In times past, women determined all aspects of weddings and receptions. Fortunately, things have changed, and guys are more involved in deciding what they want their weddings to look like.
Having your wedding in a forest or woodland area and using one of these themes will let you and your guests enjoy nature and have a fun, memorable experience.
1. A Fantasy Wedding
From Lord of the Rings and Elder Scrolls to Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones, high fantasy is at the forefront of entertainment these days. According to Nielsen’s social content ratings, people posted on Twitter 80,000 times about Game of Thrones in just the last few minutes of the series finale.
Couples often forge bonds that last a lifetime by discussing the events on their favorite fantasy series, talking about their favorite books with each other, or having some fun with fantasy role-playing. A fantasy wedding lets you revisit great memories and form new ones.
For instance, get your groomsmen to help you carve some custom wood sculptures or gather other items to accent your wedding space. Bridesmaids can dress as elves or faeries, while groomsmen can be knights or adventurers. You can even encourage your guests to dress up along with you to help recreate your favorite fantasy scenes.
2. A Midsummer Night’s Wedding
Recreate one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting tales by dressing the bridesmaids as faeries and the groomsmen as enchanted men drawn to the women by magic. In addition to focusing on the wedding attire, you can also decorate the woods where you’ll wed with colorful fabric and sparkling lights.
Add more light to the festivities with candles and Moroccan lanterns and, even though you’re in the woods already, don’t be shy about adding wildflowers and wicker table ornaments. Lastly, you can use the opportunity to choose a touching Shakespeare quote to recite during your vows.
3. An Event for Environmentalists
You can enjoy nature at your wedding while still taking care of the environment. As such, provide recyclable materials, avoid littering, and leave some information about local wildlife on tables at the reception.
Additionally, if you already have plenty of household items, ask for donations to a charity such as the Sierra Club Foundation instead of gifts. By doing so, you can save valuable space in your home and avoid wasting time and fossil fuels to return unwanted or duplicate items.
4. A Woodsman’s Wedding
You can also hold your reception in a log cabin and serve maple candy or pancakes with maple syrup. If you go with the log cabin theme, your mantra should be “think rustic.” The more you can incorporate hearty materials like cast iron, carved wood, and steel, the better. Plaid is an obvious choice for attire, but it’s definitely been done before. If you want to shake it up, perhaps reserve plaid for your wedding cake.
Want to add some humor? Ask people to sing Monty Python’s “The Lumberjack Song” after the bride and groom say “I do.”
Make Your Wedding Day Unforgettable
Let people know you’re planning to get married and generate anticipation for your unique forest wedding with customized save the date cards. You can have your portrait, wedding date or another image printed on the front, and several different kinds of paper are available. These cards set the tone for your big day, and you can give your guests more information when you send out invitations. Make your event special with an awesome day in the woods.
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