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March 2016

6 Trending Wedding Themes for 2016 and 26 Ways to Style Them

These 6 wedding themes are totally trending for 2016, and we have some real wedding examples to show you how to style them!

A millennial bride is no stranger to Pinterest, or the numerous pretty wedding details and inspirational styled shoots floating around the internet. Whether they’re twine-tied mason jars, or industrial-chic brick walls lined with fairy lights, or fun Lego boutonnieres, you’ve Pinned them all. But when it comes to narrowing it down to a cohesive wedding theme, things get a little harder.

With so much wedding inspiration on the internet these days, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a wedding theme that reflects the both of you. Our advice is first to sit down and think about what activities or styles the both of you enjoy. Your theme should suit your venue as well, for a more cohesive look, and of course, it should work within your budget. If you’re opting for a garden theme, then securing a beautiful outdoor wedding venue would help you achieve the look and feel you’re going for without needing to spend a big sum on fresh flower decorations.

To help you find your wedding style, here are six of the most popular wedding themes to choose from. They’ve been created with unique variations by 26 of our own SingaporeBrides couples, and we’re giving you style tips on how to achieve the look.

1. Rustic Wedding Themes

The rustic theme has definitely been one of the most popular and trending wedding themes for the past couple of years, especially with the growing number of couples opting for more intimate weddings. To make yours unique, mix it up a little by focusing on a particular colour, or going more bohemian or more organic with your rustic theme. These real brides and grooms show you how to do it, and our styled tablescape shoot will give you a couple of ideas as well!

Earthy and Rich

Kaleidoscope Flower Field Hall Wedding At Gardens By The Bay 63Kaleidoscope Flower Field Hall Wedding at Gardens by the Bay by Samuel Goh Photography

Style it: Constance kept things organic to reflect their down-to-earth personalities. Wedding stylist Med Kärlek Inc used burlap sacks and stacked wooden crates for a rustic feel, but glammed it up with rich burgundy roses and a touch of gold.

Rose Gold Romantic

Audrie and Eugene's Rose Gold Nosh Wedding Venue Singapore 70Audrie and Eugene’s Rose Gold Nosh Wedding by Gowns Villa

Style it: Sub-Editor Audrie created a romantic, rose gold rustic look with a consistent colour palette. Everything was kept in shades of pretty pinks and rose golds, focusing on romantic watercolour florals and paper flowers, with the help of Med Kärlek Inc.


From This Day Forth and Forevermore3From This Day Forth and Forevermore by Bobby Kiran Photography

Style it: Jayne and Vernon opted for a bohemian take on the rustic wedding theme, with lace dream catchers and flowing ribbons in a pure white palette, created with the help of wedding stylist MerryLove Weddings.

Vintage and Rustic

Rustic Garden Wedding Penang 97A Rustic-Retro Garden Destination Wedding by Mocco Photography

Style it: Cannas and Jim used vintage items to add to the shabby-chic look of their rustic theme, with ornate gold frames, antique trunks, and beautiful old doors adorned with rustic foliage.


Lewin Terrace wedding table setting watercolour 7Wedding Tablescapes at Lewin Terrace: Watercolour by Multifolds Photography

Style it: We used watercolour dinnerware and soft-looking flowers in pretty pastel shades to create a paint-daubed tablescape together with Med Kärlek Inc. Add pretty hues with watercolour place cards and menus, and consider marbled chocolate for wedding favours!

2. Garden Wedding Themes

Garden weddings are a big trend in Singapore, and it’s not hard to understand why when you look at wedding inspiration with beautiful greenery for backdrops, and an abundance of flattering natural light. Garden wedding themes aren’t restricted to the sunny outdoors though; many couples have brought the bloom of love indoors with creative paper flowers or floral décor.

Paper Parisian Garden

Navy and White Parisien Garden Wedding at Grand Hyatt Singapore wedding backdrop paper flowersVivian and Josh’s Parisian Garden Wedding at Grand Hyatt by Bloc Memoire Photography

Style it: Vivian loves the elegance of Parisian gardens, and with the help of event stylist Ektory, created a gorgeous paper floral wall and stunning flower aisle runners. The chic, minimal colour palette of white and navy gives the whole look a crisp elegance that doesn’t overwhelm the delicate floral details with too much romance.

Garden Tea Party

Garden Tea Party Wedding 102Mint and Lilac Garden Tea Party Wedding by iwwi

Style it: Doreen wanted to create an elegant, lively tea party feel for her wedding guests. Using beautiful tea sets, tables named after tea flavours, and a pretty tea and cake set up for brunch, her English garden tea party came to life with the help of MerryLove Weddings.

Colonial Garden

Claire and Tammy's Rustic Garden Wedding in Alkaff Mansion59Claire and Tammy’s Sweet Garden Wedding at Alkaff Mansion by Tinydot Photography

Style it: Alkaff Mansion lends itself perfectly to garden wedding themes, and Claire and Tammy made the most of the romantic gazebo for a wedding backdrop, and added burlap bunting and rustic floral arrangements for a classic celebration.

Rustic Garden

Mizah and Adib's Sweet and Rustic Wedding18Mizah and Adib’s Wedding under the Trees by We Made These

Style it: Mizah and Adib designed their wedding to look like the celebrations took place under the trees, with a leafy arbour and scattered flower petals on a grassy carpet. Wildflower bouquets and burlap-wrapped favours added a rustic touch.

Sky Garden

Sky Garden; iFly Singapore; Garden Solemnisation; Wedding; Initmate Wedding; Rooftop Solemnisation; Capella SingaporeClara and Lawrence’s Sky Garden Solemnisation by Lightedpixels Photography and Live Studios

Style it: With the city skyline for a stunning backdrop, a sky garden wedding on iFly’s rooftop takes the garden wedding theme to new heights.

Old Chapel Garden

A Little Moment Photography;The White RabbitYuen Yi and Mugant’s Intimate Wedding at The White Rabbit by A Little Moment Photography

Style it: Yuen Yi and Mugant’s wedding had all the charm of The White Rabbit’s colonial chapel architecture, with a refreshing solemnisation in the garden, which they brought indoors with lots of beautiful foliage centrepieces and highlights.

3. Glamorous Wedding Themes

If ever there’s an occasion to go big, it has to be your wedding. For their once-in-a-lifetime celebration, couples who want to go glamorous will find inspiration in these wedding themes.

The Great Gatsby

Gatsby Wedding Singapore Four Seasons Hotel 25Cyn and Derrick’s Gatsby Wedding in Four Seasons Hotel by Bobby Kiran Photography

Style it: Cyn and Derrick based their wedding theme off the film with the help of MerryLove Weddings. Lavish ostrich feather centrepieces, gold frames, and black and gold décor jazzed up their wedding. A smart focus item was their advice cards display, with geometric stationery tied onto a glittery backdrop.

Ornate and Opulent

Ornate Wedding Tablescape at Lewin Terrace 14Wedding Tablescapes at Lewin Terrace: Ornate by Multifolds Photography

Style it: For this tablesccape, we used rich hues of gold, black, and deep reds and built up luxurious layers of texture to create an ornate look together with Med Kärlek Inc. Tall gold candles and antique brass items added a formal touch.

Art Deco

A Kewei and Alfred Love Duet 100A Kewei and Alfred Love Duet by Tinydot Photography

Style it: Kewei and Alfred celebrated their decade-long romance with a big wedding gala. Their glamorous dessert table featured ornate gold frames, draped pearl strands, and geometric Art Deco detailing, put together by wedding stylist StitchXMarker.

4. Vintage and Retro Wedding Themes

The vintage trend is showing no signs of going anywhere when it comes to wedding themes. Couples who want to commemorate their brunch dates in vintage cafes or their love for golden oldies will find an attic full of inspirational treasure in our Real Weddings. To make things more meaningful, use sentimental items or your parents or grandparents’ antique keepsakes in your wedding décor.

Whimsical Retro

Whimsical Retro Wedding at Alkaff Mansion 71Coral and Mint Retro Garden Wedding in Alkaff Mansion by Bryan Jean Photography

Style it: Rosemary and Ingo had fun with their retro theme, doing up a 50s-style American diner backdrop, making Coke bottle cap boutonnieres, and creating a retro local biscuit bar for themed wedding favours with the help of event stylist Invited. Everything was kept beautifully cohesive with a refreshing palette of coral and mint.

Local Retro

Stylishly Fun Homage to the Past 9Stylishly Fun Homage to the Past by Alvelyn Alko

Style it: Evelyn and Kelvin decided to celebrate their love for vintage things with a celebration in the culturally rich city of Penang. With old vinyls for place cards, a dapper blue suit, classic red lips and a vintage wedding gown, and a just-married ride in a trishaw, their wedding didn’t shy away from colour to achieve their vintage feel.

Colonial Vintage

Intimate Wedding at The Halia, Singapore 156Intimate Wedding at The Halia by Bloc Memoire Photography

Style it: With its colonial architecture and black and white tiled floors, The Halia at Raffles Hotel was the perfect venue for Jean and Alex’s intimate wedding. The hotel’s lovely old-world charm is gorgeous for bridal portraits.

Vintage Glam

Gardens by the Bay Wedding 078Yvonne and Royce’s Vintage Glam Flower Field Hall Wedding at Gardens by the Bay by Daniel Beh Photography

Style it: Royce and Yvonne went all out for their Mad Men-themed wedding with coloured suits, straw hats, and cigars for the men, and an old Hollywood gown and sparkling bridesmaids dresses for the girls.

5. Whimsical and Eclectic Wedding Themes

Couples these days are letting their fun personalities shine through with whimsical wedding themes. Eclectic themes add a big dose of fun and cheer to a wedding, which is, after all, a big celebration between two uniting families and all those near and dear to you.


The Adventures of John and Sher Phuket Wedding 27The Greatest Adventure of John and Sher by Jonathan Ong // Visual Storytelling

Style it: Sher and John’s wedding theme celebrated their greatest adventure together—their marriage. They had customised balloon and Vespa boutonnieres, a colourful hot air balloon piñata, a troupe of Vespas, and pom-pom love quote banners that all came together to create whimsical and warm-hearted celebrations in their Phuket and Singapore weddings.


Bernie and Samuel's Pastel Travel Themed Wedding Singapore 55Bernie and Samuel’s Pastel Travel Themed Wedding in Fullerton Hotel by Antelope Studios

Style it: Bernie and Samuel commemorated their long-distance relationship with a travel themed wedding in pastel hues. Using hot air balloons, vintage globes, a huge watercolour map for a table seating chart, and fun paper aeroplanes, their pretty travel theme was brought to life by event stylist Rosette Designs & Co.

Bright and Eclectic

Dawn and Ming's Sweet Wedding at The Singapore Thomson Road Baptist Church 35Dawn and Ming’s Bright and Modern Church Wedding by Smittenpixels Photography

Style it: Dawn and Ming’s wedding was full of bright pops of colour and quirky details, like a washi tape photobooth, created with the help of event stylist In Merry Motion. Their pew flowers were hung in mason jars wrapped in polka-dotted fabric, and their wedding favours added a big dose of print and pattern too. Bright and cheerful, their wedding shows you that you shouldn’t be afraid to mix prints and add lots of colour!

Kate Spade

Lewin Terrace Wedding Kate Spade Inspired table settings 9Wedding Tablescapes at Lewin Terrace: Kate Spade Inspired by Multifolds Photography

Style it: Our Kate Spade inspired tablescape used bold monochromatic stripes juxtaposed against cheery pink flowers and classy gold accents to create a bright and fun wedding them, together with Med Kärlek Inc.

Rock and Roll

Conrad Centennial Singapore wedding; rock n roll theme; red and black weddingA Rocking Wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore by Velantine Photography

Style it: Jas and Burn embodied their rock ‘n roll theme. With their pit bull terriers for ring bearers, slashed denim jackets, combat boots, and a full-on rock concert, their wedding was anything but ordinary.

6. Elegant Wedding Themes

Classic elegance never goes out of style, so if you’re after a timeless wedding theme, this is it. Add some luxury with a hint of sparkle, or keep things polished with lots of pure white and classic lines.

Glamorous Elegance

Shangri-la hotel Singapore wedding bridesmaids and groomsmenGermaine and Mitchell’s Glamorous Wedding at Shangri-la Hotel by Antelope Studios

Style it: Germaine and Mitchell added a dose of sparkle to their classic neutral colour palette to create an effortless elegance with the help of event stylists Wedrock Weddings and JM Floral. With sequin skirts for the bridesmaids, and opulent gold floral centre pieces at the banquet, their wedding sparkled with romance.

Rustic Elegance

Hort Park Wedding Singapore 35Linh and Yong Xi’s Lavender Filled Hort Park Wedding by Smittenpixels Photography

Style it: Linh and Yong Xi had an elegantly rustic wedding filled with lavender from Provence. With crisp white linens, beautiful lavender bouquets strung on fairy lights, and a less is more aesthetic, they managed to blend rustic with real elegance with the help of MerryLove Weddings.

Tropical Island

Tropical Island destination weddingGorgeous Tropical Island Wedding by Tinydot Photography

Style it: Madeline and Michael kept things elegant with white tropical flowers, a classic beach wedding arch, and beautiful paper lanterns.

Credits: Feature image from Coral and Mint Retro Garden Wedding in Alkaff Mansion by Bryan Jean Photography

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6 Trending Wedding Themes for 2016 and 26 Ways to Style Them