Alice In Wonderland Themed Wedding: A Vintage Storybook Theme For The Offbeat Bride

An Alice In Wonderland Wedding For The Offbeat Couple

You read it over and over as a child, Lewis Carroll's wonderful, magical story of the little girl who falls asleep and has a fantastical dream about falling down a rabbit hole and encountering the "curiouser and curiouser" characters who were the inhabitants. You read your copy it until it was old and worn and were able to recite whole passages by heart until your friends thought you were just a little bit left of center. Then one day in college, in one of the campus hang-outs, you heard an attractive-sounding male voice reciting "Jabberwocky" in its entirety. You turned, your eyes met, and the rest is love at first sight history, as you and your fellow lover of all things Wonderland plan your own happily-ever-after, minus of course, some of the unhappier pitfalls Alice experienced.

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Alice In Wonderland Themed Wedding Stationary

One of the most fabulous parts of an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding where you can really show your creativity has got to be the wedding stationary suite. Just think of the fun you can have with your Save-the Date cards, rehearsal dinner invites, and wedding invitations using the instantly recognizable graphics from the original Alice In Wonderland books. Have fun with words taken right from the pages of Alice with a twist like "Don't Be Late For A Very Important Date!" for your Save The Date cards with a picture of you in an Alice type dress and your husband-to-be in a Mad Hatter hat. For your invitation, use authentic oversized playing cards backed with your invite sent in a red envelope lined in black or white. You could also center your playing card-designed invitation inside a black pocketfold and tie it off with an elegant red satin ribbon.

There are so many great Alice in Wonderland quotes to use on your invites and table décor, it would be hard to narrow them down to just a few, so why bother?! Buy some double-sided pedestal frames (Tolsby from Ikea are great for this), paint your frame with spray paint in your choice of color, and insert your favorite Alice quotes backed with your favorite illustrations. Be sure to include some of the classics that are fun and will be great conversation starters for your guests.

Sample Format For A White Rabbit Invitation

Wedding Party Attire For An Alice Theme

Your wedding party's attire can be a place where you really get to have a huge amount of fun planning your Alice-themed wedding. Over-the-top and elaborate is the order of the day with top hats for the groomsmen and petticoats for the bridesmaids. Don't be afraid to bring in lots of vibrant colors like emerald green, bright lemon yellow, candy apple red, or turquoise, perhaps letting each bridesmaid wear a different color gown. Don't forget to put your precious little flower girl in an Alice dress to drop red and white rose petals from a clock-shaped bag and let her pass out your tea cake favors with beautifully lettered "Eat Me" tags at the reception.

Your groom can go in all-out Mad Hatter regalia complete with oversized top hat, vest, knickers, and tailcoat, or if he's not that adventurous, a little less dramatic and opt for just a colorful brocade vest instead. Your gown can and should be elaborate with detail, perhaps including vintage looking details such as a corset back or bustle. You could even choose to wear the top hat yourself and carry a pocket watch clutch or purse along with a brooch bouquet!

Alice In Wonderland Bouquet

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Vintage Wedding Paired With Alice In Wonderland

Doing an Alice In Wonderland-themed wedding is trendy in a quirky way. Although you'll probably be the only one of your friends doing it, (which makes it unique and that much more appealing!), you'll also be able to pair with another rabidly popular wedding theme, vintage. There are an amazing number of brides who are getting engaged and taking up to a year or more to collect vintage linens, mismatched china and glassware, and odd items such as skeleton keys old suitcases, and unusual clocks to ensure that everything used in their wedding is as authentically vintage and charming as possible. The vintage theme goes wonderfully well with Alice, especially since the book was originally published in 1865 and includes an out-of-control tea party. So of course, vintage china, particularly tea cups, and pots could be a prominent part of your décor, as well as red & white (for the ill-fated roses and the Queen of Hearts), and black & white (for the chess board). Colorful and fun table centerpieces could be made from stacked teacups of varying sizes or simple ones could be created for smaller tables with one small tea cup arranged with tiny sweetheart roses. You could even create your own candles inside tea cups to add a beautiful glow to your vintage china. Create your own cake stands with Dollar Tree glass dishes and upside-down parfait glasses. A little E-6000 glue will hold things together and make some very durable stands for cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts, or hors d'oeuvres.

Create Your Own Cake Stand From Vintage China or Dollar Tree Finds

Recurring Themes For Alice Décor

When deciding on your décor, think about recurring elements in Alice in Wonderland. There are so many that could be pulled from the story and used attractively in your décor. Besides the aforementioned teapots, roses, and playing cards, the white rabbit would be a great one to incorporate into your arrangements. Using concrete or porcelain rabbits here and there to accent key areas like the guest book or gift tables would be charming, particularly if paired with oversized pocket watches, tea cups, and moss topiaries. Mushrooms could also be incorporated as well as woodlands touches like small tree limbs, butterflies, and wildflowers. Large chess pieces could be added as well as actual chess boards that could be used as bases on which to build your centerpieces.

If your reception is outdoors, it would fantastic to add a yard games area where you could actually play with oversized chess pieces or set up croquet, shuffleboard, or bocce ball. Don't forget to add some pink flamingos as signs to point the way to the different stations or just as fun décor!

Chess-Themed Alice In Wonderland Table & Chair Decor

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Elegant Teapot and Rose Centerpiece

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Menu For Your Alice Wedding...Let's Hope It's Not Treacle Or Turtle Soup!

Food seems to be a recurring theme as well in Alice in Wonderland with our adventurous Alice constantly getting herself into quandaries where she has to eat or drink something to solve her issue and go on to the next part of her adventure. Several foods are mentioned, however, in keeping with the the party theme, you might want to decide if you are going to have a high tea or low tea. High tea is actually a full-out meal and could consist of Victorian favorites, such as kidney pie, bangers (mashed potatoes), pickled salmon, crumpets, and other heavier faire while low tea could be simple small sandwiches, tea cakes, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and a selection of different flavored teas. This will depend on the time of day as well as what your budget is for your wedding. Have a specialty cocktail or two with fun names, like "Queen of Hearts", "Mad Hatter," or "The White Rabbit." Just make sure to have plenty of "Eat Me" and "Drink Me" signs available on your food stations and in your bar area and if you serve soup, remember, not too much pepper!

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Alice Wedding Favors

After such an amazing event, don't let your guests go away empty-handed without a memory of the fantastical celebration they just winessed! Gifts for your groomsmen could be pocket watches and for your bridesmaids, pretty teapots with a little teabag assortment. Give guests favors such as miniature teacups with a tea bag of specialty tea, little tea cakes with "Eat Me" tags, cookies decorated as playing cards, or a real deck of playing cards, maybe ones with an Alice In Wonderland theme. Buy tiny bottles in bulk and fill them with candy hearts and gift tags with a picture of the Queen of Hearts or a playing card with your verse glued to the opposite side as the tag.

Perhaps you have considered not doing favors at all, because you consider them wasteful...how about a donation to a children's library in each of your guest's honor to insure that other young Alice fans will be sharing in her adventures for a long time to come!

Alice-Inspired Tags For Your Guest Favors

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More Wedding Inspiration

Hopefully, these Alice In Wonderland-themed wedding ideas have kept you from turning into a bridezilla and stopped you from shouting "Off With Her Head!" at everyone from the florist to your own mother! For more great wedding ideas and inspiration, check out these other articles:

Decorating With Doilies For Your Vintage Wedding

Woodlands Theme Weddings: A Beautiful And Inexpensive Wedding Theme

Vintage Milk Glass For Your Shabby Chic Wedding

Mercury Glass: What Is It And How To Use It For Your Wedding Décor

Make Your Own Hair Fascinator With Bird Cage Veil For Your Wedding

Carnival Themed Wedding: Fun With Vintage And Rustic Style

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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Fab hub, love it! I have never seen anything like this before. I am getting married next year and am looking for ideas. I don't think it would be themed, but I just love the bouquet - and that cake! Voting up :)


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Tess45 5 years ago from South Carolina

Wow amazing. Love the bouquet and the table!


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blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

This would be such a neat wedding to attend!! I love it!


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks, Emma, it does look like it would be a crazy fun wedding to be in and to attend, doesn't it?!

Thanks, Tess. You and Ed, I can see it now....

Thanks, Blair. Now if I can only find a brave bride to do this theme!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fun theme for a wedding! I especially love the bouquet. That would be so much fun to make.


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Hi RC, I thought so, too. Did you notice all the different elements of the story the bouquet included...everything from flamingos to playing cards to teapots? So much fun and a great keepsake, much better than flowers!


writeronline 5 years ago

pssstt, hi diy (speaking in lowercase since this is clearly a ladies only domain..), i'm not planning on remarrying so i just read this for the words and pictures. you've got a very smooth conversational writing style, diy, which enables you to convey plenty of information and enthusiasm in equal measures. as to the pix, for some reason i kept thinking of rod stewart in the seventies...lol


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Glad to hear, WOL, and I'm sure your wife is, too! Thanks for the kind words and you're right...I was a Rod fan back in the day and could absolutley see him doing this for ONE of his weddings!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

As always I am impressed with your creativity. The wedding gown is gorgeous and the bouquet is quite interesting. Wonderful job. This sounds like it would be a fun wedding.


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch. Too bad there aren't more weddings in a person's lifetime!


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jynelleybelly 4 years ago

Amazing! I am going through an Alice phase right now actually and this just adds more fuel to the fire! I was thinking of having an Alice themes wedding.... Anyhow, voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting and useful!!!


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks, Ms. NelleyBelly. If I lived near you, I'd love to be your planner. If you decide to go through with it, send me pictures!


Marissa 4 years ago

Love this... I'm planning an Alice theme wedding for this october and this helped... love the invests.. were looking into those exact ones!


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Marissa, So excited for you! Let me know how it turns out!


sammiian alyn 4 years ago

hi there thanks for the ideas as me and my fiancé are looking at doing an alice in wonderland theme reception


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Sammilan, that's great! I wish more brides would be adventurous with their theme. It makes things more fun for their guests and their planner!


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kayyluh 4 years ago

Thanks for the great ideas about a Alice in Wonderland theme! This is a wonderful and unique way to have a wedding, all of the pictures are so cute! Thanks again for sharing this with us, keep up the good work! :) voted up!


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DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA Author

Thanks, Kayyluh, do I have another Alice In Wonderland themed wedding convert? I hope so!


Laura Saulsbury 2 years ago

Where did you get the invites from? Do you have a template? I love them!!!

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