How to Host a Noteworthy Themed Wedding

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Here at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, we host countless themed weddings every year as one of the premiere wedding venues in MN! A themed wedding is a fantastic way to showcase your personality, interests, and creativity, turning your special day into a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests. Whether you’re passionate about a particular era, a favorite movie, or a beloved hobby, incorporating a theme can make your wedding truly one-of-a-kind. Here’s a comprehensive guide to planning a themed wedding that will leave a lasting impression.

1. Choose a Theme That Reflects You

The first step in planning a themed wedding is selecting a theme that resonates with both you and your partner. Consider your shared interests, favorite movies or TV shows, hobbies, or even a significant travel destination. Here are some popular themes to inspire you:

  • Vintage Era: 1920s Gatsby glam, 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, or Victorian elegance.
  • Fantasy: Fairy tale, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Disney.
  • Seasonal: Winter wonderland, spring garden, summer beach, or autumn harvest.
  • Cultural: Traditional cultural themes, bohemian, rustic, or modern chic.
  • Pop Culture: Star Wars, superheroes, or a favorite TV show.

2. Set the Tone with Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the first hint your guests will get of your theme, so make sure they set the tone. Use themed colors, fonts, and imagery that align with your concept. For example, if you’re having a vintage wedding, opt for elegant, ornate designs. For a beach theme, incorporate seashells and waves.

3. Choose the Perfect Venue

The right venue can significantly enhance your theme. For a rustic wedding, consider a barn or farmhouse. A beach wedding calls for a coastal venue, while a fantasy theme might be best suited to a historic castle or a woodland setting. Ensure the venue has the flexibility to accommodate your décor and activities.

4. Themed Attire

Your wedding attire should reflect your theme. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a costume (unless you want to!), but you can incorporate elements of your theme into your outfit. For instance:

  • Vintage: Think lace dresses, bow ties, and suspenders.
  • Fantasy: Elegant, flowing gowns and capes, or subtle nods like a tiara or a unique accessory.
  • Beach: Light, breezy fabrics and barefoot sandals. Encourage your bridal party to embrace the theme as well, and let your guests know if there’s a dress code that matches your theme.


5. Themed Décor and Details

Décor is where your theme will truly come to life. Pay attention to every detail, from the table settings to the centerpieces. Here are some ideas:

  • Vintage: Antique furniture, lace tablecloths, vintage china, and old-fashioned lanterns.
  • Fantasy: Enchanted forest backdrops, magical lighting, and mythical creatures.
  • Beach: Seashells, sand, driftwood, and tropical flowers. Use colors, textures, and props that align with your theme to create an immersive experience.


6. Themed Menu and Cake

Your menu and cake are another opportunity to incorporate your theme. For example:

  • Vintage: Classic cocktails, traditional dishes, and a tiered wedding cake with intricate designs.
  • Fantasy: Themed cocktails, whimsical desserts, and a cake adorned with elements from your fantasy world.
  • Beach: Fresh seafood, tropical drinks, and a cake decorated with seashells or a beach scene.


7. Entertainment and Activities

Keep your guests entertained with activities that match your theme. Some ideas include:

  • Vintage: Hire a jazz band, set up a photo booth with vintage props, or arrange for dance lessons in styles from your chosen era.
  • Fantasy: Host a themed scavenger hunt, have a magician or illusionist, or create a cosplay contest.
  • Beach: Set up beach games like volleyball or cornhole, offer boat rides, or have a bonfire with s’mores.


8. Capture the Moments

Ensure your photographer and videographer are aware of your theme so they can capture it effectively. Discuss specific shots or scenes you want to be included that highlight the details of your theme. This will ensure your wedding album and video reflect the unique atmosphere you’ve worked hard to create.



A themed wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate your love and creativity. By choosing a theme that reflects your personalities and interests, you can create a day that is both fun and memorable for you and your guests. From the invitations to the attire, décor, and entertainment, every element should come together to tell your unique story. Remember, the key to a successful themed wedding is attention to detail and staying true to what you and your partner love. Contact Chanhassen Dinner Theatres to make your dream Twin Cities wedding a reality! Happy planning!


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