If you know you want a wedding theme to make your wedding feel a little more special, or because you really love Harry Potter, or because someone donated you an empty circus to use as your venue so you obviously need to have a tightrope walker, well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve dug up some of the coolest themed weddings out there, from space themed, to vintage americana, to mystical southern garden wedding, to help inspire your wedding theme ideas, and make something amazing come to life.
But! Just because it needs to be said: you don’t need a wedding theme. Truly. We’ve featured countless flawless, gorgeous, weddings with nary a theme in sight. So if picking a theme feels like one more thing, don’t. Skip to our wedding checklist and cross “pick a theme” off, before you go any further. Done. (Or heck, pick one, because it’s an easy way to make all of those little decor decisions.) But regardless, let’s do this thing. Here are some of the best wedding themes from around the web.
Photo by Candid Image via Wedded Wonderland
space wedding: If you do nothing else today, do yourselves a favor and click over to see more from Rayan and Reem’s incredible space wedding. Maybe you don’t have to go all out like they did, but man, if you’re a space nerd and budget allows, please pay whatever it costs to hang a solar system from the ceiling of your wedding venue, and then invite us to your wedding.
Photo by Kristen Lynn via Ruffled Blog
Americana wedding: This wedding happened on July 4, which more or less necessitates a patriotic theme, right? We like that these guys didn’t go full out “red, white, and blue” and instead opted for a “Vintage America” wedding in Chicago.
Harry Potter Theme: Cassie-Leigh and Lewish went all out for their Harry Potter–wedding theme and it’s… magic. Get it? They got married in a legit castle, the cake is perfection, and she wore Gryffindor and Slytherin heels. I JUST DIE.
Astronomy-meets-industrial: This shoot mixed a lot of modernity and metal with a lot of astronomy and space to create this ultra-cool astronomy-industrial wedding theme.
Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images via Offbeat Bride
CIRCUS WEDDING: Mustafa and Anna are Ringling Bros. performers, so it makes sense that they would have one incredible circus-themed wedding, right? Though when we think about it, we’re not sure if it counts as a theme if it’s your life.
wizard of Oz: If you’re going to go big with one of fiction’s most-loved stories, this is the way to do it. Anna and Brandon brought the Wizard of Oz to life with their wedding. They even got married in a mostly defunct Wizard of Oz theme park in North Carolina.
Photo by Michelle Chiu
Nerd Theme: So it turns out you can have it all, as proven by Athena and Daniel’s nerd-themed wedding. These two did everything: cauldron cakes filled with bird seed to toss, treasure trolls and mushrooms on the wedding cake, Jane Austen books as decor, and of course, that incredible Expelliarmus photo above. SIGH.
White and gold: We are all in for color-themed weddings, and we extra love that everyone is wearing white in Kenya and Ackerly’s white and gold–themed fete.
Photo by Kristina Hill
Sequins and feminism: Nadine and Jared got married on a Sunday afternoon with long hair, spiky shoes, and lots of sequins in tow. That’s a theme right? OBVIOUSLY.
Nautical: If you like to daydream about the day that you move up move to the coast of Maine and become seafarers (because that’s totally realistic), then Jodi and Kurt’s nautical wedding is not going to do much to put a damper on those dreams.
Garden Wedding: The garden wedding theme is great because it’s wildly diverse: gardens can look like whatever you want them to. Roselyne and Terry both grew up in Haiti, and decided that their vintage garden glam wedding would be perfect with a ton of fruit trees. Yessssss.
THE GREAT GATSBY: For a decade that was not known for being that great to most people, we sure do love emulating it all the time. We’ll take any excuse to dress up like Zelda Fitzgerald that we can get (even though her end was untimely and her talent was never really recognized). And when it comes to wedding themes, few really shimmer like The Great Gatsby–1920s combo—and if you want to get your inspiration on, you can see more photos here.
Astronomy: Sometimes your wedding theme doesn’t have to be wildly obvious. Emily and Om hosted a beautiful wedding with lots of astronomy touches.
Vintage wedding: Yvonne and Jason are big Mad Men fans, and decided to go all out with their San Francisco elopement: birdcage veil, teal shoes, lace gloves, and vintage style photo processing.
Old Hollywood: Old Hollywood a great theme because it’s just so glam—and Tamika and Julius’s wedding is no exception.
Medieval Forest: Sometimes it’s hard to only pick one wedding theme, and if that time comes in your planning journey, you should totally take a cue from Alexandra and Paul. These two combined astronomy, medieval life, and their love of forests to create a theme that worked for them.
Carnival: We’re pretty obsessed with Tara-Lee and Jesse’s “carnival of love” wedding, because the two even looped in their six-year-old to dress as Ring Master for the day. The photos include a purple tent and more balloons than you can keep track of, and they’re incredible.
Photo by Betty Clicker
Solange-meets-Beyoncé: Brandon and Matthew described their wedding like this: “Like we were all auditioning to be in the next Anthropologie catalog while dancing along to Beyoncé,” and it’s 100 percent true.
Photo by Helena and Laurent
Aviation: Jen and Patrick didn’t set out to have an aviation wedding, but they embraced it full on when just about every step of the wedding planning seemed to lead there.
would you (or did you) have a wedding theme? what was planning like? PS: leave us links to your wedding photos. we want to see the crazy amazing decor!