I read my usual wedding blogs over breakfast this morning, only to find yet ANOTHER circus-themed wedding post on 100 Layer Cake! Yes, this is an absurdly popular theme, not to mention carnival-themed weddings, steampunk weddings, and 20s flapper-themed weddings. Maybe you’ve seen Hunger Games inspiration boards, and Star Wars/Tim Burton/D&D weddings on Off Beat Bride, but those are rare (and ultimately based on the couples’ serious fandom/personality/interests). Let’s just focus on circus-themed weddings.
My query: why does anyone want their wedding to be circus-themed? Unless your family is circus folk and the circus life is your heritage, I don’t get it. (Although, if your family were circus folk, you wouldn’t have a circus-themed wedding. You’d have a circus wedding, in an actual circus tent.)
Some of these weddings aren’t even that over the (big…ughIhatemyself) top, but I bristle at them nonetheless:
1. HAVE ANY OF THESE PEOPLE EVEN BEEN TO A CIRCUS?!? I went to a circus once, and it was smelly and weird. The elephants looked depressed and the clowns were obviously sketchy. The trapeze artists were cool, but you don’t see any trapeze artists at circus-themed weddings. (Yet.)
2. Who wants to attend a circus-themed wedding? Who wants peanuts and cotton candy at a wedding? “(Bride) & (Groom), omg I had so much fun at your circus-themed wedding!! I will always remember eating cheap food and watching that guy breathe fire! Oh, and the eternal promise you swore in front of everyone blah blah blah mainly I loved the carousel!!” That would be my fear, personally.
I guess the other side of this argument is: let people do their wedding however they want, and they open the door to truly dazzling displays of creativity. Or, why should a wedding be just a wedding?
To me, circus-themed weddings represent the worst of the wedding industry: let’s spend a crap-ton of money, turn a wedding into something else entirely, put it on the internet paired with the word “vintage”, and everyone will want it too.