My Top 30 Wedding Theme Ideas

Modern Filipino brides now opt for a wedding with a specific theme. Ironically, our wedding was theme-less. What we had for our wedding was just a color theme of plum, gold and champagne because those are my favorite colors and I think they’re pretty elegant and classy.

But if we can do our wedding all over again, I would definitely pick out a specific wedding theme. A theme makes a wedding more personal, more coordinated and definitely more beautiful!

So how does one arrive with a wedding theme?

First and foremost, the couple should decide which type of wedding theme suit their personalities and lifestyle. Once they’ve picked their theme, it’s a lot easier to coordinate the invitation, styling, favors, flowers, dresses, menu, music and all the other items required when it revolves around a specific theme.

Below are some possible wedding themes and ideas that I have gathered online which you can use for your own wedding. I have listed them in no particular order.

1. Cherry Blossoms 

Cherry blossom is the unofficial national flower of Japan. (“Sakura” is the Japanese name for cherry tree.).  This beautiful Japanese flower can range in colors from white to a pale pink to dark pink.

Since cherry blossoms are naturally delicate, I would suggest you keep your wedding details simple and fresh. For your guest table centerpieces, you can use tall white vases with only a couple of cherry blossom branches inside.
If you want the reception to have more of a Japanese wedding atmosphere, hang paper lanterns around the room. Use white napkins with pink, or brown napkin rings and slip a small cherry blossom branch under the ring to lie along the length of the napkin.
You can also serve pink champagne for toasting and have some sort of cherry cocktail as a signature drink for your wedding. For guests who don’t drink alcohol, have non-alcoholic cherry punch on hand.Serve some dishes that contain cherries (but be sure to have a choice of something different for those that don’t like cherries).
I have a w@wie sister who has this theme and for favors, she bought Body Shop body mists, lotions and shower gels in cherry blossom variants. Pretty!
2. Shabby Chic 
For a shabby chic theme, the wedding details chosen should have signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the “chic” in the name.

Antique pieces such as pie safes and jelly cupboards are popular in shabby chic décor.

Popular wedding details that you can use are pillows made of vintage cloth or fabric, vintage linens, vintage bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it. It is a soft, relaxed feminine romantic way of styling that looks comfortable and inviting. Shabby Chic is also sometimes called cottage style.

A trend right now is to mix and match, contemporary with vintage, very much the Shabby Chic look. Dried lavender, tied with dried grasses and affixed to the pews lends a Shabby Chic feel. Dress windowsills with wreaths and candles in colored mason jars. These same decorations can later be used on the reception tables.

3.  Beach 

Most couples choose this wedding theme for its laid back and peaceful atmosphere. There are a lot of beautiful beaches in the Philippines where you can hold your beach wedding. You can opt for a church ceremony +  beach reception or a beach ceremony + beach reception which is kinda cool and romantic most especially if you are having a sunset or sunrise beach wedding.

Other people who don’t have the luxury of time to plan an out-of-town beach wedding can also bring the beach to their venue of choice (garden or indoor) by incorporating beach or ocean-related decors to their reception venue.

indoor beach theme

For the color motif, you can start with a base color such as a deep-sea blue, light emerald-green, or a medium blue. From there, you can combine any other sort of color for accents. For example, use a colorful fish to get some ideas or perhaps check out what colors are found on coral reefs.

The beautiful colors of the huge variety of ocean fish, the coral reefs, and other sea creatures can be breathtaking, so incorporate them into your wedding stationary and decorations.

An interesting idea to use as an ice-breaker at guest tables is to research facts about the major oceans and seas. Print various facts about each body of water and make enough copies of each fact card for each guest table.

However there are many other considerations you will need to take into account when planning this type of wedding like the time of day do you wish to have your wedding, tide schedule, type of weather that normally occurs around your wedding date, facilities nearby that you can use to continue with your wedding festivities should it rain.

Either way, beach weddings can be very romantic and memorable for both the wedding couple and the guests. Just be sure to plan well for all possibilities ahead of time and you should have a wonderfully romantic wedding day.

4. Butterfly 

Many ideas abound when creating a celebration based on butterflies. You can choose to go with a simple, all white butterfly wedding theme or perhaps choose to have a color scheme related to a specific species of butterfly.

Play around with ideas until you come up with something that is uniquely suited to your personalities and desires. Any way you look at it, a butterfly wedding theme can provide enchanting elegance to any wedding.

Table decorations could consist of butterfly confetti, floating butterfly candles, and small plant pots filled with wild flowers and butterfly accents.  Decorate the venue with flower garlands and attach colorful butterflies to the garlands here and there, of various sizes. Use pillar candles as centerpieces. Wrap wide ribbon around the bottom and attach glittering butterfly embellishments to the ribbon.

You can also make your own butterfly bubbles. Just buy small jars of bubble mixture and decorate the outside with ribbon and either glue on a color printed butterfly or create your own labels and glue to the bottle. You can put these butterfly bubbles on each of the tables at the reception for your guests to enjoy (read: play with).

5. Rose 


The rose theme wedding idea pairs the vibrant fragrances and colors of roses with the beautiful colors of the rainbow for a casual, yet unique celebration.

Depending upon the roses (types and colors) that you choose to use, they can impart either a formal or a casual atmosphere. With this particular flower theme, you can focus on a casual setting using the colors found in a rainbow (soft shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple), along with complimentary corresponding roses.

Rose confetti will add a romantic touch to your tables. You could also sprinkle some in your invitations too. Scatter assorted colored rose petals  on the tables. Fill clear glass bowls, large wine glasses or large clear vases with water. Sprinkle rose petals on top and add some rose-shaped floating candles. You can then use these as your guest table centerpieces.

6. Victorian Vintage

Do you love the idea of vintage weddings? Is the Victorian era your personal favorite? Let’s plan a wedding with elegance and nostalgic fun.

Victorian weddings are a wonderful choice for a garden wedding. Serve up some crumpets, tea, and old world charm with this Victorian garden theme.

When planning Victorian weddings, you’ll want to find a suitable garden setting such as a large backyard, park or pavilion area. If you can’t have it outside, choose a Victorian style mansion, Inn, or church with a view of beautiful gardens and an elegant long veranda that allows guests to “stroll” about.

For the decors choose pieces that are elegant and classy looking. Keep in mind that Victorian style tends toward the frilly and feminine. Patterns, which often include floral designs, are used heavily. Fabrics are often velvets, damasks and needlepoints, and the most popular colors include eggplant, bottle-green and red.

7. Rustic Country Style 

Do you want a country-style wedding with rusticity and charm by the bucketful? Envisioning a glorious ride for two around the hayfield? See yourself gliding down the aisle in a fresh-as-summer cotton eyelet gown?

If you crave an atmosphere of relaxation, simplicity, and rustic charm, consider unusual country weddings with old-fashioned country-style. Country theme weddings can transport you and your guests to a simpler time, if only for a moment.

For your color motif, start with a palette of earthy tones: yellows and golds, tans and umbers, sage and russet, celadon and cinnamon.

For unusual country weddings consider unique favors. Your guests will be honored to receive handmade, country-style favors. Small jars of home-canned jams or jellies, with pinked squares of calico fabric tied around the tops with ribbons, would be treasured. Your homemade labels could include a “thank you” to the recipient for sharing your special day. If you’re not comfortable with canning, fill the jars with lemonade mix, hot cocoa mix or coffee beans instead.

8. Romantic Whimsical 

Candlelight, champagne, a beautiful aura of ambience – this is what a romantic wedding theme entails. From soft subtle colors to fine music and elegant decorations, fairytale weddings speak to the heart.

So what constitutes a romantic wedding theme? Some may lean toward red or pink hearts; soft, delicate flowers; candles; bubbly champagne and wine; pearls; large bows; organza and chiffon materials; romantic music.

As you can see, there are many romantic wedding theme variations that work well with “romance”… and they don’t have to be just hearts and flowers! How about a “Love” wedding, where you use the words of love in different languages – on favor tags, place settings… even on your invitations?

Think of a whimsical forest setting when deciding on the decorations for your romantic themed wedding. A lovely idea is to have a colorful mushroom figurine with some glitter on it, which you can make.Butterflies, birds, dragonflies or lady bugs from trees will help you create a whimsical scene.

9. Oriental 

This is not an exact composite of an Oriental wedding. Instead, these Asian wedding ideas will give you a general idea of some Asian (mostly Chinese) traditions and customs that you may wish to include.

The best thing to keep in mind is that the wedding colors for an oriental wedding are usually red and yellow. White is used sparingly since this color is associated with funerals.

10. Outdoor Tent 

I think everyone, at one time or another, has toyed with the idea of having an outdoor tent wedding. The fresh air, the room and the freedom it inspires fills us with romantic notions of how perfect our wedding could be.

However, having an outdoor wedding comes with its own challenges. Having an outdoor tent wedding can be very romantic and fun, but it does take a lot of advance planning and coordination.

For one, outdoor tent weddings tend to be more expensive than indoor weddings. You will need to rent everything, then pay to have it all set up. You will need one or more large tents to help shield people from the hot sun during the day, as well as from any sudden downpours you may unexpectedly receive. You will also need to rent the tables, chairs, tableware, etc. and pay for someone to set it all up for you.

With an indoor wedding, all of these items are supplied by the location of your choosing. So, be prepared to budget more for an outdoor wedding and be sure you get estimates (in writing) from various wedding suppliers so that you could choose wisely. You should also consider the climate conditions around your wedding date and have back-up plans in case of bad weather.

11. Tropical

Carribean Theme

When you think of the tropics, what comes to mind are warm, sandy beaches, sunshine and blue-green waters. Other icons of the tropics encompass flowers such as orchids, hibiscus and exotic lilies; palm trees; conch shells; and luaus.

Polynesian Theme

Each of the different tropical islands in the world have their own cultural traditions and customs that make their weddings unique and very interesting and you can find pages on the internet relating to the wedding traditions of the different islands.

12. Spring 

Spring wedding colors usually lean toward pastel shades paired with the vibrant hues such as the bright yellows and reds of tulips or the deep purple of an iris. You can easily create an engaging wedding color scheme by pairing two or more colors together such as pinks and greens, hot oranges and pinks, or deep purples and vibrant (or pale) yellows. Just take your cue from nature itself.

When it comes to spring wedding ideas, the main rule of thumb is to stay away from the dark, rich colors usually associated with fall and winter (burgundy reds, pumpkin oranges, golden yellows, rich royal blues and purples). Remember to keep your wedding colors light and airy to reflect the renewal of spring.

13. Summer 

Summer is the time of year when a huge variety of flowers are available. Keep your guests in mind when planning your reception. Summer, being what it is, can range from a warm, sunny, mild day; or develop a blistering heat wave; or provide a never-ending torrent of rain. You need to be prepared if you are having an outdoor wedding and should choose a location where shelter (and air conditioning) is available, if possible.

In the end, just remember that summer wedding ideas offer you a freshness reflecting the season, lots of sunshine, and happiness. Enjoy your perfect day to the fullest.

14. Pirate 

If you’re feeling a little more daring and adventurous or if you’re a big fan of Jack Sparrow, you may want to consider this theme. Not too many couples have used this theme so it is still quite unique.

With the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies being so popular, there are dozens of places that sell party supplies and favors that would be suitable to use for a pirate wedding. One favor idea I saw was pirate-designed pens and pencils, which you could purchase from National bookstore or any other book store that carries these items. You can also have the pens/pencils personalized with your names and wedding date.

Pirates weren’t famous for their table manners, so a buffet style dinner would be more suitable with this pirate wedding theme over a sit-down dinner. Think finger foods, lots of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and easy to serve desserts sort of like a cocktail.

You can also research famous pirates and jot down their names and 8 to 10 facts about each. You will need at least enough different pirate names/facts so each guest at a table has a different pirate. So if you have 8 guests seated at a dinner table, you will need 8 pirates. (You can then use the same names for each of the other tables).

Begin by typing out the pirate’s name at the top using a cursive font. Then list the facts down the page. Print out copies on beige parchment paper or on white paper that’s been soaked in tea (to give an old, stained look). Rag the edges of the paper and burn the corners slightly so that it looks like an old document. Roll up the paper and tie with thin rope or place in a bottle.

Place one pirate fact sheet at each table setting. Your guests will enjoy opening their “treasured document” and reading the facts on their sheet to the other guests while they wait for dinner to be served. These can also be used as your wedding favors.

15. Christmas 

Typically, Christmas themed weddings will usually have Christmas trees as part of the decor – so why not take that to the next level by using a lot of green in your decorations?

Use large and small tree shapes for centerpieces and favors; have your wedding cake made to look like a beautifully decorated tree decorated, and use brightly lighted and decorated trees as decor.


Quick Suggestions For Christmas Themed Weddings
• Angels (use white and gold as your colors)
• Santa Claus (use red and white as your colors
• Christmas presents
• Christmas wreaths
• Poinsettias and holly

16. Fine Art

If you’re a couple that loves art, museums and other artistic pursuits, or if painting is a hobby that brings you hours of pleasure, then you may want to consider a wedding theme based on “Artists of the World.”

You can feature either your favorite modern-day artists or perhaps take a trip back in history to create a unique celebration around famous artists such as Leonardo De Vinci, Rembrandt, and Claude Monet.

One thing you should do first is decide on what artist(s) you wish to feature with this fine art unique wedding theme.

It could be “everything Monet” or you may want to pick an artist to be represented at each guest table. So for example, if you expect to have 10 guest tables, you would need information on 10 different artists. It would certainly get the guests milling about and talking to each other as they discussed which famous artist is “dining” with them!

Just as with a “typical” wedding, you could have your ceremony and/or reception pretty well anywhere. However, here’s a unique twist on the artist theme… have your wedding in a museum, art gallery or a painter’s studio! Regardless of where your wedding is located, you’ll want it to look like an artist studio (all the better if you can find one to rent out). Think paints, colors and canvas in your design.

17. Angel 

When planning an angel theme wedding, think fluffy white feathers, cute cherubs, Grecian columns and urns, and of course, angel wings to use as a decorating scheme. Colors should be soft and dreamy, like a light dusty rose and sage green combination with gold accents. A soft baby blue with lilac and white accents is also a nice color mixture.

18. Starry Starry Night 

Capture the essence of a celestial marriage celebration with this starry night theme wedding idea. Look for designs that signify a star wedding theme. For your invitation, select midnight blue or black paper and have your wording printed in gold lettering.

You can ask your invitation supplier to add gold stars down one side and across the tops of the invitations. You could also buy star-shaped stencils and gold glitter acrylic paints and stencil the designs on the invitations.

You can also work with an all white palette and incorporate vintage looking street lights throughout the space. Votive candles, white roses and orchids as finishing touches can successfully bring the tablescape to life. Look at the amazing styling below.

Wishes Come True Wedding Favors:
• Some easy favor ideas are star-shaped: keychains, cookie cutters tied together with ribbon, cookies, soaps, chocolates, etc.
• Give your guests star fairy wands with a tag that asks them to “wish upon the star”.
• A fun item are the glow in the dark stars that you stick to ceilings and walls.
• Star-shaped floating candles make lovely favors.
• Consider using playing cards with celestial themes on the back as thank you gifts.

19. Sports Theme

baseball-inspired mood board

Celebrations based on sports themed weddings are an interesting concept and they do lend themselves well to a lot of decorating options. Just choose your favorite sport or team, then use the colors and symbols available to help build your wedding theme.

Invitations, decor, favors, cake design, colors, and often food choices, will all be centered around your favorite sport. If you both have a favorite team, then it should help make your planning even easier.

For golf, green and white would be the best color choices and the decor will center around golf clubs, golf balls, tees, flags, etc. Your invitation could even resemble a score card.

For those who like the idea of having a marriage celebration based around a sport or hobby, there’s a huge variety of sports to pick from.

20. Backyard 

An informal backyard wedding differs from outdoor weddings held at private venues in the sense that you are inviting your guests to your house. What more charming a place for a wedding than your own garden, decorated with your favorite furniture and already filled with warm memories.

But before you plan a backyard wedding, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. First, can your yard accommodate the number of people on your guest list? Often backyard weddings are planned for weddings with less than 100 guests.

Next, do you have enough places for guests to sit, or will you need to rent or buy benches, tables and chairs? Do you have a place for guests to move in case of bad weather, such as a barn or shed or will you move the wedding inside your home? Or, will you rent tents? Another major concern is parking.

Once you’ve decided that you can accommodate a backyard wedding, the planning begins. If you already have a colorful garden, you’ll just need to spruce it up for the big event.

Think about using decorations with butterflies, frogs, strawberries, wagon wheels, birds and birdhouses, bumblebees and daisies in your motif. Carry these elements through from the invitations to the food tables and napkins to thank you cards and favors. With a little creativity, your backyard wedding will be a cherished event with a charming, homey feel.

21. Barn 

A barn theme is another variation of a country-themed wedding.

The major idea revolves around an atmosphere of relaxation, simplicity, and rustic charm, and old-fashioned country-style.

A barn is not as easy to decorate as a reception hall or garden that may frequently host weddings. With careful planning and coordination, however, a barn can go from rustically simple to romantically gorgeous.If your wedding will be at night, lanterns hung from barn rafters would cast a romantic glow. Or use scented-oil lamps placed on lace doilies for a more genteel country atmosphere.

While a barn may seem like an empty palette for wedding decorations, most barns for rent do have restrictions on the types of decorations that may be used. Because of the risk of fire, open flames may not be permitted, and extra hanging items may not be allowed. Before planning an elaborate decorative scheme, couples should investigate what types of restrictions the location imposes on decorations.

22. Picnic 

If you are aiming for a low-budget wedding maybe you can achieve it with this theme especially if you can pull off the styling on your own. You can buy stylish picnic blankets from Divisoria. You can also ask your caterer to pack brown bag lunches for the guests, and put a sticker on each one with the menu written on it. Cute!

You can also have lots of dancing in the wedding reception. Just play the music on an Ipod and have your guests join you.

You can also use picnic baskets with fruits and breads as your centerpieces. And have wooden tables and chairs for your reception.

23. Barbecue 

Mention a barbecue and most people immediately think of eating outdoors and a man cooking at the grill in a big apron and chef’s hat. The masculine feel of a barbecue theme is what makes it different from a picnic theme.

Other common barbecue elements include the colors red, white and blue; colorful plastic dinnerware; and fresh flowers–plus lots and lots of food.

So to decorate for a barbecue-themed wedding, it’s natural to start with the table settings. Purchase plastic red and white checked tablecloths to cover all of the tables. Set the table with plastic or paper plates and plastic utensils.

Use paper napkins in red, white and blue if you go the plastic or paper plate route, but if you opt for the tinware or enamel ware, use colorful red bandanas for cloth napkins and silverware.

If the reception is outdoors, consider a bonfire after dusk to really set the scene for a barbecue-style wedding. Fireworks after dark would be another great way to kick off the couple’s marriage in style–but make sure you have the proper permits and use safety precautions.

24. Retro

During these days of modern fashion, the retro style wedding is again returning back and the demand for the retro style wedding gowns, wedding bands and jewelry is gradually rising up. Everything that was old is stealthily turning to be new again.

Trying the retro style wedding may be a fun – just as overwhelming as the most modern style of wedding. Some of the unique ideas of wedding can be found just by giving a backward glance to the style and the fashions of the past eras.

Starting from the theme of invitation to the bridal garments, every single aspect of your wedding should be planned as such. The most significant thing is to set a tone to create a purely retro atmosphere for your wedding.

Retro styled items can be found in most vintage stores or thrift shops. It also wouldn’t heart to ask your parents or grannies if they still have their old retro stuff ;)

You can also incorporate antique-style butterfly brooches, flower brooches, pearl set style brooch and etc. in your wedding details. Such vintage fashion combines with every modern detail to deliver an entirely different flavor.

25. Modern Vintage

Timeless pieces can make a wedding classic yet fresh and modern, and not too ” theme-y”. Think old leather, heavy damask textures, pinstripes and ribbon. You should also have stunning photography, a dramatic lighting and shadows, a vintage-y location, everything should be classic!

26. Travel

Image above borrowed from this site.

If you love travel almost as much as you love one another, why not plan a travel-themed wedding? Here’s how.

Decide what element of travel you want to focus on as your theme. Is there a particular destination that you want to re-create? Or is it a particular element of travel, such as going on a cruise, that will be central to your wedding theme?

Include the theme of the wedding in the announcements and invitations. If you are planning a cruise-themed wedding, create invitations that resemble a travel itinerary package and an RSVP that resembles a ticket to the ship.

Create the ambiance around the theme. Whether your travel-themed wedding will take place indoors or outdoors, choose decorations that will make your guests feel like they are a part of the world you’re trying to replicate.

When you plan your reception, include the theme in your menu, the style of your cake and even in the favors you give to your guests. Below is a cute luggage cake that you can use as inspiration.

27. Winter Wonderland

What’s great about this season is that delicate snowflakes and sparkling ice crystals can usually be found within most winter themes… and these are easy to work with and enhance.

For starters, you might choose winter wedding flowers as your theme, using flower types and colors as your inspiration for centerpieces, favors, cake style, and wedding attire.

You can also opt to focus your wedding theme upon the colors of winter. And don’t worry, you needn’t settle for red and green! Think clear crystal, pure white, and ice blue like in this fanciful winter wedding idea – Crystal Ice Palace.

Other colors that suit this season are midnight blue, teal green, ruby reds, burgundy, gold, silver, and finally – jewels tones of ruby, sapphire, emerald, and purple.

Try to think of how you could use ice sculptures and glittering ornaments to enhance your decor.

If you are using floral arrangements to decorate your reception table, choose glass vases and fill with crystal or ice blue gel beads . Surround the arrangements with votive candles for a beautiful reflection.

As you can see, there are a lot of options available to help plan a winter wedding celebration. Take your time and explore the related articles on this page for lots of enchanting ideas.

28. Fairy 

Do you like fairies? Plan your marriage celebration around this charming fairy theme wedding idea.

Do you love magic and mystery? Want an outdoor wedding surrounded by flowers and birds? Wouldn’t you like to be transported to an enchanted land on your wedding day?

I think the ideal place to have a fairy theme wedding is outdoors. A venue with a big garden, a butterfly sanctuary, a botanical garden or even your backyard will be perfect.

Decide your color palette for your wedding. As this is a garden wedding, you could use pinks, lavenders and white. To accentuate these colors, you can add a touch of silver or gold.

29. Rock 

Variations of these theme are punk rock, glam rock and rock & roll themes.

If you can imagine yourself walking down the aisle to Coldplay’s “Yellow”, or dancing with your husband for the first time to The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, then you might want to consider having a rock themed wedding.

The genre of rock and roll is very broad, diverse and can refer to so many types of rock music so it all depends on your type of rock music.

Below is a mood board of what I think makes up a rock themed wedding– main colors are blacks with white — black trim on the cake, black lace, black accessories. There should also be an eclectic mix of casual and formal elements for both the bride and groom and the wedding details. For instance, the groom and groomsmen can wear black suits with Converse sneakers. The bride can wear faux jewelry and vintage accessories with her couture gown.

punk rock
Glam Rock
Rock&Roll wedding

30. Modern Filipiniana

When we say Filipiniana theme, the elements mainly revolve around things with Filipino roots or those associated with Filipinos or the Philippines. Wedding details used are those that highlight our the Filipino culture.

For the gown of the bride, it could be a terno-inspired gown (a kind of Filipino dress worn by women made of piña fabric and has distinct puffy sleeves) while for the groom it should be a barong made of piña fabric as well.

Other details used are materials made of abaca, sinamay, capiz, bamboo etc.

Using the Filipino language in your invitations, stationary, vows and speeches would also emphasize on your guests the Filipiniana theme of your wedding.

Favors can go from candles to soaps, edible and potable, engraved and monogrammed. All of which, of course can come in Filipiniana fashion.

The trick is to use indigenous materials! Our picks: flavored lambanog (wine made from fermented coconut juice) in a bamboo or abaca wine holder, miniature wicker basket of goodies (relative to your own definition of “goodies”), potpourri wrapped in sinamay fabric.

So there you have it!

Thirty wonderful wedding theme ideas. I must have skipped some because honestly there are no boundaries or limits with regard to choosing a wedding theme. You can choose whatever your creative mind can conceive or you can mix and match those that I have listed above. It is all up to you!

Have fun conceptualizing your theme.

Here’s to weddings!

XOXO,


139 thoughts on “My Top 30 Wedding Theme Ideas

  1. I’m loving your website….I’m having my wedding this november…planning on a tropical /beach themed wedding. if you have more suggestions…I’d be more than happy to incorporate it in our wedding, thank you so much :)

    1. Hi Pia! Thanks for the compliment. I am glad that you find my blog interesting. And btw, congrats on your upcoming wedding.

      Re, your wedding theme, you can use sea green and aqua blue as your main colors coz both are “nature” colors. They’ll look fresh and vibrant. plus a touch of sunny yellow and white for the flowers.

      Here are some inspirations you may want to check out:

      http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/beach-wedding?lpgStart=1&currentslide=1&currentChapter=1

      I also like this inspiration board: http://thebridalring.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/summer-sea-breezes-inspiration-board/

      Let me know if you need more help or if you’re looking for specific information.

      Happy preps!

  2. i’m so glad i found your website….i enjoy so much. I will be having my Dec wedding this year (in the Philippines) and i dont know where to start. It’s so hard when i’m so far away.Can u recommend a company that does a wedding decorations? With a touch of Romantic Whimsical and a Christmas season theme. Hope to hear from you! Thanks…..Emmylou (Canada)

    1. Hi Emmylou! I’m glad that you enjoy browsing through my site :)

      Regarding reception styling we have a lot of good and credible stylists now. You can just google them up. Here are some of the names of high-end stylists: Teddy Manuel, Badang Rueda, April and Karen Yu, Eve and Co., Vatel Manila. But they do charge an arm and a leg for their services ;)

      If you want mid-priced stylists, you can go for Serge Igonia, Angel of Hearts, Go for Flowers.

      There are also caterers who offer reception styling. Some of the notable names are K by Cunanan and also Passion Cooks. Their styling are very elegant and classy.

      Some coordinators like Events Events by Ernest Pascual also offer styling.

      Hope this helps!

      I suggest you join Weddings@Work too. It’s an online forum for soon-to-weds. Members of that community (including me :) ) share wedding-related ideas everyday. It’ll be a lot of help to your preps.

      Let me know if you have further questions :)

  3. Hi Mica.. =)

    Your website is the most helpful site I’ve been to.. =) It’s fun reading all of your blogs even with your personal experiences in your married life.. =)

    My wedding will be on January 14 2012 and my fiance and I are very happy to discover your website because almost all the details that we are looking for are here.. =)

    Thank you and please don’t stop writing.. =)

    1. Aawww. Thanks so much Ziennah. It gives me sheer joy knowing that somebody loves reading my posts and enjoys them too. Best wishes on your upcoming wedding! I’m sure it’ll be one of the happiest days of your life :)

  4. Can you make a blog about wedding gowns and wedding colors perhaps?? =)

    I’m having quite a situation on what type of gown should I choose..

    To enlighten you I am on the heavier side of the weighing scale.. =p

    Hoping for your genius side to be able to help me..

    Love lots.. Z <3

    1. Thanks for your suggested topics. Yes, I’ll try to write about wedding gown types tomorrow. Regarding wedding colors, you may find this website helpful: http://www.dessy.com/

      It has tons of ideas for different wedding colors and moodboards. Hope you like it!

  5. hi micah!

    such a helpful website! we found lots of answers to our questions here on our upcoming wedding on march.. can u please suggest a wedding theme on our black and silver motif…

    thank u so much!

    1. Hi Charisse! You’re welcome. I can’t readily think of a possible theme for your color motif right now but I’ll try to get some ideas and update you. Is that okay?

  6. I am so excited to get married with a shabby chic wedding. I’m just 21 and I don’t even have a boyfriend yet. Hahaha I saved this article :)

  7. Hi Micah
    I am the reigning Miss India South Africa and I am getting married next year to my boyfriend of 6 years, I am having a wedding in Mauritius on the beach but I want it to be a big event and not just a small ceremony I was thinking of a peachy flamingo pink and a light caramel colour with a lot of off-white, do you think you could help me with a theme? I would really appreciate that.

  8. Thank you very much :) i will have a look and let you know if any of them stand out for me :)

    1. I am sure you’ll find a wedding that’ll inspire you because all of the weddings in that website are beautiful weddings of real couples (not celebrity couples unless stated otherwise) :)

  9. thank you so much fo your help, i have seen a few that i just loved and got some good ideas, i wanted to ask, what do you think would be a good gift idea for the guests for the reception tables? i was thinking cigars for the males and wine cork crystal thingies for the females?? you think there would be something better than that? it is in Mauritius so i would like to include something about MAU that stands out

    1. Hello Bonnita! good to hear that you got some ideas from the website i referred to you. Re favors for your guests, I’m not really aware what specific things are distinct in Mauritius so i can’t suggest other favors other than the things you’ve mentioned. If you want to give additional favors though, you can give something edible. I have posted examples below with corresponding websites where you can check photos of their samples

      individually-packed cupcakes with customized frostings: http://joysangabrielcakes.blogspot.com/

      chocolates with personalized labels: http://www.oasweets.com/

      wines with personalized labels: http://machazel.wordpress.com/tag/rachebeli/

  10. Hi Micah! I love your blog. I think it’s a great spot to get some inspiration :) I am planning a Fall, rustic/ barn style wedding on Friday night 9/28/12. It’s at a Golf Club but the space is actually a old barn they fixed up still keeping the original stone work etc. Was just wondering if you have any good links you can suggest. (Colors: Dark purple Bridesmaids Dresses, Navy Blue Suits, lanterns lit along the isle, Red roses, Sunflowers….. ) Thank you! Lesley

  11. Hi Micah! congrats for a fantastic and very helpful blog! I’m planning a very simple civil wedding of 50-70 guests max with a tight budget (close to 100K all-in if possible! :)). I hope you could give me some other ideas on how to come up for a nice and elegant one without sacrificing the details of it.

    1. Hi Summer! I’m flattered that you find my blog fantastic. *blushes*

      Re your wedding, hmmm..I’m having a bit of a hard time thinking about what to suggest. But I guess you can do without a lot of things that a church wedding entails (like invitations, entourage gowns, bridal car, entourage flowers, etc) so that’ll pretty cut down the cost of your wedding. Yey! So here goes my recommendations:

      I think you should also buy a nice wedding dress (not too elaborate like a wedding gown with trail). I think you should still wear one that is a bit special. Kind of like an entourage gown but in white or nude or ivory color. Check the link below to see the wedding gown of one of my co-w@wies. Would you believe that her gown costs 2K only? The couturier was mentioned in that site too. http://www.bridalbook.ph/articles/featured-wedding-ellen-chris&page=1

      Next is the wedding ring. You can opt for a plain design, no diamonds or stones. The most affordable but reliable supplier I came across is Suarez Wedding Rings. Or you can even opt for a silver, tungsten carbide or titanium rings. You can get a pair for like 500Php-1,000Php only. It’s not the type of metal that matters but the thing that it symbolizes right?

      Then the next would be the reception venue and the food. I’m tempted to say that you should go for a restaurant but most of the time the food serving in restaurants is not generous and their styling not that great. So I would recommend that you get a separate venue and a caterer. You can get a simple&affordable venue then hire an affordable caterer too. You can get Blue Petals, Queensland or Madel’s Cuisine.

      Oh before I forget you can also check the banquet packages of Enderun Colleges in The Fort. They have a really classy venue called “The Atrium”. I think it goes for 75K (food included!).

      See photos of Enderun below:

      http://megapixels.com.ph/2010/03/25/ali-in-wonderland-18-march-20-2010-enderun-fort-bonifacio/

      http://reallyawesomeweddings.com/?p=1499

      Then finally I say hire a good photographer to capture your wedding highlights. Most couples who wed civilly think that they don’t need to get a professional photographer but really a good photographer can make your wedding look more special and beautiful (not that it isn’t) Skip the videography though. Let me know if you need suggestions for affordable but good photographers.

      Below are some photos of civil weddings wherein the couple still hired a professional photographer and I think they’re also as beautiful and classy as church weddings.

      http://megapixels.com.ph/2011/01/07/orlando-anna-jan-3-2011-a-makati-shangrila-wedding/

      http://www.erronocampo.com/2009/06/paulo-and-mary-a-civil-wedding/

      http://digitalphotographer.com.ph/forum/showthread.php?t=26152

      http://gianvc.multiply.com/photos/album/323/Civil_Wedding_Photos_-_Bob_and_Elsa

      Whew!

      Hope that helps,

      e-mail me if you need more help :)

  12. Hello micah..Your blog is very helpful especially for couples who are planning their dream wedding. Ours will be on june 2012 with a motif of yellow and silver gray..Could you help us what would be a possible theme to fit the an indoor reception which is located in a museum..Thank you very much and looking forward to your reply.

    1. Hello Angel. Thank you for the compliment :)

      Re your wedding theme, I suggest that you highlight yellow as your main color motif then just incorporate subtle hints of gray in your wedding decors and entourage dresses. When you make use of yellow as your main color, you can have a lemon or a mango- themed wedding much like in the featured wedding in this link: http://kbycunanancatering.blogspot.com/2010/09/mango-love.html

      or this one: http://kbycunanancatering.blogspot.com/2009/11/escie-rudy.html

      Just skip the brown part of that wedding and replace it with gray.

  13. Hi Micah! Such a great website! Can you please suggest wedding themes? our motif will be red,black and white. It will be on the 12 12 12. Thanks! More power!:)

    1. Hi Rupie! Contrary to what readers may think, I am not really a creative thinker when it comes to conceptualizing themes. The themes I have listed here are just based on the weddings I have attended before and the ones that I usually encounter on the internet. So please forgive me if I may not be able to suggest a wedding theme for you. The only theme I can think of right now is Las Vegas or Old Hollywood. I think you can work around that theme with black, red and white as your color motif :)

  14. hi, I’m caroline, i”m planning to get marriage this coming november but i haven’t got any idea for the theme..i like nude color so much but i kinda having difficulties of finding the right theme for nude color…anyone please give me an idea?

    1. Hey caroline! As much as I want to be of help, I’m already running out of ideas regarding wedding themes ;) Maybe you could check out brideandbreakfast.com or dessy.com for more ideas about wedding themes. Best wishes!

  15. I love your website :-) ….. I am planning a world travel theme. Our ceremony is at a golf course and tent reception on Nov. I am having a hard time starting out with my theme as I feel that it’s difficult to create an elegant reception out of the theme I chose and still make my guest feel warm since it’s a bit chilly during this season. We like warm colors, everything in the tent is white (table covers, chairs, etc.). Any suggestions?

  16. Hello Micah,

    I enjoyed reading your blog so much. We’re in the midst of planning our wedding on August 2012. I would like to have tiffany blue and mocha brown as our motiff. Do you think the “butterfly theme” will go along with the motiff? Appreciate your advice. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rose! Thank you for the kind words. Re your theme, I think your color motif will work. Just find a good inspiration/mood board so that you can envision how everything will look like when put together. Actually, I think every theme is workable with any color. It all depends on the execution of details :) Have fun with your preps!

      1. Hi Micah,

        Any website you can suggest for me to check with regards to the butterfly theme & my chosen color motif? Thanks a lot for the help!

      2. I don’t know of any specific site that features a butterfly-themed wedding, the main reason why I have compiled this list. Re choosing your color palette and motif, you may want to check out theknot.com or dessy.com :)

  17. Hi your web site is fab! I am getting married next June and love antique gold-
    lots of people are telling me it’s more an autumn colour- any ideas on what works well with it for summer? Xx

    1. Hi Kirsty! Thanks for the compliment about my blog :)

      Re your choice of color I do agree that gold is a royal color and suits autumn season more than the summer season. If you really want to embrace a summer-y themed wedding, I’d say choose pastel colors or vibrant hues as your main color and maybe you can just add a touch of gold here and there.

  18. Hi Micah,
    I love your site… i am an event stylist and organizer and I love browsing the net for new concepts and ideas. i have come across your site i love reading your suggestions… it gives me additional ideas on how to improve my craft…

    I have been coordinating events for more than 20 years and have been styling for 5 years now but i am am open and willing to learn new things and ideas…

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge…

    1. Hi Monique! Wow I’m actually flattered to have someone like you read my blog. And it’s nice to know that even if you’ve been in the styling industry for a long time, you’re still open on improving your craft. That’s a very healthy and professional attitude :)

  19. hi micah.. li ove reading ur blog… im planning for a civil wedding (less stress on choosing for my entourage, hehe!)this june, i wanted it simple, vintage and elegant.. but i dont know where to start (venue, what dress to wear, best caterer, programs, etc).. i need your help!!! thanks!

    1. Hi Cerise! I’d say always book your ceremony and reception venue first. Everything else will follow. As per the dress, you can wear a simple white cocktail dress or even a long white dress. Depends on your preference. E-mail me if you have more questions :) And thanks for the kind words :)

  20. Hi Micah! I really enjoyed going through your webpage. My fiance and I are getting married in February and I’ve been having difficulty finding the perfect theme until I found this page. I LOVE the starry night theme! It made my heart and mouth drop. We are doing the wedding ourselves. Do you have anymore tips?

    Blessings,
    H&R

    1. Hi Haipha SImon! I’m really flattered that you enjoy reading my webpage. Re tips, I would suggest going the DIY route when executing your wedding theme. This way you get to save a lot from styling expenses. E-mail me if you need specific details :)

  21. My daughter loves your website. She showed me a few ideas that she would like to use in her upcoming wedding in May. In your Romantic Whimsical section (8) she like the simplicity of the wedding gown and the uniqueness of the wedding cake….both perfect for her intimate garden wedding. Can you give me some info about those items…designer, who made the cake, etc. or where you got the photographs?
    Thanks
    Linda S.

    1. Hi Linda Schmidt! Wow, a mom of a bride-to-be. I’m glad that you found time to visit my website. That photo is from the website of Bride&Breakfast. It is a blog mostly about Philippine weddings so it follows that almost if not all of the wedding suppliers are Philippine-based. i can’t remember the exact link to the blog post but here’s the website. Your daughter will surely get a lot of beautiful inspirations there.

      http://brideandbreakfast.ph/

  22. HI Micah, I love your website as well. I’m not gonna ask you to help me find a theme BUT I was hoping you can help me find some more ideas or sites for what i am planning, My colors are pink and brown mainly with accents of silver. I am using pink and brown damask for a lot of the touches and was hoping you can help me find some more visuals as far as centerpieces and/or decor. I am getting remarried on a beach in punta cana and our reception is poolside. Im trying to incorporate the beach but still be fab if you know what I mean. I understand if you cant, but if you could throw me some ideas, I would appreciate it!!!! :)

    Thank you

  23. Hi there..

    Im helping my sister with her wedding she is doing like a Van Helsing/Gothic Theme.. Wondering whether you might have any ideas for table theme/decor.. We have Black Table Cloths Wanted Like a purple/silver color theme..

  24. Love the blog!!! Truly, nothing happens just by chance. Came across your ideas while trying to figure out how to execute a theme of having “FOUR SEASONS” in one place, without making it too cluttered. Was inspired by the talk of Bo Sanchez of how we start from SPRING – nurturing a budding relationship, SUMMER – enjoying life in its full bloom, AUTUMN – weeding out challenges in fiery and passionate colors (red orange brown gold) and, WINTER – preparing for our next chapter in life (marriage), that would be as pristine and “blissfully white” as the wedding dress. Any ideas on how to execute all four? (although we are more inclined to using autumn colors for the entourage) Can you also recommend a good/creative wedding stylist and where to get contact details? More power and God bless. Cheers!

    1. for wedding stylists, I’d recommend Vatel Manila, he’s very creative and his ideas are elegant. Teddy Manuel is also good. Badang Rueda and Serge Igonia. Go for Flowers is also a good stylist with reasonable rates. Just google them up because they all have their own websites :))

  25. hello,
    I am already married but we didnt get to have a real wedding.He is a marine so we had to hurry up and get married.We are planning when we go back home.(West Virigina).My mom is making our flowers.I cant have the colors, navel blue,white,black,dark purple,Brown,and light pink.Those colors have already been used in the family.So,I dont want the same colors but I am confused om what colors to do.My fave color is orange but looking at colors I dont like any color that goes with orange.I was thinking maybe sea blue or a cool purple..but I just dont one color to out shine the other color… Thanks, Jessica

  26. Hi! I like your suggestions. (= I was wondering though if you could give me advice regarding a hollywood themed or awards night themed wedding or party? I really like your ideas and I hope you could shed some light how to make the event memorable. (= <3

    1. I remembered David Tutera styling a Hollywood-themed party. He used black and white as his main colors to represent film. And he posted a lot of hollywood portraits around. You can also name your tables after the great Hollywood legends and have trophies ala Oscars be used as your table centerpiece. You can also have your dance floor be made like a replica of the Hollywood’s walk of fame. hope this helps

  27. hi! planning our wedding next year..i liked your blog, do you ideas for have gold-black-zen/minimalist themed weddings?thanks very much..

    1. Hello pam! I’m really sorry but I can’t think of anymore wedding themes or ideas. I’ve exhausted enough for this top 30 list ;)

  28. Hi Micah, i really like your website. i am thinking of doing the Starry, Starry Night theme for my December 2012 wedding. However, my dilemma is that the reception starts at around 4PM and the theme might not work. Do you have any suggestion? Our reception is in Patio Victoria Intramuros. Thanks!

      1. unfortunately, we have already paid for the venue and it’s outdoor and reception starts at around 4pm. =(

      2. Aawww..sayang naman. Ang hirap kasi if outside venue because you cannot incorporate your starry sky because open area nga siya. maybe you can use tents or if maraming tree sa venue niyo, you can hang star-shaped lanterns

  29. Hi

    My wedding is in winter and I would like to have a white fairytale wedding, with a hint of red. Is that a good idea. Im not to sure if silver or champagne will go best with my theme. Im also planning on incorporating feathers and crystals into the decor. I would really appreciate any ideas or suggestions that you may have. I want it to be a WOW wedding.

    Thanks so Much:-)

    1. Hi Noelene! if you’re aiming for a white fairy tale wedding, go for royal colors like gold, silver, dark blue, plum, maroon etc. i think red will also work but it will look more Christmas-sy than fairy tale-ish. Silver and champagne will work on your theme definitely.

  30. I am really impressed with your writing abilities as well as with the structure in your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s uncommon to peer a nice blog like this one these days..

  31. HI MICAH JUST READ UR WEDDING IDEAS BUT STILL I COULDN’T THINK WHERE TO START,.ANYWAY CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A THEME FOR MY WEDDING ON SEPTEMBER. MY WEDDING WILL START AT 10 IN THE MORNING, I’M CONFUSED HOW TO CHOOSE THE MOTIF, WEDDING GOWNS, ETC. I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU COULD HELP ME.
    THANKS

    ANGEL

    1. Hi angel! E-mail me privately if you need specific details about wedding planning and how/where to start your preps :) Don’t stress yourself too much ;)

  32. Hi Micah!
    You’re blog is really helpful. I can see that you helped a lot of future brides :) I am getting married in June. It’s an outdoor wedding by the lake.(Just hope it won’t rain) :/
    I want to think of a theme. We are planning to have eggplant and olive with touch of champagne as our motif. Can you give ideas? And I don’t know what to give my Principal Sponsors and souvenirs for the guests. Thanks :)

    1. Hi Candy,

      As I have previously mentioned, I’m already running out of ideas. Wedding planning or conceptualizing is not something I do professionally. Sorry :(

  33. HI Micah,

    Your blog is a big help to future brides like us. My wedding will be in June. It’s by the lake wedding ( I just pray it won’t rain that day). I want my motif to be eggplant and olive green with a touch of champagne. I want the theme to be fairy tale. It would be really great if you can help me conceptualize it since I only have idea. I have a wedding planner but I want to be hands on with the wedding too. thank you so much :)

  34. Hey,

    Im getting married in June, and dont really have a theme but Plum color for sure,I have an alabaster dress, in my mind a kind of vintage glamor if that makes sense, well at least thats what im going for =). I was wondering if you could suggest what tux/suit color would look best for my husbande to be, my bridesmaids dress are plum…How do i not over Plum my wedding lol and incorporate color like creams or ivorys. I feel a little scatter brained and in the hunt for vintage style earrings (jewlery) and plum heels, any suggetions where i could find some..i know its alot but here a link to my dress…http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?keywordText=isadora&line=m&keywordType=any&page=0&pageSize=15&style=J1364…looking forward
    much love & blessings!

  35. Hi Micah! Thank God I found your site. I’m having my wedding this June and I want a Victorian/Vintage theme.. Any more suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Wynn

  36. We are looking at a rooftop wedding venue in September with a city view. My color is purple, and I’d like to incorporate a European (italian/french) theme. Any ideas?

    1. You may want to try The Tents at the Alphaland mall in Pasong Tamo, Fully Booked in Serendra or even The Enterprise Center in Makati :)

  37. Hi Micah,

    Your blog is very nice and informative. My wedding will be on December and we are still thinking of a theme. Our tentative motif is royal blue as the dominant color and lemon yellow. Do you have any suggestions for a theme that goes well with these colors? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ysera07! I’m already running out of ideas. Please do visit the bridalbook website and brideandbreakfast blog for inspirations. Best wishes!

  38. Hi Micah…My name is Antoinette. I am coordinating a beach concept theme and would like your thoughts. The reception will be held in a ballroom. Looking for centerpiece ideas.

  39. Hi,
    am so happy i found ur website after browsing a couple of times trying to find ideas of a beach wedding..i was impressed by ur beachy themed wedding idea. and would love to hear from u more ideas about it. im confused with d color motif..im choosing between pink, orange and blue. i will probably have my wedding on a sunset so please help me find more unique ideas. thank u in advance and more power!!

  40. Hi Micah,

    Your blog site is so impressive! I love it. Not a born writer myself but I love blogging too. Keep it up!

    1. Thank you for the kind words Encar. Maybe we could exchange links if you don’t mind? Btw, just keep on blogging. Writers are made, not born ;)

  41. Hi Micah, your blog is fantastic. I love the rustic theme for weddings. I’m planning my wedding for December and have got loads of ideas from this blog. I am in love with the dress in one of the pictures. its under 21. Barn in the second image, there is a pic of a couple and the bride is carrying a lantern. Can you tell me the designer of this dress or shop that stocks it… i want it :)
    Many thanks,
    Sarah

  42. hi…im thankful i found your site…my friend’s wedding is coming this may but still she doesnt have a theme..but her reception would be on a tent so it gave me an idea that her theme belongs under the outdoor tent. can you suggest us what would be a good souvenir and cake design for that theme and more suggestion regarding that theme. by the way her motif is green. thanks in advance for the help.

    1. Hi Posh! What do you mean tent? You mean an outdoor garden reception with tents as cover? I think a better theme option for your friend’s wedding is the starry starry night theme. It will especially work if your friend is having an evening garden reception. Clear tents can be rented out so the guests can see real stars and then the decor and styling would be easier to conceptualize since the colors would be mostly dark blue and silver and would involve lots of “star” elements.

  43. hi.. micah.. I’m so glad that I found ur site coz I really need 2 hear a suggestion from an expert (I guess that’s probably you :) ) I’m getting married this june but still, I can’t find the perfect theme that will suit 2 my desires.. It’s kinda confusing, but anyway.. I’ll share it 2 u.. I want a wedding with a lot of ballons as its main decor (juz a lil flowers).. my entourage gowns are fishtail, and my motiff is purple.. with all that details, can u suggest me a perfect theme?Do hope for your response.
    tnx :)

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