Why not cast a spell of metaphorical context upon your wedding nuptials? You and your king may be titan royalty like Oberon and Titiana, enraptured sweethearts, Hermia and Lysander, or violently lustful like Helena and Demetrius. You may even be two giggly, mischievous Pucks. Whichever literary pairing you emote to the most, explore the boundaries of your imaginations through wedded thematic elements, pulsing with empyreal rhythms, coercive lyric sensibility, and decadent swags of moss and dewdrop.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
an otherworldly atmosphere
"I have had a most rare vision.
I have had a dream, past the wit
of man to say what dream it was.’
Conjure up the delineations of Peaceblossom and Mustardseed by selecting a playful outdoor venue, or by recreating a woodland acre right in your very own home. Potted plants and potted branches strung with tiny twinkle lights are a must. Fill a kiddie pool with fresh water and line with even more potted topiaries and bunch bouquets. Tufts of moss, mushrooms and pinecones will all perfect your portal back to renaissance classicism.
Drapes of gold, green, and petal pink tulle will soften the perimeters of the room and help flesh out your scene. Mimic the mythical whimsy of the moon with loads of backlight. Scatter the floor with plush pillows and adorn shadowy corners with pillar candles. Go innocently nymphet with a prism of pastels - violets, peaches, and silvers – or melodramatically daring with velvety rich purples, maroons, and emeralds, golds, cocoas, and garnets.
flourishes of the sprites
"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine"
The more voluptuous vines, feathery ribbon, tousled glitter and veiny petals the better. Shakespeare’s simulacrum of the Green World was one of luscious chaos and barefoot reverie. Tap into elegant touches that simulate the four elements – a fire in a stone hearth or bowls of floating lily pads and tea lights. Think bell-shaped blossoms for all of your flowery accents – inquire after campanula, delphinium, daylily, snowdrops, and iris. Make your clandestine glade come alive with jeweled ornaments of butterflies, birds, and nests, and implement an ethereal whisper with wind chimes or bells for guests to breeze on by upon on occasion.
sixteenth century is in
"There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in"
Theatrical renditions tend to favor Elizabethan dress when portraying this exposition on love’s fickle prowess. Opt for a floor length chiffon gown with an empire waist, in a resplendent cream or gossamer silver, delicate lilac or soft sage, rather than a stark modern white, adorned by a beaded, silk flower train and thespian tiara. Other accents may include satin ballet slippers, bell sleeves, entwining hair ribbons or body glitter. If you’re going for a performance-worthy yet authentic entrance, try adding cloaks to the bridesmaids rather than literal wings, and bouquets of primrose, narcissus, and ferns rather than magic wands or scepters.
cups brimmeth over
"Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart"
You’ll most definitely want to toast to your naturalistic bliss with a wooden decanter, gold goblet or silver chalice. These apropos vessels should be filled with honey and vanilla mead, flushed with spicy additives of anise or ginger – you can also try a sweet nectar-like bottle of Riesling or a maple and blackberry dessert wine. Dainty finger food nibbles and succulent, warmed earthenware pots are favored over tradish’ chicken and fish – offer dishes of strawberries, cherries, and blueberries with cream, figs, goat cheese, quail, Cornish hens, cream puffs, dandelion salad, stuffed mushrooms and pumpkin custard.
a dance, a dance
"Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear."
A dry ice machine equipped with fans will take guests’ breath away as they are greeted by moorish wisps of mist. Enlist the talents of a gentle woodwind quartet, chamber ensemble, flute soloist, harpist, lyre, lute, or panpipe player. Let them serenade your chimerical cast as you lounge in a sedan chair. Offer a hammock for other doe-eyed couples to curl up upon while friends or family perform one of the infamous scenes from the fountain spring of your inspiration. Hand out corked vials enscribed with ‘Love Potion’ to your guests or sachets of Marrakesh green mint tea.
And now, "Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time."