Movie-themed Party Ideas to Match Your Star-Studded Wedding

Popcorn cupcakesAs promised, here is your key to planning the star-studded pre-wedding parties you have always dreamed of, with you as the star! From your engagement party and wedding shower to the bachelor and bachelorette parties, these fun, movie-themed party ideas are sure to be a hit.

Lead your guests from the parking lot to the entrance with a red carpet. Ask guests to dress up as their favorite movie character and give trophies to the best dressed. Give favors in popcorn boxes. Watch your favorite wedding-themed movies. There are tons of ways to make your party a box office hit!

To get started, use an "admit one" ticket format for your invitations. On the top and bottom, write the date of your party. Instead of a movie title, write "[Name] & [Name]’s Engagement Party" or "[bride’s name]'s engagement party." Have some fun and come up with a creative title for your party!

Admit One movie ticket invitation Movies to watch

Engagement Party/Wedding Shower

  • The Engagement Party
  • The Proposal
  • Father of the Bride
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

Bachelorette Party

    Conversation Starter bachelorette party coasters
  • Bridesmaids
  • Bachelorette
  • Magic Mike
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • The Wedding Planner
  • Dirty Dancing

Bachelor Party

  • Bachelor Party
  • The Hangover
  • How to Murder Your Wife
  • The Best Man
  • Very Bad Things
  • A Guy Thing

Games to Play

  • Kiss the Actor/Actress (similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
  • Charades
  • “Who Am I?” Write down the names of movie stars on note cards and have guests tape the card to       their forehead – without looking! They have to guess who they are.
  • Match the quote to the movie (to make it easier, use quotes from movies you watched at your party)
  • “Movie Plot Slam” Split your guests into teams of 3 or 4. Write movie titles on note cards and give a card to each group. There are a couple ways you could have them tell the plot:
      - In poem format
      - In song format
      - In a way that relates the story back to the bride and groom
  • Use conversation starter drink coasters to break the ice!


Party food buffetOne of the best parts of the movie theater experience is the popcorn and candy! Satisfy every taste bud in
the room with these delicious treat ideas:
  • Popcorn (of course!)
  • Offer extra butter, salt, and any other topping you might want – on the side so guests can choose what they want
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Sour candy
  • Don’t forget the cake! Go for a black and white movie reel cake or try the popcorn cupcakes!
1950s Movies inspired cakes


A party would not be complete without decorations of some sort, and movie theaters are usually lavishly decorated, if not overwhelmingly so.
  • Put flowers in a plastic popcorn holder
  • Write guests’ names on Hollywood stars for place cards at the table
  • Since red, white, black, and silver are the colors that are traditionally associated with movies and the theater, use those colors for tablecloths and napkins
  • Hang up movie posters or a red curtain for backdrops for pictures

Roses and vase in popcorn boxMovie star place cards

Image Credits:
Invitation: Cards Direct
Party food: Dreaming In Scraps
Popcorn cupcakes: Fifties Wedding
Movie-style cakes: Fifties Wedding
Place cards:

 is an undergraduate at Ohio Northern University with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in psychology. Liz writes for My Wedding Reception Ideas as well as creates multi-modal writing projects for Re:Media, an Ohio Northern University online publication.

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