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October 25th, 2015 by admin

It seems like every time we turn around there’s a new Harry Potter tribute at a wedding, and we seriously love it, being big #Potterheads ourselves (shh, don’t tell!). From brooms instead of bouquets, to Goblet of Fire-themed signature cocktails there’s always a fresh take on the J.K. Rowling classic fantasy novel. There’s just something immediately fun-loving about a Harry Potter wedding — if you’ve gone to one, I’m sure you’ve had a blast with all the accouterments.

Courtney and Basil, who recently had a full-blown Harry Potter wedding at the Andaluz in Albuquerque even gave out hand-made HP wands to each and every guest. “It was an arduous task, but it was all worth it to see all of the adults dueling at the wedding!” says Courtney. Sounds absolutely magical.

We’re big proponents here of stamping your very unique personality onto your wedding and nothing screams personal like a quirk-filled Harry Potter soiree. See our favorite new Harry Potter wedding ideas, from a (completely realistic) Sorting Hat cake to potion-themed decorations, below.

A Sorting Hat Wedding Cake

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PHOTO BY SUSAN BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Seriously, how real does this Sorting Hat cake look? Displayed along-side cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, it certainly stands out.

From the album: An Elegant Gold and Ivory Wedding at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey

Harry Potter House-Themed Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Outfits — With Brooms!

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PHOTO BY BLUE ROSE STUDIO

The bride and groom each had four attendants, so they had to have one girl and guy from each Hogwards house! Two Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, Griffyndors and Slytherins (ew!) stood up with the bride and groom at the altar and carried brooms in lieu of bouquets.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hogwarts: A History Harry Potter Groom’s Cake

Hogwarts: A History Harry Potter groom's cake
PHOTO BY AMANDA SUMMERLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

This groom’s cake looks like a verified Hogwarts textbook, which is good, since it was inspired by one! Would Hermione be fooled, though?

From the album: An Organic, Natural Wedding at Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas

Harry Potter Wand Wedding Favors

Harry Potter wand wedding favors
PHOTO BY BLUE ROSE STUDIO

In search of a fun, Harry Potter DIY wedding idea? Consider giving each attending guest a wand fit for Ollivander’s wand shop.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Classy Champagne and Bourbon Harry Potter Signature Cocktails

Harry Potter signature cocktails
PHOTO BY ELI TURNER STUDIOS

Signature drinks at Nicole and Nkosi’s cocktail hour were called “Berry Potter” (fabulous pun), which was a mix of champagne, raspberry lemonade and vodka, and “Tumbler of Fire,” which was mixed with bourbon.

From the album: A Romantic, Sophisticated Wedding at Greystone Hall in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Potions Class Reception Table Decor

Harry Potter potions decor
PHOTO BY BLUE ROSE STUDIO

Eye of Newt and Witch’s Brew were just a few of the potions that were readily available at Courtney and Basil’s reception. Used as decor on the tables, the vessels added color and thematic interest to the ballroom, we just hope they didn’t steal them from Professor Snape’s personal store.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 26th, 2015 by admin

For Vancouver couple Emma and Greg Gavelis, Harry Potter has practically been a third member of their relationship.

They met on dating site Plenty of Fish in 2011 and immediately hit it off when Greg wrote on his profile that his perfect first date would be a “Harry Potter” marathon. Emma, who has two Harry Potter tattoos, was smitten.

Fast-forward to August 14, 2014 when the two Potterheads tied the knot at McMenamins Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon.

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Harry Potter has played such a big part in us falling in love, that it only seemed fitting to have it be a big part of our wedding and the rest of our love story,” Emma told The Huffington Post.

The pair’s budget for the big day was $5,000, so the bride tapped into her crafty side and DIYed many aspects of the celebration.

“I spent a lot of time watching ‘Game of Thrones’ re-runs while assembling everything,” Emma wrote in her Offbeat Bride blog post. “And it was totally worth it.”

Here are some of the cute and clever ways they incorporated their obsession into the day’s festivities:

Emma designed all of the wedding stationery herself in addition to making her bouquet, the boutonnieres, the ring box, some of the table decor, and more.

“I love to make things with my hands,” she told HuffPost. “It was definitely a labor of love. Plus, it was nice being able to customize every aspect and make sure it oozed Potter. We also couldn’t have afforded this wedding if I hadn’t made almost everything myself.”

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Credit: Josh Lasko Photography

When asked about her favorite wedding day memory, Emma said it was when she and Greg were standing at the altar and he started acting goofy.

“I looked at him, and he started pulling faces — just like he usually does,” she said. “It lightened the mood and made me feel so comfortable, and so sure I was marrying the right man.”

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/29/best-diy-harry-potter-wedding_n_7164320.html

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May 20th, 2015 by The Wedding Tales
Meredith Fahey and her husband Joshua Votaw always knew they wanted a book-themed wedding.
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So when their first-choice venue — a library — fell through, they opted to host their wedding day at their favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

So when their first-choice venue — a library — fell through, they opted to host their wedding day at their favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

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It happens to be reminiscent of Hogwarts, not to mention it’s within their budget.

It happens to be reminiscent of Hogwarts, not to mention it’s within their budget.

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“We are both huge Harry Potter fans. We have enjoyed many midnight screenings of the movies together, as well as reading them out loud to each other, one of our favorite activities,” Meredith told BuzzFeed.

“We are both huge Harry Potter fans. We have enjoyed many midnight screenings of the movies together, as well as reading them out loud to each other, one of our favorite activities,” Meredith told BuzzFeed.

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The bride even has a Deathly Hallows tattoo on her shoulder.

The bride even has a Deathly Hallows tattoo on her shoulder.

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The couple met several years ago through a dating website, and one of their first conversations was about Lost.

The couple met several years ago through a dating website, and one of their first conversations was about Lost.

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“We have always enjoyed sharing our geeky loves together, whether it be television or movies,” Meredith said. “Our first date was at Griffith Observatory (yay space!), which is where he ended up proposing to me.”

“We have always enjoyed sharing our geeky loves together, whether it be television or movies,” Meredith said. “Our first date was at Griffith Observatory (yay space!), which is where he ended up proposing to me.”

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Meredith and Joshua spent hours and hours discussing how they wanted every detail to be laid out and what parts of the Harry Potter series they wanted to incorporate.

Meredith and Joshua spent hours and hours discussing how they wanted every detail to be laid out and what parts of the Harry Potter series they wanted to incorporate.

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“Our vision was that it would be a wedding that could take place within the Harry Potter universe, which we think added to the classic look, helping us stay clear of the cheesy factor,” Meredith said.

“Our vision was that it would be a wedding that could take place within the Harry Potter universe, which we think added to the classic look, helping us stay clear of the cheesy factor,” Meredith said.

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They had help creating the bouquets.

They had help creating the bouquets.

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Family and friends also helped with the programs, banners, and other accessories.

Family and friends also helped with the programs, banners, and other accessories.

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The bride said she even did a great deal herself, including needle-felting characters like Dobby and Norbert.

The bride said she even did a great deal herself, including needle-felting characters like Dobby and Norbert.

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She also did the calligraphy on the place cards.

She also did the calligraphy on the place cards.

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All of the elaborate-looking details in this Harry Potter-themed wedding actually cost the bride and groom the least amount of money.

All of the elaborate-looking details in this Harry Potter-themed wedding actually cost the bride and groom the least amount of money.

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“We reckon we could probably have an entire Harry Potter room at our apartment if we wanted,” said Meredith.

“We reckon we could probably have an entire Harry Potter room at our apartment if we wanted,” said Meredith.

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One of Meredith’s favorite minor wedding details was the “Monster Book of Monsters Guestbook,” which her cousins surprised her with.

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She also liked the S.P.E.W. badges that her sister made for the waitstaff, who apparently got a kick out of wearing them.

She also liked the S.P.E.W. badges that her sister made for the waitstaff, who apparently got a kick out of wearing them.

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Having a Snape character officiate was Meredith’s favorite major detail.

Having a Snape character officiate was Meredith’s favorite major detail.

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“He was one of the restaurant managers and so wonderful to work with,” she told BuzzFeed. “He was really committed to the role.”

“He was one of the restaurant managers and so wonderful to work with,” she told BuzzFeed. “He was really committed to the role.”

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“Our friend is a pyrotechnician and was able to coordinate the Goblet of Fire actually exploding when we put our names in it,” Meredith said. “The guests were quite surprised.”

“Our friend is a pyrotechnician and was able to coordinate the Goblet of Fire actually exploding when we put our names in it,” Meredith said. “The guests were quite surprised.”

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“The walk through the arch of wands was also really sweet.”

“The walk through the arch of wands was also really sweet.”

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Aside from a couple of confused older relatives, all of the guests loved the Harry Potter theme.

Aside from a couple of confused older relatives, all of the guests loved the Harry Potter theme.

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“At least 60% of guests showed up in their house colors, or robes, or full costumes,” said Meredith. “The wand favors got lots of use as everyone tried their best spells.”

“At least 60% of guests showed up in their house colors, or robes, or full costumes,” said Meredith. “The wand favors got lots of use as everyone tried their best spells.”

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The most important detail from their Harry Potter wedding was the series’ overarching emphasis on love.

The most important detail from their Harry Potter wedding was the series’ overarching emphasis on love.

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“After losing my grandmother two weeks before the wedding, and my uncle six months prior, we really wanted our friends and family to make the wedding the most loving and lighthearted of events,” Meredith said.

“After losing my grandmother two weeks before the wedding, and my uncle six months prior, we really wanted our friends and family to make the wedding the most loving and lighthearted of events,” Meredith said.

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“I think we were successful, judging by the enthusiasm in which the theme was embraced by everyone.”

“I think we were successful, judging by the enthusiasm in which the theme was embraced by everyone.”

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And an elaborate theme it was.

And an elaborate theme it was.

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“The [Wizarding] World is so encompassing, you can get lost in it, and each new reading brings more insight into the characters and world.”

“The [Wizarding] World is so encompassing, you can get lost in it, and each new reading brings more insight into the characters and world.”

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