A wedding cannot
realistically be based on a play, but the general ideas of young, romantic
love, with the poetry of Shakespeare in an Italian setting, provides
boundless inspiration for an idyllic and beautiful ceremony.
written invitations using calligraphy and cream parchment, either
professionally written or do-it-yourself - with the aid of an instruction
Alternatively use an appropriate 'old English' font and have them printed or
make your own on a home computer. Roll them and tie them with a ribbon and
for the Italian influence of neo-classical architecture. Here in the United
Kingdom there are many such 'Palladian style' Country Houses, many of which
are licensed for weddings. The classical styled rooms with ornate ceilings,
columns, statue filled alcoves and sweeping staircases form the perfect
romantic backdrop for this wedding.
Italian gardens, with lily pond and statues would add to the ambience.
smaller scale, this style of architecture is found in many buildings from
the beginning of the 18th century, throughout the country.
enquiry to a County Council Registration Service will supply you with a list
of all available licensed venues in their area.
Examples of houses on the Grand Scale:
National Trust: Stourhead Others are privately owned and a perfect example
is found at Stowe in Buckinghamshire Other reception venues include Holkham
Hall Norfolk, Wilton Wiltshire, and many buildings in Bath. Transport: To
arrive on horseback would be authentic or carried in a sedan chair.
romantic music, possibly from the ballet - Romeo and Juliet. There are also
many specialist musical groups who perform the authentic music of specific
eras and countries, using the instruments of the time and often wearing
Poems and Readings
Hire out of work actor for readings/poems) Sonnets by Shakespeare: Sonnet
XVIII 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' Sonnet XLII 'When most I
wink, then do mine eyes best see' Sonnet CXVI 'Let me not to the marriage of
Read the play for inspiration: here are a
few quotes …
(On first seeing Juliet) 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For
I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Then plainly know that my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of
Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combined, save
what thou must combine By holy marriage; when, and where, and how We met, we
would, and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray,
That thou consent to marry us today.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea My love as deep; the more I give to
thee The more I have, for both are infinite.
If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word
Romantic style, young and fresh.
party: The 'Byron' look - pirate style shirts, open at the neck -
showing a tantalizing glimpse of hairy chests; tight trousers. You could go
the whole hog and hire historical costumes, but check that the men folk are
willing as some of the tights are quite revealing!
party: Pastel shades, soft, dreamy, flimsy fabric; long flowing
skirts - not too full, with closely fitted bodices, long tight sleeves and
flowers, delicately arranged, nothing formal or rigid.
Alternatively, opt for historical costumes but be careful that they are not
too heavy and more formal.
girl preceding bride scattering rose petals.
Hairstyles: long, gently curled (including the men!)
Setting the scene
instrumental group such as a string quartet to provide the music. Perfumed
candles, pot pourri, soft lighting, gentle color scheme - anything that adds
to the romantic atmosphere.
style menu - large help yourself selection of Italian hors d'oeuvres is good
to start for a buffet meal.
or costume ball on a 'Shakespeare' theme