Some women want to be princesses on their wedding day. Other women have other things in mind. If you’re looking for unique wedding themes, the best place to look is in your own imagination. Your wedding day should be about you and your husband. It should be a celebration of the love you have for each other and the life you want to build together. That is a deeply personal thing and no list on the internet can tell you exactly what that should look like. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t look to a list, like this one, for example, for a little inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. The five themes on this list are meant only to be a starting point. You might find the perfect theme here or you may just find a theme that inspires you to come up with some unique themes all your own. Remember, your friends and relatives may not understand what you’re going for exactly but they don’t have to. As long as you and your husband are happy, you’ll look back on the day with fond memories and that’s really what it’s all about in the end.
I wanted to put the Halloween theme a bit higher on this list because it’s one of my personal favorites but it’s becoming more and more popular and with that, it’s also becoming less and less unique. Halloween themes are a great idea though and don’t feel pressured to only do a Halloween theme on October 31st. If Halloween is your favorite holiday and your husband likes the idea, go for a Halloween theme even if it’s in the middle of July. Your guests might thing it’s a bit strange but it isn’t their wedding – it’s yours. This should be a day you can look back on with warm memories, not a day you look back on and think of how many things you wished you would’ve done differently. If you opt for a Halloween theme, go all out with it. Decorate the same way you’d decorate for Halloween. Serve red punch in goblets. Play Halloween themed music. Dress up like a witch, a zombie, a vampire – it’s your call. While there are a lot of women out there who want to feel like a princess on their wedding day, there’s nothing wrong with preferring to feel like something a little less traditional. My cousin had a Halloween themed wedding in July of last year and it was one of the most spectacularly awesome weddings I’ve ever been to. Everyone had a great time and trust me – it was a wedding people are still talking about months later. Of course, you don’t have to go for a broad Halloween theme. You can narrow it down to something a little more specific. Are you and your soon-to-be-husband a big fan of The Walking Dead? Why not go with a zombie theme? Vampire themes can also be a great idea. You could just go for a general monster theme. This allows you to get your guests in on the fun. Let everyone know on the invitations what theme you’re going for and ask them to dress accordingly. That way they’re not just watching the fun – they’re part of it to.
Seasonal weddings are always great but why not go all out with your seasonal wedding theme. Whether you’re getting married in spring, summer, fall or winter, a seasonal theme gives you lots of options from the beginning of the ceremony all the way through the end of the reception. Some colors lend themselves better to certain seasons – earthy, natural colors for fall, bright beachy colors for summer, pastels for spring and cool, pale tones for winter – but you don’t have to feel married to those colors just because you’re going for a seasonal theme. This is your wedding. You can alter typical themes to be more ‘you’. If you do choose to opt for a seasonal theme, though, I would recommend sticking with seasonal flowers at the reception. You’ll even be able to save a bit of money that way. It’s much less expensive to buy flowers in season than it is to buy them out of season. You’ll also get the freshest, best looking flowers that way. Do a little research into the subject before you choose your flowers so you know what to look for.
I’d also recommend sticking with your seasonal theme for food at the reception. Again, you can save a bit of money but your theme will also feel a bit more authentic, even if you don’t necessarily go with strictly ‘seasonal colors’. If you’re not sure what foods would be best for the seasonal theme you’ve chosen, talk it over with your caterer. Tell your caterer what theme you’re going for and mention your desire to have foods that suit that theme. Go over your options together and choose something that sounds like it would be most appealing to yourself and to your guests. If you feel limited by a seasonal theme, consider trying something out. Seasonal themes definitely aren’t for everyone but they can be a fun, unique idea if you’re willing to work with them.
03: Classic Movies
If you and your husband to be are big movie buffs, going with a classic movie theme for a big day could be a great way to show your individual personalities and have a unique wedding theme your guests will remember. Dress up as your favorite character from your favorite classic movie and your groom should do the same. Bonus points if you dress up as characters from the same movie but in all honesty, that isn’t entirely necessary. Either choose characters for your bridal party or ask them to choose their own characters. Just make sure you get final approval. You don’t want all of your bridesmaids dressed up like the same character and you certainly don’t want anyone dressed as the same character you’ve chosen to dress as. I went to a wedding not too long ago with a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme. The whole cast was represented in the bridal party, including the officiator who dressed as Doctor Frank-N-Futer. It was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever been to. Carry the theme through to your reception by featuring music from the soundtrack, decorations either related to the movie you’ve chosen or related to classic movies in general and, if possible, food and drinks related to the movie.
02: Thrift Store Chic
This is one of my favorite unique wedding themes because it not only offers you a way to help your wedding stand out but also helps cut back on the expense of your wedding and therefore helps cut back on the stress of planning the wedding. For this one, you’re going to want to go to local thrift stores for everything relating to your wedding and then you’re going to dress it all up with your own two hands with inexpensive items you can find at your local dollar store. Pick a simple dress and make it into something spectacular by adding your own personal touches. If you’re not handy with a needle and thread, ask a friend who is to help you out. Don’t just stop with the clothing though. Look for curtains that can be made into table cloths. Look for table cloths that can be turned into napkins. Look for decor pieces that can be turned into centerpieces (lamps are a great idea for this one). Get creative. That’s what this one is all about. Ask your bridal party to go thrift store/dollar store hunting as well and then gather everyone together with their finds. Build your pieces together, sipping on drinks and having a great time in the process. The aim of this one isn’t just cutting back on costs or making your wedding stand out. It’s also about making the entire wedding planning process a little more enjoyable.
01: Decade Themes
I love this idea. Were I getting married again, I’d have to go with a decade theme. You can choose any decade but the most popular options include the 20s, the 50s, the 60s, the 80s and the 90s. They all lend themselves beautifully to expressive themes that encompass your wedding and your reception. On your invitations, you can ask that guests opt for clothing from the decade you’ve chosen instead of typical formal wedding wear, choose colors and decor that represent the decade to you, opt for bridal party attire that fits the decade theme and play nothing but music from that decade at your reception. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the internet if you go with this option. The internet is full of great deals on decor items you can use for any decade you choose not to mention fashions for you and for your bridal party. You can also find great menu ideas to make sure you have an authentic menu to serve your guests. This one can be a whole lot of fun no matter what decade you choose and is certain to make your wedding stand out as one of the most unique weddings your guests have ever attended.