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7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

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7 Great Ideas for a Movie-Themed Wedding

There are many reasons to choose a movie-themed wedding—maybe your first date was at the movies, you could share a love of all things cinema, or you just want to do something fun and unexpected. Whatever the reason, people love a themed party that includes props and dressing up fancy. The great thing about this theme is that it works for all wedding sizes—from a backyard ceremony to a large-scale production.

Whether you love the glitz of Hollywood or consider yourself simply a film buff, there are a number of ideas to make your movie-themed wedding a dream come true.

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1. Admission-Style Tickets

This can be done for the save the dates, wedding invitations, and seating chart—really any detail that involves information on paper. It is a simple and fun way to tie in the theme without going over the top. When your guests are aware of the theme, they may even choose to wear an outfit that is their take on a favorite movie character without being too obvious.

2. Movie-Themed Engagement Photos

Choose a movie that speaks to both you and your partner. Work with your photographer to recreate some of your favorite scenes of the movie with your own unique twist. This will give your friends and family a taste of what to expect at the wedding.

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3. Concession-Style Favors

Candy and popcorn are a great alternative to traditional favors. When you give out something that can be eaten, it will not take up extra space in their home or sit on a shelf collecting dust. Provide a variety of candy and popcorn, so there is something for everyone.

4. Enter on a Red Carpet

Have every guest feel like a star with a red carpet aisle runner. This will provide fantastic photo opportunities for the guests as well as the wedding party, and will allow the couple to have the spotlight. To take it one step further, you can have a red carpet entrance along a wall with a backdrop for more formal photo opportunities. A custom backdrop can feature the name of the couple and their wedding date.

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5. Novelty Wedding Cake

Rather than opting for a traditional floral wedding cake, consider replacing the flora with decorations like film strips and reels, stars, or even a director’s board. The great thing about a novelty style cake is that it can be customized to be any color to match your own theme—black, white, and gray for the classics or douse it with a splash of gold for a more contemporary feel.

6. Silent Movie Slideshow

Create your own silent movie or slideshow to be played for your guests before you walk down the aisle. This will build the anticipation and keep them interested rather than anxious. Because it is silent, it can also be screened during the reception for those who might have missed it the first time around and it will not interfere with the music and those who are dancing.

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7. Stunning Centerpieces

Don’t think that you will have to forgo flowers when opting for movie-themed centerpieces. Set vintage film reels flat on the table and top with a floral arrangement. The reels can be left natural or can be painted to match your own wedding colors. When film reels are set on their sides, they lend to a subtle detail, but are still important to the overall look of the reception.

The Cost

Fancy venues can cost a pretty penny, churches usually ask for a donation, but you won’t have to pay to use your own or a family member’s home as seen in Meet the Fockers, which was estimated to cost only $6,936. If choosing to have a large wedding like Bridesmaids, take into consideration how much catering will cost, how large the cake needs to be, as well as renting linens for the reception tables—this movie wedding was estimated at $109,658. Luckily favors and snacks for a movie-themed wedding are great for the budget-conscious and likely won’t go to waste.

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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