But a theme can also provide important direction — especially when planning a wedding. The right wedding theme can help connect every element of your celebration, from lighting and linens to cakes and centerpieces.
With so many decisions to make when planning a wedding, we recommend starting by choosing a theme that matches your style — and your wedding venue. A theme that works well in a luxury hotel might not be as suitable for an industrial warehouse. Whether you choose a rustic wedding theme for a loft event space, a beach wedding theme for a waterfront hotel, or a vintage wedding theme for an outdoor rooftop, your choice should feel inspired, comfortable, and of course, uniquely you.
To help you narrow down all of your options, we chose 11 inspired wedding themes we’re loving right now — plus, we included a few of our favorite real wedding examples to inspire your own memorable celebration.
1. Beachfront Beauty
The most beautiful beach-themed weddings take advantage of their natural surroundings. Whether your venue is right on the beach, or your event space has a breathtaking ocean view, beach-themed weddings have the best natural focal point of all: the water. Scroll to see how three beautiful beach wedding ceremonies captivated couples and their guests with romantic settings and complementary décor.
2. Rustic Romance
Raw wooden tables and chairs, undone floral arrangements, exposed brick walls, flickering lanterns — these are just a few of our favorite rustic-themed wedding elements. The casual romance of a rustic wedding has a way of making guests feel comfortable and inspired all at once. These five weddings are just a few examples that you can reference for your own rustic-themed wedding celebration.
photographer: Byron Roe | planner & floral: Events by Mint | venue: private residence
3. Seasonally Inspired
Fall may be the most popular season to get married, but couples who get married during spring, summer, and winter can also match their celebrations to the season. Whites for winter, deep hues for fall, pastels for spring, and vibrant colors for summer are just a few ways to infuse the season into your wedding celebration. See a few of our favorite seasonally-inspired weddings below.
4. Bright & Bold
Color is the new white — especially when it comes to a wedding theme. While we love a glamorous all-white wedding, we also love when couples choose bright, bold colors to inspire their wedding décor. Vibrant lounge furniture, punchy floral color palettes, linens that pop, and even colorful catering spreads have us dreaming of future bright-themed wedding celebrations.
5. Parisian Glam
We can’t all be lucky enough to get married in Paris, but we can bring a little bit of Paris to our own local weddings. Paris-themed weddings are romantic, of course, but they can also be sophisticated and glamorous. Whether you want to recreate a Parisian café, or you choose gilded accents inspired by the Palace of Versailles, there are endless ways to design a flawless Paris-themed wedding.
6. Garden Grandeur
Gardens provide a sense of peace and serenity, which are feelings many couples want their guests to feel while celebrating their newly-wedded bliss. Some are hosted in beautiful garden venues, but not all garden-themed weddings need to be set in actual gardens. You can achieve a garden feel by highlighting garden-themed elements: endless greenery, lush florals, and bright and airy event spaces.
7. Vintage Luxury
A successful vintage wedding theme requires paying attention to the smallest of details. Choose a vintage mirror to use for your place card display, vintage furniture to create comfortable yet chic lounge areas, and vintage chargers to accent a perfectly-set tablescape. See how four vintage-themed weddings elevated décor accents to create beautifully-inspired wedding celebrations.
photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | planner: Whitney Carillon Events | florals: Raining Roses | venue: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort | signage: Chalk Shop
8. Modern Minimalism
Sometimes, less really is more. When it comes to wedding themes and design, taking a modern, minimalist approach doesn’t have to be boring. Choose one unique décor element — like a geometric arch or a single-stem centerpiece — to become the focal point of your wedding. Your guests will be mesmerized by the beauty in its simplicity, and you will be left with chic modern minimalism — and a memorable wedding theme.
9. Industrial Charm
An industrial-themed wedding is all about the venue, plus how you and your wedding planner choose to transform or enhance that venue. Structural metal ceilings, glossy cement floors, and decorative beams are usually built into the venue, but they can be enhanced through strategic décor choices. See how lighting, draping, and more completed these three unique industrial-themed weddings.
10. Monochromatic Chic
Pink, red, and white are popular wedding colors, but each of those colors can also stand on its own to create a beautiful monochromatic color palette. Expand on the monochromatic theme by combining multiple hues of the same color, which will add a new dimension to your wedding design. See how three monochromatic-themed weddings each used one color to inspire florals, rentals, aisles, and even signage.
11. Bohemian Glam
When we think of a wedding with a boho theme, we think of a wedding that is earthy, romantic, and eclectic. Some of our favorite bohemian weddings have loose floral centerpieces, neutral-toned accents, unexpected design elements, and a generally free-spirited vibe. Boho weddings are becoming more and more popular — and these celebrations make it clear why.