ideas for a Wedding Theme?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

I am planning my wedding and want something whimsical and light hearted, not your typical wedding. I’m thinking about an Alice in Wonderland, or Mid Summers Nights Dream type thing, but aren’t sure so any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Oh by the way it’s a DIY wedding,
it will be a church wedding also unless i can find a place to have it out doors so that may play into what I can and cant do

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SmallTownGirl December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

My boyfriend would love an Alice in Wonderland theme. If you look under my starred questions (you may have to add me as a contact to do so) you will find someone who asked about how to throw and Alice in Wonderland themed party which could offer you some good tips in what to have. Also if you look up some of the ideas it offers online I’m sure that you can find ways to DIY.

Good luck and congratulations.


Erin December 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I am planning a halloween wedding so I totally know how you feel about not wanting a typical wedding. I personally like the sound of the Alice in Wonderland one, however since it is DIY pick which one you are more passionate about. Reason being then your creative thoughts will flow better. You should look at costume rentals for your wedding party instead of your typical wedding party attire.

If you want a fun one definitely go for the alice in wonderland theme, if you want it more elegant but still fun go for the Mid Summer Night Dream.

The following links have great ideas for both.


depp_pixie December 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Invitations could be playing cards and you could have them say something like do not to be late for a very important date, like the White Rabbit .
Have an assortment of ‘odd’ chairs around the table, so that people have to sit at different heights.
Use a colorful tablecloth.
You could have red and white roses and rose bushes evreywhere.
Make vulture heads and paste them on top of some umbrella’s. Hang the opened umbrella’s from the ceiling
Top hats for everyone
Doilies in all different shapes and patterns
Put some clocks in the room that are stopped at tea-time.
Decorate the walls with playing cards (normal size or really huge ones from cardboard), and the floor with a chessboard-like pattern.
Scatter around some chess pieces, Use lawn flamingos, Make rabbit paw tracks and put them on the floor, leading in various paths through your house and/or garden
You can serve cookies that say “eat me” or “bite me”
Hang lop-sided signs Hang up signs with ‘this way’, ‘that way’, ‘up’, ‘down’
Use colored lights strung up (fairy lights, chinese lanterns, normal size globes),
You can get large teapots and put drinks in it.
Have different sized tea pots and tea cups and saucers
Hang chandeliers
This is a great centerpiece idea

Serve lots of (ice)tea, edible mushrooms, pepper soup or Mock Turtle soup, oysters, plum-pudding and a leg of mutton.
Order (or create) some custom made tea bags or tea favors for your guests.
Make three-tiered cake like in the Disney movie.


SquiggleJay December 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The key to picking the perfect theme is to pick the one that expresses who you and your fiance are as a couple. It may sound like fun to have an Alice in Wonderland themed party, but unless you’re both REALLY into Alice in Wonderland, it’s best to broaden the theme a bit. Try a “fantasy dreamland” theme, instead, where you can incorporate elements that are fun and whimsical, but wouldn’t necessarily fit the Alice theme. That way, you still evoke that fantasy and whimsy you’re going for, without your reception looking like a Disneyland ride. Instead of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” try “ancient civilizations”. That way you get to use ideas that come from ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, even Celtic origins. They really do all meld beautifully.

I just wrote a blog entry on my business’s myspace page about this:

Your wedding’s theme should reflect you and your fiance. Pick something you both love and you can’t go wrong!


Tony M December 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Firstly DON’T DO MASQUERADE! Its 2008 hottest theme & been done to death!

Alice in Wonderland seems good but Personally its kind of kids birthday! However that’s totally Opinion! Mid-Summer would be beautiful…

I find that themes can sometimes be so stressful & hard you don’t enjoy doing it as its very challenging.

Use a theme as a base for example a themed wedding I did a few years ago was on the picture ‘A Starry Night Over Rhone’ by Van Gogh. (Sounds weird I know but groom bought bride that picture on one of their dates & set a theme to them). So they just used the night theme so of course had an evening reception with a little star as a favor with a little message on from B&G. They had little star confetti and colour scheme was midnight blue….It WAS not over the top but it had a little something…

So something light & romantic….. A nice one thats always good is The Garden Of Eden … your flowers can be the main expense on this theme but if your looking for outdoor thats perfect..


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