Board #173 | Carnival Ride

Sometimes themed weddings seem like they’re trying too hard. But sometimes they are too fun to resist, like this carnival themed inspiration board! There are so many ways to play with this theme: using tickets, balloons, carnival food, etc. If you want to splurge, you could have a fireworks show to end the evening; if not, how about sparklers?

Mood: fun and games
Palette: red, yellow, hints of blue

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Top row from left: photo by Mel Barlow, tent from Fete NY, miniature crudites from Martha Stewart Weddings, polka dot dress from J.Crew
Row 2: carnival dessert buffet from Rebecca Thuss, Milkmaid Press invitation via Elizabeth Anne Designs, tulips by Details Details
Row 3: yellow parasol photo by Heather Mabry, candy apple photo by Whitebox Weddings, boutonniere via Brooklyn Bride, photobooth via The Bride’s Cafe

Update! Look at this fun photo by Whitley Goodman Photography.


  • ghostswaltz says:

    Oh man, that is our reception theme! (well it’s Coney Island, but yeah) I even have some of those images saved already! Shoot, I don’t feel so original anymore, haha. Needless to say, this is definitely my favorite board so far!

  • katelynjane says:

    Wow! These colors are amazing! I never would have thought of them for a wedding, but I love them!

  • Stephanie says:

    ghostswaltz, that’s too funny — i thought a coney island theme would be perfect too. after all, i did hear there that “the couple that shoots the freak together, stays together.”

  • Mara of ::the simpler things:: says:

    I love a carnival “theme”! The colors are perfect…not overwhelming at all. Something cute for this theme would be the personalized bottles of Jones soda that I spied on the Enjoy blog.

  • meg says:

    that board was so gorgeous i went back and looked at as many past posts as i could!
    am thinking of doing something similar with mood boards on my new blog (

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