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"We are gathered here today to mourn a great loss. Peggy, Edgar. Your single life is dead. [Crowd chuckles and applauds] But your life of wedded bliss is just beginning."

Emily: I know that in a million years, you would never let me plan your wedding. I gave up on that dream a long time ago. Yours was going to be a Russian winter theme. The Romanovs.
Lorelai: Before the firing squad, I assume?
Emily: Snow white roses, trees with white lights and candles, snow everywhere, you arriving in a silver sleigh with white horses.
Lorelai: Wow.
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"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to together through this thing called life. Electric word life it means forever an-- wait, that can't be right... it is? Oh yeah, I forgot this was the Prince-themed wedding. That explains why the bridesmaids are dressed like Maya and Nandy. "

Marriage is a sacred institution, filled with high emotions, decorum, tradition and loads of other things that apparently matter to some people. Suit and tie, white dress, cake, bothersome new in-laws, cute little flower girl and little ring-bearing boy with a habit of swallowing small, ring-like objects.

Some people prefer to forgo the old ways in favor of something whimsical. It depends on those that marry, their friends and family, where the wedding will be held, when the wedding will be held, etc. Sometimes the bride will wear something out of the norm. Maybe a British couple goes to America for a wedding where everybody is dressed like cowboys and eat cake made of corn-dodgers and Ranch Style beans, or an Alaskan lesbian couple dresses like aliens and astronauts for a wedding in the Seattle Space Needle. Or maybe a polyamorous group of twenty strips naked and are married off by a clown priest in Pleasant Valley. Wacky, wacky!

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Subtrope of Themed Party.

Compare with Cheerful Funeral, a similar traditional ceremony laced with intentional whimsy.

Contrast with Wedding Smashers, where the whimsy and hijinks are unintentional and usually grinds everything to a halt.


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    Fan Works 
  • In an Empath: The Luckiest Smurf mini-story "Duncan's Wedding", Brave Scot Duncan McSmurf and his bride Brenda McSmurfette got a Scottish clan themed wedding, with the male Smurfs all dressed in kilts and bearing swords, with the marriage vows being more of treaty being confessed between two parties seeking an alliance with each other in war.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Discussed in 27 Dresses. As Jane showcases her many bridesmaid dresses to Kevin, one of them comes with a parasol. Jane explains that it was for a themed wedding.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Lucifer (2016) episode "Monster", the Mystery of the Week occurs at a zombie-themed wedding. The bride, groom and guests are all dressed as zombies, the rings are on fake fingers on a bloodied-white pillow, the ceremony is held at a graveyard and the episode is set on Halloween. Because of this, the guests are undeterred when the groom is shot by the episode's killer despite the bride's protests before she is shot dead herself.
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  • The cast of Tanked once constructed a slot-machine aquarium for a couple's gambling themed wedding note  in Las Vegas.
  • On Friends, when Monica contemplates marrying her millionaire boyfriend Pete, Rachel has a suggestion... money-themed wedding.
    Mon, you definitely have to make it a theme wedding, and the theme could be, "Look how much money we've got!" You know, I mean you could put... you could put money in the invitations! You could have, like, little money place settings. And, uh, you could start with a money salad! I mean it'd be dry, but people will like it.
  • An episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had Will and Lisa eloping in Vegas to a chapel that specializes in theme weddings. They've chosen a Shaft themed wedding with the real Issac Hayes as a pastor. When the couple decides to break it off, Will dismissed Hayes as an impersonator.
  • The higher-ups of the The Good Place's Celestial Bureaucracy seem to have a distaste for themed weddings. A couple gets negative points for having a themed wedding, and even more if it's The Lord of the Rings-themed.
  • World's Dumbest...:
    • There is a sci-fi cosplay wedding. It gets crashed by Jeremy Bullock, who originally played Boba Fett.
    • One wedding has everyone dressed in camo (including the bride) and the minister is wearing a deer costume.
      Minister: Deer-ly beloved...
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Discussed when Emily mentions her imaginary plans for her daughter Lorelai's wedding because she knows Lorelai won't ever let her plan her wedding. It was going to be a Russian royal winter theme, with snow-white roses, trees decorated with white lights and candles, with snow everywhere. Lorelai would arrive in a silver sleigh pulled by white horses. Given how much Lorelai loves winter and first snow, Emily absolutely nailed it.
    • Liz and TJ's Wedding is renaissance-themed because they travel together selling Liz's jewellery at Renaissance Fair. Men wear vaguely old-timey clothes and tights, women have dresses and flower crowns. Though some choose to have normal formal wear. The music is fitting the period, too. People of Stars Hollow find it surprisingly sweet.
  • Superstore: Episode "Sandra's Wedding" presents Sandra and Jerry's wedding. They're both from Hawaii and opt for a nautical theme. However, their venue is called Cowboy Charlie's Old West Steakhouse so the decor is a mix of western and nautical. Sayid wears a western costume, though majority of guests wear formal clothes, women sporting mostly blue tones. Sayid is convinced others will look stupid once bride and groom show up in their western garb.

    Theatre 
  • In Of Thee I Sing, the first act ends with the Supreme Court presiding over a ceremony which combines the inauguration of John P. Wintergreen as President with his marriage to Mary Turner, merging the traditional vows for both occasions.

    Webcomics 
  • In The Rock Cocks, Coral and Clover reveal that they got married at Melody Faire's clothing-optional resort to have their own clothing-optional wedding. They enjoyed their stay so much that they decided to stay indefinitely as employees.


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