Instead of “Here Comes the Bride,” would you rather hear “Here Comes the Sun?” If you’re the type of couple who enjoys an ongoing Summer of Love year-round, you may find inspiration in a Beatles-themed wedding. Broadcast your colorful imagination and bohemian spirit by holding your wedding as a tribute to the enthusiasm and romance of Beatlemania.
What could be more iconic than the famous photo of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road? Now you can make your own history by snapping a shot of you, your partner, the best man and the maid of honor as you cross the road to your wedding venue. Bonus style points if the intersection happens to be “zebra striped” like the one on the album cover!
Let’s face it: your primary motivation for wanting a Beatles-themed wedding was for the music. The Beatles were such prolific artists, you’ll be in good hands even if you stick to playing just their most popular love songs. You can always supplement with other artists of the time too, like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
For a romantic playlist, you can’t find much better than “All You Need is Love” or “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Play well-known songs like these and you’ll probably get the whole wedding reception singing along. If your love has survived a long-distance period, or you’re facing one soon, try a tearjerker like “P.S. I Love You” or “All My Loving.” For classic love songs, slip in “And I Love Her” or get folks dancing with a peppier song like “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” If you’re embracing a DIY ethic, your wedding just won’t feel complete without “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
Even if you adore everything The Beatles ever wrote, don’t just hand the DJ a compilation of every album. First, weed out the decidedly non-wedding songs like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “I Don’t Want to See You Again,” and “You’re Going to Lose That Girl.”
Avoid songs that are seemingly romantic, such as “If I Fell.” This song makes it on many lists of Beatles’ love songs (and, in fact, is on The Beatles album “Love Songs”) because it starts out nicely enough (“If I fell in love with you…”).
However, it goes on to demand a promise to “love me more than her” and ends with, “She will cry when she learns we are two.” If by some chance this does describe your relationship, it’s probably for the best if you don’t rub it in.
One perk of The Beatles’ prolonged stardom is that you have plenty of album titles to play with. You can use their records to label tables, if you’re looking for a clever seating system. When guests find their place cards, they’ll know if they’ve been assigned to “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Abbey Road,” “Let it Be,” or another table.
You can even use actual records as centerpieces and table markers. Vinyl records can be melted into shapes fairly easily in your oven, if you want striking DIY bowls or light covers. If you don’t want to risk damage to your treasured Beatles collection, scour thrift stores and yard sales for any records at all.
Then you can custom-print Beatles labels for them on your home computer. This option works even better if you want to customize the labels to reflect your wedding, such as replacing Ringo’s face with your own.
Beatles lyrics are ripe with delicious images, and there’s no better place to put them to use than in your signature drinks menu. You can collaborate with a professional bartender or with your catering company, or you can concoct the drinks yourselves. The important thing is that you name them with style.
Some suggestions are: “Strawberry Fields” (for a berry-filled margarita), “Sgt. Pepper” (for any liquor mixed with Dr. Pepper), “Glass Onion” (for a classic cocktail onion speared in a martini glass), and “Come Together” for a cocktail with more than four ingredients. Just don’t try to stretch the theme to include “Mean Mr. Mustard” unless you’re very confident in your mixology prowess.
Incorporate Themed Imagery
When brainstorming wedding decorations, conjure up the most colorful symbols from your favorite Beatles’ songs. Using twisty branches in your décor can be reminiscent of “Norwegian Wood,” while incorporating pennies into your outfit and decorations can remind guests of “Penny Lane.” Flash the diamonds on your wedding ring and introduce yourself as “Lucy.” You can decorate your wedding cake with walrus, octopus, raccoon, and blackbird figurines. Bake rows of cupcakes that look like little yellow submarines. Don’t forget to label your guest book “Paperback Writer!”
Your wedding day is the one day where you’re completely excused from making bad puns. You can lead your guests on a “Magical Mystery Tour” of your favorite romantic spots (don’t forget the site of the proposal).
If your photographer asks where to pose the wedding party portrait, answer with, “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” If you suspect your friends may sneak off to decorate your getaway car, you may want to start humming, “Baby, you can drive my car.” Fully embrace your wedding theme and don’t be afraid to have fun with it. Just don’t make your guests enter through the bathroom window!
Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.