that you've found our castle for your backdrop, you may want to
consider a theme wedding, or at least provide some themed touches to
your decor, music, clothing, and menu. A castle is suggestive of
anything Medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, Scottish, or fairytale (such
dragons, fairies, and wizards).
recommend that you go light with such themes. Keep it tasteful. Do just enough to fit the
castle environment and create a memorable experience, but not so
much as to make the event cheesy, or your guests uncomfortable.
Asking your guests to wear costumes, for example, involves extra
work, expense and sometimes embarrassment for them.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS
TO ADD MEDIEVAL FLAVOR TO YOUR EVENT:
invitation is the first hint of what your wedding will be like. It
should have an old-world look. Medieval wedding invitations can be
purchased online or made by hand. Use parchment
paper and a medieval font. (Medieval graphics, initial letters, and
fonts are available for free online.) Toss in
Old English words and phrases like "thou", "thine", "beseech",
"Thy presence is requested", "Let
it be known throughout the land", and "Hear ye, hear ye".
to the bride and groom as "Lady" and "Sir". Your
wedding programs, menu and seating cards should also follow this
Select gowns for
the bride and bridesmaids that include a laced bodice effect.
Ribbons and sashes, lace, flowing bell sleeves, and flowered
a veil) are also characteristic. For the men, ties with
fleur-de-lis, crests or medieval cross designs might do. Gold and
purple are good colors.
If you choose to
dress more authentically, medieval wedding gowns were not white at
all. Brides of long ago considered blue to be a sign of purity.
Rich jewel tones like gold, emerald, sapphire and ruby are also
appropriate. Velvet, silk, satin and brocade are typical fabrics.
For men, an authentic costume would include doublets, tights and tunics
with billowy shirts. The footwear can be boots or flat shoes. There
are many good sewing patterns and complete costumes available
instruments include the harp, flute, recorder, bagpipes, lute,
guitar, and mandolin. We also have a harpsichord we can rent to
you. These instruments are best used during the wedding ceremony.
At the reception,
your guests will want to dance to contemporary tunes, but during the
meal, medieval music would be fine, whether played by a DJ, or by
live musicians. You could include strolling musicians, or a
magician, juggler, jester, or mime as entertainment during the
the bride and groom served meats such as venison, mutton, pork,
quail, goose, fish, or turkey. Fresh fruits, nuts, and a selection
of aged cheeses were also served, as were thick slices of bread,
custards and tarts. Common drinks were ales, mead (a thick wine made
from fermented honey), and plenty of wine. Add water and milk for
children and guests, who do not drink. Serve your drinks in pewter
To serve the meal,
set up long tables with benches for your guests to eat at. Serve the
food on pewter, silver or brass plates, if you can find them. If
not, use pottery or wooden dishes.
and specifically herbs, played a very large role in Medieval
weddings. Rosemary, thyme and basil are favorites. The herbs were believed to have mystical powers
help the couple prosper and stay healthy. Wheat, of all things, was
the symbol of fertility and nearly all ceremonies used wheat. Placed
in with the bouquet flowers it was supposed to help the couple have
lots of children.
The atmosphere of
the castle and the surrounding forest should dominate the decor.
Excess decoration is unnecessary (other than table centerpieces).
Otherwise, flowers and herbs, banners, flags, heavy candles,
ironwork, and gargoyles are all appropriate. If available, rent a
striped tent for the reception, as this has a more medieval
Suggestions for favors include:
velvet or satin bags filled with chocolate gold coins, small wicker baskets with wildflower seeds, beeswax candles,
handmade soaps, lavender sachets, a personalized Celtic CD with your
favorite songs, small bottles filled with homemade herbal vinegar,
oil or homemade wine, or a small recipe book with your favorite