How to Plan a Medieval or Renaissance Wedding

If you want your wedding to be truly different, try planning a medieval or renaissance wedding. Not only will it be completely memorable for your guests, but you really have the chance to do something unique. Follow these simple steps to easily plan a medieval or renaissance wedding, and you and your guests will have the time of your lives.

Steps

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    Decide which wedding traditions to use:

    • Handfasting: This is the joining of the bride’s and groom’s hands. Use a ribbon or a cord to unite the hands together during the ceremony.
    • Tiered cake: Ask specific guests to bring small cakes to stack into a tier. This dates back to renaissance times. If the bride and groom can kiss each other over the tiered cake, without knocking it over, it is good luck.
    • Throwing rice: This tradition, while dating back to renaissance times, is often performed at many weddings. Include it at your medieval wedding for the true renaissance feel.
    • Something blue: Most renaissance brides wore blue dresses, not the now-traditional white. If you don’t want to wear a blue dress, buy a dress with blue accents or simply wear blue shoes.
    • Garter: This is another common wedding tradition that dates back to medieval times. The groom removes the bride’s garter and throws it to a crowd of male guests. Whoever catches it should give it to his partner as a sign of love.
    • Floral coronet: Wear a crown of flowers in your hair. This represented fertility in medieval times.
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    Find a venue. Think about getting married outside. It is traditional for medieval or renaissance weddings to take place as close to nature as possible. Look at your local park for a cheaper option. If you have a bit more money to spend, consider renting space at an arboretum or a country club. You might also consider getting married at a Renaissance Festival. Some festivals offer complete renaissance wedding packages.
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    Hire minstrels, a court jester and a juggler. The minstrels can sing during the ceremony, while the court jester and juggler can entertain guests at the reception. Make a mix of your favorite medieval music to play at the reception.
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    Plan the menu. Talk to your caterer about adding renaissance type food to your reception. Serve game, such as goose or venison, instead of the traditional chicken or fish. Add potatoes or carrots as a side, and serve it all alongside a hearty ale or cider. Bare in mind that Potatoes did not reach Medieval Europe until the 16th Century though, so if you’re going truly authentic – skip the potatoes! (In that vein, forks were also not used until much later)
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    Use traditional renaissance wording on your invitations. Make sure to tell everyone that the theme is a renaissance wedding, so they will dress appropriately.
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    Dress in renaissance fashion. Wear something with a fitted bodice and full skirt if you’re the bride. The groom should dress like one of King Arthur’s knights, with tights or fitted pants and a decorative, ornate white dress shirt. The wedding gown should have a bit of blue on it, too. Check renaissance festival websites for attire ideas.

 

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Plan-a-Medieval-or-Renaissance-Wedding

May 21st, 2015 by
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