Bridal Club Magazine
Themed Weddings - The Medieval Wedding
The romance and mystery of films such as Lord of the Rings,
Robin Hood and Arthur - have brought back love and romance into
couples wedding plans. This gives plenty of range and flexibility
to include this era in your special day. For a bit of inspiration,
go and get the movies out and watch them together and take a look
at some of our suggestions below to transform your wedding into the
fairytale of the century.
The Bride - Finding a medieval style wedding
dress should not be difficult, as they are becoming very popular.
You should be thinking of heavy, sumptuous materials such as
velvets and satins, with fitted bodices and sleeves, and the long,
flowing skirts of the period. Dark, rich colours look more
authentic and some embroidery or a tapestry insert would be ideal.
Suppliers of this kind of dress will be able to help you with
accessories including headdresses.
The Groom - To do things properly the groom
should be wearing a tunic and tights! Depending on his modesty, the
tunic could be lengthened or the tights replaced with close fitting
trousers or jeans. The tunic may also feature embroidery or cross
lacing, and should be coupled with a full, floaty shirt underneath.
Again, the colours should be dark and rich, although the shirt
would look best in white cotton.
Decorations - The sky is the limit…or it may be
your budget! Think of beamed ceilings, heavy tapestries, open
fireplaces, and long banqueting tables, and then take another look
at your venue. Start with the simple things that will make the
difference, such as mock tapestries and heraldic designs, dark
table clothes, church candles in wrought iron holders and goblets
instead of glasses. What about "thrones" for the bride and groom?
You should also think carefully about background music, as this
will greatly help to set the mood.
Tables - Table clothes should be dark and plain
but you may find serviettes with fleur-de-lis or some other
heraldic design on them. Table decoration may include bowls of
potpourri, dried fruit, fresh fruit and rustic floral
Cake - The plainer the better, perhaps with ivy
entwined about it. You could design your own coat of arms and have
this on the cake. Alternatively, you may want something more
elaborate like a dragon or castle to add the finishing touches to
your theme. Try cutting the cake with a replica sword for
Invitations - To give people the right idea from
the outset, send out scrolls, written in calligraphy if possible
and sealed with wax or tied with ribbon. Think about the wording
also…'Thou art summoned to attend…the wedding banquet of…second son
of…. at the ancestral halls…', as this will add to the over all