- Wedding Theme Ideas
Fairy Tale Wedding Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Fairytale Carriage Entrance Each
This Fairytale Carriage
Entrance is illuminated with lights to create a
beautiful focal point for your fairytale event. It
is made of cardboard measuring 9 feet 7 inches high
x 9 feet 4 inches wide and is free-standing.
For many women, the fairytale image is more identified with a historical period.
For still others, the
fairytale is a simpler "royalty" fantasy, a look
for colors and fabrics that "say" royalty. Deep
blues and purples or burgundy, gilt or fur accents, skirts
with trains and overskirts, long or full sleeves, heavy
fabrics like brocade, peau de soie and velvet all give a
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is
as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
For a fairytale wedding or royalty wedding use deep
blues, purples and burgundy, accented with silver of gold.
Your venue can play a key roll
in how much you will need to decorate. Choosing a venue
that creates the atmosphere you want to convey in itself,
like a Castle or a ballroom with beautiful chandeliers, will minimize your expenses.
Other locations might include: a
Cathedral, a Mansion, a Museum, a Garden, a Country Inn, or
a Historic Home.
Attire and Flowers:
wedding gown that resembles a beautiful ball gown or have a
Renaissance gown made. Wear
with or without attached veil. If you are going for a Renaissance look use a
flower head wreath with ribbon streamers, a beautiful gold or silver tone
circlet, a wedding French hood, a Flemish pill hat, or a headband fall.
You may also want to braid hair.
choosing flowers and bouquets, remember that in medieval
times there would not have been florists and hot house
flowers, so use theme appropriate flowers (e.g. Roses, Spray roses,
Baby's Breath, Camellias, Gardenias, Hyacinth, Irises, Lilac, Lily of the Valley,
Tulips, Ivy, Thistle, Wheat and Heather) that would have
grown in a castle garden and have your florist design
arrangements that look hand done.
bridesmaids braid their hair and wear floral head
wreaths. They can carry a hand-tied bouquet in the same style as the
brides, but smaller.
your flower girl in a beautiful
add a child's
and have her carry sheaves of wheat, a symbol of
growth, fertility, and renewal or a
glass slipper, posy, or a lovely
Dress your Prince,
groomsmen and ring bearer in doublets & jerkins, Renaissance shirts &
breeches, cavalier hats, Tudor flat caps, or velvet berets. Use
Royalty Items such as:
Consider fonts that reflect
the style and motif of a Princess like Camelot or
Calligraphy. Address the invitations using a
Calligraphy style. Carry your theme throughout your
planning even down to the old time wax seals and stamps.
For a Medieval Wedding
consider using Victorian Wedding Invitations. A
scroll would also be a perfect touch!
sprinkling some magical palace powder in the form of
the envelope to give guests a sneak preview of the regal
fun that awaits them!
You have your reception hall
reserved, and dozens of fantastic ideas running through
your head. But just how do you pull it all together to make
your wedding setting an unforgettable fairy tale land?
mentioned earlier, when choosing flowers for your ceremony,
bouquets and reception, remember that in medieval times
there would not have been florists and hot house flowers,
so have your florist design
arrangements and bouquets that look hand done using
theme appropriate flowers like : Roses, Spray roses,
Baby's Breath, Camellias, Gardenias, Hyacinth, Irises, Lilac, Lily of the Valley,
Tulips, Ivy, Thistle, Wheat, Heather or other flowers that
would have been grown in a castle garden.
Also remember to use containers, vases,
bowls, trays, candelabras, tankards, chalices, goblets that are theme
appropriate. Only the wealthy lords and noblemen used goblets, chalices and plates
and other containers made from gold, silver, pewter and crystal. The less important guests were served on wooden platters called trenchers or with wooden goblets.
Silver or pewter would be most appropriate and lovely for your Royal fairy tale theme.
Containers with an English Ivy, Fleur de Lis,
or Trumpet Vine patterns could also be used.
Remember the tops of the tables provide
you with a very large surface area and covering them with a beautiful
tablecloth is the easiest way to change the feel of a room.. It is also
the most cost effective way to decorate. Ten tables covered with a
specialty satin or damask linen will make a statement that no white tablecloth alone
During medieval times lace was a sign
of wealth. Use a Battenberg
Lace overlay over a royal blue tablecloth. Add Battenberg Lace
napkins, with white satin or chiffon chair covers &
royal blue chair
For a Royal look purple and silver are always good
choices, try a silver striped overlay over a purple
tablecloth with silver and white double napkins. Use a
satin chair cover with purple chair ties.
For your royal affair use white or ivory china
with silver or gold edging and silver or gold flatware. Or
choose china with a English Ivy, Fleur de Lis, or a Trumpet Vine
pattern. Your wedding consultant will know where to rent these items.
If it's an evening
wedding go for candles everywhere. If your venue will
not allow you to use open candle flames, there are
now battery operated votives and tapers
If you are using 6ft or 8 ft banquet
tables for guest tables, place silver or gold chalices filled with clusters
of flowers (use a different type of flower in each) like Lily of the
Valley, Sweet Peas, Lisianthus and Roses down the length of the tables for a
beautiful gleaming display that will pick up on the silverware of the
Between chalices set three arm
crystal candelabras with taper candles or crystal
Dot the tables with small votive holder too.
Place clear glass vases on LED light bases to illuminate the vase or you can also use
small lights that can be placed directly into the water. Tuck
the flowers to illuminate your flower arrangements. These lights are
available in white and a variety of colors. Ask
your florist about them.
Scatter crystal ice on table
tops for a sparkling effect.
Have your linen rental company fold
napkin in The Crown Napkin Fold or The Fleur de Lys Goblet Fold.
You could also personalized napkins
and tie with ribbon.
Napkins may be printed
with your names, wedding date, choice of design
(e.g. Castle Design would be nice) and imprinted with color
foil or ink.
elegant accent to serving tables, set a
around serving platters that need a touch of
setters fill in gaps and round out the spaces in your room. These
include floral arrangements, floor candelabras, trellises and arches adorned with flowers and
greenery, a decorated gazebo, a canopy or Huppah, pew decorations,
wreaths, garlands, and chair decorations.
White bridal lights, netting, tulle or
gossamer add extra romance to any indoor or outdoor
wedding. You can use gossamer, tulle & netting to
drape around columns, tables and walls. Make lovely bows with it to
decorate chair backs & etc.
Ostrich plume pen
works well for the guest registry table with a flower arrangement
or candelabra setting next to the guest
book and pen.
Accent a buffet table or serving table
with a Glass Slipper or
Carriage Ice Sculpture.
Use Silver, Gold or Pewter vases, glassware
(tankards, chalices, goblets),
bowls, pedestals and tiered platters.
Use satin ribbons, bows, pearls, bells, birds, coaches, castles, and roses.
Wedding Cake Table
Use a royal blue or purple tablecloth with a
overlay on your cake table or you could use a burgundy under cloth
and overlay it with
white lights topped with white tulle, gossamer or
Have your cake designer
make a Castle Cake or use a Castle Cake Top.
Set a small hand blown glass coach next to the cake. Sprinkle rose petals all around the base of
Your dream day would not be complete
without the royal gesture of a white carpet being rolled out for
you! Use a Lacy
Aisle Runner or
floral aisle runner.
Favors & Gifts
the world of chivalry, a favor was often a lady's scarf or handkerchief,
which she gave to her lover before he went into a battle or joust. At
Renaissance fairs, favors are small pendants, ribbons, rosettes,
tassels, or other wearable trinkets often given by the nobility. These
favors represent the esteem and affection of the giver for the
Lace was very valuable in Medieval Times. The more lace you
could afford to give away, the wealthier you would be in those
times...so lace makes a nice gift for guests.
Anything trimmed with lace would be an excellent favor ( handkerchiefs or
Hand-made pomanders -
Take a small citrus fruit (tangerine, perhaps), tie it up with
appropriate ribbons, and, with a bow at the top, also make a wrist loop
of ribbon so that guests can wear the pomander if they wish, then pierce
the skin of the fruit that's still exposed between the ribbons with
whole cloves to cover. The pomander should dry out over time to make a
keepsake, and they smell wonderful fresh.
Quill Pens with
a clever note attached
Parchment Scrolls -
Printed with a favorite poem and tied with velvet ribbon or Scrolls can
be rolled up and held together with fake gold/silver bands or rings that
you can purchase at just about any craft store.
Miniature Wreaths -
Made of dried flowers and herbs
Velvet Pouches filled
Glass Hand-Blown Unicorns or
For those more interested in fantasy stuff: glass hand-blown unicorns or
other little figurines of glass.
Ribbon rosettes -
I like the rosettes because they can be as simple or as ornate as you
like, can be made pretty easily, and could be relatively inexpensive if
you can catch sales at craft fabric stores. Try the "How To"
section at offray.com for instructions on making ribbon roses.
Purchase large Jester
Caps or for the sewing-machine set, you could make
miniature (or full-sized) "jester's caps" out of parti-colored
fabric. Jingle bells on the tips add a special touch.
Bags of confits - (hard
candies popular among the Elizabethans)
"Dining with William Shakespeare" discusses the Elizabethan
fondness for these goodies. They were given out at the end of a feast or
exchanged amongst friends.
your guests just how much you care by offering
Personalized Napkins that complement your theme.
Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or can be
displayed at each place setting. Place napkins in the
center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold
them and place them in glasses for a tall dramatic
look. The napkins can also be tied (and bundled with
plastic cutlery) with a multitude of items to match
your theme. Try Curling Ribbon, Gossamer Streamers,
ric-rac or ribbon. You can imprint your napkins with
a special design from our selection or for an
additional charge, you can send us your own special
design. Personalized Napkins are available in our Bridal Accessories Section at
Instead of the garter
tradition your prince charming could have you try on
the slipper before your first dance...of course, you
need a beautiful sweeping bell shape to your gown,
and your first dance with your husband needs to be a
happy, up-tempo waltz.
There are many activities that
go along with a traditional wedding and reception that you
may or may not wish to include in your fairytale themed
wedding. You can choose to be as traditional as you wish
and it won't compete with this fairytale dream.
Have a horse and
carriage deliver the bride and groom to the reception
and take them away at the end of the evening.
pulling" is a lovely Victorian custom. The bride
asks her baker to hide the charms in a special layer
of the wedding cake with ribbons draped outward. Each
bridesmaid pulls a ribbon and discovers the charm
that tells her fortune (e.g. an anchor for
adventure). Also a fun addition to a bridal shower.
Feast like a King
and Queen on a fire roasted turkey leg, melt-in-your-mouth pastries, juicy ripe fruit fresh from the King’s Orchards. Beverages include: The King’s Wine, The King’s Beer, and Honey Mead.
"princess" touch to your food, serve it on
gold, silver or pewter platters. If you are using
plastic metallic trays, glue a few faux jewels to the
food with edible loose-leaf gold, and add a
sprinkling of tiny edible gold balls to your cake. Edible
loose-leaf gold is available at MisterArt.com,
just do a search from their homepage for "edible
1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
20-02 liter bottle of ginger ale
Freeze a can of Hawaiian
Punch fruit juice until slushy.
Pour into a punch bowl. Add 1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
and two bottles of ginger ale.
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut
crosswise into 1 1/2-inch strips
Heat oven to
Melt butter in rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, in oven.
Mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with
Toss with melted butter in pan. Bake uncovered 15 minutes.
Turn chicken strips; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until
no longer pink in center.
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