The Do’s and Don’ts of Themed Weddings

Having a themed wedding can be a fun way to add some unique flair to your big day. Many couples with special interests and hobbies choose to integrate them into their wedding ceremonies and receptions. However, we’ve all heard stories of themed weddings gone bad! A themed wedding can go downhill fast if you’re not careful, resulting in embarrassment and memories you’d sooner forget than relive year after year.

Use these tips to figure out how to throw a themed wedding that guests will love as much as you do:


  • Choose Something Wedding-Appropriate

Some hobbies and interests just aren’t wedding-appropriate. While most themes can be adapted for a wedding, some simply don’t fit. Keep your theme G-rated, staying away from anything too violent, dark, sexual, or aggressive. (Halloween weddings typically must walk this fine line because while ghosts and zombies may be perfectly normal Halloween costumes when going trick-or-treating, they don’t really fit the marriage theme.)

Keep your theme tasteful and upbeat to embrace the spirit of the day and celebrate your love for each other. Relating your theme back to the ideas of love and commitment will ensure that your theme makes sense to guests. For instance, if you both enjoy fishing, you can incorporate fish décor into the reception and have favors that say cute things like “hooked on you.”

  • Make it Personal

Weddings are not middle school dances – they don’t have to have a theme. If you choose a theme for your big day, do so because it has personal significance not just because you think it looks cool. Many couples get caught up in trending wedding themes on social media and get swayed by their popularity even though they don’t have any real connection to them. The next thing you know, you’re planning a nautical wedding when you’ve never even seen the ocean or don’t particularly enjoy going swimming.

  • Have Fun with It

Don’t forget that your wedding should be fun! And yes, this includes the planning stage. Incorporate your theme as much or as little as you’d like into your wedding celebration. Don’t feel pressured to make every element of your wedding relate back to your theme and stress out about the whole thing. You can go big or little – just have fun with it! Want to have a 4-foot tall cake replica of the Eiffel Tower and tablecloths custom printed with a map of the Paris metro-system for your Parisian-themed wedding? Great. Want to just include some French entrées? That’s great too.


  • Alienate Guests

You might love your theme, but you’re not the only ones attending your wedding. Sure, you’re the most important people at your own wedding, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the feelings of the rest of your guests (especially if guests like parents are the ones paying for your wedding). Don’t scare people off by hitting them over the head with your theme at every turn. If you make people feel uncomfortable, they won’t have a good time at your wedding and probably won’t stick around very long. Make sure that if your guests aren’t familiar with your theme that they’ll still get a lot out of your big day. Don’t leave them wondering why your vows are incomprehensible because you chose to do them in Klingon or what a glass orb geode has to do with your wedding because you chose to use your favorite video game’s magical life source as inspiration for your centerpieces.

  • Choose Too Many

Generally, picking one theme and sticking to it is the way to go. But, if you really can’t decide, you can select two themes if they combine well. But don’t just turn your reception into a scrapbook of everything you both love. Using too many themes clutters the wedding experience and confuses guests. It can also make the whole event seem disjoint and silly.

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