Fairy Tale Themed Wedding Decorations?

by DIY wedding planner on March 20, 2012

I’m planning to have a fairy tale themed wedding. I’m pretty crafty so I’m trying to be a DIY bride. I have great ideas for the cake, invitations, and dress, but I’m having trouble coming up with decorating ideas for the ceremony and reception. I’d like to avoid floral centerpieces because they can be pricy. Anyone have any creative (an inxpensive) ideas?

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me March 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Table crystals are lovely and add some sparkle without overdoing it..

A glass bowl, mirror underneath. Fill the bowl with water and pop some crystals or faux twigs and berries and add a floating candle..

As you say you’re crafty and you need inexpensive ideas, then the above suggestion lets you re-use the items after the wedding for other crafty ventures! Otherwise, you can sell them to other brides-to-be…

Slightly off-topic – the glass crystals I’ve seen used at a friend’s wedding where he is a jeweller and as were some colleagues who were guests. As a memento of the occasion, other guests had gathered crystals and had them set in silver.. – that’s an expensive way of going about it, but interesting idea nonetheless.

Examples below..


Jessica March 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

What a fantastic sounding wedding! If you’re after a really romantic fairy tale themed backdrop http://www.partyfabrics.com have a great range of inexpensive fabrics that are just perfect for draping your venue with, or for using as table runners and chair covers. You can search by fabric type, color etc, so you can get just the perfect look for your theme!


Lene O March 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Wow- planning a wedding and having a groom who like this theme- doubly blessed!
You don’t say what kind of fairy tales are inspiring you, so here’s my first impression (I’ve read extensively in fairy tales and myths)

Fairy tales make me think of moons+stars, magic wands tipped with stars, fairy wings, gossamer, Aladdin’s lamp,

So, how about
- using a swath of gauze or organza or tulle sort of gathered at the center of the table (colors could all be pastel, but might not have to match -variety of colors could make things interesting and help guests locate their seats) If your budget stretches to covering the tablecloths with a tulle (etc) overlay, you could sew/glue small blossoms to the border of the cloth (a single silk hydrangea separates into enough blossoms for at least one table.

- getting inexpensive gravy boats, spray painting to look like Aladdin’s lamp,

- using barbecue skewers /chop sticks (can be spray painted silver for more pizazz) and gluing paper cutouts of silver stars, topping the same wands with a pair of fairy wings (shape craft store wire into a figure 8 and then shaping that into a pair of wings) and silver full and crescent moons (aluminum foil over light card stock makes super silver decorations

-using a bar of soap in the gravy boat can anchor it if you don’t want to use florist foam (if you have access to packing Styrofoam from any recent purchases that is easily cut and makes good “frogs” (flower anchors) easy to conceal the frog with a few square inches of tulle etc.

-easy to add a silk flower to each container or put a single stem into a small water tube and adding that. I see decorators using a single bloom and a single fern leaf or other green mixed with interesting theme items and creating a knockout effect

- Make a treasure chest container instead of a magic lamp: small boxes with the lid hinged open (black masking tape makes a simple hinge and black tap cut thin could be the straps treasure chests always have). Puff tulle or crepe paper to fill the chest and sprinkle with glitter shapes and small pearl beads, crystals to simulate jewels.

An different effect could be the swath of gauze and a tiered dessert tray with small fruits or cookies -dessert items. Make the foods the focus. Add glitter, candles in votives.

Set the table scape with a glass bowl (craft stores have inexpensive ones, so do places like Good Will and scope out flea markets and yard sales) Fill halfway with water, float a blossom or 3 (a few of simple supermarket bouquets yield an amazing number of blooms) and float a tea light or 2. Set that into tulle or a few fern leaves -could dust either with glitter.

Sprinkle glitter stars on the table top. Add tea light candles in a votive – could even be the favors and you have AN EFFECT!

Hope these ideas help or inspire your own imagination.


Leah March 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

For the Leavers’ Banquet at school several years ago, the centerpieces were made from branches, kinda a bit like the branches here;
You could paint them either black, white or silver and they’d look quite striking.

Hope that helps :)


sweetprsammie March 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Theme each table by a different fairy tale (the little mermaid, snow white, alice and wonderland) andI bet you everyone would love it. And it would be a bit easier to do


DazedDays March 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I would narrow it down to a specific fairytale, unless if you’re going to just generalize like consistent themes. Remember when most people think of fairy-tale, they think Disney. I don’t. Last wedding I helped in, it was winter-fairy-tales (We sort of wanted thumbalina), so we went for a winter-wonderland. We hung up things like this: http://www.homeseasons.com/Christmas-Decorations/Christmas-Ultimate-Ceiling-Decorating-Kit-Winter-Wonderland-p470.html, as an example. It just made it simpler.


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