22 Romantic Wedding Ideas You'll Fall For

Prepare to be head over heels for this dreamy aesthetic

Updated 04/17/19

Photo by Ke-Li Photography

When it comes to all the countless ceremony styles out there, a romantic wedding theme seems the most appropriate for a day filled with so much love and appreciation. Tons of brides have fallen head over heels for this dreamy aesthetic, and it's not hard to see why. Just take a look at these 22 romantic wedding ideas below, and you'll also fall in love with this theme!

To start off planning a big day that's heavy on the romance, look to romantic wedding venues that boast ethereal, fairytale vibes. Alfresco ceremonies in gorgeous gardens and receptions hosted in airy French châteaus undoubtedly convey a romantic wedding theme. But you can really turn any venue into a romantic oasis with ethereal, delicate details. Send out romantic wedding invitations featuring classic calligraphy. Go heavy on the florals with lush hanging installations and romantic wedding centerpieces. You can even serve a romantic wedding cake topped with garden-fresh flowers.

For more romantic wedding decor, try a light and airy color palette and illuminate your celebration with plenty of flickering candlelight. The romantic wedding ideas are truly endless—and insanely beautiful.

Ready to fall in love? We tapped the minds of industry experts to help collect these romantic wedding ideas, featuring all things ethereal, floral, and delicate. Browse them all down below.

Romantic Wedding Invitation Ideas: Floral Stationery

invitation suite

Photo by Cassidy Carson Photography

Set the stage for a romantic wedding theme with a floral wedding invitation.

Romantic Wedding Invitation Ideas: Floral Stationery

invitation suite

Photo by Heather Waraksa

Florals don't have to be frilly! Case in point: This moody floral invite in a deep black hue.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Host an Alfresco Ceremony

Photo by Jose Villa

Go alfresco for your ceremony! "Napa has always held a special place in Suzy and Stephen’s hearts,” explains Lisa Vorce, the planner for this spectacular outdoor wedding at Meadowood Napa Valley. When planning a romantic wedding theme, consider an open-air ceremony space to bring in the naturally beautiful elements of the outdoors. For this Napa Valley setup, a floral chuppah and light-wood chairs kept the overall design soft and ethereal.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: A Garden Backdrop

Photo by Krystal Kast Photography

A garden backdrop set a few minutes away from town also creates a serene escape for saying I do. “Add a touch of whimsy to your floral design, and you’ve got an elegant and romantic garden celebration,” says Elizabeth Lane, Marketing Coordinator at Fearrington Village.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: An Altar That Blends In

Photo by Jonathan Scott Studio

“When capturing decor design, I find the romantic elements to translate through the final photos when that design mimics those romantic elements,” says Jonathan Scott, Owner of Jonathan Scott Studio, who adds, “A chuppah or altar [should] feel as if part of the venue or location itself.”

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Use Plenty of Florals

Courtesy of Thomas Bui Lifestyle

There’s nothing more romantic than bundles and bundles of blooms. “White and pink blooms filled arrangements that marked the start of the aisle,” says Thomas Bui, Owner of Thomas Bui Lifestyle, of the lovely ceremony above. “The florals continued effortlessly throughout the ceremony’s romantic design by adorning a tree at the end of the aisle, a focal point for the couple’s I dos.”

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Use Plenty of Florals

Floral archway

Photo by Norman + Blake

The lush, colorful florals adorning this ceremony arch just scream spring.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Use Plenty of Florals

Main Image

Photo by Alen Karupovic

We love the wild, woodland vibes of these ceremony florals.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Don't Shy Away From Formal Elements

Photo by Rebecca Marie Photography

“It was important to this couple to achieve approachable elegance amidst a black-tie event,” explains Rebecca Ickes Berg, Owner of Rebecca Marie Photography, who saw this balance between a romantic formal celebration and the couple's relaxed personalities. “These two make everyone around them feel at ease, so while they designed a formal wedding day, they also wanted their guests to feel comfortable,” she says.

A formal wedding altar crafted from light and airy fabrics helps meld together formal and romantic wedding themes.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Think Pink for Your Bridal Party

Photo by Brian Leahy Photography

A favored color amongst bridesmaid gowns (especially for a romantic wedding style), light pink will help to complement each member of your party while adding a softness to the final photos of your day. The deep and romantic green background helped the muted soft pinks of the bridesmaid dresses above really shine, notes photographer Brian Leahy, Owner of Brian Leahy Photography.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Think Pink for Your Bridal Party

mismatched blush bridesmaids dresses

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses will give your bridal party an effortless, airy vibe.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Delicate Details

Photo by Carlie Statsky

“Adding the slightest hint of blush to an all-white and green color palette creates a thoroughly romantic vibe without being overly precious,” says Jennifer Zukovsky, Co-Owner of Fionna Floral. Flowing silk ribbon will softly pull together the romantic look you are going for.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Delicate Details

Fan and program on chair

Photo by Ross Harvey

Delicately hand-painted fans were gifted to guests at this outdoor wedding ceremony in France.

Romantic Wedding Ceremony Ideas: Delicate Details

Photo by Pasha Belman Photography

What's daintier than a trio of too-cute flower girls? Their woven baskets are just so precious!

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Keep Your Color Palette Light and Airy

Photo by IRIS Photography

For this indoor reception captured by Jane and Michael Shauck, Co-owners of IRIS Photography, bringing elements of the outdoors in—like fresh floral arrangements—added a subdued pop-of-color to the all-white space. Sticking to a clean palette of all-white, with sprinkles of pastel, will give your event a soft and ethereally romantic feel.

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Keep Your Color Palette Light and Airy

Photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography

"A blush wedding is the epitome of femininity and romance,” says Yumiko Fletcher, Owner of Hana Floral Design. "Having a pastel palette throughout your wedding instantly conjures up images of romance, whimsy, and beauty.” For this tented space, soft green and blush fabrics covered an elegant lounge area.

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Hanging Floral Installations

Photo by Natalie Watson Photography

“Suspended florals that cascade and fall organically... are incredibly romantic,” says Becca Knuth, Managing Partner & Wedding Planner, Asheville Event Co. Nothing says A Midsummer Night’s Dream more than draping flowers and greenery.

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Hanging Floral Installations

Photo by Heather Jowett

Here, trailing garlands of greenery extend to all sides of this outdoor tent, culminating in romantic floral chandeliers running along the center of the space.

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Soft Candlelight

Photo by Dark Roux Photography

Nothing speaks to a romantic wedding more than the flicker of soft candlelight. “When Laura and Zack wanted to set the tone for a truly romantic day, we immediately knew the mixture of tall tapers, pillars, and votives with low, lush florals would evoke an intimate and romantic feeling for them and their guests,” says Sarah Worsley, owner of Mint Julep Productions.

Romantic Wedding Reception Ideas: Soft Candlelight

Table Settings

Photo by Sarah Falugo

Tall black candles will add a moody, romantic feel to your reception space.

Romantic Wedding Cake Ideas: Add Garden-Inspired Elements

Rebecca Yale Photography

“A romantic wedding cake is anything with a soft color palette, elegant details, and a classic design,” says Sherene Hulugalle, Founder of Wisteria Lane. “For this wedding, the pastel colored florals seen throughout other events of the day brought everything together.”

Romantic Wedding Cake Ideas: Add Garden-Inspired Elements

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography

With soft pink frosting and garden-fresh sprigs of lavender, this wedding cake is undeniably romantic.

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