The New York Times reported in April that theme weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Though theme weddings used to be considered garish, “The bar for creating weddings that are not only memorable, but also so thoroughly different that they might be talked about for years, seems to get ever higher,” the paper notes. While some couples spend lots of money hiring a coordinator to create a tastefully themed affair, others use a more DIY-approach to styling their over-the-top ceremonies and receptions.
The weddings featured below include themes borrowed from film (The Wizard of Oz), literature (Harry Potter) and Americana (cowboys, baseball) as well as a DIY carnival under the big top and a superhero extravaganza! These photos are incredible and the affairs were all stunning. Those of you planning weddings – or any party, really – will certainly be inspired: