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A Circus Wedding Theme with a Contemporary Vibe

Mr. and Mrs. whimsical signs mustache and lips

Welcome guests to the Big Top on your Big Day! At least, that’s what it will seem like with a fun circus theme for your wedding reception. To keep this grand theme doable, we thought we’d offer up options for a more contemporary take on the circus look. Accent touches alluding to the circus icons and symbols we all know and love—all tied together by a festive aqua and red palette.

Here’s inspiration from some real creative sites!

Aqua and red circus theme inspiration board

1 – A wedding invitation set incorporating circus tickets is certainly a charming way to announce your theme to guests. This suite designed by Gourmet Invitations makes use of vintage circus graphics and classic fonts and is wrapped around with a strip of tickets and baker’s twine. Guests are sure to be looking forward to this occasion!

2 – Mr. and Mrs. signs aren’t really exclusive to this theme. But we love how the ticket shape, the font, the mustache and lip graphics, and especially the vintage “pointing hands” immediately say circus! Available from UK printables vendor In the Treehouse, these would be great for the couple’s table, as photo props, or to display on the getaway car.

3 – Your tables are a great focal point for this perky palette of aqua and red. Applied to this sweet (non-circus) DIY wedding featured on United With Love, you can see how the colors immediately enliven even simple table settings. Crisp, clean, and so cheery!

4 – We found the perfect themed wedding cake—one from a vintage circus styled shoot by Jen McKen Photography. Cake stylist Cake Creations by Hillary recreated the details from the actual carousel used for the shoot. Plus the colors matched our palette perfectly!

5 – Hint at the Big Top theme as early as the ceremony, with a stunning bouquet crafted from jeweled floral brooches and butterfly pins—in aqua and red, of course! This particular creation by Isabella Armstrong of Design Me Vintage was featured on Polkadot Bride, and what a beauty it is!

6 – Part of keeping ‘in theme’ is adding little touches like tags, labels, stickers, and straws. So even something as tiny as a die-cut aqua drink tag tied on with red and white twine can tie in your jam jar glasses with the circus palette. This is part of an adorable party printables set from The Papered Nest, featured on A la Mode Maven.

7 – Popcorn is definitely a circus staple. So be sure to serve some with a whimsical presentation, as Eleanor of The Yummy Paper Company did. She coated the treat with candy melts in aqua and red, spooned it into matching striped paper cones, and added a fun circus-style label—all paper goods part of her Vintage Circus Party printable set!

8 – Who doesn’t remember the treat of snow cones at the circus? Why not delight guests with either the actual crushed ice ones or these oh-so-clever faux ones from Bakerella! You guessed it, these are cupcakes! A great tutorial guides you to the finished product: “snow cone” cupcakes topped with blue, red, and clear sugar crystals to simulate ice!

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