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9 Amazing Wedding Themes You’ll Love

Planning a wedding reception requires a good wedding planning guide and, in some cases, a wedding theme list. The latter is incredibly helpful if you’re a couple who wants to use a theme to start creating an atmosphere with details that are completely and entirely you.


We’d be remiss as Chicago wedding professionals if we didn’t include this nod to Chicago’s heritage on our wedding theme list. A jazz wedding theme can be as modern or as vintage as wanted. A more modern take may include record accents, unique lighting, and a jazzy playlist. For a more vintage wedding, consider reproducing the atmosphere of an old jazz club—even going as far as to recreate a speakeasy with card and poker tables.


A nautical or lakefront wedding theme is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the perks of being on the lakefront. Picture a wedding at a popular lakefront venue, marina, or yacht club filled with an atmosphere in line with a day on the water. A nautical wedding theme is an opportunity plan the ultimate menu filled with your favorite local tastes and seafood dishes.


A retro or vintage wedding theme is a throwback event, complete with touches and a playlist reminiscent of a different era or time. This is a theme that can be as unique as the era you choose—especially when choosing your favorite touches from that period. Best yet, this wedding theme lends itself to a wedding dance filled with your favorite songs from that era. (Hire a wedding DJ or band that can make that happen.)


This is the perfect wedding theme for a Valentine’s Day wedding or for an intimate wedding reception. A romantic wedding theme can be as unique as the couple planning it: a neutral affair with upscale floral bouquets or late-night reception filled with roses and candles.

Fairy Tale

A fairy tale wedding brings the wonder of your fairy tale to life. This is your chance to make guests feel like they stepped into a vintage story book or a more modern version. In addition to wonderful décor, this is also a chance to incorporate the theme into the wedding dance with a royal wedding entrance and a fairy tale first wedding dance. (Your wedding DJ may have ideas as well, just ask.)


A rustic wedding can be as modern or as country, and as formal or casual, as you prefer. This wedding theme is filled with natural elements that exemplify the rustic atmosphere: wood, greenery, floral accents, and atmospheric lighting.


An urban wedding deserves a modern wedding venue with a completely urban feel. The planning should continue with every detail that lends to a feel of the wonder of the urban landscape.


A winter wedding includes the wonders of the season—what those wonders are is different for every couple. This is your chance to select your favorite parts of the season and incorporate it into a beautiful wedding atmosphere. The result can be a neutral affair that exudes a winter wonderland or a cozy setting with tones of the season.


A spring or summer wedding is an atmosphere with fresh details: floral, greenery, seasonal menu dishes, and all the beauty of the season. This is an occasion where fresh blooms and ingredients are expected and celebrated.

The BEST Wedding Songs for Your Theme

wedding dance floor with guests dancing to wedding theme songsYou don’t embark on planning the perfect wedding-themed event without going all out…with wedding décor, menu, even your wedding songs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of songs to add to your wedding play list (a good DJ should ask for your input!) if you want to create the ultimate theme wedding atmosphere. (If you need any other suggestions, ask your DJ. An experienced DJ knows what songs complement your wedding theme and go over well.)

Winter wedding songs

  • “Baby it’s cold outside” Idina Metzel & Michael Buble
  • “All I want for Christmas is you” Mariah Carey
  • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Sam Smith
  • “Santa Baby” Eartha Kitt
  • “Feliz Navidad” Jose Feliciano
  • “Let it snow” Dean Martin

Beach wedding songs (and artists!)

  • Beach Boys (any song)
  • “Margaritaville” Jimmy Buffet
  • “Is this Love” Bob Marley
  • “You Sang to Me” Marc Anthony
  • “California Dreamin” The Mamas and the Papas

Summer wedding songs

  • “Walking on Sunshine” Katrina & The Waves
  • “Summer Nights” from the movie Grease
  • “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash
  • “Wipeout” The Surfaris
  • “Summer Love” Justin Timberlake

Rustic wedding songs

  • “I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice
  • “Love Your Love the Most” Eric Church
  • “Me and You” Kenny Chesney
  • “I Cross My Heart” George Strait
  • “From the Ground Up” Dan and Shay

If you choose a vintage wedding theme, ask your DJ for song suggestions (he or she can recommend songs that fit the era you’re inspired by). (Use these tips to hire a quality DJ if you haven’t yet). Then, get ready to dance it up to the music that’s part of your wedding theme!