Anyone from the “Harry Potter” generation has imagined being 11 years old, walking into the Great Hall and seeing all of that magic for the first time. The floating candles, the four long tables of eager young witches and wizards and the promise of delicious food. Why shouldn’t you bring a bit of that magic to your special day?
There are a lot of ways to incorporate Hogwarts and its inhabitants into your wedding ceremony and reception. We’ve already gone over how to style yourself and your bridal party after the series, but here’s how to use the little details!
A great alternative to the pillow or box, you can always have your ring bearer hold your rings in a cut out version of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to show the chapter of The Unbreakable Vow. There’s a also a chapter in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” called The Wedding if you like that option a little better!
While searching around, I also found this themed wedding after the series! My favorite aspect is the table setting: I love that it’s rustic, almost as if you’re on the grounds near the Forbidden Forest! The gold plates and the goblets are similar to those you’d see in the Great Hall in the movies. And I love the table runner! Another alternative is to use table runners in red, yellow, blue and green to represent all of the houses. And as said before in the Hunger Games wedding, we happen to live in a state with an abundance of rustic and charming venues to choose from. Check out our Virginia Wedding Locations magazine to start looking at venues to suit all of your wedding needs as well as your theme!
One thing I love the idea of doing is to assign all of your guests to a house. You should probably have some sort of system for it, because if you let them choose as they get there, you will most likely have a whole lot of Gryffindors and Slytherins and almost no Ravenclaws or Hufflepuffs. My suggestion is to add a small questionnaire with your RSVPs, sort of like how some couples have an option to let people choose a song to be played at the reception. Because quizzes could take some time and some of your guests might not want to do that, I like the idea of doing it almost randomly. Put one question on your RSVP card related to your wedding or your relationship with four options for answers. Each guest must pick one answer, and each answer corresponds to a house. Once your RSVPs are in, you can get to work on your seating chart! You can have four long tables such as in the Great Hall, or just have sections for each house, so all of the Gryffindors will be together, the Slytherins will be together, and so on and so forth.
There are also a lot of options with cakes! Looking on Pinterest, there are so many ways to incorporate this theme. I’ve seen cakes shaped like snitches, shaped like broomsticks and many other things, but I don’t think you want to go too far with this, because it can get cheesy very easily. One bakery I’ve found that I think would be a great option for this is Sweet Fix in Richmond! If you take a look at their website, they have plenty of experience with cakes such as this. Here’s a cake they did that I think is a great option to work off of: Obviously, this cake was modeled after Disney’s “Tangled.” However, when I first saw the thumbnail version of it, I thought it was Hogwarts, and even after finding out what it really is, I still believe this is a great example. The Hogwarts Castle has a similar silhouette and with some changes and just stars instead of lanterns, this would be a perfect option for your “Harry Potter” wedding! Sweet Fix did do a Harry Potter cake at one point, although it was for a birthday party. But it does still illustrate that they have experience with that style!
I will see you all next Friday when I will begin another movie style! Any suggestions? I’d love some feedback! Keep reading!