20 Wedding Themes That Are Everything You Need to See Today

This space wedding is... out of this world

by Stephanie Kaloi, Content Manager

mad men themed wedding partyPhoto by Drew Doggett Photography via Hostess with the Mostess

When it comes to wedding themes, there are two hard and fast rules. Rule number one: Of course you don’t need a wedding theme! Truly. I have been to countless flawless, gorgeous, Beyoncé-level weddings with nary a theme in sight. You don’t want to theme it? Don’t.

Rule number two: If you are going to theme it, make it work. How you do that, though, is up to you—but we do have a few ideas in mind (plus twenty real-life wedding themes that we’re obsessed with):

weddings themes: how to pick one and make it happen

before we go any further: You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s worth repeating. Cultures and religions aren’t wedding themes—not even a little bit—and they shouldn’t be appropriated as such. For example, you should definitely not have a “Hawaiian-themed wedding,” especially if neither of you is remotely Hawaiian. I like travel wedding themes as much as the next person, but if neither of you is from Morocco, maybe don’t have a Moroccan-themed wedding because it looks cool. I would also steer clear of incorporating Native American anything (including that headdress prop so often used by photo booth companies) in your wedding if you aren’t Native. And no one wants to see you jump a broom or stomp on a glass if you have no business doing so. These things are sacred parts of other people’s cultures (think: like communion is for Christianity) and not to be used as fun thematic elements.

In other words: if it isn’t yours, don’t steal it.

picking your wedding theme: First things first, immediately ask yourselves if you want your theme to be aesthetic or conceptual. In other words, do you want to pick a favorite color or two and theme everything in those colors? That’s an aesthetic theme. If you’re thinking, “No, no, Stephanie, my partner is building a life-size model of Hoggle for our reception space,” then girl, you’ve got yourself a CONCEPT theme.

If you’re stuck on how to pick a theme, sit down together and really isolate what you both like. What hobbies do you have? What’s your favorite show? You can make just about anything work as a theme if you put your minds to it, but the genuine love for the theme has to be there.

choose colors to work with your theme: I mean, building a life-size Hoggle is amazing, but what colors do you associate with Labyrinth? (Also can I please come to your Labyrinth-themed wedding?) A lot of your wedding will involve color: your invites and save the dates, flowers, lighting, centerpieces, favors, desserts, menus, and so on. You’ll want to figure out those colors and make sure you can bring them together in a way that’s complementary—both to your eye and to your wedding theme.

don’t forget to ask for help: Wedding themes can be tricky to pull off, and you might feel like packing it all in and giving up halfway through. Don’t! Reach out and ask for help. If you love The Hobbit so much you want to have a Hobbit-themed wedding, I bet you probably have close friends or family that love it, too. Reach out, pick their brains, and ask them what they would do to bring your ideas to fruition.

And with that, here we go. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest wedding themes around the web, with a heavy helping of #nerdmagic.

vintage/rustic wedding themes

vintage themed wedding at san francisco city hallPhoto by Angi Welsch via Style Me Pretty

Vintage wedding theme: 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. I am here for it.

old hollywood themed weddingPhoto by The Price Approach via Munaluchi Bridal

Old Hollywood Wedding theme: Old Hollywood is one of my favorite themes because it’s just so glam—and Tamika and Julius’s wedding is no exception. BONUS FUN: This wedding took place in Birmingham, Alabama (s/o to my fellow Southerners!).

americana themed weddingPhoto by Kristen Lynn via Ruffled Blog

Americana wedding theme: This wedding happened on July 4, which more or less necessitates a patriotic theme, right? I like that these guys didn’t go full out “red, white, and blue” and instead opted for a “Vintage America” wedding in Chicago.

rustic themed weddingPhoto by Mozingo Photography via Munaluchi Bridal

Rustic-chic wedding theme: It has been fascinating to watch rustic-chic go from a general wedding concept to a theme—when I started working in weddings over eight years ago, rustic was a term that was being applied to anything that took place in a field (bonus points if you have mismatched wooden chairs). Terris and Amber’s wedding blends all things rustic and luxurious, and it’s pretty gorgeous.

the “my favorite color” wedding theme

couple walking out of their wedding ceremonyPhoto by Shannon Moffit via The Knot

White and gold wedding theme: I am all in for color-themed weddings, and I extra love that everyone is wearing white in Kenya and Ackerly’s white and gold–themed fete.

purple and blush themed weddingPhoto by One Love Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

Purple and blush wedding theme: When I first saw the words “purple and blush–themed wedding” I paused—how would that work? It turns out that anything I could imagine couldn’t hold a candle to the reality, and I extra love that Tabitha and Loren used tons of purple throughout.

outdoors wedding themes

nautical themed weddingPhoto by Jodi and Kurt via Martha Stewart Weddings

Nautical wedding theme: I always like to daydream about the day that my family finally decides it’s time to up and move to the coast of Maine and be seafarers (because that’s totally realistic), and Jodi and Kurt’s nautical wedding is doing little to put a damper on those dreams.

garden themed weddingPhoto by Landon Hendrick via Munaluchi Bridal

Garden wedding theme: The garden wedding theme might be my all-time favorite from the bunch 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.

medieval themed weddingPhoto by Samantha Ward via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Medieval Forest wedding theme: 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.

space wedding themes

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space wedding theme: 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 me to your wedding.

space and industrial themed weddingPhoto by Katie Beverley via Bespoke Bride

Astronomy-meets-industrial wedding theme:  These two mixed a lot of modernity and metal with a lot of astronomy and space to create this ultra-cool astronomy-industrial wedding theme.

couple standing against city skylinePhoto by Sam Hurd via Wedding Wire

Astronomy wedding theme: Sometimes your wedding theme doesn’t have to be wildly obvious. I’m all in for understated wedding themes, too. Emily and Om hosted a beautiful wedding with lots of astronomy touches.


wizard of oz themed weddingPhoto by Brett & Jessica via Bridal Guide

wizard of Oz wedding theme: 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.

1920s great gatsby themed wedding photoPhoto by Photo Pink via The Knot

THE GREAT GATSBY–1920S WEDDING THEME: For a decade that was not known for being that great to most people, we sure do love emulating it all the time. I mean, I’ll take any excuse to dress up like Zelda Fitzgerald that I 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.

1920s themed weddingPhoto by LeahAndMark

1920s–NOT great gatsby: I love Tracy and Patrick’s wedding partially because they are very clear that while it is most certainly 1920s themed, it is most certainly NOT Great Gatsby themed, thus proving that you can do one without the other.


harry potter wedding themePhoto by Kelly Clarke via Buzzfeed

Cassie-Leigh and Lewish went all out for their Harry Potter–wedding theme and basically had the wedding I dream about. They got married in a legit castle, the cake is perfection, and she wore Gryffindor and Slytherin heels. I JUST DIE.

harry potter themed weddingPhoto by Michelle Chiu

I am a major Potterhead, and when I saw Athena and Daniel’s nerd-themed wedding I closed my eyes, inhaled, and thanked the world once again for giving us the goddess that is J.K. Rowling. These two did everything I’ve ever dreamed of: 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.

harry potter themed weddingPhoto by Mon Petit Studio via The Knot

April and Jordan had a Harry Potter–themed engagement and wedding, because April and Jordan are the best. Go go go see more of the photos here.

circus wedding themes

circus themed weddingPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty Images via Offbeat Bride

Mustafa and Anna are Ringling Bros. performers, so it makes sense that they would have one incredible circus-themed wedding, right? Though when I think about it, I’m not sure if it counts as a theme if it’s your life.

circus themed weddingPhoto by Kristina Childs via Rock n Roll Bride

I am 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.

wedding themes from apw’s archives

Photo by Betty Clicker

Solange-meets-Beyoncé wedding theme: 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.

JerDeanParty_16218590329_oPhoto by Kristina Hill

Sequins and feminism wedding theme: 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? Sure!

JP-Helena-Laurent-506-L-selectsPhoto by Helena and Laurent

Aviation wedding theme: Jen and Patrick didn’t set out to have an aviation wedding theme, but they embraced it full on when just about every step of the wedding planning seemed to lead there.

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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!

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! 😊 🎉 🎉).

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  • H

    Can we post our favorite themed wedding ideas? Because this Parks and Rec themed wedding shoot (it’s not a real wedding sadly) is my all-time favorite:

  • sofar

    The travel-theme-as-appropriation issue can be a tricky one.

    And I think you *can* incorporate stylistic elements (as long as they’re not sacred ones, or ones that carry a problematic weight) into decor. My friends who got married recently lived for 10 years in Japan and met there. So, their back-home-in-the-states wedding incorporated cherry blossoms and paper lanterns into the decor. And the favors were beautiful chopsticks. But they didn’t do an all-out “OMG JAPAN” theme with kanji signs, and geisha costumes, and Torii gates or religious imagery, which, I agree, would have been inappropriate.

    • rg223

      Hmm, I feel like paper lanterns might cross the line… but I’m not even sure. It IS a very tough issue. While reading this piece, I was thinking about chuppahs-that-aren’t-really-chuppahs-but-still-look-a-lot-like-chuppahs that I’ve seen at some non-Jewish weddings. I personally wouldn’t have one, but when is something a chuppah and when is it a “wedding arch” recommended by your florist? I’m not Jewish, anyone else want to weigh in? I’m curious what you all think.

      • Amy March

        I’ve never seen a chuppah that is shaped like an arch, so for me a formal arch wouldn’t read chuppah at all.

        • Meg Keene

          Wedding arches are not chuppahs, and are generally seen at Christian/ secular weddings. Things with four corners are chuppahs (generally).

          • toomanybooks

            Thanks for the clarification!

        • rg223

          True, “arch” was a misnomer on my part, I was just struggling with how to decribe a chuppah succinctly. Replace “chuppah” in my above comment with “boxy thing you stand inside.”

          • rg223

            Er, sorry, I mean replace “wedding arch” with “boxy thing.” Words are hard today.

      • Kate

        I’m not an expert on this, but as a lapsed Catholic with who wants to have some kind of arbor or arch, I found sites like this helpful:
        Similar to Meg’s comment but with more details.

      • sofar

        They were plain, undecorated, round paper lanterns from Ikea. One each in the middle of the tables, with xmas lights inside to make them glow. You may be thinking of the floating-river lanterns. These were not that.

      • Candace

        Paper lanterns have been used in America as part of party or outdoor decor for a long time. There is more than one famous painter that has depicted them in paintings from the 1800s.

        I think we’re going overboard sometimes.

        • rg223

          I don’t know for sure, but Chinese goods were really popular in the Western world for a time in the 1800s, so it’s possible even the “American” lanterns were culturally appropriated. But you have a point that at some point things are assimilated – it’s just tough knowing what that point is.

          • Candace

            I personally don’t worry about anything being “appropriated” unless it’s of a religious or sacred nature.

            The current talk about cultural appropriation ignores that not only is culture not static, but many/most cultures were created from a blend of things/ideas/customs that were themselves assimilated from surrounding cultures.

            I mean, good luck stopping that age old process. Italy would not have embraced pasta and turned it into such a huge thing for instance if they had worried about appropriating noodles from Asia. They got it directly from Asia.

          • rg223

            Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree. I don’t draw the line at something only being “appropriated” if it’s sacred.

            And I don’t consider your pasta example as appropriation because the power imbalance isn’t there – Italy (as far as I know) never controlled any part of Asia, so I would call that a “cultural exchange.” I also think the cultural blending in “arts” fields (including food) is different than someone using another culture’s things/customs in a wedding. The arts have a traditional of use of archetype and building on what’s come before you, so the lines of appropriation are a lot more blurred. I fear most people appropriate things for their weddings because it “looks cool” or “seems fun,” not because they have a deep appreciation for something.

  • Amie Melnychuk

    Ours was an English Garden theme.

    Picture getting married in an early 1910s English Garden at an old cottage, white flowers with lots of greenery in milk glass vases as centre pieces, huge windows in our venue overlooking a river, gold, ivory and black accents.

  • toomanybooks

    I clicked on, like, every one of these to open in a new tab and look at after I was done reading. Soooo many fun glamorous weddings!

    One place I’m getting mixed messages: I see a lot of “never tell your guests what color to wear!!” on APW, but also a lot of “every single guest wore white, doesn’t this look amazing??” (at least two in this post). Maybe differing opinions among the staff?

    • Amy March

      Team never tell your guests what color to wear! Sure, it looks amazing in that photo, but it’s also incredibly rude.

      • toomanybooks

        Yeah, to be clear, I’m on that team too.

      • H

        I think it’s a know your crowd situation. As long as it’s not overly specific (like not a specific shade of blush) AND your crowd is very down for this kind of thing (most crowds aren’t, but a select few are) then I think it’s really cool.

        • Amy March

          You never really know your crowd though. Because nice people who love you aren’t going to respond to your super awesome idea with “I hate it, it’s so rude, flannel is literally the worst, it’s not Halloween.”

          • H

            Agree to disagree – I think those “Solange meets Beyonce” dudes totally knew their crowd.

          • stephanie


          • S

            Yeah, and if they’re nice people who love you and they’re not going to say that they hate flannel and they’ll just go along with it – that’s just…fine, though, right? Isn’t that kind of weddings? Like maybe not everyone loves sushi, but they show up to your sushi wedding because they love you. Or maybe they don’t like being outdoors in the sun in the middle of summer but they do that at your wedding because they love you. So maybe when we’re talking about “knowing your crowd” we really mean knowing whether people are happy to play along or not, not knowing whether every individual will personally be SUPER INTO WEARING FLANNEL/WHITE/TURQUOISE/WHATEVER or not.

        • Irielle

          Part of why it’s rude to tell people what color to wear, is that it usually forces the guest to buy a new outfit.

          Sure Solange knew that her crowd could afford it. Though, frankly, even if I could afford it, I might not want to buy that color because maybe it doesn’t look good on me and I’ll never wear it again.

        • S

          I feel like I’m so bored with people worrying about what is or isn’t objectively rude, when they could just take a second to think about the reality of how their people would feel regarding any given situation instead. Personally I don’t spend my life worrying about jumping through mental hoops for the people who are going to be offended at the drop of a hat when they’re really in the minority. I’ve been to funerals before where it’s been suggested that everyone wear a certain colour in some way, because it was the favourite colour of the deceased. Everyone happily did so, and took great pleasure in it and meaning from it, and the two or three who really didn’t want to or didn’t hear about the plan or didn’t have anything in that colour, just…didn’t wear that colour. And it was fine, because everyone is an adult. I’d get a kick out of being asked to wear a colour to a wedding, and so would most people I know, so someone on the internet saying I’m meant to feel like it’s a rude request is kind of…completely irrelevant to my life and my circle and my circumstances. Asking people to do something is not telling them, and it is not rude, unless someone wants to feel like it is, in which case, that’s kind of on them. (And they’re probably a buzzkill to be around)

          • Irielle

            It’s apples and oranges, S.

            A wedding is quite a bit more expensive to attend than a funeral. The rudeness lies in the fact that most likely the guest has bought the couple a present, has incurred travel expenses, and has possibly borne the expense of attending showers or bachelor/bachelorette parties. Maybe they’ve even used up vacation days to attend.

            To request on top of all this that they need to wear a certain color, is over-the-top. And most guests aren’t going to want to disappoint a living breathing couple versus a deceased person, so the pressure is there.

            This is one of those situations where certain etiquette is there for a good reason; even if you’re “bored with it.” And those people you think are a “buzzkill” because they follow a rule meant to avoid inconveniencing people, are the very people I’d want to know.

          • Amy March

            Idk, I’ve never found polite considerate people a buzzkill.

          • S

            I mean, we’re not talking about people saying please or thank you or offering you an umbrella when it’s raining here. We’re talking about people who bitch and moan and wring hands about the mere idea that someone might want an all-white wedding.

        • AP

          Yeah. I don’t get the strong feelings about this. It’s definitely crowd/situation dependent. I’ve been asked to wear all black/all white/cowboy hats to bachelorette weekends, which I did happily because I loved the person. I know you can argue that bachelorettes and weddings are different, but to me they are both important days that I don’t want to miss simply because I don’t have or want to wear the “right” outfit. So I bought or borrowed an outfit.

          Last fall I got married on the beach, and we asked our guests to wear a range of colors. It was a small wedding- family only, fewer than 30 guests, no wedding party, everyone was buying new outfits anyway, and coordinating family photos on the beach is *totally* a thing where we live. You see photographers on the beach with families dressed in khaki posing at sunset almost every day in the summer. So we asked our guests to wear either khaki pants/shorts with a white button down (stuff all the guys had already) or dresses/skirts in neutral tones. We had family portraits done and gave everyone framed photos of their families for Christmas.

          It wasn’t rude. And now I’m having to remind myself that my wedding wasn’t an imposition that everyone was too polite to complain to me about. Our attire was a request (not a command), just like it’s a request at any wedding for guests to travel or wear black tie or leave their kids at home.

      • S

        Wondering: what are your feels RE: costume parties then? Should people just not throw them, because it’s rude? Or should they feel free to call them costume parties but just not explicitly tell people to wear costumes to them, because THAT’S rude? Or is it okay as long as the costume theme isn’t a specific theme like “space” or “the 90s”, because THAT’S rude? Or is it okay as long as we don’t tell anyone specifically to wear a spacesuit or flannel shirt, because THAT’S rude? Or can we just assume that if someone doesn’t want to wear a costume to a costume party, they won’t, and the hosts won’t kick them out, and it’ll all be fine?

        • Amy March

          Perfectly fine! Because your costume party isn’t an extremely important day in your life, and the lives of your loved ones, who really want to celebrate with you. They can just say no and they’ll have missed nothing important whatsoever.

          • S

            But are there really people out there who feel so strongly about not wearing a certain colour to a wedding that they would just not go to the wedding, even though it was the wedding of someone important to them? And if there are, surely those people would be a tiny, tiny minority of potential wedding guests. Is asking people to do something they might not want to do rude? To be clear, there are colours I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole ordinarily (hi hot pink), and if my brother asked me to wear hot pink to his wedding I’d be pissed, but I’d do it, same as I’d be pissed to go to an outdoor wedding of someone in summer (I hate heat) but I’d do it, or same as I’d be pissed to be given nothing but a salad as the vegetarian meal at a wedding to eat (salad is boring to me), but I’d eat it. I’m just not following the logic that because I don’t want to do something or it’s in any way inconvenient to me, it’s rude of someone to ask me (~ask~ me, not ~tell~ me) to do it. I’m not interested in travelling to Bali, and I’d be annoyed as hell if someone important to me decided to get married in Bali, but would that make it rude for them to have their wedding in Bali? Surely when you ask people to do something out of the ordinary or that in any way involves effort, you’re asking with the expectation that not everyone will do it, or will want to do it, or be able to do it. But does that make the asking itself rude? Take elopements, for example. My future wedding is an extremely important day to my mother, who really wants to celebrate it with me. She would be devastated to miss it. But would it be “rude” because my mother wants a wedding? I don’t agree that it would be. I think it’s something that might annoy people or make some people sad, sure. But my vote is that it’s not rude of me to do what I want with my own life or celebrate how I wish, just like I think it’s not rude to invite someone to a wedding where there’s a costume theme.

          • Amy March

            “But are there really people out there who feel so strongly about not wearing a certain colour to a wedding that they would just not go to the wedding, even though it was the wedding of someone important to them?”

            No, and that is why I think it is rude. Of course they will suck it up and just do as they are told (you can call it “ask” all you want, that isn’t how it comes across). That doesn’t make it a polite thing to do. People are not props for your photos.

          • S

            This is where I still don’t understand the difference between a wedding with a costume theme, and a costume party. Sure, one’s fancy and expensive and important, but so? A lot of wedding factors involve inconveniencing people or making them do something they might not like or choose to do themselves. if you’re telling someone something upfront (“It’s viking costume themed/the wedding will be overseas/the wedding will not serve meat”) then they can choose whether or not to attend. Of course having any sort of costume party is an aesthetic decision that you make because you think that aesthetic will be a lot of fun, and also probably produce some great photos. But that doesn’t mean it’s rude to throw one if you want.

    • Nell

      I’m also on team never tell your guests what to wear. . .

      BUT, I also think that you can ask people to do something and just. . . not get upset if they don’t do it. My friends had a flannel-themed rehearsal dinner, and it was actually a ton of fun and made for a great conversation starter with folks I didn’t know (hey, where’d you get your plaid?)

      BUT, we live in New England, and literally everyone owns a plaid shirt (or can find one at Old Navy for $10). It’s really different to ask people to spend a lot of money/time on an outfit when they are attending your wedding as a guest.

    • stephanie

      So you know! I thought a lot about this, because I know that is totally APW’s bottom line: don’t tell your guests what to wear. Having said that… I am a sucker for the color themes, especially when everyone wears the same color and it looks amazing. *ducks*

    • Meg Keene

      HA. Yeah I totally feel like you shouldn’t tell your guests what to wear. I might have even edited it out at some point. Stephanie is a photographer though, and the pictures do look cool.

    • Vanessa

      Yeah I found this weird too. To me APW is (or at least in the past has been) promoting the idea that how your wedding feels and how you treat your guests is more important than how your wedding looks. The idea of asking/telling your guests what to wear because it will look cool flies in the face of that idea, and it feels a lot like every single other wedding website out there.

      • toomanybooks

        Yup. I mean I know all-white (or shades of white) specifically is kind of an established theme for parties sometimes. So maybe that’s the exception? Or maybe it’s a know your crowd thing.

    • Erica G

      I kinda feel like you can suggest a dress theme, and if people do it, fantastic! I guess the exception is a Black Tie event, I think if you specify Black Tie, people need to at least try to follow it.

  • Small plug for our nerdy Pi Day wedding! Check it out on APW: https://apracticalwedding.com/2015/08/mcnamara-alumni-center-wedding/

    If we hadn’t done our nerdy wedding, we totally would have done Harry Potter. I see a lot of weddings with Gryffindor, but my husband is a Slytherin & that would have been totally awesome.

    • Gaby

      Is “totally awesome” a reference to A Very Potter Musical or is that my wishful thinking?

    • Jessica

      Side note for HP Fandom: Saw these today, they are already sold out, but I did not realize how much I needed wand make up brushes in my life. https://www.instagram.com/p/BLpX83vAiGI/?taken-by=storybookcosmetics

      I wish my husband and I were nerdy about the same things, because I would have absolutely done more Hogwarts stuff in my wedding. He hasn’t even read all of the books. But, I haven’t seen all of the Star Wars movies so at least we’re slightly annoyed with each other about something at the same level.

      • Ha, that’s me and my husband as well. I’m much more of a science nerd, while he’s a huge comic book collector and still rolls his eyes at me when I ask him about a character. But at least we’re on the same page about Harry Potter, though he does make fun of me for being a Hufflepuff.

        • Jessica

          I love all the Hufflepuff pride stuff there is! People have embraced the Hufflepuff features, and I love that they do. The nicest people I know are Hufflepuff.

          I made my husband take the Pottermore house quiz and he got Slytherin, while I have been firmly Ravenclaw since I was 11 and read the house descriptions. If I could, I would deck our house out in Slytherclaw gear, but I think he’d just be confused why I was putting up the “bad guy” colors. Instead, there are a lot of hidden dinosaur figurines around the house, because dinos are the one thing we agree upon.

          • Lisa

            I’ve wanted to know my husband’s house for years, and I finally got him to take the quiz when the Patronus one was up. We are a family of Ravenclaws it seems! :)

          • Jessica

            Nice! So many books for you!

            Also, my patronus is a wolf and I loved the quiz!

        • Rebecca

          Well, my FH can’t tease me anymore about being in Hufflepuff because he finally did the quiz and got Hufflepuff too.

          I had really always assumed I’d be a Gryffindor. But Tonks was in Hufflepuff. So I guess that’s pretty good. Go Hufflepuff!

      • Kat

        I saw these and then I fell down the deep, dark internet whole that is HP-themed makeup. See also: https://shirocosmetics.com/product/eyes/marauders-mugwumps-muggles/

        • Jessica

          They have Nicolas Cage themed stuff. I can’t even.

    • Irielle

      How cool that you went back down the aisle to “Happy”. Love love love that song.

  • stephforeigncountry

    Is that Tracy from Stuff You Missed in History Class?? Amazing! Hers and all the other themes.

  • hitam_manis

    We were initially really annoyed with the constant “but what’s your theme??!!!??” questions so we jokingly started referring to our wedding as “Afro-futuristic bayou gothic”.
    And now we’re officially having an “Afro-futuristic bayou gothic” wedding in New Orleans. We’ll see how it turns out in 9 months!

    • Meg Keene


      • Lil Hana


        • hitam_manis

          I’ll be sure to share next year!

    • sofar

      I used to answer this question with “A Clockwork Orange.”

  • Irielle

    I will only go to your Labyrinth-themed wedding if 1980s David Bowie (Jareth The Goblin King) is there in those pants. Ha ha ha.

    • toomanybooks

      Bowie bulge was the star of the film.

  • Rebecca

    I am living vicariously through these concept wedding theme posts. If I were planning a wedding by myself it would for sure have a theme – I love theme parties. My FH, who, naturally, gets equal say, does not. So keep all the amazing nerd, tv show, etc. things coming!

  • Jessa

    I appreciate so much that APW posts diverse photos. I just came from Pinterest and it seems like it’s all skinny blonde white women on there.

  • afew

    hated the question from vendors, ‘what is your theme?!’ I didn’t know that colors could be a ‘theme’… we always said that the ‘theme’ was, ‘we’re getting married’. it was a fall wedding that was in a vintage place with the colors of cream, brown & sage green. so, I guess, that was the ‘theme’. But, in reality, it’s okay to not have a theme.

  • Jessica

    We’re going with an Oktoberfest/craft beer themed wedding! I’m of German descent (my dad’s from Germany), we’re major craft beer enthusiasts, and the original Oktoberfest was a royal wedding. We’re hoping for a classier version of an awesome beer-filled party.

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  • aiman malik

    Most Christian churches give some form of blessing to a marriage; the wedding ceremony typically includes some sort of pledge by the community to support the couple’s relationship. A church wedding is a ceremony presided over by a Christian priest or pastor. Ceremonies are based on reference to God, and are frequently embodied into other church ceremonies such as Mass.[11] Customs may vary widely between denominations. In the Roman Catholic Church “Holy Matrimony” is considered to be one of the seven sacraments, in this case one that the spouses bestow upon each other in front of a priest and members of the community as witnesses. As with all sacraments, it is seen as having been instituted by Jesus himself (see Gospel of Matthew 19:1-2, Catechism of the Catholic Church §1614-1615). In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is one of the Mysteries, and is seen as an ordination and a martyrdom. The wedding ceremony of Saint Thomas Christians, an ethnoreligious group of Christians in India incorporate elements from Hindu, Jewish and Christian weddings.

  • Des Ingham

    I think having a theme to your wedding makes it a lot easier to choose what you want, it narrows down your choices which can only be a good thing! The more off the wall the theme the better as far as I am concerned

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