Do you love the idea of having a fairy tale wedding theme? Then gather your family and friends around for an enchanting marriage celebration held in the mythical kingdom of Camelot.
Your guests will be in good company with the court of King Arthur and Guinivere, along with the gallant knights of the round table, in attendance.
Cotehardies were the dress of the day. If you wish, you could attach a train to the back of the dress at the waist (which could later be removed during the reception).
Here are a couple of websites where you can get a better look at what a cotehardie dress looks like:
If the weather will be cool, consider wearing a royal colored cape in crushed velvet, satin or some other rich material (with or without hood).
The bride usually wore her hair loose with a bejeweled crown on her head.
Dress your bridesmaids similarly in cotehardies without the train. Headpieces could be coronets (small crowns), ivy and wildflower head wreathes or tall, cone hats.
Their hair may be worn down or braided and pinned up. Have the bridesmaids carry a single flower or a basket of rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle.
If you can get him into tights... great! If not, slim dark pants will do along with tall, leather boots. Add a knee-length royal-colored tunic, long cape and a bejeweled crown.
If you want to add a little fun and humor to your ceremony celebration, have him belt a sword around his waist and carry an arm shield with the "family crest". (He can hand off his shield to the best man during the ceremony.)
They should be dressed similarly to the groom, except that they would be wearing coronets or "musketeer" hats rather than a crown. Capes shouldn't be as rich (for example, velvet), but would normally be made from wool or brocade material. Knee-length leather boots and a fencing sword complete the outfits.
It would be wise to use calligraphy fonts on your invitations, wedding programs and other stationary, preferably an Old English font or something with flourish.
You may wish to research your ancestry and create a heraldic shield which could be printed on DIY wedding invitation kits should you decide to make your own invitations. That would add a very nice and personalized touch!
Most initiations that were sent out for celebrations during that time period were hand-written on parchment paper and rolled into scrolls (which were then hand-delivered). You could do the same and either mail the invitations in plastic/cardboard tubing (specifically designed for mail-outs) or fold the paper into thirds, seal with a wax seal, and then place them in an envelope to mail as usual.
Is that all too much work and you would just prefer to order your stationary? Have a look at the designs of these lovely Medieval wedding invitations.
To get good ideas on what you may be able to do in the way of decorations, take the time to look at photos and watch movies that emulate that time period. Here are a few suggestions that you may want to consider:
In times of old, people didn't sit around in small groupings of tables like we do at typical wedding receptions. Tables were long and narrow, and made from planks of wood. If possible, use tables such as these. If not, place three or four 4'x 8' tables end to end and cover them in a muslin material.
Here are a few things you can do to "dress up" your tables in keeping with this Camelot fairy tale wedding theme.
Rainbow Streamer Satin Ribbon Glitter Wands - 36 Inches - Set of 6
"Enchanted Carriage" Favor Boxes (Set of 24)
Royal Coach Design Place Card Holder Favors
Keep your menu close to what would have been eaten during the Middle Ages.
Here are some pictures of fairy tale wedding cakes that would suit a Camelot theme.
Many wedding celebrations could go on for days! And during that time, games and tournaments were planned to keep guests entertained. Here are a few things that you could do:
Flowers to use in your bouquet would include: wild flowers, forget-me-nots, sweet peas, pansies, violets or orange/apple blossoms.
Herbs were also often used in or as bouquets, such as: mint, sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, and parsley. Add heather, myrtle, and/or laurel as accents in the bouquet.
A bride may also wish to carry a small, white bible, rather than flowers, which was also popular at the time.