Who doesn’t love weddings? Many people can’t help but get teary-eyed when they imagine themselves walking down the aisle, bouquet in hand, or perhaps waiting at the end of that aisle watching their partner walk down to meet them. What’s more, most would feel the need to catalog this portion of their lives through the magic of the internet and share the joy with the world. For this reason, having great wedding WordPress themes to set up a website dedicated to either promoting your upcoming nuptials or immortalizing your magical day becomes both highly convenient and essential.
In light of this, here are our picks for the best wedding themed WordPress templates available. All of these themes are solid, well-built foundations for you to customize to your heart’s content. Whether your wedding is a traditional Western style ceremony, or a New-Age Beach Bash, there’s a theme here to fit your particular style for the happiest day of your life. May Odin have mercy on your soul.
Jack and Rose
A clean, elegant theme with a bevy of features, Jack and Rose is a good way to start off our list. The interesting thing about wedding themes is that they are ultimately about vanity and cliché. Jack and Rose, for instance, comes packed with a snowfall/sakura petal effect in its Hero section. It’s sweet and tacky, and a perfect example of the kind of features that are perfect for a wedding page. Weddings are supposed to be fun and sweet, and it’s alright if they break out of the mold of what we might consider the most striking visual effect. The design is undeniably flat, but it has enough character to it that it’s not going to pass through with the endless tide of similar looking sites. A wedding site isn’t just light tones and shades of pastel, it’s about the feeling it conveys.
As far as wedding WordPress themes are concerned, a few features are largely considered key that might not be terribly useful for other types of content sites. In this case, a standout feature of Wedding Day is its use of a clean, effective countdown clock to show the number of days ticking down until the wedding. There are custom widget sets for all major social media platforms (Twitter, Flickr, Instagram), as well as a huge number of short codes for additional dramatic flair. If you have the time to dig in, Wedding Day comes with more than enough tools to make it an awesome addition to your overall wedding media package.
The first of two themes to be featured here by the talented developer nicdark, Wedding Industry is a little different in that it comes with two separate themes with two very different purposes. One is Wedding Couple, which was developed for couples in mind, and comes with plugins for wedding registries, maps, itinerary posts and the like, while the secondary theme, Wedding Planner, was developed more with wedding-themed business in mind. It’s a great site option that skews a little more back towards the business side, but is nonetheless an important side to recognize. Wedding photographers need business too, after all.
Wedding Suite’s standout feature is its 4 distinct themes, based on popular wedding flowers: rose, orchid, jasmine, and violet. These are balanced color and layout themes that best represent your unique relationship to your future spouse. You won’t see anything too crazy in terms of features: retina ready, multilingual guestbook available, and extensive documentation and technical support from the developers make this an excellent choice, especially for families that have members from every corner of the globe. In particular, this theme comes loaded with formatting and translation options for Arabic, which is rather unusual.
A clean theme, modern and simple, Lily is actually a great example of something fairly overlooked when using WordPress themes, and that’s actual integrity of the code. Very often it’s the big, flashy features that take the spotlight, and for good reason, but that’s ignoring the entire technical aspect of the code itself, the weight it lends to load times, the difficulty that goes into making sure that a site runs at optimum speeds given the number of plugins and other features you might want. While it might not be as much of an issue for wedding sites where most of the site visitors will presumably be in the same country, you don’t want your attendees to have to wait a few seconds while your site tries to scrounge for resources (often in short supply on mobile devices). That’s frustrating, and a good theme, like Lily, is designed from the ground up to alleviate as much of that stress as possible.
Yes boasts that it is amongst the top 3 most downloaded wedding themes of all time, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a single page wedding theme, has plenty of options with customized, pre-generated headers, integration for twitter, contact forms for guests to RSVP, and optimization for iOS 9. Additional post types for gift registries, a diary post documenting the days up to the Big One, and continuing support from the developer all combine to make Yes an excellent package. Like many themes, Yes also comes preloaded with Visual Composer to make developing your dream site a breeze.
One thing that I don’t understand about themes like these is that they sometimes tout their SEO and analytics support. I can understand it when the theme is geared more towards wedding-themed businesses, but it made me start wondering about normal people. There’s no eCommerce plugins, so I must assume that Wedding Love was developed for actual couples in mind, which only makes drawing attention to metrics and SEO functionality even more confusing. Are there people who go on Google Adwords and write the copy of the wedding site so that they could possibly appear on the first page search results? I am unsure, as I am unsure about many things.
Karl Marx felt that love, as we in the West understood it, was a bourgeois construct, unfounded in any natural basis. The idea of the nuclear family and the wedding between two individuals was thus merely another tool of oppression by the higher orders to be imposed on the lower classes, a way to ensure, along with the tenet to go forth and multiply, ensured a steady stream of labor to constantly fill the factories of industrialists. That weddings became such symbols of opulence and splendor are merely a byproduct of the immanent corruption of romantic love.
CoffeeCream is a listed Envato Professional Developer, which is basically a stamp saying that this theme is awesome and completely worth your money. Perfect Couple was designed with the intent of developing a narrative for your life up yo your wedding, and the layout is structured much like how you might begin to tell a stranger about how you met your significant other, how one thing led to another, and how now the day is approaching where you’ll both pledge yourselves to one another. There’s a cast of characters there, friends and family, and fills out more like the extensive corporate website for a rather middle to high-end hotel. There are pages for “Fun Facts” (Did you know that before Jeremy met Lucy, he was considering joining the French Foreign Legion in order to find meaning in his life? Crazy!) In many ways this site is meant to function as the companion to your wedding that people refer to both for the cutest pictures and the key information. Need to know exactly where the reception is going to be held? This theme has built in Google Maps support so you can tag every important location on your wedding day.
A solid theme that doesn’t pack a huge number of bells and whistles, but it has a lot of heart and fundamental solidity. Whether we like it or not, weddings are largely about conspicuous consumption and the propagation of natural tendencies of social control via ceremony and respect for what are probably antiquated notions of transition into the “middle stage” of life, the beginning of family, children, and settling fully into a career. What does the wedding mean today? It’s ostensibly a celebration of two people coming together, but then it’s more about asserting one’s position in society via that wedding. A wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a selfish announcement that this day is important, it’s a pure expression of late capitalism’s tendency to bring forth the high level of excess we associate with the object cause of desire. This is probably why the image of the perfect wedding is so intense, something that can never be truly attained, and that to attain it would simply drive us further into a never-ending spiral to reconcile our fantasy with the obscene reality.
Getting married doesn’t mean erasing your personalities for some generic “married couple” existence. GeekLove gets this, and tries to be the WordPress theme for people who, let’s say, are would be comfortable switching the black tux out for a suit of Boba Fett’s armor. There is a metric ton of plugins and additional features available to tinker with and make your wedding page as “you” as possible. Post templates are also extremely robust, giving you the option to create post types for guest RSVPs, calendar updates, event planner, and guestbook sign-in. As far as wedding themes go, this might be too modern for some, traditionalism still survives when it comes to that most important of days, but for many modern couples taking the step into matrimony, this is a great way to keep your guests connected and updated. Of course, mobile readiness is also a big draw, along with the usual stability boosts that are essentially standard on all WordPress themes.
Here’s a pretty easy theme to get into. All WordPress themes are by their very nature WYSIWYG, which basically means you see the effects of your changes the moment you post them. Whereas fiddling with HTML and CSS directly requires some level of abstraction, knowing that a specific element is essentially going to be there just because you’ve pasted its element tag. LoveyDovey comes with a drag-and-drop editor, meaning that all you need to do is pick the pre-generated element of your choice and drop it where you want to begin building your ideal wedding page. Who knows, maybe this ease of use could open up web design as an activity for you and your imminent spouse to work on together.
French is the language of love, but did you know that the French have been engaged in the most military conflicts of any European nation? Oui oui, j’aime le carnage! But a history of bloodshed and imperialism hasn’t stopped people from imagining themselves strolling down some Parisian boulevard in the arms of their partner, listening to some crooner singing along to a French accordion, sharing a baguette, smoking a cigarette. There’s a lot to like in this theme, color customization, plenty of prebuilt theme layouts if the initial setup isn’t exactly to your liking, it’s no problem at all. The great thing about this theme is that it feels like what it’s trying to sell you. Running this theme gives you that, as the French might say, je ne sais quoi, that indescribable feeling that just feels right.