Wedding Reception Themes


Wedding reception themes are really just an extension of the scheme that ties the elements of your entire wedding day together.


A simple idea of what you could do for a theme is to create a wedding crest.

A wedding crest is sort of like a logo which may include a monogram that you use to tie everything together.

When you are trying to come up with unique wedding themes think about some of your favorite things.

  • A food item like peaches. You could use peaches in your reception centerpieces
  • A birthstone like a ruby. Embellish the menu cards with fake ruby gems.
  • A holiday like Christmas. Decorate the reception hall with glass snowflakes


The first time that your guests will encounter your wedding theme is when they receive your wedding invitation.

When it comes to your reception, some of the items in which your theme could be incorporated are the

  • Centerpieces
  • Menu cards
  • Favors
  • Cake
  • Decor

Just remember not to over saturate your reception with themed elements. The following are a couple examples of how you can integrate specific themes into your special day.


Let's Go To the Movies

If you are looking for entertaining wedding reception themes then you can incorporate movie elements into your wedding. Your save the dates could be like a "Coming Soon" movie poster with a picture of the bride and groom, the wedding date and names of the couple.

At the reception during cocktail hour, you could have a ticket booth where your guests would pick up their escort cards which would be an "Admit One" ticket which has on it their name and table number.

For an ice breaker the guests could participate in a movie weddings trivia game.

Each table would become a team and together they would fill out the answers to questions based on different movies that involve weddings. The guests at the winning table would all receive a special gift.

This activity allows the guests at each table to start conversation and gets everyone in the partying mood. Some examples of movies with weddings are:

  • Father of the Bride
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Bridesmaids
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Jumping the Broom
  • Bride Wars
  • American Wedding.

After dinner you could open the concession stand filled with individual sized popcorn boxes and other assorted movie snacks.Then show a short movie of the bride and groom with pictures and videos from the time they were babies through to the wedding day.


Paris Would Be Beautiful


A different approach for having a more cohesive wedding is using wedding reception themes that immerse your guests in a particular experience.

When I think of going on a romantic vacation with my husband (hopefully one day when the kids are older) I think of going to either Italy or France.

So let's use french as our theme. A great way to start off this experience for your guests is to have an appropriate wedding location like a chateau or beautiful gardens with shrubbery, topiary trees and urns filled with flowers.

Sometimes bridal attire begins looking the same at every wedding I attend. French couture is very unique and would cause your wedding gown and bridesmaid's dresses to really stand out.

Next, imagine a bistro in Paris as the setting for your cocktail hour. You can have cute little tables and chairs set up on an outdoor patio while champagne, fruit, cheeses and passed hors d'oeuvres are served to your guests.

Dinner starts with bread on each table and wine service. You could go a step further and serve french cuisine for the meal including fish and meat courses.

To end the meal you could have a table of french desserts and serve your guests cappuccino.



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