Almost all girls dream of being a princess on their big day, and with recent blockbusters such as Frozen and Alice in Wonderland sweeping the nation, fairy tale weddings have become a tale as old as time, promising to be a timeless trend for a happily ever after.
So if you’ve met your Prince Charming and are wishing upon a star for a fairy tale theme, SoGlosWeddings is waving its magic wand with a sprinkling of enchanting suggestions.
Introduce your wedding with a grand fanfare worthy of royal announcement. Whether you opt for sparkles, floral designs or have your save-the-dates rolled up into a scroll, be sure to introduce your theme early with beautiful stationery.
What’s more, you can really get creative with your wedding invites or place names, with the chance to create a little storybook telling the tale of your wedding or even a pop-up card perfect for drumming up some big day excitement.
Well, not that far actually, as Gloucestershire is home to a host of stunning castles for the picture-perfect fairy-tale wedding.
A firm favourite among happy couples is the stunning exclusive-use venue, Clearwell Castle, which will see newlyweds living out their Disney-inspired daydreams in its stunning castle, perfectly manicured grounds, and breath-taking ballroom.
Cinderella, Elsa and Aurora all had one thing in common – a show-stopping dress. From big princess trains to sleek modern looks, ensure all eyes are on you with a gorgeous number that would make even the Fairy Godmother gasp.
Every fairy tale boasts a grand first dance scene, so become Belle of the ball with some subtle sequins and dazzling diamantes that will catch the light beautifully and have heads spinning as you twirl around the room – bonus points if your first dance song comes from a Disney film!
The devil is in the detail with grand themes, so once you’ve decided on your one true love, the dress, it’s time to have some fun, with white gloves, a long veil, sparkling tiara, and a string of pearls a must for any aspiring princesses.
Similarly, Cinderella would still be cleaning fireplaces if it weren’t for her beautiful glass slippers, so make sure you pick a pretty pair of heels, even if you are planning on getting swept off your feet on the day.
Flowing dresses of light shades and sugar-coated pastel colours will have your bridesmaids looking like they’ve stepped straight out of a story book, with rose blush and golds making for a particularly pretty picture.
Similarly, pair the dresses with flower garlands and wildflower bouquets for a wedding party that wouldn’t look out of place in an enchanted forest.
Or, if you’re going all out, pick up some replica Disney princess dresses and have each bridesmaid come as their favourite character – just let them know, they can’t all be Elsa!
From Cinderella’s Price Charming to Belle’s Beast, everyone looks good in a suit, and a hat and tail combo is sure to tie the theme together nicely, with a red rose in the lapel to add that dash of romance.
Stock up on the bubbly and ensure your wedding is filled with food, glorious food, from an afternoon tea that would put the Mad Hatter’s tea party to shame, to a grand banquet table fit for royalty.
From shrimp cocktails and hog roasts to finger sandwiches and dainty cupcakes, the more courses the better – just steer clear of those red apples!
Whether you’re opting for an alfresco woodland wonderland or a grand ballroom event, ensure your wedding is filled with magical decorations, with fairy lights, candles and flowers galore.
From typically girly pinks and delicate hues to rich ruby reds and regal purples, there are plenty of colour schemes to choose from to match your dream day, while SoGlosWeddings particularly likes the idea of simple shades of whites and silvers for a pure and magical look.
Enjoy your first slice of married life with a gorgeous three-tiered wedding cake that looks good enough to… live in, with a castle-themed cake suitable for any fairy tale theme.
Finish it off with a prince and princesses wedding topper, or perhaps a simple glass slipper as a nod to everyone’s favourite rags to riches tale.
The only transport befitting for a fairy tale wedding is a traditional horse and carriage, with extra points for creativity if your carriage is shaped like a pumpkin!
Decorate your transport with white roses and a ‘they lived happily ever after’ sign and set off far, far away into the sunset with your one true love.
By Alice Lloyd
Wednesday 10 February 2016
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