The Most Popular Wedding Theme Ideas

Honing in on a specific vision for your nuptials makes it easier to pull together your flowers, invitations, color palette, menu, music and more. Top planners David Tutera and Mindy Weiss share the most-requested party concepts, along with breathtaking photos from celebrations they've thrown.
By: 
Stefania Sainato

First, a word of advice from the pros: One of the most common questions that wedding planners receive from clients is how they can make their wedding different from all of the rest, especially if their close friends are getting married around the same time. According to Mindy Weiss, the key to successfully personalizing your "I do's" is to "Bring in something that will remind people of you, whether it's a color you love to wear, a special song, or even just a feeling."

Incorporating your favorite things as a couple is great — check out these nuptials inspired by Harry Potter, baseball and The Wizard of Oz — but don't feel pressured to pick a motif out of nowhere just for the sake of throwing an unbelievable party. It won't feel authentic and you may regret it decades from now. David Tutera sees this mistake happen all the time: "It's very easy to go over-the-top...you want to make sure that your theme is incorporated in very simple and understated ways." 

Ready to get started? See which style below best suits your personality and lifestyle; plus, check out wedding ideas for every season!

Vintage Wedding Theme

This Mindy Weiss event was inspired by the rolling verdant hills and fresh flavors of Tuscany, but we also think it captures the elegance of a bygone era. If you're going the vintage route, lace is a must: Look for a gown with a modern twist, like this bride's matching bolero and sheer sleeves. A muted color palette with ivory, slate grey, rose, and gold is soft and pretty.

Unusually-shaped chandeliers hung from the overhead trellis and billowy fabric was used to create a faux canopy. Wood chairs were mixed with covered chairs with fabric floral detailing. The vintage theme can even extend to food and serving pieces, too: "We placed a French baguette at each place setting for guests, used vintage bottles wrapped with craft paper and twine for fresh lemonade and had a spread with produce like grapes," said Weiss. What's for dessert? A five-tier all-white cake with intricate detailing and a monogram of the couple's initials, accented with a delightfully old-fashioned cake figurine.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina.

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