Alternative Wedding Themes to Make Your Big Day One to Remember

Everybody hopes that their wedding is a day to remember for all the right reasons and one which can be enjoyed by every guest in attendance, as well as the happy couple. Friends, family and loved ones are what make a wedding the celebratory event that it is, and couples can often feel under pressure to show people a good time.

A great way to both focus your wedding planning beforehand and ensure that everyone enjoys themselves on the day is to pick a theme. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of countryside-themed weddings with venues in converted barns strung with plenty of fairylights, adorned with bouquets of wild flowers and using all natural fabrics. However, if you’d rather stand out from the crowd and create something more memorable for your big day, then we have a few ideas for the perfect alternative wedding theme.

Music Festival

Music festivals have become a big part of different cultures in Europe and all over the world, with thousands of people making the annual pilgrimage to places like Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Coachella in the US and Tomorrowland in Belgium. The reason for their success is that they bring together a big group of people to listen to music and have a good time. What more perfect way to celebrate your marriage vows than to throw your very own mini music festival?

Rather than just having one band play as you walk down the aisle, invite a line-up of several different styles of music to play throughout the day. You could have some acoustic singer-songwriters in the afternoon, gradually giving way to louder rock or dance music in the evening. You can go all out with decorations too, using rainbow colours, flags, bunting, flashing lights, tents and bold designs. Those little touches make all the difference; why not name each table after a stage with the traditional ‘top table’ renamed ‘The Headliners’? Bring the free spirit of summer to your wedding and keep guests dancing until the early hours.

Music festival

The Four Seasons

Though the majority of weddings do happen during those balmy summer months, it can often be easier (and cheaper) to snag a venue during the off-peak season. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate the natural world around you. An Autumn or Winter-themed wedding can be a beautiful opportunity to get creative. Swap out summer wildflowers and outdoor venues for cosy crackling firesides and a touch of autumnal glamour.

Pale pastel colour schemes can be cast aside in favour of metallics, earthy tones or warm burgundy and mustard colours. Not everybody loves the hot weather and so, if you prefer a crisp winter morning or the fresh smell of snow in the air, take this opportunity to express a part of your personality on your wedding day. There is plenty of inspiration to take from the seasons, including a frosty theme using bright ice whites and cold blues, hints of glitter and a snow-pure clean colour scheme to make your day shine as bright as a diamond.

Wedding in winter

Vegas Glamour

Though Las Vegas is famous the world over for its Little White Wedding Chapels, you can have all the glitz and glamour of Sin City wherever you decide to get married. Change the dress code to ‘Vegas glamour’, deck the venue out like a swanky casino and get ready to feel like a million dollars. Your guests will love the fun theme and it will certainly go down as a party to remember.

Make sure that you hire a good bartender who can mix up a storm serving cocktails and mocktails to everybody; this will add a real touch of class to your occasion. To accompany their drinks, you could put on a variety of different entertainment for your guests, including live card games, a cabaret act and even a spectacular firework display. Marry the old-style Vegas charm to the modern world by making relevant apps available to everybody on their own devices and communal ones provided for them to use. Forego the infamous ‘wedding DJ’ and instead let guests take over compiling their own playlists through Spotify music; offer some high-tech gaming action with the online PokerStars casino; and capture those special moments all in one place by creating a wedding-specific hashtag for friends to use on social media.

Whichever theme you decide on for your wedding, make sure that it reflects a little bit of both of you. If you’re completely stuck with where to start, think about what you’re both most passionate about. Perhaps it’s your work, your hobbies, how you met or the people around but whatever it is, it will be unique to you. You can also choose to incorporate aspects of both shared and individual interests into your big day; after all, this is about two people coming together to celebrate a shared life. Let your true selves shine through and everybody is guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

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