11 Romantic Wedding Ideas Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

March 12, 2023 | Junebug Weddings

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If there’s one thing that’s sure to hit us in the feels, it’s a romantic wedding. We’re suckers for twinkling lights and all things enchanting. Creating a charming wedding involves so much more than just decor—the music, attire, and even the food all help to convey that enchanting mood you’ve been dreaming of. So if you’ve always dreamed of a wedding straight out of a storybook, you’re going to want to see these romantic wedding ideas.

1. Bring In All The Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights–also known as fairy lights or string lights–are the perfect touch to any ceremony or reception space. We love how these little glowing bulbs create an essence of wonder and magic.

How to incorporate twinkle lights in your wedding: There are many ways you can incorporate lights into your wedding decor—both elaborately and subtly. For an elaborate look, consider seeing if your venue can drop lights from the ceiling or your ceremony space. If you want a more subtle twinkle you can add a few lights to your ceremony arch or backdrop for the perfect touch of twinkle.

Recommended Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Lighting

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2. Say “Yes” To A Sweetheart Table

If making sure to have special, intimate moments with your partner is a priority on your big day, then a sweetheart table is the way to go. These little tables also open the door for some incredible styling moments since your budget will stretch a little further when you’re just decorating a small tablescape.

Why we love this idea: Not only are sweetheart tables super romantic and stylish, but they also give you and your partner a bit of intimacy on your wedding night. You have all night to party with your friends/ Take this time to enjoy a delicious meal and snuggle up next to each other.

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3. Choose Woodland-Inspired Details

There are a few words that come to mind when we think about romantic wedding ideas: fairy tale, enchanting, charming, delightful. Woodland-inspired details are all of those lovely adjectives. If you want decor that’s straight out of a storybook, consider these kinds of details.

How to incorporate woodland-inspired details into your decor: You can go big with large installations like a bar or ceremony backdrop, or keep it simple with small touches of pine or wooden name place cards.

Recommended Reading: Use This Wedding Decor Checklist to Help You Nail Every Detail

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4. Have A Candlelit Reception

Give us all the ambient lighting. We’re all about setting the mood with candles and dim lighting. You may want to make sure your photographer comes prepared for the low light, but we’re sure it will make for the most dazzling reception.

How to incorporate candle lighting into your wedding reception decor: First things first: Make sure your venue allows candles. If they don’t—not to worry—there are lots of non-flame candle options available these days. We also recommend consulting with your planner or venue about the best options for candles. You will want to choose something that doesn’t burn down quickly so they last as long as your party (or at least until dinner is over).

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5. Treat Your Guests To A Fruit-Topped Cake

Why is fruit oh so lovely? We’re not complaining. There’s nothing we love more than a wedding cake topped with something a little extra something-something to make it pop–and fruit does just that.

What to ask for when ordering your cake: Keep in mind that exotic fruits may cost you a little extra, so it’s important to communicate your budget to the bakery. Trust your baker to recommend in-season fruits and what flavors pair well together.

Recommended Reading: Everything You Should Know About Your Wedding Cake

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6. Consider A Long Sleeve Dress or Ballgown

If you were to take one look at princesses and other royals, you’ll likely find they all have one thing in common–they’re wearing a long sleeve dress or a gown with a full skirt.

Why we love long-sleeved wedding dresses and ballgowns: A long-sleeved wedding dress doesn’t have to just be for fall and winter weddings (even though it’s the obvious choice). There’s something about that extra fabric that adds a touch of beauty and grace to a wedding day look. Bonus: Some dresses will have removable sleeves or arm cuffs if you want a mix of both styles. The same goes for ball gowns. Can’t commit to the fuller skirt? Pick a sheath gown with a removable skirt so you get the best of both worlds.

Recommended Reading: Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Dress Shopping

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7. Incorporate Pearls

Pearls have become quite popular over these past couple of years, and there’s something about them that feels totally romantic. Think Little Mermaid brought to life. And because they’re still a fairly new trend, we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon. Not to mention it’s a timeless detail that won’t go out of style years down the line.

Why we love pearls: Because pearls are so versatile, you can use them in everything from your veil to your jewelry to your bouquet to your decor. Our current personal favorite is pearl wedding shoes!

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8. Hire A Band For Live Ceremony Music

If you’ve ever watched a Disney fairytale movie, you probably were moved by the music. Live ceremony music can be extremely powerful in conveying emotion and preparing your guest’s hearts for the sentimental moments to come.

Why we love live ceremony music: Want to make your guests cry?  Music helps to set the tone for the ceremony. If you’re wanting a passionate, emotional ceremony, a live band will help set the mood even before you walk down the aisle.

Recommended Reading: 12 Romantic Love Poems to Read at Your Wedding Ceremony

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Go With A Textured Tux

From wool to tweed to velvet, there are many fabulous options for your wedding suit that will have you dripping in romance. While a classic black and white suit can also be very charming, there’s just something about texture and patterns that make an impact when you see your forever person waiting for you at the end of the aisle.

Why we love textured suits: Your wedding vibe is communicated through every choice—yes, even down to the suit choice. Textured fabrics give us all of those cozy, storybook feels that exude romance.

Recommended Reading: 10 Places to Buy Wedding Suits and Tuxedos for Grooms Online

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10. Rent A Dreamy Getaway Car

When we think of classic romance and wedding movies, we think of the couple riding off into the night in a dreamy getaway car. There’s just something about driving off as newlyweds on your wedding night (or after your ceremony) that gets us in our feels.

How to incorporate a getaway car into your wedding day: Make sure your planner or coordinator knows you’d like to have a getaway car. You can choose to “drive away” after your ceremony or reception. Important note: If you’ve been drinking at the reception make sure you have a plan for a DD.

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11. End The Night With Fireworks

What says happily ever after more than a fireworks show? There’s nothing we can think of.

How to incorporate a fireworks show into your wedding day: While your reception is sure to be full of dancing and great music (especially if you hire a DJ), if you’re looking for more entertainment options for your guests, consider a fireworks show. It’s a great way to end the night and is a great replacement for a grand exit–or have them go off while you’re leaving! It’s your wedding and you can do what you want.

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We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling all sorts of romantic feelings over these romantic wedding ideas. If you’re wanting even more wedding planning inspiration, be sure to check out our directory of the world’s best wedding vendors who can help you create the fairytale wedding of your dreams.

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One Comment

  1. Some lovely ideas here! The twinkling lights are really pretty!

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