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Renaissance Wedding Theme Idea's

Updated on February 17, 2011

Renissance Bride

Have you always been fascinated by Lady Guinevere or the Knights of the Round Table? Would being transported back to Robin Hood's day be an ultimate fantasy of yours? If you spent many a night as a child wondering what life back then would have been like, perhaps you should consider transforming one of the most important days of your life into a mystical, romantic adventure: your wedding day. With the popularity of Renaissance festivals and culture, many couples choose to celebrate their union with a Renaissance wedding ceremony. As you begin planning your wedding, there are several traditions and customs from the Renaissance period that can be incorporated into the ceremony. medieval weddings had many traditions that they followed. The brides to be would leave their hair out, they were not likely to tie it back or put it up. Then they would braid flowers and herbs into their hair. This went hand in hand with the herbs that the bride carried as a bouquet because the herbs were picked specifically to represent good fortune, happiness and fertility. This is also where the garter tradition originated. In medieval times the bride wore a blue ribbon as a garter. If a man at the wedding was able to successfully take this from her and then give it to the woman he loved than this ribbon would guarantee him that she would always be faithful.Blue was an important enough a color that the groom would carry a ribbon of that color to bring him luck and many of the brides wore blue wedding dresses. In the 1800s this tradition eventually changed to white, but the blue dress of those times stood for purity. When the ceremony was over the guests at a medieval wedding would throw seeds or grains at the couple. This was to bring them luck and is obviously the precursor to the guests throwing rice or confetti at a modern wedding. This practice is not as popular now because wedding venues do not like the mess.

The Bride

A medieval wedding dress and grooms attire are essential, of course! This means a wide variety of things depending on whether you want to be peasants, royalty, or anything in between. The most popular is royal style - full of rich fabrics and elaborate touches. Men should wear doublets, breeches and hose, women should wear Juliet-style dresses. silver, gold, and wine colors should be used rather than white. if you're looking for a true medieval wedding dress, pass up that white frock! Blue was the symbol of purity, not white. (Interestingly, this is why brides today still wear "something blue.) You also could merge the two traditions and wear a white medieval wedding dress with blue trim. The bride must remember that brides in the medieval era wore dark and regal velvet dresses in such colors as blue, hunter green, burgundy wine or deep purple. Often these dresses were laced up the sides and/or back, with long pleated floor-length skirts, and were long-sleeved. They were also relatively, but tastefully, low-cut. A gold or silver metallic ribbon often ran throughout the design. During the Middle Ages, the veil was meant to shield the bride from "the evil eye" -- and from the eyes of her prospective groom, whom she may have never met. Women were often considered to be property in the Middle Ages. Fathers escorting their daughters down the aisle signified a transfer of power over the woman from the father to the new husband; many modern women are uncomfortable with this tradition, and choose to walk with both parents or alone.

The Groom

Men in the Middle Ages would wear their finest clothing. Men particularly loved fur, belts, and embroidery with gold and silver thread. They wore breeches, tunics, stockings and cloaks. Groomsmen did not necessarily have to match the groom. For ideas, look through costume books or consult medieval clothiers on the Internet. Read more: How to Create a Medieval Wedding Theme

Invitations

If you are having a theme wedding, or more exactly a renaissance wedding, you would probably want to know some things about what style of wording is adequate.First, you should probably know that these renaissance invitations usually have three sections so you can tri-fold a piece of paper, the text can be printed on a heavy parchment paper and write it using fonts that imitate calligraphy. In some cases, the couple decides to have a scroll wedding invitations, but they are expensive especially because they are delivered by hand and in mailing tubes. Sealing the envelopes with wax can be an interesting thing but I don't think the postal services will like this. Renaissance marriages, especially among nobility, were held at the house of the bride's parents or a medieval castle, so the location of the wedding was referred to as the couple could simply use "the land of" or "shire". If the location of the ceremony is a park you can use "meadow" in front of the name of that park. If you want for your guests to wear medieval or renaissance clothing make sure to state and underline the "recommended" word as information on the wedding invitation. The RSVP is always written on a separate card.

Medieval Wedding Band - This Wedding Band or Something Similar would Make A Perfect Keepsake Of Your Special Day !

Blue Was An Important Color

Blue was an important enough a color that the groom would carry a ribbon of that color to bring him luck and many of the brides wore blue wedding dresses. In the 1800s this tradition eventually changed to white, but the blue dress of those times stood for purity. When the ceremony was over the guests at a medieval wedding would throw seeds or grains at the couple. This was to bring them luck and is obviously the precursor to the guests throwing rice or confetti at a modern wedding. This practice is not as popular now because wedding venues do not like the mess.

Where To Have A Renissance Wedding

Medieval weddings are generally held outdoors or in a traditional church if properly decorated with banners, heavy wooden chairs, grapevine wreaths on the doors, English ivy, Medieval banners, votive candles set in gold holders, and white flowers.For an outdoor wedding, decorate the space with plenty of ivy, which is the traditional wedding plant of the era, black iron candelabras and scrolls, banners of family crests, large baskets of flowers, and flowered garlands on wooden and/or iron poles. Big, chunky wooden candleholders are also appropriate and add the requisite flavor to the scene.The element that makes the flowers of this celebration distinct from other weddings is the prominent use of herbs. Rosemary, thyme, basil and even garlic often play a prominent role and are interspersed with the chosen flowers. This custom originated from what was then believed to be the mystical, even religious, significance of various herbs in both health and destiny. As with the clothing, the flowers displayed should be rich, darker shades such as red, orange, purple, green, brown and bright yellow. Suggested flowers include: The Gloriosa Lily, which has the appearance of crushed red velvet; Ivy; Red Roses; Amaryllis; Birch Twigs or Holly Branches; and Parrot Tulips. Bouquets, especially the bride's, should be large, overflowing and hand tied. A must for any bridal bouquet is to include a small amount of wheat as a symbol of fertility. Because you are trying to reproduce a time long before the era of professional flower shops and Styrofoam, all the flowers should appear as rustic and natural as possible.

Ceramony

The music for the ceremony should be that of a pipe organ, flute, harp or lute. Even though centuries separates us from the Middle Ages, the wedding ceremony itself remains much the same, with only one major difference:During the ceremony, as in today, the man stood on the right side and the woman stood on the left, facing the door of the church because she was formed out of a rib in the left side of Adam. The priest begins by asking if anyone knows of any reason the couple should not be married. He also asks this of the man and woman so they may confess any reasons for prohibiting their marriage. The wording of the ceremony is slightly different as well. The ceremony would proceed with the priest saying, "(Groom's name), wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, wilt thou love her, and honor her, keep her and guard her, in health and in sickness, as a husband should a wife, and forsaking all others on account of her, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?" Then the priest asks the same of the woman. Both the man and the woman should answer by saying "I will." At this time the woman is given by her father.The wedding continues with the saying of vows. Both the man and the woman say, "I, (name), take thee, (name) to be my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, till death do us part, if the holy church will ordain it: And thereto I plight thee my troth."

Reception

If you want to replicate the medieval feast, keep in mind that they were served in courses and each course was like a meal in itself. People ate with their hands, a spoon and a small knife the size of a steak knife. Forks were not used by the majority of people; instead, only royalty and the very wealthy would use them. These recipes have been modernized for easy preparation. The traditional drink of a medieval wedding was honeymead. In addition, there was entertainment during and between the courses. You might consider hiring several jugglers or acrobats to perform during the meal; in costume, they will easily transport your guests to a different time. You could also hire a medieval entertainment group to include lively entertainment for your guests. You might want to include a castle or knight with a horse as your cake topper. When cutting the cake, you could use a sword, and toast each other with pewter goblets.The meal at a medieval wedding often consisted of a kind of roasted poultry. This could have been goose, partridge or quail. As well, mutton, venison or boar might be served. The main course would usually depend on how lucky the hunt had been. The meal would also have lots of vegetables and fresh fruits on the table. There would also be lots of spices and herbs used in the foods. These would have included anything from cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to saffron, cloves, parsley or basil. To accompany this meal they would serve water or milk, wine, ale or mead. For entertainment there would be minstrels, folk singers or jugglers.

Idea's To Entertain Guests

Many wedding customs we consider involiable today emerged in the Middle Ages.

Your guests should throw rice or grains as you exit the church or wedding hall, as many peasant families did to ensure prosperity; during the feast, drink with your new spouse from a single cup of mulled wine, called the "wedding cup"; also, instead of a bouquet, throw the bride's left stocking or give the bride's gloves to a friend, as any part of the bride's clothing was considered lucky.For a period favor idea, have the bride step on a number of coins and then give them to guests; any money that came below the bride's shoe was considered lucky

Planning Your Renissance Wedding

When planning your Medieval wedding, you must first decide if you would like to have a royal wedding or a peasant wedding. For a royal wedding, the bride and groom will dress in much more elaborate and lavish clothing. The decorations will also be more ornate and may include banners highlighting the coat of arms or family crest of the groom. Lush, beautiful flowers, such as rich red roses or elegant lilies, can be used to decorate the reception area. For a peasant wedding, the d├ęcor and attire will be much simpler. The bride's wedding dress will be unadorned, and wildflowers in clay pots will be used to decorate for the ceremony and reception. Where should your medieval wedding be held? An historic castle would be the first choice, although castles are hard to come by in the United States. What are your other choices?

An older church, especially one with stone walls and stained-glass windows. Historic buildings or homes Holding the ceremony in a lush garden filled with beautiful flowers is also a wonderful idea. Consider renting large white tents for the reception area. If you are having A peasant wedding, you may wish to marry in a wooded area of a park. Local Renaissance fairs should also be considered. Many times these annual fairs attract brides and grooms who like the idea of getting married during the festivities, as they will be surrounded by guests in period costumes. If you are planning a royal wedding, think lavish! Rich embroidery and intricate lace detail will make your gown special. Instead of a veil, consider wearing a wreath of fresh flowers in your hair. Your bridesmaids should choose gowns that are similar to the bride's dress.

Since the invitation is the first hint of what your wedding will be like, this should have an old-world look as well. Consider having your invitations written in calligraphy on thick parchment that can be rolled to look like a scroll and tied with a piece of string or ribbon. The wording can include things such as, Hear Ye, Hear Ye, and Thy presence is requested. Your ceremony can also include Medieval wording for an authentic touch. When it is time for the two of you to leave your reception, what better way to make a grand exit than astride a saddleless horse. As you wave goodbye to your friends and family, you will know that your lifelong journey with your Knight in Shining Armor has only just begun.

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The theme comes with 24 complete centerpieces already arranged dried/silk flowers in each silver old time stein shaped vase: 1 head table centerpiece that is a gold in color with ivy wrapped around it holds 3 candles and one large candle in center: Gift table arrangement: 11 flower balls mixed in matching colors that can be hung up or just used for table decorations: 3ft tall knight in armor: Armor helmet ice bucket: 60 silver ( different patterned) candle holders that can be used with the theme with candles,used as decorations, or even on a cupcake tier. Place each cupcake on a silver holder for your guests: 1 toy coat of armor shield: 2 renaissance hanging wall decorations: Matching flower girl basket and brides bouquet: All in a Renaissance theme

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