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7 Wedding Themes To Indulge In & Tips to Recreate

Updated: Jun 14

Let's face it, the theme for your wedding day is one of the first things to consider before you can make any real decisions - at least after choosing someone to marry!


Your wedding theme sets the tone, reflects your personality, and ties all the elements of your celebration together. As a wedding photographer, I've had the privilege of capturing some incredible wedding themes - each unique and magical in its own right.


I'd like to share some of my favourites to help inspire you and your planning process, as well as some tips to help make it a reality.



Classic Elegance


Imagine a scene straight out of a royal wedding: timeless sophistication, soft pastel hues, and an air of refined grace. Classic elegance is all about grandeur and formality, drawing inspiration from traditional European weddings.


Tips to Create the Style

Choose a grand venue - like a mansion, manor house or even elegant hotels - something that has that elevated feel.

Dress for the occasion, traditional wedding wear with sophisticated touches, such as a white ball gown for the bride and a black tuxedo for the groom - keep it simple, less can be more.

Use luxurious fabrics like silk, satin, and lace in your decor, elegant floral arrangements, classic table settings with silverware, fine china, and crystal glassware add to the opulence.

Enhance the romantic atmosphere with chandeliers, candlelight (my personal favourite), and draped fabrics.

Use high-quality, formal stationery with calligraphy or embossed details for your invitations and signage.

A string quartet, elegant transportation and a champagne toast with elegant flutes will add extra hints of fine things for your day.



Rustic Chic


Rustic chic combines the charm of the countryside with a touch of elegance. This theme draws inspiration from rural settings and farm life, emphasising natural materials and a warm, inviting atmosphere.


Tips to Create the Style

Look for a rustic barn or farm setting, preferably with plenty of natural scenery. Use natural and repurposed materials for decor - like wood, burlap, and mason jars, hay bales, wooden signs and vintage items, anything that you love or has that rustic charm.

Wildflowers and simple, natural arrangements give the setting a lovely feel.

String lights, lanterns, and candles can add a warm, rustic glow - again a personal favourite of mine.

Hearty foods and homemade-style dishes enhance the cosy atmosphere.

Add personalised touches like hand-painted signs, homemade favours, and rustic table settings with mismatched plates and vintage glassware.



Industrial Chic


Industrial chic is where urban edge meets modern sophistication. Refurbished factories, exposed brick, and raw materials blending seamlessly with sleek, contemporary accents. This theme celebrates the beauty of raw, unfinished spaces transformed into chic venues. From a photographers point of view, it's absolutely stunning, artistic and modern.


Tips to Create the Style

Look for urban, industrial spaces like warehouses or refurbished factories. Use raw materials like metal, wood, and exposed brick. Incorporate industrial elements like steel beams, concrete surfaces, and exposed ductwork.

Edison bulbs and industrial lighting fixtures create a moody, urban atmosphere, mixed with minimalist floral arrangements.

Once the foundations are laid, you can choose to either venture more on the side of urban or of sophisticated - urban art elements like graffiti or murals to enhance the industrial vibe, or choose minimalistic signs, shapes and decor to keep with the sophistication.

Catering companies can provide a beautiful and elegant wedding breakfast, or opt for food trucks with unique and trendy cuisine.

Set up a cocktail bar with industrial-style bar stools to really make your evening pop.



Modern Minimalist


Modern minimalist weddings are sleek and simple, focusing on clean lines, monochromatic palettes, and understated elegance. This contemporary theme draws inspiration from modern architecture and design, emphasising less is more.


Tips to Create the Style

Focus on minimalistic and modern decor items with clean lines and geometric shapes. Choose a contemporary venue like a gallery, rooftop, or modern event space.

Monochromatic colour schemes keeps with this theme - often black, white, and grey.

Use minimalist floral arrangements, such as single stems or small clusters in simple vases, and sleek, minimalist stationery with simple fonts and clean lines.

Use furniture like clear acrylic chairs, metal tables, and sleek lounge furniture, and include simple, elegant lighting like pendant lights, floor lamps, and candles in geometric holders.

Serve gourmet, minimalist cuisine presented in a modern, artistic way.

Clean, simple and intuitive.



Destination Dreams


Destination weddings turn the location into the star of the show. Whether it's a sun-kissed beach, a majestic European castle, or a breathtaking mountaintop - this theme is all about celebrating in a place that steals your heart. It’s the ultimate escape for you and your guests.


Tips to Create the Style

Choose a destination that holds stunning scenery, such as a beach, mountain, or historic city.

Dress to suit the location and the destination’s climate - you won't want a 3 piece tweed suit if it's 35 degrees, trust me.

Incorporate local elements and cultural touches in your decor, such as tropical foreign flowers, gorgeous mountain pines, local crafts, or regional textiles.

Working with local vendors who understand the area can help bring your vision to life in a much more seamless process.

Serve local dishes and specialties to give guests a taste of the destination, and include local musicians or dancers to entertain guests and add cultural flair.



Romantic Affair


A romantic wedding is all about creating an atmosphere of love and intimacy, focusing on soft colours, gentle textures, and sentimental details. This theme evokes passion and connection, making every moment feel like a cherished memory in the making.


Tips to Create the Style

Choose a venue with an intimate setting, such as a garden, vineyard or summer house.

Look for a colour palette of soft pastels like blush pink, lavender, and ivory, combined with metallic accents like gold or silver.

Use soft, flowing fabrics like chiffon or silk for drapery, table linens, and chair covers. Incorporate delicate floral arrangements, common flowers include roses, peonies, and hydrangeas, in shades of pink and white.

Enhance the romantic ambiance with soft, warm lighting such as candles, fairy lights, or lanterns (once more, lighting choices make an incredible difference to feel of both the day and the photos!).

Use romantic stationery with calligraphy or watercolour designs for invitations and place cards.

Opt for a cosy lounge area with plush seating and throw blankets for guests to relax and mingle, while including romantic entertainment such as a live acoustic musician or a jazz band playing soft, melodic tunes.

By focusing on creating an atmosphere of warmth, tenderness and heartfelt connection, your romantic wedding will be a celebration of love that you and your guests will cherish forever.



Intimate Restaurant Affair


A smaller gathering of family and friends in a stunning restaurant. This theme is perfect for couples who prefer a cosy, relaxed atmosphere with a intimate dining experience and close-knit celebrations. It's all about personal time with your guests and not the big party.


Tips to Create the Style

Choose a restaurant with a private dining area or a venue that offers exclusive use for weddings, that fits with vibes and food you're looking for.

My favourite is a cosy ambiance with dim lighting and soft candlelight, decorated with minimalist yet elegant centrepieces, such as single flowers in small vases or tea lights.

Enhance the intimate atmosphere with soft background music, such as a live acoustic guitarist or pianist - or just embrace your favourite playlist.

Incorporate personal touches like handwritten place cards, personalised menus, and a small wedding cake or dessert display for everyone to enjoy.

Capture the essence of your intimate celebration with candid photography and heartfelt speeches that celebrate your love story.


It's all about you!


I hope this has left you with some sense of options and inspiration when it comes to deciding a foundational wedding theme for your big day, it truly is yours to build on whichever way your vision takes you.



Speak soon,


James




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