40 striking wedding theme ideas for your big day
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40 Striking Wedding Theme Ideas

As a girl I had all of the typical dreams of what my adult life would be.

I would be a doctor, marry a handsome prince, & have a huge princess wedding in a castle with tons of flowers & poofy dresses.

Meanwhile my best friend thought weddings were boring & looked the same. Plus she was convinced she’d never marry.

Boy, we were both wrong.

I did get my “prince” but he’s far from royalty. And there were hardly any flowers or poofy dresses in sight. I ended up with a simple puzzle theme wedding.

And my friend? Well she got overwhelmed with wedding planning & ended up having the biggest, fanciest soirée ever.

Whichever one you can relate to, you probably have at least 1 idea in common with us.

You either have a theme in mind or need to find one.

Let’s clear the air by first stating that you don’t need to have a theme for your wedding. So if nothing really “tickles your fancy” don’t stress it.

You can always stick with a color scheme instead. And even that’s considered a theme.

No matter which way you decide to go, wedding themes are essential to your wedding. But not for the reasons that you may think.

Once you decide on a theme it will make all the other details so much easier.

Everything from the gown to the invitations to the decor & even the venue is centered around a theme.

That means you can stop the endless Pinterest scrolling for broad things like reception centerpieces & narrow it down to book theme centerpiece ideas.

Wedding planning already has tons of details to cover. There’s no need to add more.

How To Choose A Wedding Theme

Choosing a wedding theme can feel stressful. There are truly tons of options.

But, there is a simple way to figure it out.

I’m going to sound super cliche when I say this but hear me out.

You already have your wedding theme inside you.

Simply ask yourself,

  • What’s something that either means a lot to you & your fiancé
  • What’s something that you like to do together

For me it was simple. My husband & I love to do puzzles. He even proposed with one. So we had puzzles weaved throughout our decor.

You may be big into traveling & want to have a destination wedding. Or even a travel theme.

Tips For Choosing A Wedding Theme

  • Choose what works for you. If you want a funny & relaxed wedding, then find a theme that works within that.
  • Don’t mix too many themes together. You can combine 2 to make it uniquely you but you want to make sure that it flows together.
  • Make sure your theme stands out. If Jurassic Park weddings are trending this year don’t fall into having yours blend in to the trend.
  • Select a theme that’s personal to you. Don’t just pick it because it’s pretty.

Wedding Themes Categories

While looking at wedding themes you may discover that all the things that you like don’t have a specific theme.

But they may fit into a broader theme category.

That works!

Listed below are some of the broader wedding themes that you can use. (With a little inspiration mixed in.)

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Romantic wedding themes generally have low lighting, candles, soft colors, & lots of flowers.


Have you ever looked at some of the decor from the past? Especially from events? Some of the them are down right amazing. Take a walk into the past & explore other eras. Look at the 20’s, 30’s, 50’s, (you get the idea). You can even look at vintage cars!


Quirky, colorful, mismatched, balloons, streamers, & florals are all some of the elements of a whimsical wedding. It’s a way to stay uniquely you will still having a beautiful wedding.


If you’re dream wedding is in a barn or outdoors or if you love DIY then the rustic theme is probably what you want. Your wedding decor will include mason jars, twine, lace, burlap, string lights, & more of a at home vibe.


Boho or Bohemian themes are more laidback & causal. You’ll see pillows instead of chairs & rugs instead of an aisle. But these Boho weddings have a simple charm that just screams “I Do”.

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Not all weddings have to be formal sit down affairs. You can have a casual shindig.


Formal weddings are the more traditional weddings.


Modern wedding themes include sleek clean lines, minimal design, & geometric shapes. You will often see less traditional white gowns with the modern theme.

Fairy Tale

The concept of fairy tales weddings isn’t new. In fact there’s an entire category for them with Disney Weddings. If you want to live your dream of being a princess then now is your time.

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Unique Wedding Theme Ideas

Now we’re moving into the more specific & unique wedding theme ideas.

These range from romantic to down right hilarious.

  • Nautical
  • Celestial
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Harry Potter
  • Wizard Of Oz
  • Superheroes
  • Circus/Carnival
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Color Focus Scheme
  • Star Wars
  • County Chic
  • Pumpkin
  • Art Deco
  • Under The Sea
  • Books
  • Cinderella
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Frozen
  • Goth
  • Glam
  • Candyland
  • Secret Garden
  • Storybook
  • Ancient Greece
  • Sports
  • Video game
  • School
  • Greenery
  • Woodland
  • Travel
  • Rock Concert

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