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Photo:  Jonathan Borba

Move over, vanilla! Step aside, strawberry! The wedding scene is getting a decadent makeover, and cocoa is the new king of the castle. Yes, the chocolate wedding craze is sweeping hearts and taste buds alike, offering a unique and utterly delightful way to celebrate your love story under the open sky. Forget predictable floral centerpieces for weddings and bland decor – let's embrace the richness, versatility, and pure joy of chocolate in all its shades and glory to create an outdoor ceremony that's as sweet as your vows.

Why Chocolate?


Beyond the undeniable deliciousness, chocolate holds symbolic significance that makes it perfect for weddings. Cocoa represents passion, sweetness, and luxury, mirroring the bride's and groom's emotions. Its history of transformation, from humble bean to heavenly treat, echoes the journey of love and the blossoming of a new life together. 

And let's not forget the scientific fact that chocolate releases endorphins, creating a happy, feel-good atmosphere – exactly what you want on your wedding day!

decorations and inspiring ideas for chocolate wedding theme

  • Chocolate-themed Signature Drinks


Quench the thirst of your guests with chocolate-themed signature drinks. From velvety hot chocolate with a splash of liqueur to chocolate-infused martinis, the options are as endless as your imagination. Create a designated chocolate beverage station where guests can customize their drinks with toppings like whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and cinnamon.

These delightful concoctions not only add a touch of novelty to your outdoor wedding celebration but also keep the chocolate theme alive throughout the entire event.

  • Aromatic Ambiance


Let the scent of chocolate set the mood for your ceremony. Scatter cocoa beans and cinnamon sticks along the aisle for a naturally fragrant pathway. Hang chocolate-dipped cinnamon sticks from trees or chairs for a touch of whimsical decor. You can even light scented candles with aromas like dark chocolate, coffee, or vanilla to create a truly immersive experience.

  • Chocolate Fountain Extravaganza


Kick off your outdoor ceremony with a show-stopping chocolate fountain. Picture a cascading flow of rich, velvety chocolate, ready to be paired with an array of dipping delights. Arrange a table with skewers of strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, and even bite-sized brownie pieces.

Guests can indulge in this interactive chocolate experience, creating unforgettable moments as they dip their favorite treats into the flowing sweetness. The chocolate fountain serves as both a delightful treat and a visually captivating centerpiece for your outdoor celebration.

  • Chocolate-Inspired D├ęcor and Color Palette


Certainly, chocolate color and chocolate decorations must be implemented in your theme! Infuse your wedding venue with the rich, warm tones of chocolate to create a luxurious and inviting atmosphere. Choose a chocolate-inspired color palette that includes deep browns, mochas, and hints of gold or burgundy. Incorporate these colors into your wedding gown, table linens, floral arrangements, and even bridesmaids' dresses. 

For added charm, consider chocolate-themed centerpieces like cocoa bean-filled vases or chocolate truffle place card holders.

  • Personalized Favors with a Twist


Forget the usual sugared almonds or keychains – let your favors reflect your cocoa-themed celebration! Opt for edible favors like heart-shaped cookies dipped in chocolate, each personalized with your initials or wedding date. You can also get creative with non-edible options: miniature cacao bean keychains, engraved chocolate molds for guests to take home and experiment with, or scented candles infused with the rich aroma of dark chocolate.

warm brown color palette for chocolate wedding ceremony

Additional Things to Consider for Chocolate-themed Wedding


As you plan your chocolate-themed wedding, remember to consider these additional factors.

  • Seasonality: Adapt your dessert bar and drinks to the current weather conditions. Of course, it would be wiser to plan your chocolate wedding for the colder time of the year. Light and refreshing options are ideal for summer, while richer flavors and hot chocolate work well for winter weddings.

  • Dietary restrictions: Ensure you have options for guests with allergies or dietary needs. Offer sugar-free chocolate, vegan treats, or fruit skewers dipped in chocolate for a healthier alternative.

  • Theme and Style: Tailor your chocolate elements to your overall wedding theme. Rustic weddings might use burlap sacks filled with cocoa beans, while a glamorous affair could feature gold-dusted truffles and sparkling wine. You can even hold your chocolate wedding on a vineyard.

Let's summarize...


Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and what better way to express that sweetness than with chocolate? By incorporating these ideas, you can create an unforgettable outdoor ceremony that tantalizes taste buds, ignites laughter, and leaves your guests with memories as rich and decadent as your love story. So, embrace the chocolate craze, let your creativity flow, and savor the sweetness of your unique and truly delicious wedding!

Lots of love,
Liz