photographer: Fred Marcus Studio | event planner: Norma Cohen Productions | floral design: SBK Associates | venue: Monmouth University
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11 Wedding Theme Ideas for Every Type of Couple

A great party theme can bring any event to life. Neon, casino, and Mardi Gras are just a few trending party themes showing up at some of our favorite recent events. 

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. 

a circular arch on a beach with blue water in the background.
photographer: JBJ Pictures

photographer: JBJ Pictures | planner & designer: A La Française Events | floral, rentals & design: Del Cabo Weddings | venue: Montage Los Cabos

Three archways in front of blue water and a sandy beach
photographer: Clane Gessel Photography

photographer: Clane Gessel Photography | planner: NYLUX Events | floral: Huntress Botanica by Alicia McDole | venue: The Ritz Carlton Naples, Florida

Two archways covered in green and white florals in front of bright blue water.
photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios

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. 

A cherry stained pergola with pampas grass accents. Underneath is a long table with white cushioned chairs on either side.
photographer: Christina McNeill Photography

photographer: Christina McNeill Photography | planner: Alison Events | floral: Amanda Vidmar Design and Tesoro Flowers | venue: Calistoga Ranch & Joseph Phelps Vineyard | rentals: Found Rentals & Casa De Perrin 

A short floral bouquet atop a table in the woods
photographer:Byron Roe

photographer: Byron Roe | planner & floral: Events by Mint | venue: private residence

A dimly lit room with stunning chandeliers and large greenery pieces
photographer: Anthony Vazquez Photography

photographer: Anthony Vazquez Photography | planner: Save the Date® | floral: Swoop | venue: Temple Court at The Beekman | music: Hank Lane Music

Overhead shot of a table set up with votive candles and greenery
photographer: Jamee Photography

photographer: Jamee Photography | design & production: Pink Monkey Solutions | planner: Calluna Events | floral: Cori Cook Floral Design | venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch 

A couple walks away from a warmly lit cabin in the woods

photographer: Apollo Fotografie | event planner: Charlotte Baxter | venue: Long Branch Saloon | dj: Patrick Custardo | harpist: Amelia Romano

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. 

Pink and blue pillar candles juxtaposed with pale pink floral arrangements over looking the pool.
photographer: C + C Photographying

photographer: C + C Photographying | planner: Blooming Girls Wedding | floral: XO Bloom | venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards

A symmetrical bride and groom table with colorful florals and fairy lights.
photographer: Ambrosio Photography

photographer: Ambrosio Photography | planner & design: Guerdy Design | venue: 1 Hotel South Beach

An archway covered in pale pink and white florals mixed with draping greenery
photographer: The Ramsdens

photographer: The Ramsdens | design & floral: Jennifer Gould Luxe Event Design | venue: Le Chateau

An all white color palette with three couches and four floor poufs
photographer: Cooper Carras

photographer: Cooper Carras | planner & design: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | floral & design: Marks Garden | custom décor: The Original Runner Company | venue: Meadowood Napa Valley 

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.

photographer: Duke Images

photographer: Duke Images | planner: Details Details | floral & rentals: Shawna Yamamato Event Design | venue: Pelican Hill Resort 

A dessert table with colorful entries
photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography

photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography | design: Kate Siegel Fine Events | floral: Cherries Flowers | venue: Terra Gallery & Event Venue | catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering & Events 

Wooden tables with pin accents and pink florals above
photographer: Craig Paulson Studio

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. 

Tiled outdoor floor with wooden tables and chairs.
photographer: Braedon Photography
A massive castle with tables and chairs on the manicured grass
photographers: Maloman Studios & Simon Luethi

photographers: Maloman Studios & Simon Luethi | planner & stationery: Erganic Design | design, décor, floral & production: The Style Marc | venue: Oheka Castle 

A white cake with gold carving and pink and white florals
photographer: JAYLim Studio

photographer: JAYLim Studio | planner: Eventful Days | florals: Pedestals Floral Decorators | venue: Oheka Castle | cake: Daniel Andreotti Cakes

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. 

A clear tent with green furniture and ink accents.
photographer: Fred Marcus Studio

photographer: Fred Marcus Studio | planner: Norma Cohen Productions | florals: SBK Associates | venue: Monmouth University | tent: Almar Party Rental | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. & Luxe Event Rentals

A large paned glass structure with all white furniture and short floral arrangements.
photographer: Stephanie Brauer

photographer: Stephanie Brauer | planner: Amy Katz Events | florals: Rachel Cho Floral Design | venue: Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

White orchids contrasted with greenery
photographer: Lisa Blume Photography
The bride and groom table with cascading white florals
photographer: Adam Nyholt

photographer: Adam Nyholt | planner: Oulala! What an Event | florals: Blooming Gallery | venue: Royal Sonesta 

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. 

A mirrored table assignment
photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography

photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | planner: Whitney Carillon Events | florals: Raining Roses | venue: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort | signage: Chalk Shop

a mustard and fire red couch face each other in a vaulted room with a tall fire place
photographer: Taylor Abeel Photography

photographer: Taylor Abeel Photography | planner: ASE, Amanda Savory Events | florals: Faye + Renee | venue: Cedar Lakes Estate

A table assignment with a floral arrangement.
photographer: Alisha Crossley Photography

photographer: Alisha Crossley Photography | planner & design: Mandy Marie Creative | florals: Avant-Garde Floral Studio | venue: El Chorro | rentals: Bright Event Rentals

A tablescape with pampas grass and yellow florals and geometric accents.
photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo

photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo | planner: Tracie Domino Events | florals & décor: MMD Events | venue: Vinoy Renaissance Resort 

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. 

photographer: Taylor McCutchan Photography

photographer: Taylor McCutchan Photography | production & design: ROQUE Events | florals: Soulflower Design Studio | venue: Tre Posti | rentals: Encore Events Rentals 

Clear chairs on either side of the aisle and an all white color palette. Greenery lines the aisle as well as drapes over the altar.
photographer: Taylor McCutchan Photography

photographer: Emily Harris Photography | planner & designer: Jackie Bressler Events| florist: Avant Gardens | venue: Miami Beach Edition|videographer: Senderey

An all white color palette looks out the bright windows.
photographer: Darrington Photography
An outdoor wedding with wooden chairs and a square archway
photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography

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. 

Paned glass ceiling with brick walls and chandeliers.
photographer: Carasco Photography

photographer: Carasco Photography | planner: SQN Events | design & décor: Revel Decor | venue: Revel Motor Row | linens: BBJ Linen | catering: Limelight Catering

industrial chic warehouse with beamed ceiling and fairy lights.
photographer: Jennifer Yarbro Photography

photographer: Jennifer Yarbro Photography | planner: Each & Every Detail | florals: Workshop at Hickory Street | venue: Hickory Street Annex

A dimly lit wedding with candles lining the aisle and romantic drapes behind
photographer: Andrew Weeks Photography

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. 

An all pink wedding with pink chairs and a pink archway.
photographer: Charmi Pena

photographer: Charmi Pena | planner: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | décor, floral & design: Design House Decor | venue: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort

Red tablescape with red linens and red roses.
photographer: Studio This Is
white floral archway
photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography

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. 

small pillar and votive candles with short succulent centerpieces
photographer: Matthew David Studio

photographer: Matthew David Studio | planner: COJ Events | floral & décor: Arrangements Design | venue: Indian Wells Golf Resort | lighting: The Lighter Side

indoor archway lined with greenery and pink and white florals
photographer: Lauren Bailey Photography

photographer: Lauren Bailey Photography | planner: Willow Jaymes Events | floral: Luxe + Bloom | venues: The Hill and Georgian Hall 

A long table with minimal floral arrangements. White linens hang off the edge.
photographer:Julie Pepin Photography

photographer: Julie Pepin Photography | planner: Orange Blossom Special Events | floral: Petal Floral | venue: Millwick

A couple at the end of the aisle with trees in the background
photographer: Hello Blue Photo