Elven, Elvish, Fairy Wedding Resources
Being an author of Elven romance novels, I love fantasy weddings. This is my resource page for those contemplating the loveliness of an Elven, Elvish, or fairy wedding. Unless I say otherwise, I have no business connection with any of these companies, and being on this list does not represent a recommendation or endorsement from me.
Bridal Bargains. I have a friend who used this book to save herself a bunch of money. It’s in it’s 9th edition, and has been featured on Oprah. Basically, it’s the insider’s scoop on how to save money. (When you get to Amazon, check that you have the most current edition. Things change.)
Medieval Fantasy Planners, fantasy wedding planners (Yes, there is such a thing!)
Brilliant Earth, conflict-free diamonds
Don’t forget to search eBay and Etsy on fantasy wedding dress and Renaissance wedding dress.
Rossetti Couture (UK): Check out the Pre-Raphelite and Medieval dresses, as well as the William Morris Collection. Then click on Sample Sale and pray.
Romantic Threads Etsy shop
Pattern for an outstanding dress (these would be incredible for bridesmaids, too)
Enchanted Costumes also has beautiful wings, in both cellophane and fabric.
Artof Wings.com is an incredible site. You fairy-wedding fans are going to squee with joy.
Etsy and eBay are also good sites to check for these things.
Thyme2Dream (I can vouch for this person. Great prices, too.)
Fairy crowns at ArtofWings.com. Lots of good stuff on this site.
If you’re having a punk fae wedding (and why wouldn’t you?), I recommend this page. Maybe something in a high top…
Don’t be afraid to get a plain shoe and dress it up with trims, jewels, flowers, and some really strong glue. Probably not hot glue. Nothing is more depressing than leaving bits of your wedding ensemble behind as you walk down the wooded aisle.
Indian wedding cards are super affordable and come in amazing filigree/brocade/scrollwork designs. (This is a tip from the Bridal Bargains book, btw.)
Calligraphic Studio Scroll down some for the official Elvish ones.
Celtic Wave notecards (scroll to the left and you’ll find some Celtic-looking cross designs)
Do a search for early music in your locale. These folks often dress in period costumes which work well, and can be hired at a reasonable price. Elves are very big on live music.
In Elven Lands CD, by Jon Anderson
Elvish Inspirations, Jessica Butler
2010 FairieWorlds festival page has a bunch of musicians listed. Music will play when you open the page. Plus, it looks like a really cool event.
I recommend searching on fantasy wedding cake plus your location. Then click on images. Then print out your favorite and take it to a cake-decorating friend with the promise of eternal gratitude and a gift certificate to the local day spa.
If you have the $ and are in the right area (NE), Wildflowers by Lori does some pretty stunning work.
If you’re in Colorado, then I can personally recommend Blue Moon Cakes.
I did find some lovely fairy cake toppers.
If you’re part of a fantasy community which will comprise most of your guest list, consider having a potluck wedding and asking that people bring food instead of gifts. That way, you can invite as many people as you like, and none of them have to worry about shelling out for an expensive present. You can save your budget for the decor, music, beverages, flowers, etc., so it’s a really beautiful event for everyone attending.
Mead is a great beverage for an Elvish/Elven wedding. Search on mead and your location to find retailers of commercial mead. Alternatively, six months to a year before the wedding, find your local homebrewing store or association, and ask if anyone there wants to brew mead for a wedding. Expect to purchase all the raw ingredients, then ask what else you can do for them in terms of barter, etc. (It’s probably illegal to pay for the finished product, but I leave this up to your own discretion.) The brewer may do it simply in exchange for the materials and an invite to the wedding. Homebrewers are extremely generous people, usually men, usually with a weakness for wedding guests wearing lovely, flowing gowns.
Elven/Elvish/Fantasy Toasting flutes
Fairy Heart Wedding Flute (note that you can choose the glass color)
Another icy pair (click on the Giselle flutes)
Lord of the Rings Fanatics Shop (big selection of pewter stuff)
How about cutting your cake with an Elven dagger? (It’s all in the details, folks.)
Did you know that you can rent plates, glasses, and silverware? Call standard rental places in your locale. If you want to use decorative paper goods, remember that it’s only one day out of your lives. Forgo any guilt.
Plates and Napkins Designer Party Supplies (Search for scroll and filigree. Also, under Themes (left sidebar), look at Floral and Nature.)
Illuminated Garden LED flowers – I have yet to see a photo that does these justice. If you have a florist or hardware store that carries them locally, go see for yourself. The plum blossoms are particularly lovely. Considering what you pay for real flowers, these might even save you money, and they’d be great bridesmaid gifts if you didn’t want to keep them all afterward. I also like floating flower candles, but no one is going to catch their hair or sleeve on fire on an LED flower.
Glitter floral stems (These could be mixed judiciously with real flowers. I put you on page 4. Note that they’re priced by the dozen.)
Consider wind chimes for outdoor weddings
Free Spirit Spheres: The coolest-looking of the treehouse accomodations.
Giving back: Plant a native tree in honor of your wedding
Dancing (Check YouTube videos for early music dances/dancing or SCA dances/dancing)
Gifts (elven flask for best man/groomsmen, ear cuffs for matron/maids of honor)