From a fur shawl to a cake with Game of Thrones themed decorations, this medieval wedding shoot gives all the inspiration you’ll need to have a ceremony steeped in royal elegance.
What to Look for in a Venue for a Medieval Wedding
One of the challenges of a medieval wedding theme is finding the perfect wedding venue. Historic buildings, Tudor-style houses, large local parks, gardens, or gothic-style churches will look excellent as wedding venues and fit the medieval theme. Most local churches are old, built from stone, and have history. If you're looking for something even more medieval, your best bet would be to look at chateaus and old castles.
Country Inns and chalets also have beautiful settings that can look similar to something from Game of Thrones and lend excellent character to a medieval wedding. An outdoor location like a dense forest with a small lake will also be highly renaissance and will add to the overall medieval theme of the wedding.
Colour Palettes for a Medieval Wedding
Before thinking about the wedding colours, you should think carefully about the theme. Medieval weddings were usually held in old stone halls with drafty walls, wooden doors, gray interiors, and fur rugs. In the earlier days, most people added bright pops of colour through flowers and décor. When planning the wedding colours, you should also think of natural hues from florals to add to the wedding. These shades can be your primary wedding colours.
If you consider Westeros from Game of Thrones as your main inspiration, you could use red, gold, gray, yellow, green, and black. These are the primary colours of Game of Thrones. However, you could choose two or three of these shades and have one main colour, like radiant orchid tying the entire event together.
Details for a Medieval Wedding
Having a medieval wedding theme is excellent for couples interested in history or those looking to bring some dramatic flair to their nuptials. Medieval weddings like those depicted in the Game of Thrones books and TV series are excellent, especially if you're inspired by magic, dragons, and honorable knights who come to the rescue.
You can have vintage twelfth-century style cakes, decorations, an old-fashioned handfasting ceremony, and, if you want, a blood vow at the wedding. Whether you're looking for a romantic medieval setting, a Xena warrior princess-style wedding, or a style reminiscent of the Dothraki from Game of Thrones, you can plan it in advance to have the dream wedding of your choice.
Budget for a Medieval Wedding
When you're considering the wedding budget, there are a few things you must think of outside the realm of fantasy. At the top of the wedding budget should be the venue rent. Since you might want the wedding in a chalet, castle, or European chateau, you may have to spend more on the wedding venue. After the venue is the accommodation cost for all guests and catering expenses.
Once you have these three major expenses taken care of, you should think of travel arrangements, lighting, décor, cake, photography, and videography. With the high costs of the wedding dresses, groom's clothes, wedding rings, and the cake out of the way, you can then allocate a chunk of the money to the props and décor to fit with the medieval theme.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Medieval Wedding
If you want to go entirely Game of Thrones for the wedding, you could think of Margaery Baratheon nee Tyrell's wedding gown from her first wedding. The white/ivory wedding down is gorgeous with rose motifs – very regal, classy, and racy! It has a magnificent cut-out back with a flowing train covered with intricate roses.
You could also opt for a white, flowy wedding dress with cap sleeves or thin straps and a faux fur cape just off the shoulder. Minimal make-up with vintage jewellry in burgundy or diamonds and a floral crown should complete the look. Since medieval brides always wore full-length wedding dresses, you can select comfortable footwear in white satin instead of heels for the entire day.
Bridesmaid Dresses for a Medieval Wedding
There are several fantastic outfit ideas you can think of for your bridesmaids. Westeros fashions are pretty impressive, with each lady looking better than the earlier one. You could make a selection from the Autumn colours of the House of Lannister or the Spring colours of the House of Tyrell. If you wish to have a more somber look, there's always the grey, blue, and teal inspiration from the House of Stark.
Bridesmaids can look gorgeous in radiant orchid with an intricate braid (a la Daenerys Targaryen) woven in with rings like the Maesters used to carry. Each bridesmaid can carry a wedding bouquet in a profusion of classic colours like purple orchids with white and blush roses interspersed with an abundance of green.
Groom Style for a Medieval Wedding
Grooms do not need to feel left out in a medieval wedding. Groom style can be inspired by Joffrey Baratheon's many royal fashions. Colours like crimson, rust, gold, musty moss and black can make any groom look incredibly handsome.
Grooms can also opt for a muted colour palette with dark brown trousers, a sage green vest, and a white shirt. A boutonnière with a white or blush rose will do the trick in bringing the style together. However, if you want a more warrior-esque look, then grooms could also take inspiration from the complete black outfit of Jon Snow (who, unfortunately, still knows nothing!)
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Medieval Wedding
The wedding cake should be the crowning glory of your medieval themed wedding. It should be royal enough to rule from the Iron Throne! You can have a wedding cake with all the trappings of Game of Thrones and the middle ages. Think of a multi-tiered cake with fondant silver or gold dragon-like scales, a hand-painted map of Westeros on the bottom tier of the cake, and house sigils with gears on the top tier.
The cake topper can be a fondant iron throne in royal gold with a few edible gemstones in crimson, diamond, and silver, with an absolutely gorgeous edible sword hilt behind it. This hilt could be of the House Lannister, or it could be the iconic sword of Jon Snow, The King in the North.
Wedding Invitation Ideas for a Medieval Wedding
Your wedding invitations will set the tone for the wedding theme. These invites have to be customised to suit your medieval nuptials and should perfectly represent your vision of the wedding. Depending on your wedding colours, you should ensure that the invites ideally have the theme and colours. Think of non-conventional medieval silhouettes like house sigils, swords, and maps.
Consider gold foil, black backgrounds, and lettering in white to bring out the Night Watch colours. If you want to consider a House of Stark wedding invitation for your medieval wedding ceremony, you could think of olive green, with the outline of a dire wolf in grey with black or grey lettering in a cursive, elegant script.
Ceremony Decor for a Medieval Wedding
Couples can choose a gorgeous outdoor setting for the vows. The ceremony should be magical – near a lake with a lovely old tree decorated in vines and florals, a forest surrounded by dense trees, and more.
Ceremony decor for medieval weddings should focus on the florals and wedding colours. Couples can also choose a traditional handfasting ritual with thick ribbons or rope in gold and ivory to represent their undying love. Wedding guests can be seated on wooden chairs decorated with florals. The bridal aisle can have a green carpet covered with white, crimson, and blush petals, with purple orchid bouquets lining the entrance.
Game of Thrones Themed Wedding
It’s just not Sunday without a dose of HBO’s series Game of Thrones. I was a fan of the books by George R.R. Martin and never miss an episode of this amazing series.
Today’s Game of Thrones themed wedding inspiration shoot from Candice Benjamin Photography is filled with all kinds of Westeros details – gorgeous purple floral arrangements, a bridesmaid that looks just like Sansa, House of Stark sigils, a nod to the collar of chains worn by Maesters (look in the bridesmaid’s hair), and quite possible the most epic Game of Thrones themed wedding cake ever created!
From Candace Benjamin Photography – “We wanted to create something that was inspired by nature and the mythical beauty of the Kingdom of Westeros. We wanted it to be relevant to someone who is a fan of the show but keep it modern and current.
And to all of the fans out there that may be thinking of a specific wedding from the novels and TV series – don’t worry – our goal was to draw inspiration from the world of Westeros and the feel of the series without following a specific character or plot line. Unlike the source material, this wedding inspiration shoot will not leave you crying in a corner!”
This purple wedding hits on so many amazing trends right now. Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014, is used throughout (because after all purple symbolizes royalty!) and of course the entire Game of Thrones theme done in a thoughtful, elegant, and creative way. This editorial definitely takes this pop culture phenomenon and elevates it to wedding-worthiness!
Credits: Photography & Styling: Candice Benjamin Photography // Videography: Jakfoto Films // Floral Design & Styling: Pixies Petals // Hair & Makeup: Serene Bridal Beauty // Cake: The Cake Mamas // Dresses: Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist // Wedding Dress: Mary Me Bridal // Paper Goods: Moment Prive // Custom Rings: Blazer Arts // Men’s Vest: Ann O’Lear // Bridesmaid necklace: BHLDN // Soundtrack for Video: Anthem Falls Music // Bride & Groom Models: Cristal & Rich, Bridesmaid Model: Savannah.