A renaissance wedding can be in the same category as other wedding themes but it actually is the source of some of our wedding traditions. Romance and age-old traditions are the central elements in a renaissance wedding, together with celebrations and feasts. A renaissance wedding can be likened to a Celtic wedding.
There are several things to follow and consider when you plan a renaissance wedding. You need to do a lot of research to get your renaissance wedding close to tradition as well as make it uniquely your own. Here are some ideas to help you along.
1. Check out the wedding traditions for a typical renaissance wedding:
- Handfasting. This is one of the rituals performed during the wedding ceremony to symbolize their joining for eternity. This is done by tying the couples’ hands together with a cord or ribbon.
- Tiered cakes. This is a renaissance wedding tradition where guests will bring cakes to stack one on top of another to make a tall, tiered cake. It is believed that if the couple can kiss over the top of the cake without toppling it, they will be showered with good luck.
- Throwing rice to the couple. This is another renaissance wedding tradition that is still practiced by many cultures up to this day. This is said to shower the new couple with luck and fertility.
- Something blue. The traditional color for wedding dresses during the renaissance period is blue which for them symbolized purity and when a bride was not able to wear blue, she is sure to carry something blue.
- Garter. Removing and throwing the bride’s garter is also a part of the renaissance wedding rituals. It was said that during those times, a person who caught the bride’s garter and presented it to his own love would receive faithfulness.
- Floral coronet. Renaissance brides usually wear coronets made from woven flowers and herbs on their head to receive fertility and luck.
2. For a truly authentic renaissance wedding, look for musical minstrels who will sing and lead the processional and recessional marches. They will also perform during the wedding ceremony.
3. Find a venue that closely resembles renaissance weddings. Look for romantic settings - in a wooded park near a sparkling brook, a garden profuse with flowers and a fountain with cherubs and birds, and other venues where the ceremony can be performed closer to nature,
4. You have to indicate in your wedding invitation that your wedding theme is renaissance and encourage them to come in classic costumes. Your wedding dress, following renaissance tradition should be blue or white with blue accents. The bridal party should also be wearing gowns and suits patterned after renaissance fashion.
5. Search for renaissance menus and find a caterer who could prepare them. Most of the traditional renaissance wedding feasts include game hens, chicken, meat pies, fresh fruits, cheeses, rice and vegetables cooked in herbs.
6. Your cake should have a cake topper in the form of a castle or an animal. Gold and silver coins should be baked into the cake for good luck. For a unique feel and to follow tradition, some pieces of cake can be baked and given to selected guests who will stack these small cakes to form a tall tier.
7. Search for traditional renaissance wordings that you can use for your wedding invitations. Look for romantic designs and samples from which you can pattern your wedding invitation.
8. A Celtic style wedding band will complete the renaissance look and feel of your wedding.
9. Search for renaissance music that can be played at the wedding reception. Consult with a wedding planner and wedding vendors for appropriate props and decoration as well as wedding favors. Plump ceramic or resin partridges come to mind as wedding favors.
Incorporate as much of the wedding rituals done during the renaissance period in your wedding plan. Stick as close to tradition as you can to make your renaissance wedding something that will be remembered for a long time.