Creating the scene

The first thing that helps a renaissance-themed wedding is the actual setting. If there is an older church that your client can agree upon, it’s best to start there. The renaissance was a time when people were closer to nature, so incorporating something outdoors might be nice. You could decorate the area with a lot of simple bunches of flowers. Think of the times as simpler and you’re sure to find even more ideas. Ribbons were popular decorations. Tie to pews or to chairs – but use fabric ribbon not florist ribbon. Your wedding party attire will also make an impression. The bride may want to wear something long and flowing with bell sleeves and an intricate bodice. Anything that looks like a corset is perfect, though they’re much more comfortable now. 

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The groom is a little trickier as many men don’t want to wear leggings or tights! However, a luxurious coat with a thick brocade pattern might be the perfect way to show his dedication to the theme. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can have different coloured versions of the outfits. Your client might also want to ask their guests to come in similar attire. Just be sure your client gives details of costume hire shops that you have checked out on the invitation. A renaissance love poem will help set the theme on their invitation which could be sealed with wax and the new couple’s monogram.

All in the details

The ceremony can have a more nature-oriented theme as well. This can include lighting plenty of candles, and attach sprigs of lavender or some other fragrant herb in the napkin ring. Have traditional Celtic or medieval musicians play at the reception. Add a feast of roasted pig or lamb and plenty of wine or mead served in pewter goblets and you’re well on your way to a renaissance themed wedding. Themed weddings are all about the details. Do some research and find some that work well for your client.