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Looking for some unique ideas for your big day? In this guide, we look at some of the top wedding themes in 2020.

What is a Wedding Theme?

A wedding theme is a concept or idea that ties together all of the different elements of your wedding day under one cohesive vision. You may choose to apply your theme with subtle touches here and there or go all-in with a themed wedding. Setting a wedding theme will lend a unique style to your celebrations and create a memorable day for all.

Bride and Groom posing together

How to Choose a Wedding Theme

  • Sit down with your partner and brainstorm some wedding theme ideas that reflect your personalities. Make a list of your interests and traits that define you as a couple. If you struggle with this, consider asking friends and family along to contribute.
  • Create a collaborative Pinterest board where you can both add mood-boards of ideas that appeal to you. After a while, you may start to notice some recurring themes in your saved photos.
  • If you have already selected a wedding venue, then this can be a helpful starting point as the venue may suit some themes more than others.
  • If you have set a date, be sure to consider whether the season will suit the theme.
  • Select a colour palette that ties in with your theme and that can be used across many elements such as the venue decoration, invites, menu, photography, flowers etc.
  • Consider hiring a planner for their professional opinion on how to make your vision a reality.
  • Once you have a clear idea of your theme, write a concise brief to give to your wedding venue and vendors.

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Picking A Wedding Theme

  1. How did you dream about your wedding as a child?
  2. Will your venue lend itself well to a particular wedding theme?
  3. Have you been to any weddings that took your breath away?
  4. How do you want your guests to feel when they leave?
  5. How formal do you want the wedding to be?
  6. What colours are we most drawn to?
  7. Do you think the theme will age well?
  8. How will you feel looking back at wedding photos 10 years from now, what about 50?

Our Top Wedding Themes in 2020

Social Media

The social media wedding theme is ideal for couples who want to share their special day with the world. The central idea behind this theme is to make it as easy as possible for guests to share their experiences on the day. There a few ways you can do this:

  • Create a wedding hashtag and feature it on your wedding invitations and website.
  • Decorate your reception venue with instagrammable props.
  • Use an app that allows you to crowdsource photos from guests.
  • Live-stream the wedding ceremony via social media so far-flung friends and family can take part in the festivities.
  • Design your own wedding snapchat filter.
  • Showcase your guests’ memories with a wedding day social media wall.


According to data from Arcadia, the average wedding in North America can produce as many CO2 emissions as five people would produce in an entire year. In 2020, many eco-conscious couples are looking for ways to “green” their wedding celebrations. These could be small changes, such as switching out traditional glitter for the biodegradable kind, or big changes like choosing a carbo-neutral venue. Some environmentally-friendly wedding ideas include:

  • Host your ceremony and reception in a single venue to minimise carbon emissions caused by travel.
  • Instead of using paper invitations, ask people to RSVP by email or phone.
  • Decorate tables with living plants instead of cut flowers.
  • Wear a second-hand wedding dress.
  • Instead of requesting gifts, ask guests to make donations to environmental charities instead.


Classic weddings can usually be recognised by their elegant muted colour palette. Light and airy in feeling, these tend to be more formal affairs and are full of traditional touches. As such, this theme is ideal for weddings that take place in luxurious banquet hall venues. Some typical components of a classic wedding include:

  • Monogrammed stationary
  • Formal attire
  • Traditional table settings with fine china, candelabras, chair sashes and fine linens
  • Rose bouquets and arrangements


A perennial favourite, the rustic style remains one of the most popular wedding themes in 2020. This describes weddings that invoke the great outdoors either through an outdoor venue (such as a barn or a vineyard) or through the inclusion of many natural elements. The resulting atmosphere feels unfussy and relaxed. Some key giveaways of a rustic-themed wedding include the use of quaint decorative items such as burlap, mason jars, wildflowers and fairy lights.

Wedding sign in a field as part of a rustic wedding theme

Fairy Tale Romance

Inspired by the grandeur and magic of fairy-tale romances, weddings with a romantic theme are a classic choice. Perfect for a ballroom setting, this fantastical theme can be achieved through the use of barely-there colours, spectacular floral displays, delicate lighting and ethereal details. Couples often take aesthetic inspiration from classic animated movies such as Alice in Wonderland or Snow White and this creates plenty of opportunities to add cute, little touches of whimsy to the big day.



Weddings with a whimsical theme are characterised by their sense of humour and quirkiness. They often feature bright splashes of colour and are full of playful touches. The aim is to inspire a feeling of delight in your guests. The whimsical theme is a perfect fit for any couple who want their bubbly personality to shine though on their big day.


“Boho” is short for “bohemian” – a style that evokes the free-spirited, hippy aesthetic of the 60s and 70s. Boho weddings aim to achieve a chic, Coachella-esque feeling with minimal effort. Boho-themed weddings have been a popular option for a few years now and are expected to remain a top choice with couples-to-be in 2020. Some of the giveaways of a boho wedding include:

  • Festival-inspired fashion with flower crowns and flowing dresses
  • Wildflower bouquets and floral arrangements
  • Venue décor that takes inspiration from nature

Example of a Boho themed wedding


In recent years, there has been a big trend among couples to take inspiration for their big day from yesteryear. Some choose to hone in on a particular decade, whereas others plump for a more general “vintage” theme. If you are thinking about going “old school” with your wedding theme, then you may want to consider using some of the following elements:

  • Hire a glamourous vintage “getaway” car
  • Opt for a real vintage wedding dress or wear a dress inspired by the styles of old
  • Offer a menu of classic cocktails to guests
  • Decorate the venue with antique objects
  • Hire a band that sings quintessential hits from your chosen era

Location-Themed Weddings

If you are looking for a way to make your wedding day more personal, then a location-themed wedding could be the way to go. This is also an ideal option if you want to avoid the hassle and expense of a destination wedding. Location-themed wedding themes involve drawing inspiration from a place that is special for you – perhaps it if your honeymoon destination, the location of a meaningful holiday, or perhaps you would like to pay homage to your heritage. There are many ways you can incorporate this theme throughout your special day from the menu to your choice of décor and wedding favours.


Remember, your wedding is your special day so choose a theme that makes you happy rather than solely going off the hot trends of the day. When choosing your theme, give yourself plenty of time to reflect on how you’ll want to remember that day.

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