Romeo and Juliet  Wedding Theme Idea


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.


Hand written invitations using calligraphy and cream parchment, either professionally written or do-it-yourself - with the aid of an instruction book.

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 wax seal

The Venue

Look 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.

Formal Italian gardens, with lily pond and statues would add to the ambience.

On a smaller scale, this style of architecture is found in many buildings from the beginning of the 18th century, throughout the country.

An 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:

The 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.


Gentle 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 historical dress.

Poems and Readings

(Hint: 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 true minds'

Read the play for inspiration: here are a few quotes …

Romeo: (On first seeing Juliet) 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Romeo: Then plainly know that my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich

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.

Juliet: 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.

Juliet: If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow.


Romantic style, young and fresh.

Groom's 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!

Brides party: Pastel shades, soft, dreamy, flimsy fabric; long flowing skirts - not too full, with closely fitted bodices, long tight sleeves and scoop neckline.


Natural flowers, delicately arranged, nothing formal or rigid.

Alternatively, opt for historical costumes but be careful that they are not too heavy and more formal.

Flower girl preceding bride scattering rose petals.

Hairstyles: long, gently curled (including the men!)

Setting the scene

Small 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.


Italian style menu - large help yourself selection of Italian hors d'oeuvres is good to start for a buffet meal.

Italian wines.

Evening Entertainment

Masked or costume ball on a 'Shakespeare' theme



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