What kinds of castle theme weddings can I create?
Like most theme weddings, a castle theme can be as subtle or elaborate as you make it. You can choose to travel to a castle and have your wedding there, or decorate a local venue to suit your theme.
If you want to have a destination wedding, you can choose to visit a theme park located in the United Kingdom or the U.S. Loudoun Castle, Windsor Legoland, and Watermouth Castle in the U.K. all have websites that detail their park amenities and location. In the U.S., choose either Walt Disney World or Disneyland to be married in a fairytale ceremony at one of their many castle themed locations.
Of course, the U.K. is filled with real castles and estates that you are welcome to use, but you may find it easier to locate one in the U.S. or Canada. If you choose to have a formal event, consider having your wedding at one of the 200 castles located within the United States. They can be found in almost every state, and you can read brief descriptions and view photos of these sites at http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/ . There is also a link for castles located in Canada on this website.
What about the invitations?
Your invitations will reflect the tone of your theme. If you want your wedding to be a formal affair, your invitations should express this to your guests. In this case, having your formal-styled invitations delivered by a dapper looking gentleman dressed in black tie could be a nice touch. If you are getting married at a theme park, your invitations could be silly and informal.
To create your invitations, consider downloading clipart and templates from WeddingClipart.com. A small investment in supplies and time can yield amazingly beautiful and unique results. By using specialty papers and theme appropriate clipart, you will create regal announcements that will rival anything you could purchase online or through a local store. Choose your paper, clipart, fonts, and words carefully, as your invitations will mirror your theme and give your guests a feel for the celebration to come.
What do you wear to a castle themed wedding?
This depends entirely upon your location and the approach you are taking to your event. If it is a formal affair, traditional bridal wear is appropriate. For a more theatrical approach to your wedding, consider wearing period specific costumes. Whatever the dress code, include a notation for your guests in your wedding invitations.
How do you decorate a castle?
Any way you want! There are no rules to decorating, but again, it goes to what approach you are taking with your theme. Obviously, if you are planning a destination wedding, your decorations are probably already taken care of for you. If you are using a local castle or props to create a castle ambience at a local venue, look at books and on the Internet. Castle d?cor varies, and only you know the look you hope to achieve through your efforts.
Candlelight, fireplaces, regal banners, oil paintings, suits of armor, wooden floors, and stone walls are essential to castles. No need to dig a moat or install a drawbridge; simply incorporate these items with naturally textured linens in soft colors to create an original, castle inspired room for your wedding reception.
If your heart and mind are captured by the romance of the Middle Ages, and your knight in shining armor is ready to marry you in a fantasy setting, consider a castle theme wedding. My Lady, your castle awaits!