How To Create The Perfect Wedding Theme

Where once upon a time you could opt for a one-size-fits-all traditional wedding theme, today the options are seemingly endless. Choosing a wedding theme (and sticking to it) can be one of the trickiest and most important parts of the wedding planning process. And then, with everything from table-setting ideas to invitations, colour schemes, flowers and more to consider, creating your wedding theme can feel even harder. To help make sure you find a wedding style that suits you, we’ve teamed up with Etsy to bring you the hottest wedding themes as well as ideas on how to make them your own.

15 Jun 2018
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Start with a mood board

Your wedding theme should set the mood for your big day, with everything from your invitations, cake, table setting and even music, all cohesively tying in together. If you’re not sure what type of theme you want, a great place to start is by creating a wedding mood board or Pinterest board with your favourite ideas. In addition to the details you like, think about the overall look and feel that you want.

Let your venue or season set the tone

Your wedding venue will also help to determine your theme, whether it be a rustic wooden barn, a glamorous and grand ballroom or a classic marquee. Equally, the time of year that your wedding is set to take place can also help create your theme. For a summer wedding, you might want to enjoy a bright bohemian or tropical theme with lots of greenery and flower crowns. Or if you’re marrying around Christmas, we love the idea of adopting a glamorous vintage theme with lots of sparkle.

Make it personal

Whatever wedding theme you decide, be sure to add personal touches to make it your own. Things like serving personalised cocktails, displaying family photos or naming tables after people or places that are important to you, are a great way to customise your wedding and make it more memorable.

Be Inspired By These Three Wedding Theme Ideas

Still not sure how to pull off a beautiful wedding theme? We handpicked items from Etsy’s comprehensive collection of wedding items to show you how to create three of the most popular wedding themes.

Traditional Wedding Theme

Want to look back at your wedding years from now and still love the overall look? For a wedding theme that stands the test of time, choose items with soft colours, minimalist designs and classic details such as pearls, satin and candles. Set the mood for your guests from the onset with monochrome invitations with interesting textures like these laser-cut invitations or letterpress invitations. Follow suit with your wedding decorations by opting for sleek and textural items such as this transparent menu, oyster shell wedding place cards or these wax seal vellum tags.

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Vintage Glamour Wedding Theme

To recreate a glamorous vintage theme, look to the Roaring Twenties for inspiration. To achieve the theme, choose rich fabrics and textures such as velvet, feathers and satin, along with Art Deco design details and rose-gold touches. One of the easiest ways to incorporate these elements is via your wedding look. Opt for a vintage-style wedding dress teamed with crystal and gold accessories, while your groom wears a classic tux with a statement printed bow-tie. At the reception, set the scene with jazz music, Champagne served in saucers and retro or decadent wedding favours like these mini vinyl-style CDs or these gold wedding favour boxes.

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Boho Wedding Theme

For a relaxed and romantic vibe, we love a bohemian wedding theme. The perfect choice for a rustic wedding venue, a boho wedding is all about natural elements, DIY elements and a cool and carefree attitude. Think wooden tables, wildflowers, fairy lights, oriental rugs and plenty of green foliage. Maintain the natural theme throughout your wedding with wooden elements such as these wooden wedding invitations and wooden place settings.

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For more inspiration to find your perfect wedding style, check out Etsy’s editors’ picks here.