How To Plan A Game Of Thrones Inspired Wedding
October 11th, 2022 Wedding Ideas, Tips and Inspiration
HOW TO PLAN A GAME OF THRONES INSPIRED WEDDING FIT FOR THE SEVEN KINGDOMS
Season after season, millions of Game of Thrones fans were obsessed with the show until it ended in 2019. But the new prequel series, House of the Dragon, which is still based on the works of George R.R. Martin, has reignited the interest of fans both old and new. And many people are now going back to watch the original HBO TV series.
If you’re one of the obsessed, why not draw your wedding inspiration from the show that has everyone talking? Whether you’re seeking a rustic wedding fit for Winterfell, a wild and free event such as a Dothraki wedding, an outdoor affair that captures the lush landscapes of Westeros, or a high society function fit for King’s Landing, Game of Thrones offers ample details you can use to throw a theme celebration. Whether you’re looking to plan an event that unabashedly represents the Seven Kingdoms or one that simply gives a gentle nod to your favorite TV show, there’s ways to do both.
From its old-world feel, its grand settings, and its stylish leading women, here are some Game of Thrones themed wedding ideas to help you start planning.
Set an Old-World Tone with Your Wedding Invitations
Your invitations are the first element that will give your wedding guests a feel for the event. To set the tone for your GoT inspired wedding, choose invitations that have an old-world feel. To do that, you can use richer cardstock in cream or a deeper color with irregular or textured edges; elegant, hand-written lettering, and rich, gold accents. You can even add a wax seal to your invitations.
If want invitations that definitively represent this theme, you can add:
Images of wolves, lions, ravens, or squid pulled straight from the show’s artwork;
Game of Thrones inspired fonts;
Wax seals such as from House Lannister, House Targaryen, and House Stark;
Family crests; or
Wedding-themed quotes from the show, such as “I am yours and you are mine, from this day until the end of my days,” “Moon of my life; my sun and stars,” or simply “A wedding is coming.”
Find a Westeros Inspired Venue
When it comes to finding a venue to fit a Game of Throne theme, there are plenty of options, but the setting must be grand. Rustic barns, castles or estates can capture the feel of Winterfell, while grander settings and large halls can invoke the elegance of King’s Landing. Because so much of Game of Thrones takes place outdoors, outdoor venues work well for this theme. Anything from beaches to woodlands to gardens will work, thanks to the varied terrain of the Seven Kingdoms.
If you’re struggling during the wedding planning process to find a venue that obviously calls to mind Game of Thrones, you can create the show’s medieval feeling in almost any space. A high ceiling room, or even an outdoor space, can be outfitted with long tables to create the feeling of a “grand hall” feast and an outdoor space can be fitted with richly colored banners and torches to call the show to mind.
Draw on Game of Thrones’ Leading Ladies for Bridal Style
The leading ladies in this show all have their own strong styles, which allows plenty of options for choosing a Game of Thrones wedding dress. Here are some GoT inspired bridal gown ideas from your favorite Westerosi women:
As current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, Queen Cersei’s style is undoubtedly regal. For a wedding dress inspired by Queen Cersei, choose a dress with a fitted bodice, optional full overskirt and elaborate beading, embroidery or lace.
Sansa Stark has long been known for her love of finery, and now that she’s Lady of the North, her style always fits her station. To model your bridal look after Lady Sansa’s style, again look for a bridal gown with a full skirt and elegantly detailed bodice. A winter-inspired wedding dress with long sleeves brings to mind Winterfell’s snows. You can incorporate House Stark’s signature accessory with a faux-fur shrug.
Raised in exile across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen’s clothing is nothing like the fine ladies of Westeros. The Dragon Queen often wears off-the-shoulder dresses with flowing details, and an open, off-the-shoulder bridal gown — accented with statement accessories, such as an arm cuff, head piece or bold necklace — is perfect for a Khaleesi-inspired bridal look.
Lady Brienne of Tarth may have given up finery to serve as a knight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t style your bridal look after her. For a wedding dress inspired by Lady Brienne, consider a beautifully beaded bridal gown that calls to mind Brienne’s armor.
Like Lady Brienne, Arya Stark has given up the life of a lady to pursue her dream of being a warrior. Arya Stark is not your typical lady and after training she doesn't want to commit to any one dress; you can mirror Arya Stark’s free-spirited style by choosing a bridal gown with detachable elements that’s anything but expected.
Daenerys’s lady in waiting, Missandei, also can provide elegant wedding gown inspiration. To echo Missandei’s southern style, choose a fitted sweetheart neckline bridal gown with lace detailing. As with Queen Daenerys, add an arm cuff or less conventional jewelry choice to echo the style of Essos.
The final piece of the Game of Thrones wedding look is the hair. The women of Westeros universally wear elegant braided styles, with curled tendrils. If you’re looking to channel a queen fit for the Iron Throne, be sure to opt for a stunning headpiece and sparkling statement jewelry.
Tie Your GoT Wedding Together with Style DetailsWhat ultimately will cement your Game of Thrones
What ultimately will cement your Game of Thrones theme are the details at your ceremony and reception. Here again, you can go for an overt use of Game of Thrones icons — such as house banners, maps of Westeros or an Iron Throne-topped wedding cake — or choose subtle details that call to mind the style of the Seven Kingdoms. Regardless of how much you choose to play up your theme, here are a few more ideas to consider:
Focus on rich colors. For flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses and event décor, choose the rich colors of Westeros. Think deep reds, purples, blues and golds.
Serve a traditional feast. Roast meats and vegetables, fresh herbs and fresh fruits are all perfect fare for a feast in any Westerosi great hall.
Decorate with flames. Torches, candles and lanterns should decorate the tables and aisles at your Game of Thrones wedding.
Choose elegant, vintage décor. Tables, chairs, china, flatware and drinkware should all be heavy duty, elaborate and in metallic tones.
Don’t shy from detail. There are so many fun, subtle ways to add GoT details to your big day. Use painted dragon eggs as part of your centerpieces, or wrap faux fur around your candlesticks. Place a set of gold lions or dragons on your cake tables.