When Ashley and were planning our wedding, we decided on a fairytale theme for our reception. Our colours and general aesthetic were peacock themed, but for each table we wanted something tied to our love of fairy tales, fantasy stories, and Disney. But not, like, Disney. We love Mickey Mouse but didn't want him all over our wedding. Plus, we were trying to cut costs where we could, and using our own stuff for the centrepieces helped out considerably!
|A cupcake preparing to meet its doom. Photo: K&E Imaging.|
Each party to the reception was given a slip with an excerpt from the original story that their table was themed to. For example, people at the Aladdin table had an excerpt from Sir Richard Burton's translation of Arabian Nights, and people at the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea table had an excerpt from Jules Verne. Based on their slip, they had to guess which table was theirs. A few had issues, but for the most part, people were up on their classic literature. When time came to eat, a medley of songs related to each table was played, and people sitting there had to figure it out on their own. I was worried at the people at 20,000 Leagues wouldn't know Whale of a Tale, but thankfully someone did! Other songs included Be Our Guest, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Heigh-Ho, The Unbirthday Song, and Over the Rainbow for the one non-Disney fairy tale table. Sadly a few ideas had to be cut, like Wind and the Willows and a French Canadian story about a diabolical flying canoe called La Chasse-galerie. Still, everyone seemed to enjoy the centrepieces and the tests of knowledge that went with them.
Below are some of the planning photos we took for the valued friends who were willing to help out setting things up. By all means, feel free to pilfer the idea if you or someone you know has a wedding coming up!
|Beauty and the Beast|
The candle pillars are those available from Walt Disney World, which a friend
had obtained for us beforehand, during one of their previous visits.
|Winnie the Pooh|
This one was a gimmie for anyone sitting there.
The hunnypot was a citronella candle with the wick trimmed out
and the word "HUNNY" scrawled on the side.
|20,000 Leagues Under the Sea|
|Alice in Wonderland|
I managed to sneak the Haunted Mansion cards in there,
and a friend of ours also donated a hookah to the display.
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs|
|Wizard of Oz.|
We totally lucked out in finding a pair of ruby slippers at a thrift store.