23 Unique Wedding Ideas For Your Dream Reception

Are you about to begin your journey down the aisle? If there’s one thing we know, it’s that your very first step starts with sifting through wedding ideas on Pintrest and nailing down the perfect theme. But if wedding inspiration has so far alluded you, then have no fear! The team at Function Room Reviews have three perfect wedding ideas to help you on your way to ‘I do’.


A timeless romance like yours deserves a timeless setting, and nothing could be more elegant than a vintage wedding celebration with your family and friends.

The Clothes

From THE dress to your bridesmaid dresses, channel the elegance of Grace Kelly with a vintage wedding theme that will blow your guests away. Think delicate hand-made lace, sugary sweet pastel tones and elegant corsages. Retro has never looked this good!

The Menu

Speaking of retro, there’s never been a better excuse to take a step back in time and get in touch with the comforts of home-style cooking in an elegant setting. Make your guests feel right at home with decadent comfort food like handcrafted meatloaf with parish mash and veal jus or wild mushroom tagliatelle with parmesan and truffle.

The Styling

You’ve got the dress and the menu now all you have left to handle is the decorations. Make your wedding reception theme go the distance by adding a touch of shabby chic to the mix. Whether its flowers arranged in upcycled jars and vases, delicate antique lace table cloths or a selection of vintage crockery, when it comes to finding your wedding inspiration, what’s old is new again.


Want a wedding idea with a little more sizzle? Take a trip to the cool crisp shores of Cape Cod with a beach inspired wedding theme.

The Clothes

Who said you can’t recreate the crisp, clean allure of the beachside wedding right in the heart of the river city? Keep it simple and elegant with a classic A-line dress in chiffon or let you accessories do the talking with a minimalist, floaty maxi dress with native flowers in your hair. Skip the veil and train, if it would drag in the sand at the beach then it will drag on the dancefloor in the city.

The Menu

Get a taste for Cape Cod cuisine at your wedding reception with a menu brimming with the season’s best locally sourced seafood. Think freshly shucked oysters, decadent lobsters and and potted garlic prawns served sizzling at the table. Wash it down with summer inspired cocktails like Pimm’s or hand crafted hard iced-teas and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect wedding feast.

The Styling

When it comes to styling your wedding venue, we believe that less is more. Delicately decorate crisp white linen tablecloths with nautical accents like rope or blue and white striped table runners and silver cutlery. For added impact try to include a subtle sailing design to your menus and invitations.


You don’t care what anyone else has to say, your relationship is proof that fairy tales really do come true and you want a fairytale wedding theme to match. So if you really want to make your happily ever after’s come true, the fairy tale wedding is right up your alley.

 The Clothes

Really want to make an impact on your guests? Then your journey to wedding inspiration begins with finding the perfect dress. Unleash your inner princess with an opulent ball gown styled dress in tulle or a dramatic trailing veil. And for your prince charming? There’s nothing quite so dashing as a man in a tuxedo.

The Menu

A decadent wedding theme calls for a decadent menu to match, so ditch the canapes and go straight main event with an elegant sit down feast. Think roasted asparagus with slow cooked egg, parmesan custard, serrano ham and gremolata crumb, slow roasted lamb shoulder with Jerusalem artichokes, raisins and sage and top with endless bottles of champagne.

The Styling

Finally, turn your wedding venue into your very own fairy tale fantasy with thoughtful and romantic decorations. From an enchanted garden festooned with lush flowers, to romantic and whimsical lighting schemes courtesy of cast iron lanterns and fairy lights, there’s no limit to your wedding inspiration when you’ve got our friendly team as your fairy godmothers.



Chic and always destined to match, dedicate your day to two colours that will never go out of style. We’ve all cringed at wedding photos with bridal parties packed with clashing colours – ditch the curse with simple style and timeless elegance.

A classic black and white wedding theme will leave you with happy guests, easy shopping lists, and wedding albums without great aunt Hilda rocking the noisiest outfit you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Simple black and white wedding ideas…

A gorgeous black dress and ivory bouquet will have every bridesmaid feeling fab, and with a white bridal gown and black suit for the groom, heading to the altar has never looked so schmick. Add a pocket square for the groom or jewellery for the bridesmaids to add a splash of colour.

Your elegant black and white wedding theme is easily carried over to the wedding reception venue with inclusions of monochrome signage, striped tablecloths, black linen napkins, and themed confetti. Top it all off with clever menu inclusions such as oysters and cupcakes rocking black and white icing, and you’ve got a personalized wedding with unmatched style!


Take it from us – after the long haul of wedding planning, every couple in town will be dreaming of ‘getting back to nature’ for an escape. Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with a rustic ceremony at an affordable wedding reception venue such as a vineyard, garden or farm.

Rustic wedding theme ideas…

For rustic wedding theme colours, keep things within a natural range – think pastel pinks, forest greens, and earthy tones. Dress bridesmaids in flowing chiffon dresses and complement your chosen colours with wooden furniture and brass-coloured tableware.

To add an extra element to your rustic wedding decorations, why not serve canapés and share platters on wine barrel cocktail tables?


Avast! Can’t make it to the coast for the coastal wedding of your dream (or don’t want to risk beach hair in your photos)? Bring the sand and the sea to you with some nautical wedding theming. Whoever said a CBD beach wedding was impossible?

Nautical wedding ideas…

Kick off your wedding theming and welcome guests aboard with nautical themed wedding invitations dressed up with letterpress anchors.

If you still managed to grab that summer glow, carry that casual beach-side atmosphere over into the wardrobe with a strapless bridal gown and linen grooms’ suit. And while nautical themed bridesmaid dresses may sound like a mission, shorter skirts and blue-green tones are all you’ll need.

After dressing up your venue of choice in decorations styled after ship wheels, anchors, and lifeguard rings you’ll be ready to set sail over dinner: all that’s needed? Seafood platters set over blue table runners.

Take your favourite wedding ideas and run with them – it’s your day, so make sure it feels like yours!


If you and your partner are regular music festival goers, why not let this shared interest inspire your big day. This is a particularly good idea for summer brides as this is when festival season is usually held allowing you to incorporate the same fun, relaxed, carefree vibe you get from hanging out at your favourite festival. Here are some essentials that should be included in your festival style wedding.

Festival Style Wedding Ideas…

Flower crowns are a classic festival motif and also look beautiful on a bride. Building flower crowns is a fun activity for you and your bridal party. On the big day, team your flower crown with a light and comfortable white or cream boho style dress. The groom can keep things casual as well with a white cotton or linen shirt and tailored shorts.

Choose a wedding reception venue that brings to mind a festival location such as a grassy paddock with a festoon and plenty of fairy lights. For wedding catering, consider hiring some food trucks. This is a unique wedding catering idea that allows your wedding reception to feature a variety of cuisines from around the world just like at a festival. This is much more exciting than the traditional lamb or chicken option. Festivals are all about live music, any festival themed wedding needs a great live band that will keep you dancing late into the night.



An outback style wedding makes the most of Australia’s beautiful country landscape. Country style weddings often include country or outback motifs such as the inclusion of horses, utes and maybe even cowboy boots.

Outback weddings aren’t just popular amongst those who live regionally. Many couples choose to have their weddings in country locations as it can be more cost-effective and also allows for plenty of space. Not to mention there are hundreds of beautiful spots to get married in outback Australia.

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