You can’t beat the silver screen for wedding inspiration – the costumes, sets and music are great ways to get ideas for your big day. We’ve chosen four of our favourite films as starting points to show you how to create awesome movie-inspired wedding themes!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This stylish Hollywood classic comes with its own wedding colour scheme: Tiffany blue, black and white! Shades of duck egg are becoming increasingly popular for chic, modern weddings, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding decor in this colour.
The iconic Tiffany box shape lends itself perfectly to favour boxes. Just fill turquoise boxes with whatever favours you wish and tie them with a white ribbon! We also love wedding cakes inspired by the Tiffany box – you can either choose a large square tiered cake or opt for individual mini cakes, so every guest will feel like they’ve got a special gift. Don’t forget to sprinkle crystals on your reception tables!
You can’t throw a Breakfast at Tiffany’s wedding without drawing inspiration from the beautiful Holly Golightly and her amazing 1960s style in this film – think beehive updos and flicks of eyeliner. Holly wears some incredible tiaras in the film, so we think this is a great opportunity for you to rock a real princess piece. If you’ve got your heart set on a veil, why not try a vintage-inspired birdcage veil for true Sixties style?
If you love a LBD, dress your bridesmaids in Audrey Hepburn-style classic black gowns – just accessorise with pearls! If you’re not a fan of black in the bridal party, try pretty Tiffany blue topped off with an ivory sash. For gifts, you could always treat the lucky ladies to Tiffany’s jewellery. Maybe save the sunglasses for outdoor photographs, though!
Everyone’s favourite 1950s-themed musical lends itself perfectly to a wedding theme – it’s all about summery pastels, retro Fifties motifs and circle skirts with petticoats!
To channel Sandra Dee’s cute 1950s style, choose a tea-length wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline and a nipped-in waistl, complete with a layered petticoat for extra volume in the skirt. Dress your bridesmaids in Fifties-style halterneck dresses in mixed pastel colours such as lilac, lemon, mint and pink. It doesn’t have to be block colours, either – polka dots, candy stripes and pretty florals all look great with this style of dress!
The food for a Grease-themed wedding is a no-brainer, too – make like the Frosty Palace diner and serve up miniature hamburgers and hot dogs as canapés, along with milkshakes at your bar. Decorate your wedding cake with vinyl record motifs, and look into hiring a jukebox for your reception space.
Obviously, as Grease is a film about cars, you have to arrive in something truly cool – choose a classic American car like a Cadillac or a Pontiac. Plus, don’t forget that creating a retro theme is super easy when it comes to your wedding stationery. Take a look at our advice on wedding stationery themes here for some 1950s examples.
Leave your guests feeling shaken AND stirred with a glamorous Bond-inspired wedding! The nation’s favourite secret agent makes for a surprisingly chic wedding theme, and we’ve chosen Casino Royale as our theme starting point (because, let’s face it, we all wish Daniel Craig would show up to our wedding in those trunks!).
First things first – your groom will need a seriously sharp suit. Look into a traditional black and white tux, complete with bow-tie. To match him, go for a showstopping, figure-hugging wedding gown in satin or silk. We recommend Christiano Lucci for head-turning gowns. Don’t neglect your bridesmaids either – choose full-length dresses in deep jewel shades for full-on glamour.
Red, black and white are the best shades to choose for a Bond-themed wedding day, particularly when it comes to Casino Royale. Incorporate these colours into your decor, stationery and cake – if you’re not keen to go for the card suit motifs, then just use black bows. This looks really effective on miniature cakes!
You can hire casino games for your reception, which is sure to keep all your guests entertained and set the perfect sophisticated tone. Of course, you’ll be serving martinis to drink, but giant martini glasses filled with red or white flowers also make great centrepieces for your reception tables.
Alice in Wonderland
This wedding theme is popular with quirkier brides, and with good reason – it’s the perfect mix of classic literature, furry animals and one big tea party! Plus you can choose between the colourful 1951 version of Alice, or the darker, wackier 2009 version.
Whichever film you use for inspiration, the Mad Hatter’s tea party is a great starting point for your reception. Serve a classic afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones and, of course, the Queen of Hearts’s jam tarts! Use mismatched teacups and teapots for your centrepieces, and add ‘Drink Me’ and ‘Eat Me’ labels to bottles and cakestands. Your cake can reflect all the crazy character and antics of the films, too.
This is another theme that suits a tea-length wedding dress – just pair with classic Mary Jane heels and a petticoat. For a true Alice in Wonderland look, wear an ivory Alice band in your hair. Your groom can match the theme by wearing a vintage-inspired waistcoat and a top hat. You can also buy him a pocket watch as his groom’s gift, because you definitely don’t him to be late for this very important date!