Over the Top Wedding Ideas We Can’t Help But Love

Check out this wedding blog featuring ideas that are slightly over-the-top but absolutely beautiful for weddings!


They say cats have 9 lives and hyenas have 7! Really? You might ask. Well, we don’t know, but we do know that humans get just one life! YOLO! We only fall in love once, and we only want to tie the knot once! So it only makes sense if we want to go over the top on our most special day! But we also understand that not everyone can hang the cost to make their dream of a lavish fairytale wedding come true! While some couples just want to ensure that their wedding is unique within their pre-set wedding budget there are others who want their wedding to be a flamboyant show-stopping affair that their guests talk about for decades to come as if they don’t have a care in the world. Regardless of your wedding theme or location, picking the perfect wedding decorations out for your reception can feel like a never-ending task. From an aisle running through the pool to a walk down the aisle with a unicorn to a one-of-a-kind ceremony backdrop that’ll make you feel like a celebrity, it’s our pleasure to enlighten you with the luxurious wedding ideas we can’t stop talking about. With very few installations and little furnishings, we have come up with some of the most celebrated wedding details that can transform any average wedding day into an epic celebration of extravagance and royalty.

Your sliding door moments with the love of your life have put you both on a lifelong adventure. And the wedding day that would seem light-years away until a few months ago is now coming towards you at the speed of light! We are sure you already have kick-started your wedding planning. Financially, weddings were a challenge but after 2020, aesthetically too, weddings have become a task. This year we saw drastic changes in wedding trends than ever before like large extravagant wedding venues being replaced by small simple backyards and courthouses, magnificent sweeping designer wedding gowns by low-key short wedding dresses, large wedding guest lists of about 500-1000 people by a list of 10-25 nearest and dearest, and grand gala affairs by small intimate weddings like micro weddings, minimonies, elopements, and virtual weddings to name a few. From microgreens to mini cupcakes and even tiny houses, everything seems to be getting smaller. But small doesn’t mean less important or gruey. It’s not the size of the detail that makes it special it’s the aesthetics it is able to exude. Ahead we have rounded up a few unique glamorous #weddingideas that will bring unlimited extravagance to your big event! But before we take a plunge into the sea of our favorite extravagant and clever wedding ideas, allow us to tell a little about the last over-the-top wedding that I personally attended as a guest.

Story Time!

About two years ago when everything was fine and dandy I attended a wedding of my close friend – it was a summer wedding and the venue she chose was a huge banquet hall and almost all the arrangements including the ceremony set-up, which was looking like nothing but a page from a fairytale storybook with a cherry blossom backdrop, were done outdoors. The entrance was decked up with huge beautifully framed couple portraits as far as the eyes could see which were later given away to the family and friends as wedding favors (I also received one which is hanging on the wall of my room). The guest count was huge, around 2000 (give or take) and food and beverage options were endless. I (and I am sure everyone who was present there) couldn’t even taste half of my favorite items as it was a never-ending buffet-style table with mouth-watering food. The wedding photographers and videographers were on their toes with their equipment. Drones were hovering over our heads making sure every single detail was covered from every angle. From entrance to guest tables to aisle, every nook and corner was screaming elegance and extravagance. With romantic flowers and golden uplighting everywhere I looked, I am sure the bride was feeling like walking into a fairy tale while walking down that aisle and the groom was like her prince charming while dancing with her Cinderella under the over-sized cosmic chandelier on the heavenly dance floor full of artificial fog. The day was everything magical, and I am sure it got etched in the memories of everyone present there. I could talk about the wedding till the cows come home! Here’s the catch, I remember the wedding because of those over-the-top details! Couples incorporate these luxe wedding ideas not only for guests to remember the day but also to live the happiest once-in-a-lifetime moment of their lives in an unforgettable way! Brownie points: swoon-worthy wedding photography.

Let floral centerpieces defy the gravity

This one is for those who are madly in love with orchids! And as Susan Orlean (the author of “The Orchid Thief”) said in her book “Orchids seem to drive people crazy,” bazillions of white orchids standing high on the guest tables not only promise tons of aesthetics and elegance but also allow your loved ones to mingle and witness the festivities far and wide through the space provided by tall elevated stands holding the hanging blooms. The joy of joys is that these tall sumptuous floral centerpieces are practical to arrange and only add to the grandeur of your reception. If flirty florals don’t make it to your wedding budget or your eco-conscious heart then let baby’s breath take your guests’ breath away! The baby’s breath adds softness and has romantic, ethereal characteristics. DIY your tall baby’s breath centerpieces and amp them up with seasonal blooms of your choice. A little sprinkling of your favorite ones here and there amidst the tons of baby’s breath in glass vases will do the trick! We don’t see any no-fuss, budget-friendly option that fits practically into any wedding decor more than baby’s breath when it comes to tablescapes’ centerpieces to feel extravagant. You may order your flowers from Sam’s Club or from Costco who sells bulk flowers including Baby’s Breath. You might also want to deck up the guest tables with something that screams luxurious like nothing else and that’s lace. All the more appropriate!

Tons of flowers in the backdrop can upgrade the ‘I do’ moment dramatically

The bride is dressed to the nines and the groom is looking like no less than a movie star. But if the backdrop is run-of-the-mill, don’t you think all their efforts can go down the drain? Don’t let the middle-of-the-road stuff make your extra-ordinary moment a dull ordinary one. Think flower walls! Not as photo booth backdrops but as your ceremony backdrop! No, I am not away with the fairies! Turn your mundane ceremony tent into an enchanted garden with a dramatic, gigantic floral display. You’ll have your guests swooned by this next-level extravagance! For the ultimate over-the-top look, flank the aisle with rustic candles! You may also use creating lighting to project an image onto the outside.

Let the stars light up your tented reception

When you think about it, nature really does offer some of the best décors! Case in point: A starry night sky. You might also opt for an open tent decked up with some drapes here and there to invite the twinkling stars to your celebration. Give your guests a dazzling view of fireworks at the end of the night (only if it made it to your budget). You might want to create an intimate feel by draping the walls or a romantic tent-like atmosphere or choose to deliver an element of luxurious experience by handing your guests out petal poppers or floral cannons, so they can enjoy showering you and your spouse with fresh petals as you walk the aisle as newlyweds.

Nothing can frame your best ever moment as the blooming frame does

The GOAT dream of your life comes true beneath a lush array of your favorite flowers, no wonder it’s a focal point of the ceremony space reflecting the mood of your special day. Whether you’re exchanging nuptials in a Jewish way under a standout chuppah covered in flowers on all four sides making a soft, but major statement, or simply want to kiss as newlyweds beneath a cascading cluster of your favorite roses, ceremony structures are a prime element to wedding planning. Take your “I do” moment notches above with an arbor that is all dolled up like a bride with pastel-colored roses and fronds in abundance. This 14-foot arch was decorated with fresh ferns, gardenias, and spray roses to create an ethereal woodland vibe that complimented the intimate outdoor setting. What we imagine – it would be a little like exchanging nuptials above the clouds below the rainbow. Remember the place where you become husband and wife lies under the shade of the wedding arch, so it must shower the good wishes in all colors straight from Mother Nature!

Let your wedding cake take the cake!

A wedding cake has become more than just a dessert not to mention! Think massive geometric cakes or multiple tiers with intricate details, like fondant appliqués, edible metallic foil, cascading florals, and buttercream frosting featuring ruffles or intricate texturing. Whether it’s a monet-inspired wedding or bohemian-inspired wedding, transform your cake into decor with careful designs and hand-painted accents to take your cake-cutting moment to the next level. These art deco over-the-top multi-tiered wedding cakes are almost insanely beautiful to eat but somehow, we think we’d manage! Make sure your wedding cake table is as opulent as your sweet masterpiece. Look at the larger-than-life cake (quite literally!) in the image above – how beautifully this oh-so-gorgeous six-story wedding cake from Haydel’s Bakery and the classy glass table surrounded with millions of lovely garden rose vases and romantic candles floating in the cute cylinder glass vases where it is placed are looking like MMIH! We can’t our eyes off of this full of out-of-the-world whimsy wedding cake table arrangement! We love how each hand-applied ruffle along with the delicate lace patterns on alternating tiers is matching the color palette and rustic theme. From the moment your loved ones will walk into the reception space until you and your brand-new spouse will cut the first piece together, it promises to serve as a decoration that they will talk about for the rest of their lives!

Nothing stands higher than a castle-like wedding venue in the world of luxury

No doubt your over-the-top nuptials can take place just about anywhere, but nothing can house a gala storybook-inspired wedding quite like a palace can! In fact, a castle-like wedding venue boasting lofty ceilings, gilded elements, intricate architecture, old-world pillars, enticing wall paintings, dramatic staircases, antique chandeliers, and interesting props like a piano is the most relevant venue to flaunt the royalty in your personality and the princess-inspired designer ballgown that you ran to earth! Here, we are not encouraging you to opt for a wedding venue that costs you the earth but to choose one that really highlights your very own and hand-selected aesthetics. There is a cartload of castle-like wedding venues out there that can bring your wedding visions to life without you breaking the bank! Or you could simply find a reception room that is as regal as this one at Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India that won’t need tons of flowers and expensive table linens. Also, there’s something truly special about venues with mountain views, and this historic castle wedding venue at Windham in New Hampshire provides some truly awe-inspiring scenery. For your own version of a royal (or Game of Thrones-inspired) wedding, you could also opt for a magnificent venue with great outdoors so that you can enjoy alone-time with sweetheart overlooking the striking natural beauty in the surroundings in the middle of the festivities to charge up for the remainder of the wedding day celebration and your wedding photographers can capture breathtaking sunset shots while you two are sharing sweet nothings at the golden hour.

Not to mention, a bewitching palace-like venue calls for an over-the-top bridal look

Nothing says glamorous quite like a ball gown! So, channel your inner princess out by walking down the aisle in a stunning designer number with a full skirt. Don’t forget to pair your sparkly princess-y gown with a tiara – an appropriate accessory to make you feel like what you are, and you are going to be – your dad’s princess and your sweetheart’s queen! There are myriad ways to bring elegance to your wedding day look, but we’re obsessed with accessorizing the dress with a wispy long dramatic veil, a crown or headpiece, gold or pearl accessories, and an elegant bridal bouquet! Do not forget to outfit your mother like a queen and ‘maids in glamorous dresses as you will shine like a moon only if they will twinkle like a star! For an instance, choose long solid pink bridesmaids’ dresses made of chiffon for your gals to keep the collective look sophisticated if you are donning a crisp white designer Cinderella-like bridal gown complete with a dreamy sweeping veil and tons of frou-frou.

A bottle full of thanks can elevate the wedding by manifolds

Even your wedding guest favors can get a glamorous upgrade. Add perfect endings to your new beginnings, with the perfect amount of liquid love and enthusiasm! Giving away a bottle of wine or mini bottles of champagne as wedding favors to the guests ensures the celebrating (and luxury) doesn’t stop even after the party is over. Adorn the guest favors with cute ribbons calligraphed with each guest’s name for a sweet gesture. You can personalize the labels using the colors, fonts, and designs for your special day. Consider incorporating the colors and themes from your wedding into a custom label for coordinated champagne or wine wedding favors. For now or later – serve these bottles straight from the wedding reception bar, or include them in a goodie bag as a keepsake. Add your wedding date to the label to have it etched in their memories forever. The 187-ml single serving size makes this a fantastic wine wedding favor that your guests can take home in a bag or enjoy at the wedding.

Dream big!

Brides and grooms on a budget often have to get extra thoughtful when planning their king-size ceremony and reception. But skimping on costs doesn’t mean you have to do away with your dream of having a picture-perfect big day. Every wedding has almost similar rituals and revolves around the same details. It’s only the extravagant decor or details that make it an amazing and unforgettable affair. Let’s face it! It might take a king’s ransom to pull off something different and amazing. And we can’t deny the fact that over-the-top weddings can cost you an arm and a leg but let us tell you that it’s not something that is achievable with a generous budget. You only need to forgo a few elements that are less important to you, or that you could do without! With that stubborn C-virus still breathing down our necks, intimate weddings are de rigueur and the large weddings don’t seem to be back any time soon and whatever savings the small weddings bring with them can be put towards the dream of your larger-than-life, over-the-top wedding. Where there is a will, there is a way!

Details that Transform Any Wedding

bunch of baby's breath flowers in a mason jar table decor

bunch of baby's breath flowers in a mason jar table decor

Your wedding is once in a lifetime occasion, and it should be inspiring in every aspect without a doubt. Hence, the parties and festivities leading up to your wedding reception and grand wedding exit should be celebrations of love and life equally. Whether you are planning for a dream destination wedding or you are tying the knot at the courthouse, and plan to throw a grand reception party afterward, this once-in-a-lifetime event should be celebrated with some unforgettable wedding details that can work seamlessly with your wedding timeline. Here are some of the traditional basic elements that you need to consider while planning your wedding– the wedding ceremony where you and your love will exchange your wedding vows and wedding bands, followed by some sort of cocktail party and reception.

Some of the most inspiring weddings truly embody a combination of modern luxury and a sophisticated interpretation of romance. In current times, many couples are opting for minimalist wedding themes and eliminating traditional big wedding details to their big day celebrations. But if you always wanted your wedding day to be remembered in the best way, you do not have to join this bandwagon of trending wedding style of minimalism. You will be surprised to see how adding unexpected elements to your wedding celebration can transform your big day into an unforgettable affair for you and your loved ones. Whether you are getting married in a rented hotel ballroom setting or hosting a cozy winter wedding in the countryside, add some of the most glamorous wedding details to the most special day of your life and transform the celebrations into something grand and glorious.

If all the glitz and glam sounds like your idea of getting married, there are ways to translate it across your décor landscape. Adding these glamorous wedding details will definitely have a big impact that your guests will remember for many years to come. Whether you are drawing your wedding inspirations from some of the best Instagram wedding accounts or browsing through good old Pinterest for various wedding ideas, you will be surprised to find how there are so many more glamorous and luxurious wedding themes than just palatial venues in India and destination weddings in Europe. With very few installations and little furnishings, we have come up with some of the most celebrated wedding details that can transform any normal wedding day into an epic celebration of extravagance and royalty.


Some of our favorite wedding details that can transform any wedding:


Visionary wedding venue

Your selection of wedding venue can make or break the deal. In the case of hosting a luxurious and extravagant wedding, no wedding venue is off-limits, and you can truly host a fairytale wedding. From renting entire islands to getting married in an airplane, we have seen couples get married in a wide range of luxurious and visionary wedding venues. Ranging from private islands and castles to vineyards and countrysides, your selection of wedding venue should be sophisticated and elaborate and it should not need to fit the mold. Choosing a luxurious wedding venue is the first step for extravagant beginnings and transforming these event spaces becomes easily doable as such wedding venues speak grandeur and uniqueness for themselves.


Top-notch service

Setting the tone for a luxurious wedding celebration begins with personalized and instinctive services. There should be a single point of contact, ideally a dedicated wedding specialist, who can ensure the wedding details come together effortlessly. The dedicated wedding specialist of your luxurious wedding venue can be the resource to help and select top-notch wedding vendors. Your selection of wedding vendors is the key to creating a flawless and sophisticated experience. Proximity to upscale vendors is also paramount. When researching venues, inquire about staff ratios so guests do not encounter hiccups like unnecessary long lines.


Creating an experience

Making people feel welcome aboard, entertaining them with excellently artistic options, treating them with wholesome details, and sending them back home with an unforgettable experience sums up the key details of a luxury wedding. To begin this, put yourself in the guests’ shoes and look at every element of the day from their perspectives. Look at the details and organizations and make sure you understand the entire process and every point they are going to have interactions with, and how do you want that to be. From extravagant activities like creating a customized gourmet cuisine experience and a private yacht tour to simple wedding details like a little note or sign or a special guest book, the thoughtfulness behind these details can elevate the entire wedding experience in a different way.


Customized feast experience

For creating a memorable experience for your guests, your wedding should be a series of gourmet culinary indulgences with personalization of every detail right from cocktail selections and hors d’oeuvre to main course and desserts. For instance, you can pick up any popular signature cocktail and add your dash of culinary creativity by including ingredients like foreign liquor, cordials, and a selection of herbs. The refined dining experience that will be presented to your guests will stay with them forever. Your wedding guests might not remember the exact floral details or what song played when you walk down the aisle, but they will definitely remember what they ate, especially if it was particularly bespoke and delicious. Customize your wedding menu and accommodate tons of tasty options by keeping common food allergies and dietary restrictions in mind. Bring in food experiences like a cocktail hour with petite Beef Wellingtons and bacon-wrapped scallops served with ‘Beet Martini’, and the list of epicure creativity can go on and on. You can also set aside time for a private tasting- it’s a good sign if the venue offers a relaxed and intimate space to taste and sample the food.


Upscale wedding décor

Whether you want something classically elegant with clean lines and a good old white and gold-themed wedding, or you want to bring in something bold like black and gold, your wedding is a series of opportunities to treat your guests to fabulous sights, smells, and sounds. It should be a feast of the senses in everything that touches the aesthetics- look, sound, smell, feel, and everything else that comes into a big play. From including custom neon signs that showcase the initial of your last name or the popular wedding hashtags, to working with your florist for bringing in small trees to break up the dinner tables, or wrap a pergola with vines and greenery to make your head table stand out, your timeless wedding décor should embody understated luxury and tasteful simplicity. Considered the entire wedding venue as a blank canvas where you can start crafting your luxury occasion with the expertise and intuition of a wedding specialist. You might want to create an intimate feel by draping the walls or a romantic tent-like atmosphere or choose to deliver an element of luxurious experience by handing your guests floral cannons, which they can shower the bride and groom with fresh petals as they walk the aisle.


Statement-making aisle designs

All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day and upscaling your aisle aesthetics is the best way to ensure that your ceremony entrance is extra grand. From setting the tone with some amazing wedding music and unique lighting to wearing a statement-making wedding dress and decorating the aisle with something meaningful are some of the best ways to make a statement with your wedding aisle designs. Ranging from decorating your aisle with loose greenery, white florals, and pampas grass for creating a modern eclectic boho feel to walking down the aisle with your mother or with both parents, there are many modern ways to make a statement on your wedding day as you walk down the aisle.


Personalized details

From the choice of wedding flowers to the choice of the cocktail menu, every wedding decision should be personal for the couple that is exclusively their own. Personalizing the wedding details according to the unique personalities of couples that differ from one another, and bringing them to the wedding detail palette is a great way to add sentiments and emotions to your wedding planning process. Creating wedding moments that will stay with your guests forever will start with great designs that lie in the details– the table linens, the wedding signs, the little jokes you sprinkle throughout your different wedding reception spaces, and so on. Bring your own story and personality into the mix and host a wedding that is fully yours. For instance, the wedding table numbers can be named after your favorite places in the world or you can place handwritten notes to each of your guests in envelopes that serve as their escort cards.


Splurge on incredible lighting

Your wedding lighting is one of the most important parts of the party especially because good lighting is inevitable for incredible wedding photography. Hanging extra lights- the dreamy cafe lights, glowing lanterns, and grand chandeliers is a great way to transform your wedding space. Whether it’s for your ceremony or reception, it’s worth the investment to upgrade to unique or romantic lighting that will add tons of interest to your photos. The warm glow of amber and pink uplights make even the simplest event space feel chic and stylish along with being super flattering for memorable wedding photos. You can also highlight a few spots within your reception space with smaller lights to bring in more drama. For instance, aim pin spots at the cake table and escort card table or shine a monogram gobo light on the wall behind your sweetheart table, which will instantly transform the space into a cozy and ambient atmosphere.


Creative reception options

If your wedding venue spacious and airy, you can divvy up the reception space from the typical round table and dance floor arrangements. As an alternative to the traditional reception seating arrangement, you can set up a lounge area, a zone of cocktail tables, and outdoor seating spaces which will add a sense of relaxation and laid-back vibe to the entire reception party. Long banquet-style tables look aesthetically beautiful and make it easy for conversations and mingling. You can also skip the traditional white linen and go for funky runners, tablecloths, and napkins in quirky and fun colors to create eye-catching reception settings. If you are a fan of understated sophistication, then opt for bold wedding color palettes for your linens, and go for the metallic route, and deck out the tables with sequin table runners with bold centerpieces and dangling focus lights.


Amazing entertainment options

Paying special attention to entertainment amenities is an inevitable part of hosting a luxurious wedding. Invest in a great music band or a popular DJ if you want your guests to remember having a blast at your reception. The pro-entertainers are known to be crowd pullers as they are known for playing a selection of wedding tunes that can pull your friends and family out of their seats to the dance floor. From hiring your celebrity favorite to famous artists for performing during receptions, the idea behind these extravagant entertainment options is to make the wedding event memorable and treat your guests to a special performance they will remember forever. Apart from dance and music, alternative wedding entertainments can be anything from hiring illusionists and exotic dancers to arranging for broadway shows, circus acts, and bespoke shows.


Host an after party

Just the sound of an after-party sounds fun and memorable! But if you are planning for an extravagant send-off, you can extend your reception hours and move to a smaller venue or even a bar to give your guests the option of partying till dawn. Who could pass up an invitation to a wedding like that? Hosting an after-party is the best way to say thank you to all your friends and family without even saying it, as they have traveled so far to be with you on the biggest day of your life. Fantastic after-party ideas can be anything from an outdoor bbq and pizza party with your favorite Spotify list on to heading off to an outdoor excursion the next day.


Time and again the rich and famous couples surprise us again, as they spare no expense when it comes to planning their wedding celebrations. Discerning couples who seek to create a refined wedding will find that a host of essential details and personal touches will take their wedding to a new level of elegance. Whether you are looking to splurge in the same manner or you want to get a little crafty while planning your wedding details, the key to hosting an epic wedding celebration is to stay connected during the wedding planning process, with your wedding planners as well as the vendors. Creating an incredible wedding experience is all about ensuring that your vendors work together seamlessly towards your definite ‘wedding goals’. With thoughtful planning, the careful eye of a helpful wedding specialist, passionate vendors, and personal touches, you can truly elevate your wedding to become a memorable and inspiring occasion