When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat William Shakespeare! And if you’re dreaming of a Shakespearean wedding theme just perfect for this season, look no further than his classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Envision the look of a magical wooded fantasy land brought to life in your reception decor and tablescapes, and inspiring your wedding cake, appetizers and sweets, and even your signature drink. The ambiance is lush with flowers and foliage, but also luxurious with ornate gold elements. Come see how you can create this enchanting scene!
Creating a Wooded Fairyland Scene for Your Wedding
What better way to give guests a glimpse of the magical theme to come than through an earthy wood and floral invitation (3). This delightful find features a real “timber” card with handwritten text. So charming!
The palette for this forest-inspired theme is deep verdant greens, rich berry tones from magenta to purple, and textured woodsy browns. Add gold to this combination, and the result is fit for fairyland royalty—just as in this luxe table setting (1) laid out with gold chargers on faux moss runners, bright florals in amber bottles, leafy centerpieces, and taper candles in gold candlesticks.
Overhead decorations also add to the occasion’s magical air, especially one with fresh flowers hanging in clear glass globes (2) like floating bubbles.
Then, as part of the welcome approach to the reception, how perfect are moss-covered monograms (5) mounted on a wall or tree, and trimmed with tiny blooms. Plus an elegant gold-framed signage (6) declaring your love through a quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream itself—displayed with a stunning floral arrangement alongside.
Wedding Food and Drinks
Of course, your wedding cake (4) should be a celebration of the forest, too! Think blackberries and figs on a simple naked cake.
In keeping with the woodland ambiance, set out a fabulous cheese board (8) on a wooden tray, featuring assorted fine cheeses, grapes, nuts, more figs, and crusty baguettes.
And for your wedding toast, serve a blackberry and champagne cocktail (7) as a most fitting signature drink!
We’re sure you’re swooning over this Midsummer Night’s Dream inspiration, just as we are. So are you going to give a nod to “The Bard” with this theme for your wedding?
Credits: 1 – Gypsy Floral & Events, via Bliss Bridal Magazine / 2 – Eclectic Images, via The Knot / 3 – Akimbo, via Oh So Beautiful Paper / 4 – Tessa Barton / 5 – Teresa’s Plants / 6 – Bliss in Bloom / 7 – Williams-Sonoma / 8 – Nikki Santerre Photography & Virginia Ashley Photography, via 100 Layer Cake
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