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How to Host a Hogwarts Wedding
There is good news for all J. K. Rowling's fans and Harry Potter groupies; theme weddings are the newest tradition. This article will show you how to celebrate in Harry Potter style, and be the first to host a fabulous, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry themed wedding.
Without a doubt, the whole world loves the J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books! Think of how much fun the guests will have, attending a real Hogwarts wedding. Get ready to take notes and incorporate a little magic and muggle know how, into your big DAY!!
A Yuletide Event
First step to hosting a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry wedding, has to do with the wedding date selection. The great aspect about these books are they take place, during the span of a whole school year. Allowing the story to pass through many different seasons.
Rowling's is clever to always include a Yule time in her stories, and a wintery Christmas break. When the book ends, its the Springtime and beginning of Summer break. Therefore, bride couples are actually given a wide berth of dates to be married on.
—For the article, I have selected a hypothetical December wedding date.
Second step to planning a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry wedding, is formality selection. How formal or informal is the wedding ceremony, needs to be decided upon. Does it take place in the daytime or night time- is the next question to ask yourselves. Once those things have been establish, you are free to start searching for the perfect witches and wizards bridal attire.
—For the sake of this article, I have selected a hypothetical evening wedding to be a formal affair.
Third step, and most important aspect to planning a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry wedding (in my opinion), is the garment selection. To make a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry wedding a complete success, the appropriate wedding attire has to be selected carefully.
Fortunately, the wizarding world of Warner Bros. Studios has done the major homework. Each one of these featured films, can be the inspiration for making the right wedding attire selections. A clear view and vision can be made about the wedding attire from studying the films. The movies are a valuable resource of information.
I chose to model the wedding attire and ceremony from the fourth book, The Goblet of Fire.
In the Goblet of Fire movie there is a great winter Yule ball hosted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the theatrical trailer, notice the many unique ballgowns, evening dresses and tuxedo styles to choose from. The Yule ball scene is a fabulous resource for planning a formal Hogwarts wedding. More importantly, it is also a great guide for ceremony lighting ideas and reception table centerpieces.
For the formal Christmas themed wedding, Goblet of Fire definitely has the best usable options. That is really the key ingredient for planning a wedding based off these books. Discover your favorite book or movie, and use it as a reference tool to making your big day, a Harry Potter success.
Bridal Gown Selection
There are so many wonderful options for the perfect Hogwarts wedding gown. So much so, one would think that finding the right dress would be a piece of cake. I could not disagree more. Of course, some brides might want to replicate the actual wedding between Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, which takes place in the Deadly Hallows Series. Be careful to not follow the story so literally. After all, it is not their day but, your day! Incorporate their various looks but, keep the wedding uniquely personal to you though.
However, there is nothing wrong with fashioning a wedding to be an exact replica of Bill and Fleur's wedding. It was a beautiful affair but, deplicating a million scene from a movie, might be a tough act to follow.
At the Yule ball, Fleur Delacour wore a very pretty off-the-shoulder, light grey evening dress with embroidered French lace appliques, dyed in an offsetting dark sage. The simplicity and elegance of the gown's color and fabrics, make it the most perfect fit, for the desired bridal look.
The Dior bridal gown, I selected, is a grey tulle beauty with its full flowing skirt. Yes, this dress would cost a fortune. It is only intended to be used as a guide, when looking to find a gown. This is a dress designed by John Galliano, House of Dior wedding.
For a formal winter wedding, and especially one based off a Harry Potter book- the color plum would make a striking match. Especially paired with taupes and shades of grey.
Plum is also traditionally associated with Victorian era fabrics and floral arrangements. Plum's popularity spans across the ages, and quite often is associated with the Elizabethan and Victorian Age. Both ages of which, can easily be associated with the décor and backdrop of the Harry Potter movies.
Anytime a bride plans a formal wedding affair, long evening dresses should be the selected gown of choice. It is highly unlikely that a "reusable" bridesmaid dress will be found so, save yourself the hassle. Select a bridesmaid dress(es) based on what looks good on the ladies, while enhancing the over all theme.
Bridesmaid dress look
If you notice in this scene; the tables are set in a formal dinner arrangement using round tables. Each place setting in set using the traditional formal style place setting arrangement, and the tables are embellished by the use of dark silver grey table clothes and ornate crystal candle votive vases. Another aspect of the table arrangement, which cannot be scene in the picture is a striking ice sculpture placed in the center. While this is not a practical application in real life, it should not be too difficult to find a cost effective alternative. A simple DIY look to consider is the centerpiece arrangement using a crystal vase and loose tree branches. Which would make for a very striking muggle wedding look cost effective and easy to recreate.
Muggle Party Favors
Weasley Wishes and Tricks
- One thing is for sure, when hosting a Hogwarts inspired wedding- is to throw out some of the modern day notions, old traditions and apply a variety of unconventional touches.
- Take the bouquets for an example; it might better suited to carry a clump of withering branches from the backyard, (which you partially spray painted a dingy white and tied up with ribbon), than to carry a bouquet of dark red roses.
- Whether you take a more formal approach to a Harry Potter inspired wedding (like I have here) or chose to host an informal Gryffindor fall wedding- the subtle touches and quaint details will make or break your look.