31 Ways to Honor Your Hobbies and Interests at Your Wedding
There's a good chance your passions and pastimes played a role in you and your partner's love story. It's possible that your unique interests are what drew you two together in the first place, or maybe you two bonded over shared hobbies, and your romance blossomed as a result. More than likely, it was a little bit of both. So, why not celebrate what makes you the power couple that you are, and incorporate some of them into your wedding?
Showcase your individual personalities and shared curiosities with a customized celebration that's tailored to your relationship and the things that make it special. Whether you focus on one shared hobby or interest and make it your overarching theme or sprinkle little nods to different pastimes throughout your event, you can honor your avocations in a number of different ways. This goes for any type of couple, too, whether you're artistic or athletic, into science or into history, or are adventurous or homebodies. Look to what brings you joy, and celebrate it with your nearest and dearest. Your families and friends will appreciate learning more about you and your bride or groom.
To get you started, we rounded up some of our favorite hobby- and interest-related ideas, all of which were featured in real weddings. Get inspired by the many, many ways in which you can highlight your passions at your ceremony or reception.
Farming or Gardening
Whether you frequent your local farmer's market or tend to your own plants with care, you can share your passion for fresh flowers and produce with your celebrants. Serve farm-to-table dishes at your reception, decorate with fruits and veggies, or put together your own floral arrangements using homegrown blooms.
This couple bonded over a mutual passion for tennis, so they decorated their wedding cake with silver racquet toppers. Small accents like these can be fun additions to your celebration.
Couples can incorporate their own artwork into various elements of their special day. This bride's paintings were featured on her stationery, for example.
If you appreciate art but aren't an artist, share your favorite works with your planner or vendors for them to draw inspiration from. Or, consider tying the knot at an art museum, sculpture garden, or other thematic venue. You can also hire an event painter to document your big day in a unique way.
History buffs should consider marrying at a notable location, like an old church or well-known hotel.
Horseshoes can be astoundingly pretty, like these blue ones tied with velvety ribbon. The items were used to create an equine-themed seating display, and are great to include at a horseback rider's affair.
To pay homage to some of her favorite love stories, this bride threw a Jane Austen-inspired wedding. Your celebration doesn't have to revolve around an author to be literary-themed, however. Host it at a library, use books in your centerpieces, or transform bookmarks into place cards.
A love of food takes many forms, all of which can be highlighted at your event. Maybe you cook, and can make your own dish for the wedding. Maybe you're a foodie, and you want to build your budget around a great chef and quality ingredients. Maybe you and your spouse-to-be had plenty of takeout dates. In that case, consider giving edible favors, like fortune cookies to reflect your go-to order. The possibilities abound.
This groom played professional golf for years, and channeled his passion into different big-day elements. For one, the wedding was held at a club where guests could hit the course. There was also a golf-themed groom's cake, and round escort cards that mimicked golf balls.
Give your cocktail hour a surf-shack vibe with a bar like this one (bonus: it's easy to DIY). If you want to go all in, use reclaimed wood from old surfboards to make it. Alternatively, use surfboards in other aspects of your décor.
Skiing or Snowboarding
How to reflect your love of animals depends on which species you want to incorporate. These grooms took their guests on wildlife tours during their wedding in Kenya. Other couples have focused on critters as small as bugs for their celebrations. Others still have tied the knot on farms, or have invited pets to their ceremonies.
This groom embraced his love of fishing long before his nuptials. His fishing-themed engagement shoot used a personalized hook as a prop.
If you brew or distill your own alcohol, serve it or gift it as favors at your wedding. If you're more into mixology, concoct the perfect signature cocktail. If vino's your favorite sip, marry in a wine region, or throw a wine-related pre-wedding event, like a wine-tasting bachelorette party or a rehearsal dinner at a restaurant with a great wine list.
Turn to your favorite movies, shows, and more for wedding inspiration. These two threw a magical event inspired by the Harry Potter series, for example.
Exchange vows on a baseball diamond (just be conscious of the dust and your dress) or offer stadium foods like popcorn, hot dogs, and cotton candy as late-night snacks after dancing the night away. You can also show your team spirit with subtle accessories, like the groom and groomsmen's socks.
Redefine your guests' ideas of a reception tent with a camping-inspired setup like this one. We've also featured our fair share of affairs that were hosted at actual campsites.
Music lovers will want a say in their event's entertainment—if they play or sing, they might even provide it! But smaller accents, like these music-sheet hearts, are cute ways to celebrate your interest, too.
Destination weddings are a popular choice for travel-loving brides and grooms. If that option doesn't suit your needs, decorate with travel-themed elements, like globes, send out travel-themed stationery, like postcard save-the-dates or passport-like invitations, or include other travel-themed details, like luggage-tag favors.
Marry at a marina or yacht club, enter or exit your ceremony on a boat, set a nautical tone for your event design—the options for boaters, sailors, and rowers are plentiful.
Set your soirée somewhere stunning, like your favorite hiking spot. That way, you can share the scenery with your nearest and dearest.
Dancers can choreograph their own first dance to really impress their attendees.
Amusement Parks or Fairgrounds
As popular date locales, amusement parks and fairgrounds are often considered romantic. If you love visiting them as a couple, but hate the crowds, bring the festivities to your private event. This duo had a Ferris wheel at their wedding, while another had a merry-go-round.
If rides seem like a big commitment, carnival food is sure to be well-received.
Some sting-fearing relatives may be wary about your beekeeping hobby. Win them over by sending them home with delicious honey. You don't have to source from your own hives, either. Just order from a reputable company that's known for treating bees right.
If fashion's your passion, you can help design custom garments for yourself, your bridesmaids, or other members of your wedding party. You can also play with everyone's big-day ensembles (by suggesting colors for attendees to wear, accessorizing with statement pieces, etc.) to showcase your sartorial savviness.