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How to have an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding

By Andrea Petrou on March 10th, 2010 2 comments

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Alice in Wonderland has not only steam rolled onto cinema screens, but also made a huge impact in the fashion world, with everyone giving a nod to this trend in some way or the other. And you can bet that this trend will also make a huge impact on bridal themes and styles.

We’ve therefore decided to put together a guide to have an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding, which is perfect for brides looking for something that little bit different.

The Venue
One of the most obvious themes for your wedding day is a tea party, which works best in a garden or countryside venue. There are many places that are suitable for this. Why not check out a National Trust property, which has big gardens for hire. or pick an English garden full of wild flowers and fanciful topiaries.

Ladew Gardens in Monkton, MD and Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth are just two of these. If you have your heart set on an Alice theme wedding in the winter then perhaps a marquee may be a good choice here too. Include the weather in preparations by adding a little winter wonderland theme in here too.

The dress.
The best thing about this themed wedding is that you can pretty much have whatever style you like here. However if you really want to tie in with the wacky theme then we suggest you go for something a little bit out of this world. We’re thinking ruffles, feathers and princess style dresses. You could even opt for a 50s short frock here and bravely team it with white lace tights for the ultimate look.

Put bridesmaids in blue satin knee length frocks and complete with white or cream sashes, to give a nod to Alice’s dress. If you’re feeling brave you could also opt to keep in with the queen of hearts by getting your maid of honour to dress up in black to represent the queen or be brave and opt for a black wedding dress with a red sash.

The groom
There’s a few themes you can go for here. First off is of course a mad hatter look. Think high top hats, stripy waistcoats and black trousers. If your other half agrees you could also get him to wear a teapot pin tie.

Alternatively take a hint from the white rabbit. Get your man dressed up top to toe in black, complete with a waistcoat then add the all important pocket watch. If this still isn’t enough then how about a nod to the queen of hearts?

Black t-shirts with card shapes and numbers could work here. Keep in with the queen of hearts by getting your maid of honour to dress up in black to represent the queen or be brave and opt for a black wedding dress with a red sash.

Dress tables with white tablecloths and mismatched vintage china. Tiered cake stands and glass punch bowls will make perfect containers for your floral tablecentres, and why not use playing cards as place cards? Decorate chairbacks with ribbon, bows or fresh flowers. You could also be more daring and get some little white rabbits to have running around the gardens.

Tasty finger food and desserts so that guests can eat and talk at the same time.
Drinks should, of course, include an assortment of teas – or serve cocktails in pretty floral teacups. You could even ask guests to each bring along a crazy hat to wear to really enter into the spirit of the day.

Intricately decorated cookies, such as those offered by Peggy Porschen, or Fancy Nancy cookies (£8.50 for 90g), from Harvey Nichols with “Eat me” and “Take one” hand-written in icing are also a must have. You can also bake little cupcakes with the words ‘eat me’ written on them in icing Add jam and cucumber sandwiches cut in the shape of butterflies and instead of a first dance why not play your other half at a leisurely game of croquet?

For favours, present each guest with Mad Hatter Top Hat Tea Bags (£3.50 for 2g at Harvey Nichols), containing a blend of Kenyan Rooibos and Indian Assam tea. The Wedding Channel also has personalised tea bags that come complete with key lime cookies and mint julep tea. You can also opt to give each guest a personlised deck of wedding cards if tea isn’t your thing.

The cake
We think you can have an extraordinary amount of fun with this part of the wedding. Choose between cupcakes with little icing pictures of your favourite Alice in Wonderland characters or perhaps go for one huge top hat instead.

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