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Apr 30

Real-Life Fairy Tale Wedding: Your “Once Upon a Time” Disney Wedding

If you’re a fan of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, you’ve probably heard the great news.

On April 12, Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on the series, tied the knot with co-star Josh Dallas, her Prince Charming in real life and on the show. These two had the most fairy tale engagement of them all, because they met while filming and fell in love.

In honor of Ginnifer and Josh’s wedding, this post is going to give you tons of ideas you can use for your very own Once Upon a Time wedding!

The show pulls on many similar styles and themes as previous Disney-themed wedding posts on this blog, and since it doesn’t focus on just one character’s storyline, the ideas here are for the couple who wants a general fairy tale-themed wedding (but with some hints of the show included!).

Ready to dive in?


First thing’s first, you gotta start with some incredible invitations.

The key here is to pick invitations that emulate the magic of a Once Upon a Time wedding. This could mean you choose font that’s swirly and elegant, or font similar to the illuminated manuscript look of old texts or books. For even more impact, go with a pop-up design!

As mentioned in a previous Cinderella Disney wedding post, you could also choose to print invitations on tea-dyed paper with slightly burnt edges, and roll them up like scrolls for delivery (on horseback or through the post office, it’s up to you).


The ring you get for your engagement is of course completely up to you, but if you’re addicted to Once Upon a Time and don’t care for diamonds, you can opt for a Snow White-inspired peridot ring.

Disney Wedding Ring Ideas

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Disney Wedding Rings

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An alternative would be to get a diamond ring that’s surrounded by peridot gems, or get your wedding band made with peridot.


Snow White’s dress in the show, like many Disney princesses, was very much a ballgown style.

Look for a dress that has a fitted bodice and elegantly flares out at the waist or hips. And if you get one with feathers, you’ll be matching Snow White’s style to a T.

Disney Wedding Dress

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Want to reflect some of the current wedding dress trends? Get a short dress with feathers.

Disney Wedding Dress Ideas

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Finish off with some long gloves, a matching pair of shoes, and some elaborate vintage jewelry and you’re good to go!


This one’s a no-brainer.

For a truly Once Upon a Time-themed wedding, you should have your wedding at a castle. Castles can be found anywhere in the world, which means you can even have a destination wedding, if you want!

Disney Wedding Venues

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Disney Wedding Venue Ideas

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Even better, you could get married in a gazebo like Snow White and Prince Charming did in the show!

Disney Wedding Venue Locations

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Flowers and Centerpieces

Judging by the color Snow’s name represents, you likely want to include a lot of white decorations.

At Snow and James’s wedding, for example, there were garlands of white flowers twisting up the gazebo pillars. Throw in some elegant, romantic touches as well as some delicate pastels and you’re bound to create a fairy tale atmosphere.

Disney Wedding Flowers

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Don’t forget to throw in a royal carriage motif, too. You can use these as place settings or even table numbers if you wanted.

Disney Wedding Flower Ideas

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As if cakes weren’t fun enough, you can choose some of the coolest designs for your Once Upon a Time cake.

Whether it’s dragons or castles, you can pull on almost any fairy tale motif you want to. If you would rather have a simpler, more traditional cake, you can always adorn the top with a castle cake topper.

Disney Wedding Cakes

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Finishing Touches

Now, you just a few more final additions and you’ll be having the fairy tale wedding of your dreams.

Start with a themed guest book, even one that’s an exact replica of Henry’s storybook in the show!

Disney Wedding Decorations

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Don’t forget to have a head table that’s the kind of royal treatment that Snow White and Prince Charming deserve:

Disney Wedding Inspiration

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Disney Wedding Planning

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Now add some little details and you’re good to go.

Your Turn…

Though a Once Upon a Time wedding can be very general “fairy tale” themed, that doesn’t mean it has to be any less amazing.

Apply some of these ideas in your planning and you’ll end up with the happily-ever-after wedding of your dreams.

What is the one idea you just have to have in your Disney wedding? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author

Bree is a freelance blogger and writer who creates content people want to consume. She enjoys investigating culture and entertainment, teaching people how to build an online business the geek way, and shopping for deals like a true Dutchwoman. Follow Bree on Google+.

Jan 22

Real Life Fairy Tale Wedding: Cinderella

Cinderella Fairy Tale Wedding

This week’s Disney-inspired Fairy Tale wedding features the most dream come true story of all.

Love is truly in the air in this fairy tale from the moment Cinderella and the Prince fall in love at first sight, to the happy ending when the search for a perfect match to a single glass slipper is found.

Here are our ideas to transform your own wedding to a Disney’s Cinderella themed one.


The best part?

The magic of your fairy tale night will last long after the clock strikes midnight!

Storybook Invitation

Disney Wedding Theme Ideas

Photo via Rebecca Hale

Design your invitations after old-fashioned storybook print in big blocky letters and hand painted pictures.

This will especially match if your location is at a castle venue.

If you would like to go all out, fashion your invitations on a medieval scroll, like what the duke uses as he goes around town checking names off looking for Cinderella.


Glass Slippers

Cinderella Slippers: Marc Jacobs

Photo (Marc Jacobs) via Refinery29

Didn’t think glass slippers could ever get a designer?

Think again.

Maison Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Louboutin have all created their own highly coveted takes of Cinderella’s glass slippers, but of course since their respective releases, all are nearly impossible to find today.

Cinderella Shoe-Lace: Christian-Louboutin

Photo (Christina Louboutin) via DisneyEveryday

Luckily, there are alternatives.

A white, sparkly or rhinestone encrusted shoe will make each of your steps seem like a magical one.

The more sparkly the better!

DSW Shoe Warehouse teamed up with Disney to create a “Glass Slipper” line.

On the Disney store website, you can also purchase a customized glass slipper for under $100.

Cake Topper

Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Cake

Photo via Amazon


An easy nod to the classic fairy tale is to find an iconic cake topper.

Whether you’ve designed your cake as an intricate castle or a five-tier towering creation, place a little cartoon Cinderella and Prince at the top of the cake for a fun piece of Disney and whimsical change from the traditional bride and groom topper.

You can find this one on Amazon and many others online.

Castle Venue

Castle Wedding Venues

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Like a real princess, have your wedding at a luxurious castle.

Your guests will be amazed being in a unique once-in-a-lifetime location.

Castles evoke all sorts of fairy tale romances and famous Kings and Queens of history.

Fairy Tale Castle Wedding Venues

Photo of Chateau Julien

Check out our blog post which features castle estates of the United States including the Highlands Castle in upstate New York, Castle Ladyhawke Estate in North Carolina, Oheka Castle in New York, Chateau Julien in Central California or the Cairo Estate in Orange County.

Pumpkin Carriage

Fairy Tale Wedding Ideas: Pumpkin Carriage

Photo via HereComesTheBride

Instead of driving away in a car, scout an old fashioned horse and carriage.

Some vendors might even have imitative white pumpkin shaped carriages.

Determined to have the real thing?

Disney’s “Wishes” wedding packages, offer the official Cinderella Pumpkin Coach, complete with driver, footmen and six Welsh ponies!


Flowers and Table Settings

Fairy Tale Wedding Decor Ideas

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White, baby blue, silver and pink are the colors that stand out the most from the Disney Cinderella movie.

For winter weddings especially, white is a stunning color to deck out your ballroom or other reception venue.

Decorate tall centerpieces with long strands of dazzling crystals to imitate the magic flowing with every wand flick of Cinderella’s fairy godmother.

Complement linens, napkins and plateware with pale pinks and blues.

Cinderella Tables: Fairy Tale Table Decor

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Princess Ballroom Dress

Fairy Tale Wedding Dress: Cinderella Alfred Angelo

Photo via Alfred Angelo

Cinderella, that lucky girl, gets outfitted three times in dresses at different parts of the movie.

First she wears a pink dress made with recycled pieces from her mom’s old gown.

Then, she is off to the ball wearing the silver and blue dress we have all come to know and love.

At the very end of the movie, she wears a classic and modest white wedding dress.

Disney Wedding Dresses: Cinderella Dress

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For those planning on wearing white, consider a blue dress for your reception just like when Cinderella and the prince have their first dance together in the Prince’s garden.

Cinderella Flower Girl Dress Ideas

Photo via Tiffany Siebert Photography

 Or, you can have your flower girl play Cinderella!

Bridesmaids Jewelry

Fairy Tale Wedding Jewelry: Pumpkin Necklace

Photo via AcceleratedStyle on Etsy

Like the pink rose necklaces we featured in our Beauty and the Beast wedding post, we found these cute Cinderella pumpkin carriage necklaces that would be absolutely adorable on each of your bridesmaids.

Disney Wedding Jewelry: Bow Bracelets

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Another option is bracelets.

These dainty silver bows add the perfect muted detail to an overall look.

Long Gloves

Fairy Tale Wedding Gloves

Photo via L’Avenir Design

Cinderella’s wedding dress is long-sleeved, but if your wedding dress style is strapless then white gloves add a finishing royal touch.

Long white gloves are both formal and feminine.

Finishing Touches

Fairy Wedding Ideas: Floating Canopy

Photo via Rebecca Hale

Give some credit to Cinderella’s helpful bird friends by planning floating decor using large balloons and white sheets styled after the way the birds cary Cinderella’s dress materials.

Lastly, a great idea is to place thrones where the bride and groom are seated during the reception, transforming dinner to feel like a lavish banquet.

Do you have any ideas to add?

Please do in the comments below…

About the Author

Nancy is Community Manager for Estate Weddings and Events.  When not typing away, she enjoys discovering new wedding trends and attending weddings and events to see all the people and private estates get dressed up! You can follow her on Google+,  Twitter or LinkedIn.

Nov 27

Real-Life Fairy Tale Wedding: The Little Mermaid

Fairy Tale Wedding Themes

To all the beach lovers out there who have dreams of being under the sea, we are guessing that your favorite Disney movie growing up was The Little Mermaid!

Ariel is the perfect Disney princess to channel on your wedding day for more reasons than a beach wedding.

Just like Ariel fulfills her biggest hope of walking on land, you are taking your first steps in a new life.

Here are our ideas to transform your wedding into your own real-life Little Mermaid wedding: fish and prince included!

Seashell Bouquet

Fairy Tale Wedding Decor

What better way to represent flowers of the ocean than natural and unique seashells.

Mix and match different shapes of seashells with some pearl branches to make a lovely sea-inspired bouquet.

Intricate designs made by the ocean and the creamy color of most seashells are a perfect complement to your wedding dress.

We found this bouquet along with other amazing ideas on user HiLLjo’s Little Mermaid wedding inspiration Pinterest board.


Fairy Tale Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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Let’s make things really interesting!

Bring aquatic life straight to guests’ tables with a showstopping hanging fishbowl, this one found on Opulent Items.

Fairy Tale Wedding Centerpieces

Accentuate your fishbowl (hanging or not) with pieces of coral, candles, and flowers around it to resemble ocean flora and seaweed.

You can even spray paint coral pieces to get the exact colors you desire!

Color Scheme

Color Schemes: Fairy Tale Wedding

The Little Mermaid movie brings to mind colors of red like Ariel’s hair and her crustacean friend Sebastian, and blue for the color of the ocean; however these colors are a little too primary for wedding decor.

Soften up red and blue by using seafoam or teal and coral for your main elements such as linens and plateware.

We also like the sparkle of mermaid scales that can be subtley added to your nails or shoes.

Wedding Colors and Themes

Gadgets and Gizmos

Photo via Jessica Frey Photography

Ariel has gadgets and gizmos aplenty, as well as whuzzits and whatsits galore.

Scatter these props on tables along with some antique candle holders that look like they came right out of Ariel’s grotto.

Wedding Themes and Inspirations

Photo via Archive Vintage Renewals

Archive Vintage Rentals has a beautiful selection of vintage items to choose from such as tarnished silver candlesticks and mercury glass vases, to name a few.

Mermaid Look

Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses and Gowns

Determined to blow your friends away with how well you’ve stuck to the theme?

If you are bold enough to do it, do a bright red wig to match Ariel’s hair.

Otherwise, don’t worry we have a few tricks up our sleeve.

Mermaid Wedding Dress

Photo via HighGlam

Style your hair in waves to mimic the traditional mermaid look and match that with a mermaid style dress which is tight from the shoulders to about the bottom of the thigh.

This style can be applied to your bridesmaids if you are in love with another look.

Finish with a starfish in hair of course!


Fairy Tale Wedding Venues

Photo via Disney Weddings

For Disney fanatics, Disney’s Beach Club and Resort in Florida has a designated Ariel’s restaurant that is popular for beach-themed weddings.

The venue consists of a private dining room with a seaside/underwater theme.

There are murals of an under the sea world, with crystal bubbles hanging from the ceiling.

Fairy Tale Wedding Locations

Photo via Jenn and Travis Photography

Lucky for the rest of us outside of Florida, there are more than enough beachside locations to choose from!

Take a look at our list of best beach locations including international ones.

If sand in your shoes does not sound appealing, go for a venue that has an amazing pool.


Fairy Tale Wedding Songs

Photo via Jessica Frey Photography

During the reception, play songs from the movie such as “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and “Under the Sea.”

These can be added in with other breezy, beach inspired songs from artists like Jack Johnson, Colbie Caillat, and the Beach Boys.

More beach ideas can be found on Martha Stewart’s Beach Wedding Idea list and Disney’s Wedding Blog.

Ready to Start Planning Your Fairy Tale Wedding?

….or if you have any ideas to share, please do in the comments below!


About the Author

Nancy is Community Manager for Estate Weddings and Events.  When not typing away, she enjoys discovering new wedding trends and attending weddings and events to see all the people and private estates get dressed up! You can follow her on Google+,  Twitter or LinkedIn.

Oct 10

TOP 5 All-Time Most Popular Wedding Themes

Beach Wedding Ideas

Have you been wondering what the most popular wedding themes of all time are?

Well look no further!

We’ve got the hottest wedding themes right here – ready for you to sink your teeth into.

Wedding bells are in the air…

Fairy Tale Princess

A fairy tale wedding, complete with castle, coach, and glass slippers is every little girl’s dream come true.

For many of us, only a fairy tale wedding can do justice to a lifetime dreaming about our handsome prince riding up on his dashing white stallion.

Think grand dramatic gestures and exceptional attention to detail – nothing is too much when it comes to a fairy tale wedding.

Donning the dream gown is paramount.

Not sure where to get hold of a gown worthy of a princess?

Try St. Pucchi, Eve of Milady or Alfred Angelo.

You need to outshine all other guests at the royal ball, from the dress right down to the tiara.

When it comes to the haird0, pump up the volume with hair extensions to create added drama, and couple that with demure elbow length gloves for extra decadence.

We said fairy tale weddings were all about drama, and we meant it.

Whether you make a grand entrance down a spiral staircase, toss your bouquet from a balcony, or glide across the dance floor engaged in a royal waltz for two, focus on the gestures as this is what will make the event truly spectacular.

Absolute musts:

- Full frock meringue wedding dress
- Floor length cascading veil
- Castle or equally as grand manor house
- Pumpkin shaped carriage
- Prince charming

Get Inspired

For fairy tale wedding inspiration check out Natasha and Chris’s romantic castle wedding or Jillian and Brian’s breathtaking Renaissance wedding.

Wedding Theme Ideas

Photo by Amalia Carrara

If you’re not ready to take out a second mortgage just to say ‘I do’, maybe a country chic wedding is more up your alley…

Country Chic

If extravagance simply isn’t your style then perhaps a country chic wedding would be more fitting.

For those of you with country roots or any gal that worships the outdoors for that matter, a rustic wedding is the ideal way to show off your eclectic and unique personality.

In recent years country weddings have fast gained momentum making them one of the all time most popular wedding themes among bride and grooms alike.

If you have had your sights set on a rustic inspired wedding then host the ceremony outside or even in a barn, yes farmyards can be cool!

Country themed weddings offer the perfect kitschy atmosphere.

One thing’s for sure – you won’t want a full skirted wedding dress cramping your style as you strut your stuff down the grassy aisle.

From hay bales to horses, a country wedding never fails to impress.

Don’t let the critics drag you down either, a rustic theme doesn’t have to mean honky-tonk hillbillies it can be just as glam and elegant as the next.

Absolute musts:

- Rustic barn or outdoor venue
- Local, organic produce
- Hay bales
- Farmyard animals
- DIY decorations and stationary
- Stunning natural countryside

Get Inspired

Wanna know how to pull off a county chic wedding?

Take a gander at Heather and Mike’s elegant barn wedding or Jennifer and Kyle’s rustic lake wedding.

Elegant Barn Style Wedding Theme

Imago Dei Photography

If mucking about in a barnyard is a little too nutty for you, a touch of vintage glamour might do the trick…

Vintage Glamour

Vintage is all about reinvention, and there is something positively charming about taking the old and giving it a new lease of life.

Who needs to conform to convention when all our heart really wants is to relive the glorious pastimes.

From shabby chic to classic retro, vintage weddings are all the rage.

One of the best parts about planning a vintage themed wedding has got to be, well the planning!

Hunting through antique store, attics, and rummaging in just about anything you can lay your hands on in attempt to source the most desirable vintage decor possible is all part of the fun, as is shopping for a vintage frock.

There is a certain satisfaction you get, knowing that your wedding is full of history, stories and memories – and you are adding to them!

Victorian frocks, antique lace and enchanting headpieces are the quintessential vintage wedding necessities.

Whatever era you have fallen for, fully embody it throughout every aspect of your big day from start to finish.

Absolute musts:

- True vintage wedding dress
- Period appropriate music
- Classic motor
- Antiquities and curiosities
- Birdcage veil

Get Inspired 

Need some vintage wedding inspiration?

Both Samantha and Josh’s Californian vintage wedding and Erin and Parker’s Great Gatsby wedding are idyllic.

Plus Jesse looks like the perfect vintage bride in this sweet Australian vintage wedding.

Vintage Theme Wedding
Photo by This Modern Romance

Vintage Glamour Wedding Theme

Photo by Us is Greater Than You Plus Me Photography

Vintage glamour not really your cup of tea? Perhaps a casual beach wedding would better reflect your personality…


Casual Beach

If all those long stressful days and feelings of overwhelming panic that often come hand in hand with wedding planning are simply too much for you and your fiance, jetting off for a casual beach wedding may be the perfect answer.

Following the latest trends and styles isn’t a priority for every bride, with many choosing to focus on creating a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere instead.

Beach weddings offer a naturally beautiful and casual setting that is simply divine without the need for over the top additions.

Use statement pieces to inject your own unique personal style into the day.

It really is about keeping it simple with a beach wedding – meaning minimum stress and maximum enjoyment!

Nothing beats tossing aside those killer heels and walking the aisle barefoot, and on top of that you get to listen to the sounds of the waves crashing on the glistening beach as the sunsets overhead.

Dreamy, right?

Absolute musts:

- Free flowing dress
- Light, neutral color scheme
- Laid back attitude
- Cocktails

Get Inspired 

For some beachy love take a peek at Jamie and Jabdiel’s organic beach wedding and Christina and Kenny’s Santa Monica beach wedding.

Beach Wedding Theme

Photo by Jen Huang

Beach Wedding Ideas

Photo by We Love Pictures

Not everyone needs a fancy theme for their special day. If this sounds like you then totally traditional it is…

Totally Traditional

Traditional weddings remain one of the most popular choices of wedding themes, due to their elegance, charm, and traditional sentiment.

Most of us brides opt for a traditional theme because quite frankly, they are just so damn lovely!

If dressing up like a fairy tale princess or slinging on those cowboy boots doesn’t quite tug on your heartstrings, then a totally traditional wedding will most likely be the ideal theme for you.

Tie the knot in a religious establishment whilst you fashion a beautiful white gown and your husband to be a dashing tux.

From traditional attire to traditional wedding songs, this is a tried and tested theme that simply never fails!

Absolute musts:

- Church or alternative place of worship
- White wedding dress
- Top hat and tails
- Here comes the bride wedding march
- Good old fashioned values

Get Inspired 

Discover how to throw a traditional wedding by taking a look at Sophie and Chris’s romantic church wedding and Lizzie and Andy’s elegant London wedding.

Traditional Wedding Themes

Photo by Hester Marriot

Traditional Wedding Ideas

Photo by Hester Marriot

Your Turn…

What theme did you choose for your wedding? Share with us in the comments below…

About the Author

If you need to know about Weddings or Social Events, Abigail’s your gal, blogging away at Estate Weddings and Events! Sharing her passion for the environment, arts and crafts, and frugality, she enjoys adding a chic twist to anything DIY. Never seen without camera in hand, Abigail is completely and utterly in love with love! You can follow Abigail on Google+ here.

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