How to style a Narnia-inspired winter wedding
25 Oct 2017
Step through the wardrobe into a wonderful wedding world inspired by the mystery and magic of Narnia
Mystical and magical, winter can offer one of the most enchanting seasons in which to hold a wedding. Whether you're going with a winter wonderland theme or Christmas concept, draw inspiration from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. Here are a few ideas to transform your celebration into a beautiful set-up straight out of Narnia.
Think all-white reindeers (or centaurs for die-hard Narnia fans), suspended sparkling snowflakes and ice sculptures which can double as vodka luges. Consider a faux snow covering for areas within the venue and you could even hire an artificial snow machine for sensational photo opportunities.
For those getting married before Christmas or during New Year, a Christmas tree is a must; ask your wedding venue whether they will be displaying one on your big day or whether you can bring one in (or multiple) to decorate yourself. Invite guests bringing gifts to place them under the tree for an extra festive vibe. Orange pomander balls spiked with cloves, pine cones and cinammon sticks offer small decorative details which smell fresh and festive.
Lighting is one of the most effective ways to add a sense of magic to your theme. Wedding lighting specialists, Festive Lights, recommend copper wire fairy lights which make it easy to create a magical firefly effect, either in suspended mason jars or wound around logs in an outdoor brazier. Decorate the entrance to your venue with fairy lights festooned between the trees, and for the full Narnia effect, hang lanterns from crooks to illuminate outdoor spaces and light up walkways.
You can also create a fairy light curtain, which can be adorned with flowers and is a great way to display personalised messages from guests. Lanterns dotted around your venue, together with fairy-lit trees surrounding the dancefloor and fire pits in outside spaces, will also serve to create ambience.
The wedding details
- Miniature boxes of Turkish Delight as your wedding favours pays perfect homage to Narnia, while home-baked gingerbread men, personalised baubles or candy canes with name tags are a budget-friendly way to play on the festive theme.
- There are various ways to get creative with your centrepieces such as hurricane vases containing candles, ornate candelabras or bell jars dusted with snow. Sequin tablecloths in cool colours will deliver an aura of enchantment and scatter crystals, silver vases, and lots of glassware will add sparkle. Street lamp place name holders are especially reminiscent of the well-known street lamp landmark in Narnia.
- Flowers and foliage should also reflect the theme, with red and white roses, holly and ivy all seasonally suitable.
- Your wedding cake could replicate a set of beautifully wrapped Christmas presents, or a Snow Queen castle could offer a more dramatic display.
Image: Sadie May Cakes
- Stationery should feature Narnia-inspired elements with snowy scenes aplenty and daytime entertainment can be provided by carol singers.
- Catering should be filled with festivity, with hearty winter warmers for your wedding breakfast and s'mores bars or toasted marshmallow stations for dessert. Mulled wine, mince pies and mugs of hot chocolate - or Christmas cocktails - served during an interlude will also evoke a celebratory atmosphere.
- A sleigh or a horsedrawn carriage is a romantic and wintery way to travel.
- Passages from the book displayed around the venue or readings delivered during the wedding ceremony will enforce the theme from the outset.
While you can still wear the dress of your dreams, winter wedding outwear can add a seasonal twist. Faux fur stoles and jackets will ensure you stay warm and cosy in the most stylish of ways, and pretty capes and fluffy muffs are the ideal winter accessories.
Fur-trimmed boots will also coordinate with the theme and for the men, woollen scarves. You can even provide guests with gloves to dip into before venturing outside.