Ancient Roman weddings are an interesting and delightful way to celebrate your nuptials. Use these great ideas to plan a charming marriage celebration.
The Romans were fond of purple, red, gold, and white, so you may want to include accents of these colors when planning out your wedding. Of course, green is a "must have", as they used a lot of greenery, especially ivy, in their decorating schemes.
The Romans wore more elaborate and richly adorned clothing than the Greeks, which included wearing the "new" fabrics of cotton and silk (although silk was frowned upon).
Jewelry was very popular as well and worn extensively. Toga's were oval in shape and measured 18 feet long x 5 1/2 feet wide.
Select a floor length, sleeveless, toga-style dress, either in pure white or trimmed in purple, gold or red. Wrap gold braided cord to criss-cross the front of the bodice and wrap around waist like a belt. Allow the tied ends to hang down over one hip. Attach a sheer train to the back of the dress at the waist. Finish off with gold-colored ankle-strapped flat sandals and a gold laurel wreath as a headpiece. Carry a bouquet of Lilies, Orchids, a single Italian Crocus or herbs (the herbs were believed to ward off evil spirits).
The groom should wear a floor-length tunic or toga, trimmed in gold, purple or red. Add Roman sandals or leather boots for footwear and a laurel wreath for a headpiece. You could also add a Paludementum cape - a floor-length cape cut in a half-circle and richly decorated.
As for the groomsmen, they could wear knee length tunics with short sleeves. Add a sleeveless over-tunic in a leather-like material and a short cotton cape. Calf-high leather boots or sandals and Roman style helmets would complete their outfits.
The bridesmaid dresses should be very similar to the bride's. Look for slim, floor length dresses in white with no trim and use a braided cord sash wrapped at waist (you may want to also do the criss-cross over the bodice). Select ankle-strapped sandals and a dried flower wreath headpiece.
Hire jugglers, magicians, acrobats, poets and minstrels to entertain your guests during dinner. These were popular entertainment choices during this period.
For music, the most popular instrument was the lyre. Other instruments used were the lute, organ, kithara (a type of guitar), flutes, tympani (tambourine), trumpets, panpipes, harp and drums. Try to hire musicians that can play these instruments. They could stroll around during dinner, and would also be appropriate for playing music before and after the wedding ceremony.
To gather more ideas to use in your ancient Roman weddings celebration, take the time to watch the following movies for additional information on clothing, customs, and decor: