Are you looking for a classical and elegant style for your wedding? A ballet theme combines subtle magic, grace, and pure delicate elegance into an unforgettable wedding package.
When you look here you will see that the groom looks relaxed and ready to shine – just as the bride does. Consider this original idea for your wedding, no matter the season!
Details for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Ballet is a timeless form of art performed on a stage using gorgeous costumes, unique lighting, and scenic design. It’s undoubtedly magical and impactful, so it’s no surprise that couples use it as inspiration for their big days. Whether you’re a ballet dancer or not, you can incorporate elements from this artistic dance into your wedding décor.
Start by adding ethereal details that give off a ballerina vibe, like blush pinks, lots of greenery, and floral design in muted colours. You’ll want to wear soft, delicate materials and an airy skirt for a ballerina-inspired gown. Also, pay attention to the lighting and backdrop, whether it’s an oudoor ceremony or an indoor wedding party.
What to Look for in a Venue for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Ballet-inspired weddings are typically romantic, dreamy, and sophisticated. They can also be mysterious, powerful, and dramatically alluring, like the ‘black swan’ ballerina style. No matter what concept you want to develop, you’ll need a wedding venue that reflects the theme or is flexible and easy to work with in terms of design. This way, you don’t have to spend much effort, time, and money turning it into the style you want.
So check if the venue is amenable to how you want the space to look, and ensure it’s versatile enough to accommodate your décor requirements, special props, and guests. Any outdoor or indoor space actually works, as long as it can provide the best experience for the couple and guests.
Colour Palettes for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Soft pastel hues fit a ballet-themed wedding. The delicate, airy shades of light pink, mint green, purple, yellow, and blue are absolutely irresistible and perfect for any season. From your wedding cake and outfit to the décor and your invitation suite, pastels can appear in various aspects of your reception and wedding ceremony.
It’s up to you whether you want to stick with pastels as your wedding colours or combine them with bold colours for an interesting contrast and to create a dynamic appeal. Mix and match with darker hues, like navy and red, to achieve a chic and elegant wedding scene.
Table Setting Style for a Ballet Themed Wedding
When it comes to your wedding table decoration, every element should represent your colour palette, theme, and creativity, from table runners to centrepieces and even your tableware and napkin choices. Make a statement and wow your guest with a grand floral centrepiece, and consider using accent colours, scent, and heights to add interest to the table.
Light up the reception table with traditional taper candles. When combined with metal or glass candle holders, these ornaments can draw attention to your table setting. And don’t hesitate to display fruits like apples, berries, pears, and grapes, as they add rich and bright colours to the table.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Channel your inner ballerina by wearing a ballet-inspired bridal gown. Unlike many traditional wedding dresses, this outfit is full of grace and allows a lot of movement. If you love ballet, it’s a fantastic way to show your personality and passion on your big day.
The best wedding dress for a ballet-themed wedding is all about floaty and soft fabrics. It features sophisticated elements, like silk and romantic tulle in mint colour or blush pink, offering an air of whimsy and fun. There is no need to invest in excessive sparkles, but wear a statement piece of jewellry instead. And don’t forget the pointe shoes and the classic ballerina bun to complete the look.
Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Are you having difficulty picking among your favourite wedding flowers? Why struggle when you can put all of them together in an oversized wedding bouquet? Create a picture-perfect bouquet of carnations, roses, and magnolia or an array of lilies and orchids with eucalyptus and ferns. These floral combinations' dreamy, classy, and organic look is perfect for a ballet-themed wedding.
For the boutonniere, you can match it with the bride’s bridal bouquet or create something that reflects the groom’s style and personality. You can pick your favourite wedding flower or different floral varieties you’ll feel confident wearing on the left lapel of your jacket.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Besides the gorgeous bride and groom, your wedding cake will steal the spotlight in your reception hall with its intricate chalk paintings of ballet dancers. You don’t need a heavily detailed fondant dessert or brightly coloured sugar flowers. There are also no fresh blooms, crystals, or sparkles required, just a classic four-tiered cake.
But what makes it a stroke of genius and sets it apart from other wedding cakes are the paintings of creative movements of dancers sketched on the second tier and around the bottom of the cake. The design is a moment in time captured in a luscious reception desert.
Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a Ballet Themed Wedding
Explore your creativity through a series of photoshoots in stunning locations and spectacular backdrops that mirror a ballet-inspired wedding. It could be in the woods that provide an organic vibe, a garden with unique statues, or a studio for an authentic ballerina feel. Combine the impressive details of ballet into your wedding and show off your ballet moves and poses as a couple in front of the camera.
Capture the dancer’s poise and grace, which evoke emotion from viewers, and take advantage of the antique displays in the venue. The bride can also play with various wedding elements, like the veil and her oversized bridal bouquet, while performing some dance moves.
Wedding Reception Music and Entertainment for a Ballet Themed Wedding
A dance-themed wedding won’t be complete without the right music to accentuate the ballet wedding style. Playing classical music is a great idea and perfectly matches the theme. But if you have enough wedding budget, consider hiring a pianist playing in the background or a professional violinist.
When it comes to entertainment, you’ll want to celebrate the wonder of this artistic dance with the guests. So, play the music and let everyone show off their graceful movements and freely dance in the ballroom. Perhaps, you can also invite ballet dancers to perform during the reception to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Outdoor Wedding Ideas for a Ballet Themed Wedding
There are many ways to incorporate your wedding theme into your outdoor wedding venue. After all, most outdoor settings give off an ethereal and elegant vibe, fitting for a ballet-inspired celebration. Create a floral ceremony backdrop with drape fabric for a dramatic effect in your garden venue, and embellish your banquet tables with centrepieces and linens with a neutral colour palette.
Historical sites are also fantastic backdrops for a ballet wedding. You may want to set up a wedding reception at a heritage park or organise a ceremony on the grounds of an old castle. These wedding spaces have unique stories and are full of character and personality, perfect for your momentous day.
Enchanting Ballerina-Themed Wedding
Inspired by Edgar Degas’ chalk pastel paintings of ballet dancers, today’s enchanting ballerina-themed wedding inspiration shoot from Melanie Gabrielle is brimming with romance, art, movement, beauty and a unique juxtaposition of impressionist influences against Ann Norton’s avant-garde garden statues – the effect is mesmerizing!
From Melanie Gabrielle – “I am and have always been inspired by movement and ballet so we envisioned a shoot inspired by the use of chalk pastels in Degas’ ballerina paintings. The shoot is a little on the moody side with lots of flickering candlelight and romantic tale. For the floral design we used muted colours with an Organic feel, overflowing from beautiful vessels.”
From Janderyn of Earth and Sugar – “Creating a cake for this styled shoot was such an artistic process, and we felt that given the mark Edgar Degas made in history, it was a piece we needed to make memorable. Degas was one of the founding members of Impressionism. Impressionists painted the realities of the world using bright colours that focused on light and its changing qualities as well as movement and visual angles.
Although Degas used different mediums when creating his art, we focused on replicating the chalk pastel pieces. Nicole from Sparrow and Grain is one of our in-house cake artists, and with her background in fine arts and knowledge of Degas’ artwork she was able to replicate the design we had hoped for by using the ballerinas and creating movement where you see the sketched dancers giving the illusion that they are walking around the bottom of the cake.
What I loved most about the ballerinas on this cake is that they were not only your typical ballerinas – we stayed true to his love for all types of ballerinas, which included young dancers as well as full-figured dancers that created the unforgettable pieces that changed the history of art forever.”
Credits: Photography, Creative Direction & Design: Melanie Gabrielle // Remote Styling & Creative Direction and Design: Jessica Sloane // Rentals: Unearthed Vintage // Cake: Earth and Sugar // Degas Renditions: Sparrow and Grain // Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs // Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Lace Robe & Tulle Skirt: Girl with a Serious Dream // Venue: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida.