Five Exciting Wedding Themes for Your Big Day

Lavish wedding party table at reception

Are you looking for an exciting theme for your wedding day? Themed weddings are hugely popular among brides and grooms today. Not only are they fun and unique, they’ll also be extremely memorable for your guests! There are several advantages to opting for a themed wedding:

  • Inherently creates a cohesive aesthetic
  • Adds flair to the ceremony and reception
  • Allows couples to personalize their event
  • Makes the wedding stand out
  • Encourages a less stressful atmosphere
  • Is incredibly fun to plan!

If you’re interested in a themed wedding, the next step is to pick your theme! For some, the selection is more obvious than it is for others. Take the time you need to make this decision, as it’s difficult to switch your plans up last minute. While you can find a plethora of wedding theme ideas (along with some flat-out incredible themed wedding decoration ideas) on websites like Pinterest, here are five excellent options to get you started.

Elaborate metal masquerade mask

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade ball weddings are gaining popularity, in large part because they are appropriate for any time of year. Couples who enjoy Halloween may find them particularly appealing. It’s important to note, however, that there are actually a number of different types of masquerades. The most popular are Mardi Gras and Venetian. They’re also exceptionally fun to plan because the decorative potential is endless! Consider incorporating some of these fun ideas if a masquerade ball wedding seems like a theme you and your soon-to-be spouse would enjoy:

  • Invite guests to dress up in costumes
  • Provide masks as wedding favors
  • Use lots of feathers and jewels when decorating
  • Choose special masks for the wedding party
  • Go crazy with the color selections


Renaissance, or Medieval-themed, weddings are becoming quite popular. While unique, this really isn’t that surprising. After all, weddings in the Middle Ages share many of the same qualities of modern day weddingsthere’s feasting, dancing, and merriment galore! Planning this type of wedding will require a little more preparation time however. Period clothing, for example, can be difficult to come by and, in some cases, is better when handmade to fit each individual in your party. If a Renaissance-themed ceremony and reception is appealing to you and your fiancé, consider these fun tips:

  • Choose period-appropriate attire
  • Invite guests to dress in period garb as well
  • Have the ceremony and reception outside
  • Hire live minstrel musical performers
  • Include Medieval traditions like handfasting and throwing rice
  • Provide a period-appropriate meal and plenty of mead!

Bride and groom pretending to fly like superheroes

Geek Out!

As a geek myself, I’m particularly partial to this wedding theme. It’s fun and adorably nerdy, which really works for some couples. The trouble is, there are so many different kinds of geeks and interests can vary drastically. In reality, this is more a wedding genre than it is a theme. If you and your future spouse share a certain nerdy streak or are diehard fanatics about a particular television show, this type of wedding may be the perfect way to showcase your personal style. Here are several fun, and giddily geeky, wedding themes to consider:

  • Star Wars
  • Disney
  • Superhero
  • Doctor Who
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Trek
  • Video Gaming
  • Lord of the Rings

Gone with the Wind

Inspired by yet another classic novel, a Gone with the Wind wedding theme is likely one of the easiest to plan and coordinate. At minimum, this type of wedding could be pulled off with an outdoor country venue and a puffy ball gown. While most couples would prefer their romance to progress differently than Scarlett and Rhett’s, the resulting movie is still the highest-grossing film ever made (when adjusted for inflation). As a result, renditions of this theme are quite popular among brides and grooms all over the nation, but particularly in southern areas where the terrain is reminiscent of that in the story. Consider these awesome ideas if you and your spouse-to-be like this theme:

  • Have the ceremony and reception outdoors or at a plantation
  • Provide a barbeque lunch or dinner
  • Wear a full ball gown
  • Provide fans as wedding favors
  • Use oil lamps as centerpieces

Bride and groom dressed in the style of the 1930s

The Great Gatsby

Do you and your spouse-to-be love the roaring 20’s? In all seriousness, who doesn’t? With a little glam, glitter, and gold, you can recreate your own lavish West Egg party. While less mainstream than some other wedding theme options, this concept gained popularity after Leonardo DiCaprio starred as Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film. Whether you opt to mimic the book or the movie is completely up to you, but here are several fun ideas that may be worth incorporating:

  • Choose a mansion-like venue for the ceremony and reception
  • Pick an appropriate headband
  • Give pearls to the bridesmaids
  • Offer oysters and champagne as hors d’oeuvre
  • Play a round of croquet
  • Have a tea party
  • Designate a “smoking room” and provide cigars
  • Flappers, lots of flappers!
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