Top Wedding Ideas For Your Dream Ceremony & Reception

Boho Style Wedding

Another wedding theme idea we’re in love with? The boho wedding. It’s been a key trend for a few years now, and you’ll be pleased to know flower crowns, tea light candles and feather arbors are still on trend in 2020.

As the bohemian spirit is all about embracing nature, a boho theme is ideal for a balmy southern hemisphere wedding. So, pop on that vintage lace dress, kick off those shoes and exchange vows right on the beach at Kingscliff, before celebrating with your loved ones at Babalou.

Complete the theme at the reception with native flora, soft lighting and lots of texture to bring the outside in.

Art-Deco Themed Wedding

From champagne towers to velvet chaise lounges, gilded flatware, graphic signage and beautifully beaded gowns – we adore an art deco-themed wedding!

Watch The Great Gatsby and trawl Pinterest for endless inspiration, then head to Etsy to buy a vintage typewriter (for the guest book), peacock feathers and plenty of deco props for some photo booth fun.

All that’s left to do now is find a swinging jazz band.

A night in Santorini Wedding Reception 

Couldn’t get Nan on board for a destination wedding? Never mind. You can recreate the experience, minus the missing luggage, with a beachside Greek island-themed wedding.

To channel ‘a night in Santorini’ opt for a crisp white colour palette with splashes of that signature bright blue. Opt for sprays of pink bougainvillea for centrepieces and bouquets, then pepper the menu with chargrilled octopus and mouth-watering Mediterranean fare. Yum!

Black and White Theme Wedding

When it comes to chic wedding theme ideas, classic black and white strikes the perfect chord between timeless and modern. And it makes for stunning photos!

Set a strict monochromatic dress code (men in swanky dinner suits, please), and continue the theme across the table settings, flowers and cake.

Our tips? Chunky black and white stripes look gorge adorning tables or chairs, and black-eyed anemones make for a dreamy white bouquet.

Surprise Wedding

Not into all the bridal fuss? Gather your nearest and dearest by the beach at Babalou under the guise of a birthday, engagement party or ‘just because’ get together, then shock the pants off them with a surprise wedding.

Go all out with an ultra-glam, traditional affair, or keep it casual and low-fuss with canapes, cocktails and chilled out tunes. Whatever you do, your guests will love the element of surprise, and having a great story to tell on Monday.

Arabian Nights Style Wedding

For something unique and exotic, choose an Arabian Nights wedding theme. Think an Aladdin’s cave of sumptuous, billowing fabrics in rich jewel tones, tables weighed down with flowers and pomegranates, and gold-rimmed glassware.

With cosy throw cushions, blankets and bottomless mint tea, shisha stations by the beach are made for star gazing. And the perfect bonbonniere? Baklava, of course.

Eco & Sustainable Wedding 

Another wedding trend in 2020 is towards sustainability, and there are countless ways to make your day greener. You could start by hiring a wedding dress (let’s face it, you’ll never wear it again), or choosing a pre-loved beauty. 

Opt for recycled paper for wedding invitations, use biodegradable confetti and ask for a donation to your favourite charity instead of a gift. Instead of flowers which have a limited lifespan, decorate tables with potted plants, herbs or succulents. Not only will this look adorable, plants make the perfect wedding favour for your guests.

Colour Theme 

From your bridesmaids’ dresses to the floral arrangements, dinner setting and groomsmen’s ties, you can make a bold statement by going for a single colour theme.

Stick with your favourite hue, whether that’s bright poppy red or sunshine-y yellow, or why not work your magic with the 2020 pantone colour of the year – classic blue.

Stylish blue suits make a nice change from black, dark linens add a sophisticated edge (and hide spills!), and those blue suede shoes and made for the dance floor.

One of a kind Wedding

Your wedding isn’t the time to pretend to be someone else, so be true to who you both are and what your relationship is about. Can’t stand a traditional wedding dress, or even the idea of a wearing a dress? Then don’t!

Make your furry friend the ring bearer, set up a game of bocce, have an ice cream station instead of cake and Karaoke instead of a band… We can cater to anything at Babalou, no matter how whimsical it might seem.

Vintage Glam  

A wedding theme idea that never goes out of style? Vintage glam. Have fun with the details, pairing an antique dress and (faux) fur stole with retro waves and bold lip.

For the ceremony itself, seat guests in mismatched vintage chairs or create pews from old cinema seats for a quirky twist.

And once it’s all over? Escape to your new married life in a classic car.

Long table dinner

Stand-up receptions aren’t for everyone, and a long table dinner is a super chic way to celebrate your nuptials.

With a long table set up, you’ll sit amongst your guests, rather than being apart at a traditional ‘bridal table’. A very popular choice for modern weddings, long, rectangular tables are a great way to create an intimate, relaxed vibe. They’re also visually stunning.

Add drama to your day with extravagant overhead floral installations, and twinkling candles running the length of your tables. You’ll thank us when you see the photos.

Tropical Style Wedding Idea

Go troppo with your wedding theme, with plenty of lush greenery from palm fronds and monstera leaves, cane furniture and tropical cocktails.

Give a nod to the theme with a chic and pared-back palette of green, white and neutrals, or go all out by incorporating bright florals, fruits and clashing fabrics and tableware.