Oxford and its surroundings are popular places for all kinds of weddings, from the small and casual ceremony and reception to the huge and glamorous celebrity-style affair. If you are getting married in Oxford you can enjoy the historic, traditional surroundings and match them to a traditional-style wedding, or choose a contemporary theme to go with the modern and upmarket reception venues in the city and surrounding countryside. Choosing a theme is one of the most difficult aspects of planning the wedding, but a general theme helps to tie the whole event together. Here are a few of the most popular wedding theme ideas to help you when planning your special Oxford wedding.

1. Vintage Style

Vintage wedding style means different things to different people, meaning it is a versatile theme for a wedding. You could dedicate the wedding to a certain era like the 20s or the 60s, or you could opt for a “shabby chic” style event with mismatched china and antique glasses, fabric bunting and an old car to take you to the reception. Vintage details include lace and ribbons, mismatched fresh flowers, and retro hair or a retro touch to the wedding dress.

2. Glamour and Glitz

Glamour is never boring, and it never gets tired. If you choose a glamorous theme for your wedding you can use all kinds of accessories and décor, from candelabras to chandeliers, crystal glasses to sparkling fairy lights in a billowing marquee. You can have a decadent day to remember and really pull out all the stops to impress. For wedding venues Oxford offers a range of sumptuous and glamorous options, from smart city centre hotels to classy countryside resorts.

3. Rustic Chic

If you love the Oxfordshire countryside and the great outdoors, or you want to keep things sweet and simple at your wedding, opt for a rustic theme. You can offer a range of mouth-watering foods like a huge cheese board, a hog roast, local wine and cider, and freshly made bread. The decorations can be homemade and the setting outdoors; weather permitting. Many Oxford venues have space outside for a rustic-themed wedding reception.

4. Country Garden

You don’t actually have to have the wedding reception in a garden for this theme to work, although it helps. Even if you are inside for much of the wedding you can decorate with fresh flowers and classic pastel colours. You could even put down a fake lawn for a winter wedding to bring the outdoors in. For the true outdoors enthusiasts, have a marquee in the garden and the wedding breakfast full of fresh flavours and sparkling wine. There are plenty of options in Oxfordshire for hiring a venue with some outdoor space. Choose somewhere with some interior space too, in case the weather does not cooperate. If in doubt, provide the guests with umbrellas and stylish welly boots!

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