. Decorations with a gothic feel and deep rich colors such as blue and purple work best.

Victorian – The ideal ceremony location for this theme is a Victorian style mansion or a garden with a beautiful gazebo, and there is nothing more fitting for the reception than having it in a grand ballroom. Lace can be used to adorn not only the bride’s dress, but also the table setting and other elements for d�cor. Go with light colors in white, off white and pastels, and do not forget to add tea to the menu.

1920’s – The bride can be very creative with her wedding day look by wearing unique headpieces or donning long strands of pearls. Bridesmaids can opt for a shorter dress that resembles the iconic flapper image of that era and groomsmen can sport a fedora to take them back in time. Your music selection for the reception can center around jazz, couple that with a uniquely cabaret style setting.
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Destination Wedding

Beach – A wedding that takes place on a beach requires the dress code to be casual, with dresses preferably short. Seashells, starfish, flip flops and sandcastles are all popular beach related items that are frequently used in the decor for this wedding theme. Blues, whites and sandy colors typically represent this beautiful setting, and tropical exotic flowers should be used.

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Cities – Whether you are having a destination wedding in a different city or just want to have your wedding feel as if it were in another location, you can include specific elements to make a certain city become your wedding theme. Make good use of colors, historical sites, cultural relics, flowers that represent the city and of course the fashion.

Interests Wedding

Rock & Roll – The most important aspect of this wedding theme is the music, let your guests rock and roll all night long. Instead of dressing like a classic bride and groom, go with something a little more rebellious. Think of your favorite rock songs and use elements from the song for decorating ideas.

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Rock Theme

Fairytale – Most girls who dream about their happily ever after need a wedding that is fit for a princess. Get ideas for your ceremony and reception from your favorite fairytale stories. You can go all out with horse drawn carriages and a grand ballroom or use subtle touches to create this theme.

Movie – The big screen is a great source of inspiration for many couples. If you want to capture the feel of a certain movie for your wedding, the possibilities are endless. From the wedding attire and music to the food and decorations, there are a lot of different things you can do to make the movie come alive. Some great movie themes include Alice in Wonderland, Grease, and Gone with the Wind. What are some of your favorites?

Culture Wedding

Asian – There are so many diverse cultures in Asia, each with its own unique wedding customs and traditions. If either the bride or groom is of a particular Asian ethnicity, it’s important to incorporate the traditional dress of that culture into the wedding as well as food. Other cultural elements that can be used throughout include traditional patterns, artwork, colors, writing, etc.

Seasons Wedding

Spring – The weather is getting warmer and flowers are in bloom, there is no better season to have your wedding. A garden wedding would be perfect for this season, heavy use of flowers and butterflies are especially common for spring weddings. The colors that are used are usually light and so are the fabrics, pair that with food that contain a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Summer – Everybody loves summer, that is why it is one of the most popular seasons to have a wedding. Outdoor ceremonies are perfect for this time of year and there are many different locations for you to choose from. The use of bright and vibrant colors is ideal for this season. Serve food and drinks that are refreshing, and let your wedding party wear something lightweight and comfortable.

Autumn – This season makes us think of falling leaves and rich colors such as red, orange, gold and brown. If the weather is not too chilly where you are, outdoor weddings can still be very appropriate. The menu should include meals that are made with foods common during this season such as pumpkins and apples. Centerpieces featuring autumn leaves and candles are also great for the reception.

Winter – Winter wonderland wedding themes are popular among many couples. With white being the primary color, it’s easy to have the decor look both sophisticated and elegant especially using silver or gold accents. Think of ways to incorporate snowflakes into the decoration of your venue and for your wedding favors.

Save on Wedding Favors @ Beau-coup.comWedding Color Scheme – After deciding on a theme, selecting the color combination to use throughout your wedding becomes a lot easier. Choose colors in shades that are representative of your theme.

Wedding Location – Wedding themes also play a major role when choosing a venue for the ceremony as well as reception. Having a theme helps to narrow down the options you have for holding your wedding.

Wedding Attire – Wedding themes can influence the attire for the bride, groom, wedding party and sometimes even the guests. Whether you decide to wear something traditional or unconventional, formal or casual,it all depends on how it fits in with your theme.

Wedding Decorations – Looking for one of a kind centerpieces and table settings? Let wedding themes inspire the decor of your entire reception.

Wedding Menu – Wedding themes can greatly affect the food that you serve your guests during the reception. Your menu can reflect a certain time period, culture, location or season.

Wedding Favors – Give your guests something special to take home as a little token of your appreciation. Gifts that are related to your wedding theme will remind them of the great time they had.

Wedding Floral Arrangement – With so many flowers to choose from, having a wedding theme makes it much easier to settle on a color combination for your floral arrangement and narrow it down to a specific style.

Wedding Cake – Wedding cakes have become a piece of art in and of itself. Your wedding cake can be one of the best representations of your theme. Discuss your ideas with the expert and let them work their magic.

Wedding Invitations – Let everyone know what to expect on your big day by incorporating the wedding theme into your invitations. It’s a great way to get people excited and looking forward to being there.

Wedding Website – After the invitations go out, your guests can get updates about your wedding, take a look at what you are doing to prepare for the big day and get more information on what to expect through your wedding website. Grab their attention and keep them excited by creating a website entirely in the style of your planned theme.

Even though there are many wedding websites that allow you to create your own web page on their server, there is no way to customize it to match your wedding theme. Instead of going with a generic wedding site, wouldn’t it be great to create one that is totally unique? It is now easier than ever to make your own wedding website on your own domain.

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Coffee themed Wedding

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coffee themed wedding trend 2016

Featured here are some wonderful coffee colored wedding accessories, favors, garment accessories and more to make the perfect coffee themed wedding. The bridal dress itself resembles the wonderful white creamy froth that you have on a cappuccino. Pair this with some wonderful coffee colored long gloves, fascinator and matching accessories and the bride is elegantly coffee themed. A sexy coffee colored garter is the finishing touch. Page down to view these individual items and more.

Featured here are a few coffee colored, themed wedding invitations that can be customized online when you order. Click any image to enter the store and view more designs.

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vintage bronze hanging metal sign wedding 5×7 paper invitation card by blessedwedding
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Cozy Coffee Love Casual Wedding Invitation
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This minty colored coffee swirl wedding invitation is my personal favorite as is the polkadot diamond design featured below. Both have an elegant charm.

Elegant Coffee Gold Black Polka Dot Birthday Party 5.25x5.25 Square Paper Invitation Card
Elegant Coffee Gold Black Polka Dot Birthday Party 5.25×5.25 Square Paper Invitation Card by Zizzago
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Nonwoven Rose Petals in Light Coffee (Pack of 144 Pieces)

Add a subtle splash of coffee color to white table cloths for the reception dinner with these nonwoven rose petals.


Price: $2.99

Beige and Coffee Acrylon Crocheted Shawl

This pretty bolero style shawl in coffee and cream shades is a pretty accompaniement for a coffee themed wedding held in the fall.


Price: $10.99

Coffee Wedding Umbrella with White Hem

If you’re having a wedding ceremony outdoors you may like a pretty umbrella in a delicate coffee shade as shown below as an accessory should it rain.


Price: $22.35

Coffee Rhinestone and Feather Featured Wool Bridal Hat

I adore this pretty coffee colored ‘button’ bridal hat, fascinator. It looks like a coffee bean! It’s a lovely accessory especially for a vintage themed wedding dress.


Price: $9.99

Coffee Frankincense and Vanilla Scented Pillar Candle Favor

These coffee colored and scented candle favors are great for decorating the reception dining tables or to give as gifts to guests after the party.


Price: $3.99

Coffee Organza 7x9cm Drawable Favor Gift Bag-Pack of 25pcs

These adorable coffee colored favor bags can be filled all manner of miniature goodies.


Price: $2.99

Coffee Satin Table Runner (10-Piece)

See how this coffee colored table runner creates a striking balance with the white of the table cloth.


Price: $29.99

Heart Shaped Coffee Cupcake Candle Favor (Set of 4)


Price: $3.50

Mocha Coffee Cup Candle


Price: $3.99

White and Coffee Satin Guest Book and Pen Set with Bow

This chic coffee and cream colored wedding guest book and pen is a perfect match for your themed wedding.


Price: $24.99

Coffee Satin Elbow Length Bridal Gloves


Price: $3.99

Coffee Ceramic Aromatherapy Set


Price: $9.99

Stainless Steel Coffee Set in Gold


Price: $29.99


Diamond Confetti in Dark Coffee-Pack of 1000pcs


Price: $1.99

Coffee and White Satin Wedding Garter


Price: $4.99

Light Coffee Satin Hair Flower


Price: $1.99

Coffee Pu Leather Clutch with Rhinestones


Price: $9.99

Square Cake Candle in Coffee


Price: $1.99

Coffee Cup Framed Candle Favor


Price: $3.99

Coffee Sinamay Bridal Hat with Feather and Rhinestone


Price: $19.99

Acrylon Crocheted Round Light Coffee Placemat Favor


Price: $3.99

Floral Light Coffee Acrylon Crocheted Placemat Favor


Price: $3.99

Bow-tie Diamante Pleated Shoulder Bag


Price: $21.39

Coffee Lover’s Gift Tower

This coffee tower looks a bit like a giant coffee themed wedding cake! It is the perfect gift for the happy couple.

Price: $49.95

Elegant Gourmet Coffee Gift Basket

Price: $64.95














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Inspirational Wedding Moodboards Featuring the Latest Color Trends

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Check out our latest wedding moodboards below to see what is trending for 2018 and 2019. Each board includes a color palette and some sample items to inspire your creative process. Follow the links for greater detail on each theme. For tips and advice, use our search tool to find what you’re looking for.

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Turquoise and Lemon

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Turquoise Lemon wedding color palette

Turquoise and Yellow flower custom wedding 4.25x5.5 Paper Invitation Card


Turquoise and Yellow is a stunning color combination and trending now for weddings and home decor. This modern floral pattern featured on the invitation left is an exclusive design by LeahG.


Blush Pink and Gold

Pink and Gold Wedding Mood Board

Pink Gold color palette

Pink Gold Wedding mood board – supplies

Pink and gold or Blush and Gold wedding themes are trending for brides who like romantic glamor. The pink is pretty and soft and suited to Spring and Summer weddings and the gold adds that touch of elegance and class. This mood board features a color palette which include pale pinks and bold cerise pink for contrast.

Rose Quartz and Serenity (Pantone’s colors of the year)

Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue Wedding Theme trending mood board

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Rose Quartz and Serenity Wedding Trend mood board

Pantone’s colors for 2016 are rose quartz (pale pink) and serenity (pale dusky blue) and they feature in this modern mood board. Choose a modern wedding dress with color to make the most of this trend.

Blush and Mint

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Spring Wedding Theme Ideas – moodboards

Blush is the buzz color at the moment and mint is the fresh new color trend for weddings, pair them together and you have a very pretty fresh modern wedding theme.

Turquoise and Coral

Wedding trends 2016 Coral

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Spring Wedding Theme – Coral

Coral is a very popular color this year and you will see it paired with mint, teal, turquoise and aqua – all members of the blue, green family. It is a warm color combination and perfect for a fall wedding.

Turquoise and Chocolate

Turquoise Fall Wedding mood board

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Fall Wedding Trends 2016 Turquoise

Fall weddings are great for wedding couples who prefer warmer deeper colors. The color theme featured in this mood board is trending turquoise and chocolate brown. This is a lush combination and perfect for brides who want to be right on trend for 2016 and 2017.

Art Deco Vintage Theme

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Great Gatsby Art Deco Vintage Wedding mood board

Art Deco, Roaring Twenties, Great Gatsby are some of the names given to this vintage wedding theme, Art Deco has become popular thanks to the various period dramas, films we’ve seen lately. Let us not forget the lace mermaid wedding dresses worn by many celebrities for their weddings which has also helped boost this theme to the trending spot it now holds.

Yellow and Grey

Yellow and Grey

Trending Wedding Themes 2016 – Spring/Summer Wedding Yellow Grey mood board

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Pretty pastel yellow and grey has been trending a while and will continue to do so for Spring and Summer weddings in 2016 and 2017. These subtle shades are modern and chic and will be with us a while yet.

Purple, Black Rock Goth

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Rock Wedding Theme mood board black purple

Purple black rock goth color palette

Rock and goth weddings are of course popular for rocker and gothic chicks. Colors of purple and black are trending for this wedding theme as are skull elements and all things drama.

Scottish Tartan

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Scottish Wedding Theme mood board

Scottish red black green tartan wedding color palette

Scottish brides and grooms will love this tartan wedding collection and theme. You can be perfectly patriotic and stylish with the ideas in this mood board.


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Marsala Wedding Theme mood board

marsala wedding color palette

Marsala, wine, berry, maroon colors became popular in 20115 and continue to trend throughout 2016 for fall and winter weddings due its warm and ricj color. This mood board showcases this wonderful wedding color theme in all its magnificent glory.

Purple and Lime

Purple and Lime wedding mood board

Purple and Lime

Purple lime wedding color palette

Purple and Lime green are a wonderful color combination for Fall weddings and for the bold bride and groom who enjoy these colors. Mix it up with different shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses.

Metallic Winter

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Winter Wedding Ideas – mood boards

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Winter weddings are so pretty with the bright white, snowflake elements, crystal decorations and metallic gold and silver embellishments.

Fairy Wedding

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Fairy wedding themes are becoming popular thanks to popular TV shows and films. It is an extension of the shabby chic, bohemian theme and is so pretty with the emphasis on woodland wedding ceremony’s, garden receptions, flower displays, natural wood elements and of course lots of imagination for the wedding dress and other decorative elements.

Indian / English Fusion Weddings

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Bringing two cultures together to create a seamless fusion of both is a challenge as you’re aiming to cater for your own tastes and expectations of family. Check out our tips on creating a Fusion Indian English wedding here.

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Let us know in comments what you think of these trends and if you’d like to see a different trend featured!

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