One of the best and most fun events I’ve ever created was an Alice in Wonderland themed event. The story and imagery is so full of whisky and colour it’s impossible not to have fun with it. If you love Alice’s tale and want your wedding to be in Wonderland, then look no further as I’ve out together some ideas and inspiration for your Alice in Wonderland themed wedding.
Let’s start with the venue. I chose to have my event at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. I chose it because of the beautiful mirrors and chandeliers that reminded me instantly of Through the Looking Glass. If you find a venue like this it can help with the theming without you having to do much decorative theming. However, a blank canvas like a marquee or a barn gives you free range on the decoration and you can dress it as you’d like. And with Alice in Wonderland there’s plenty of source material to choose from, from the original illustrations, the animated classic by Disney or Tim Burton’s film to name a few.
Both of these wedding invitations are themed perfectly but very different. I like the originality of the bottom invite and the hand drawn designs. The laser cut wedding invitation (top image) is so elegant yet interesting. I love that the RSVP is a pocket watch, just like the White Rabbit’s. There’s plenty of themed invitations on Etsy like this so you’ll have a good choice of the style you want.
So let’s talk wedding dresses. With Alice in Wonderland you can get away with wearing a nice little vintage style tea length dress like the one above. It adds to the whimsy and they’re pretty and girly too. For something a little different and standout, take inspiration from the talking flowers Alice meets and opt for a floral gown. I love the details of the Charlotte Balbier gown and the brightness of the flowers.
For bridesmaids, I drew inspiration from the colour of Alice’s dress and found this really lovely soft blue shade. This shade of blue will flatter most skin types as well.
Have the groom ad his groomsmen match the bridesmaids (if you’re going for “Alice” blue) with a tie/cravat and pocket square in the same colour. The soft blue shade will go with nearly any other colour you pair it with, so the rest of the suit can be black, navy, grey, whatever you’d like.
For the flowers, you can go as big and bold as you’d like. After all, Alice in Wonderland is certainly big and bold. I like the subtlety of these white and pink roses. Any decorations you have in your venue will stand out against these soft shades.
If you want a blog wedding cake, one like the above image could be perfect for you. The topsy turvy cake adds to the weirdness and fun of Wonderland and the details of the illustrations clearly show the theme (and it makes the cake look even prettier.) If you’re wanting to take a subtle approach, the cake topper (bottom image) ties the cake in to the theme of the wedding. And who doesn’t love the White Rabbit.
Welcome your guests to your wedding with a lovely sign like this one from Luck & Luck.
Name you tables after the characters in the story. I bought these ones from WonderParties on Etsy for my event. They’re a really good quality and look nice and stylish on tables. They also do matching name place cards as well (below.)
Table centre pieces are a way for you to decorate your wedding and also fill up some space. If you’re going all out with the theming of your wedding, these brightly coloured Stacked Crockery will be perfect for you. If you want a subtle approach, hire teapots and tea cups and fill them with flowers. You could even stack them up on copies of the Alice books. To save cost and wastage, hire these out; then you won’t be left with a tonne of Alice in Wonderland books.
Decorate your venue or the garden surrounding if there is one with these props. I’m sure people will love taking pictures of them and with them.
Make your sit down area outside (or inside) a little more interesting by hiring out a Mushroom Tea Party Table Set. They’re fun and different and people are sure to love them.
Everyone loves a good photo booth and a chance to play around with the props. Instead of buying photo props for my event I decided to get a little creative and make my own. It was really easy as well. I just drew on some watercolour paper with watercolour pencils and then “painted” them in. For the Cheshire Cat grin I found an image online and printed it off and glued it on to some card. Once they had all dried and I cut them out, I glued a lollipop stick on to the back of each one. You can find these sticks in places like Hobbycraft and Lakeland.
One of the new sets on my Chloe Louise Gifts on Etsy shop is an Alice in Wonderland Wine Glass Charm set. These make perfect wedding favours for your guests.
Lastly, let’s talk about food and drink. For a wedding breakfast with a difference, have a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party full of sandwiches, quiches and delicious cakes and treats. At my event I wanted the food to be an afternoon tea for everybody. The cakes all had “eat me” icing on them and the biscuits had a clock face on them. However, if you want a more substantial meal, how about a Gentleman’s tea. Gentleman’s tea typically have mini burgers, pies and sloth eggs. They’re a bit more filling than sandwiches.
As you can see from the bottom image, instead of having bottles of wine, we served wine in tea pots into tea cups. It was something really different and memorable and i don’t think anyone was expecting it. It’s little details like this that will stand out to your wedding guest.