How to Pull Off a Medieval Theme Wedding

It was in the Middle Ages that many of the wedding customs and traditions we know today have their origins.

If you and future hubby decide to go for a medieval theme wedding, here are some tips to give it authenticity:

  1. The bride’s looks: In the Middle Ages, the bride wears her hair loose, with flowers woven into her hair to make a floral crown.

  2. The jewelry: In the Middle Ages, precious stones held deep meanings. As the bride, wear one or more of these stones; red jasper (love), green jasper(faith), white jasper (gentleness), emerald (hope), sardonyx (chastity or humility), amethyst (Christ’s martyrdom) and sapphire (heaven-bound).

  3. The couple’s wedding attire: In the Middle Ages, blue was the symbol of purity. There wasn’t any set color for a medieval bride’s gown, but she, as well as the groom, had a band of blue ribbon somewhere on their wedding attires. For your medieval theme wedding, accentuate your wedding dress with blue. For the groom, have him wear court apparel studded with gems and stitched with fine embroidery.

  4. The bouquet: In the Middle Ages, brides carried a bouquet of herbs for fertility and luck. Others had orange blossoms woven into a crown wreath.

  5. The guests’ clothes: Ask your guests to wear brightly colored robes and gowns. Silk is common for upper class weddings, with gold and silver threads used to embroider designs.

  6. The location: It was common in the Middle Ages to have wedding ceremonies in castles or courtyards. For your medieval theme wedding, select a location whose interior can be transformed to look like the inside of a medieval castle.

  7. The props: Medieval weddings between the lower classes didn’t have rings. Instead, a coin is broken, half is given to the bride and the other half to the groom. You can add this to your ceremony for a special touch. Those who witness the wedding would throw seeds or grains of wheat to the couple.

  8. The celebration: In the Middle Ages, the reception had minstrels, jugglers and entertainers. Hire people who can lend the same authenticity to your medieval wedding.

  9. The wedding cake: The tiered wedding cake has its origins in the Middle Ages. For your medieval theme wedding, ask your guests in advance to bring small cakes or have small cakes made for each guest instead of one large cake. These cakes will be stacked on top of each other. As the newlyweds, you’ll try to kiss each other over the top of the stacked cakes without toppling them.

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