How to Choose a Wedding Theme

When planning a wedding, one of the most common places to start is with the theme.  This is also one of the hardest places to start, as it dictates the rest of the wedding.  You’ll hear brides-to-be say, “I want a black tie wedding”, “I want a beach wedding”, “I want a French countryside wedding”.  This may determine where you get married, during what time of year, and the color palette -so choose carefully!  Here are some ideas to get you started:

How You Met

This is one of the most romantic themes that we have come across here at My Wedding Tips.  A wedding themed after how the bride and groom first met is a fun and sentimental way to commemorate all of the time you’ve spent together, and prepare for the rest of your lives.  Some examples of this theme include:

Your alma mater

The city where you met (your hometown)

The bar or restaurant where you had your first date

The activity you were doing when you met (i.e. walking your dog, in a painting class)

Once you’ve selected a theme, you may have ideas for a location and decorations.  We’ve even known college marching bands or mascots to make a wedding day appearance.  And, for the date, perhaps your anniversary would be a good choice.  One of the cutest decorations we have seen is an aisle-timeline of the relationship, starting with the first date, the first “I love you”, when they moved in together, the engagement, and finally the wedding date at the altar.

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Common Interests

Since you two are soulmates, it is likely that you have some common interests.  This is also a great way to choose a theme, as it is highly collaborative and it’s usually something that the guests would enjoy learning about you as a couple.  Some of the most popular versions of this theme include:

Your favorite movie (Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast)

Your favorite book (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice)

Your favorite type of music (jazz, rock and roll)

Your favorite vacation spot

Your favorite activity (hiking, gardening, skiing)

These are just a couple of suggestions based on what we have seen done well.  Of course, you know you and your fiancé best.

Classic Themes

Maybe none of the above suggestions sound right for you.  You’re looking for something more classic, without an exact theme per se.  You’ll still need a way to tie your wedding together, so take a look at some of the following suggestions:

Your favorite colors

Aspects of your cultural background that you want to tie in to the ceremony

Black tie

Your favorite flowers


Even those these aren’t exactly themes, you can use these as starting point to plan out the rest of the ceremony and reception.  Of course, having no theme at all is totally acceptable, as is having a super specific theme like “90s power vocalists meet East coast fishing town”.  Hopefully, we given you some ideas to get the ball rolling.  Don’t worry and take your time -you want to find something that you both will love.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!