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9 Romantic Wedding Ideas Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

March 12, 2020 | brooke


photo by Lauren Mihae

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 the enchanting vibes! Creating a romantic 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.

To help you plan, here are nine romantic wedding ideas that are sure to leave you and your guests feeling like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale:

  • Bring in all the twinkling lights
  • Say “yes” to a sweetheart table
  • Choose woodland-inspired details
  • Have a candlelit reception
  • Treat your guests to a fruit-topped cake
  • Consider a long-sleeve wedding dresses
  • Hire a band for live ceremony music
  • Go with a textured suit
  • Rent a dreamy getaway car

BRING IN ALL THE TWINKLING LIGHTS

Twinkle lights, which are sometimes called 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 more subtle. 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!


photo by Federica Cavicchi; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Lauren Mihae; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Kayla Fisher Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

SAY “YES” TO A SWEETHEART TABLE

If the most important thing to you on your wedding day is making sure to have special, intimate moments with your partner, 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 table scape.

Why we love this idea: We love sweetheart tables! Not only are they super romantic and stylish, but a sweet heart table allows you and your partner to have 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.

RECOMMENDED READING: 10 Genius Ideas for Styling Your Sweetheart Table


photo by Avonné Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Memory Box Photography; see more of this real elopement here!


photo by Melissa Marshall, event planning by Aisle Be With You, floral design by Poppy Lane Design

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—woodland details are the way to go.

How to incorporate woodland-inspired details into your decor: These details are the perfect little touch of fairy tale! You can go big with large instillations like a bar or ceremony backdrop, or keep it simple with small touches of pine or wooden name place cards.


photo by Virginia Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Elina Upmane Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Dani Purington Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Emily Delamater Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

HAVE A CANDLELIT RECEPTION

Give. Us. The. Ambient. Lighting. We’re all about setting a 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 thing’s 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 you planner or venue about the best options for candles. You will want to choose something that doesn’t burn down quickly so they can last as long as your party (or at least until dinner is over!).


photo by Jamie Mercurio Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Rosanna Lilly Photography; see more of this wedding inspiration here!


photo by Nicole Nero Studio; see more of this real wedding here!

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 an original cake, and choosing to top yours with fruit can be a great way to bring a little pop of fun into your romantic decor.

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 with recommending in-season fruits and what flavors pair well together!

RECOMMENDED READING: 8 Enchanting Wedding Cake Trends


photo by Emily Delamater Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Unbridled; see more of this wedding inspiration here!


photo by Virginia Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

CONSIDER A LONG-SLEEVE WEDDING DRESS

As we were preparing this post and looking back on some of our most romantic real weddings, we noticed a trend. Most of our fairy tale-inspired brides wore long-sleeved dresses! And we’re into it.

Why we love long-sleeved wedding dresses: A long-sleeve 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 remove-able sleeves or arm cuffs, if you want a mix of both styles!

RECOMMENDED READING: These 50 Long-Sleeve Wedding Dresses are Ideal for Fall or Winter Weddings


photo by Emily Delamater Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Marion Brunel; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Lindsey Boluyt Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

HIRE A BAND FOR LIVE CEREMONY MUSIC

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

Why we love live ceremony music: Want to make your guests cry? In a good way! 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.

BONUS RECOMMENDED READING: 12 Romantic Love Poems to Read at Your Wedding Ceremony


photo by Elina Upmane Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Il Baccello di Vaniglia; see more of this real wedding here!

GO WITH A TEXTURED SUIT

From wool to tweed, 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 just exudes romance.

RECOMMENDED READING: 12 Stylish Grooms to Copy for Your Wedding Day Look


photo by Virginia Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Catherine Coons; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Jonnie + Garrett, groom’s apparel by Magro Clothing

RENT A DREAMY GETAWAY CAR

When we think 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 snuggling together in the car at the end of your wedding night (or after your ceremony) that’s oh-so-sweet!

How to incorporate a getaway car in to 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!


photo by Dani Purington Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Nicole Kirshner Photography; see more of this real wedding here!


photo by Virginia Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling all the romantic, mushy feels after swooning 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 planners who have the most Pin-worthy designs!


photo by Lauren Mihae

 

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One Comment

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

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